The previous London blog brought you a tastefully presented trio of micropubs with a side of Spoons.
This one goes international, featuring a Japanese bar, an American bar and a Danish bar, all in London.
Let’s face it we all love a Japanese pub and Beer and Buns is as good as any in the UK. Probably better as it might be the only one.
It opens 5-11 weekdays only, upstairs from K10 restaurant in Appold Street, EC2. It is their interpretation of an Izakaya, an informal beer and sake bar, that seems to be aimed at the post work city crowd.
All the beer and the whisky was Japanese, the beers are from Hitachino Nest.
My Pale was very quaffable. Madame Luna ordered a Sakatini and declared it “lovely”, adding that this is ginger not the foot of a small mammal.
The bar created an atmosphere of Japanese noir and the Elvis pinball machine was the gift that kept on giving free plays until it wore us down.
Earlier we had enjoyed Craft Beer Co in Old Street where my notes say the dearest half pint was £16.70. Is that possible? The six cask beers were competitively priced for central London, ranging from £4.35 for Thornbridge Brother Rabbit to £4.85 for the excellent Magic Rock High Wire.
The Goose Island Tap was a veritable bargain. There were two cask taps selling Buxton and Cloudwater- while the keg taps contained their own beer and guests. The last time we were in a Goose Island Tap was in Chicago. We had been to see Chicago Cubs win (this was before they did much of that sort of thing and before Goose Island was sold to Anheuser-Busch). People in the bar considered us lucky mascots and kept sending down free drinks including Fireballs. I’m told it was a fine night.
An absolute standout this time was Wild Card Brewery’s Lime Berliner Weisse, a tartly succulent 4% of magic in a glass.
Ticked all 3 in case they get in the Good Toilet Guide
Mysterious red triangle.
There are plenty of classic pub buildings in this part of London.
Mikkeller has finally opened up a small bar (by their standards) in London, ironically in a former Watney house, the George and Dragon. We shared four beers, all decent as you would expect. The Chipotle Porter put hairs on our chest, which was not universally welcomed.
A final observation. Both Mikkeler and Goose Island make Brewdog bars feel somehow a bit dated. There’s a challenge for the Aberdeenshire boys.