The Quest for the Holy Grain - Best Brew Pubs
England

 

 

Bath

London

 

 

 

The Bath Brew House
14 James St W, Bath
Bath and North East Somerset BA1 2BX
United Kingdom
+44 1225 805609

The Bath Brew House is a long block from the busy tourist area of Bath.
It is the home to the James Street Brewery.

Only a block from the University, Bath Street Brew House has the makings of a kids bar - a long bar with lots of space with only a few mis-matched tables and seats. Around the corner of the long bar is a kitchen, and adjacent to that is a dining area.
Bath Brew House has 4 of their own beers on tap, including their two signature beers, Emperor and Gladiator.
Additionally, Bath Brew House has about 20 guest casks and kegs from which to choose.
As their ad says, " If you find a favourite you can take a litre growler of any of our ales home with you for a tenner! "
At 5:00pm, this Questor was the only customer.
Brewery tours are given each day at 12 PM and 5 PM for 5 per person.

 

 

 

Temple Brew House
46 Essex St
London WC2R 3JF
United Kingdom
+44 20 7936 2536

The Temple Brew House, located in the Temple district, is the closest brewpub to Buckingham Palace in London.
According to their mission statement, the goals of Temple Brew House are threefold: " to make great beer, to enjoy making great beer, and to bring everyone else along for the ride." 
Although the place itself is a bit dingy, it's in a very nice neighborhood about a block from the tourist part of the Thames.
The décor is "college student basement", with mismatched furniture and steel pipe-framed dividers.
The pub grub menu is not expensive and is pretty tasty with large portions.
Temple Brew House is home to the Essex Street Brewing Company, and their beers have to travel only 15 feet from the tank to your glass.
The wide room has the bar midway back, with the brewing operation behind.
They have 6 of their own beers on cask, and about 15 guest kegs.

 

 

 

 

The Earl of Essex
25 Danbury St
London N1 8LE
United Kingdom
+44 20 7424 5828

Another stop in the beer-friendly area of Islington in London, is The Earl Of Essex (Earl's Brewery).
It's a normal-sized pub; a large room with a bar along the rear and an uncrowded seating area.
Earl of Essex is billed as "Islington's first brew pub and home to Earl's Brewery."
When asked,
"What beers are brewed here ?"
the bartender replied,
"None...the brewer left."
He pointed out that there was still a house IPA.
So, for now, The Earl of Essex offers about 14 guest taps.
The pub grub is decent and not expensive.

 

 

 

 

 

Brewhouse & Kitchen - Islington
Torrens Street,
London,
EC1V 1NQ
T: 0207 837 9421

The Islington area of London has many good places to drink beer.
The first place one would try is the Brewhouse & Kitchen brewpub which backs up to the Underground stop.
Brewhouse & Kitchen has about 10 locations in the kingdom, and, in their own words, are..." passionate about many things: fanatical about craft beer, obsessed about finding interesting bottled beers to add to our vast range... to give you a tantalising pub experience with a modern twist."
It's a large and spacious place; crowded, lots of noise and lots of beer.
Smokers go outside, and take their drinks with them, so it tends to be noisy and crowded outside, too.
No seats at the bar...that would impede
one 's bar access. But there are plenty of tables and alcoves in which to duck and get out of the way.
Brewhouse & Kitchen serves 4 of their own beers and have about 20 guest taps, including several American beers.
They have a menu, but we observed no one eating.

 

 

 

 

Brew Wharf Yard
Stony Street
SE1 9AD
London
020 7378 6601

 

The Brew Wharf is a brew pub away from London's tourist area but close to the London Bridge railroad station. It is large and spacious. The main dining room is blocked off during lunch as there is penty of space in the bar and the outside patio. The brewing system is behind glass off of the main dining area. They make four of their own brews and have several guest taps and handpulls. The foods on the menu were quite pricey.