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Candles on the tables and old church seats give this place, located in a lane right outside Waterloo station, an intimate atmosphere. Auberge serves an entry-level range of Belgian beers: Stella, Hoegaarden & Leffe Blond on tap. Bottles include Duvel, Chimay, Rochefort, Kwak & various fruit beers. The food is good, but the service can be somewhat charmless. Other Auberges can be found in the Whitgift Centre, Croydon, the Peacock Centre, Woking and Uxbridge.
Innovative crossover café featuring Belgian beer and first class pastries. Beers available include Tripel Karmeliet, Duchesse de
Bourgogne, Westmalle, Rochefort and Gouden Carolus.
Similar to the above entry, but in Wanstead.
This massive place in Covent Garden, situated at the convergence of Shelton St & Earlham St, was reputedly the largest restaurant in London when it opened a few years back. Very modern, all glass and steel but with an incongruous monastic motif. If it is busy, you can drink at the small bar at the entrance while waiting to be called. When the table is ready, you step onto a sort of industrial gantry and are transported to the lower level, where you then have the pleasure of walking past the assembly line of mussel-pots to the large beer hall. The menu is based on mussels in various sauces though there are other options such as sausage, and all are naturally served with frites and mayonnaise. Belgo Centraal is something of an all-round sensory experience, though some may find it all a bit on the hectic side.
Less frantic than the Covent Garden branch, the original Belgo is located opposite The Roundhouse near Chalk Farm tube station, just far enough away from the market to avoid the claustrophobic crowds. There is an elegant curved bar at one end of the restaurant which is divided down the middle by a partition wall. Belgo Noord is decked out in a modern style with plenty of natural light streaming in and a nice conversation-piece in the form of a long list of odd words around the wall. The beerlist and menu are the same as the other Belgos.
Click here to go to the Belgo/Bierodrome website.
The South London Bierodrome is similar in design to the North London original.
The dining and drinking sections are quite distinct, being separated by the central
bar area. Like the other Belgo establishments, the clientèle mainly comprises
people on a big night out.
The Bierodrome is located between Clapham North and Clapham Common Northern Line stations.
Former Bierodrome rebranded as Belgo. Similar to the above...
Cask is on the face of it a largish single room pub in a residential area of Pimlico, but it has made an instant impact on the London beer scene as a serious big hitter. "Please ask for a beer menu", entreaties the sign over the bar, though it is likely you will spot something to your taste easily enough without one. The large range of Belgian bottles includes Cantillon, Alvinne, Senne and St Bernardus. Others of interest include Mikkeller and Brewdog ('normal' ales on tap along with the huge ABV novelty items). Cask is also the home of Thornbridge beers in the capital. The food is excellent food too. Cask is 3-5 minutes' walk from Pimlico tube, depending how thirsty you are.
Unusual west London local. The Cow sells over a dozen Belgian beers
including De Koninck and Hoegaarden on draught, the latter thankfully bereft of
its usual fancy pump. The bar food is based on shellfish, principally oysters,
and a friendly atmosphere pervades the establishment. The clientèle is
a mix of locals and people who have sought out The Cow specially, and the décor
is simple - traditional with a few retro Guinness ads adorning the walls.
There is a highly-regarded restaurant, 'The Cow Dining Rooms', upstairs.
Dutch café bar just off Shaftesbury Avenue serving a good range of Belgian beer. As well as the familiar ones (Chimay, Duvel etc.) they also have some less usual ones (Palm, Karmeliet). All these can be enjoyed with chips and mayonnaise.
New bistro-style pub near the southern end of Tower Bridge. The Belgian range includes Rochefort, Westmalle Tripel and 3 Fonteinen.
Small local nestling amongst the Thamesside housing estates, The Dog and Bell offers one of the finest Belgian ranges in the capital. Hommelbier, Bieken, Troubadour, Dikke Matilda, Oud Beersel, Hannsens Kriek and many others. It's easily accessed from London Bridge, being only a five minute walk from Deptford station.
This is not ideally placed for passing trade, located as it is in a tiny lane
in the labyrinthine depths of Clerkenwell, but it is a jewel.
There are 100+ beers available here. The menu is eclectic with a Belgian thread running through, and the clientèle is mainly composed of local office workers. On tap they serve Stella, Jupiler, Belle-Vue Kriek & Gueuze, Leffe Blonde & Brune, De Koninck plus a guest ale. Anyone even slightly interested in Belgian beer should find it well worth seeking out.
For special occasions, you can buy beer by the barrel, and they can also organise beer & cheese tasting evenings.
This place in Hackney combines the same range of Belgian beer as the Dovetail
with a real ale and lager range found in more conventional pubs. Cosy interior
with a great atmosphere.
Click here here to go to the Doves website.
The tap of the Meantime brewery, the Union is a pleasant five minute walk from Greenwich station.
As well as showcasing the Meantime beers, it concentrates on 'non-national' real ales and classic world beers.
The Belgian range of a dozen or so comprises established classics, rather than new or unusual brews.
The pub boasts a nice relaxed atmosphere, high quality food and outdoor drinking areas fore and aft.
Comfortable Belgian-style pub in a less lively part of Stoke Newington, with a good range of Belgian beers including some less common ones such as Petrus Oud Bruin.
Dutch-style Covent Garden café offering a large range of continental beers on tap and more in bottles. Belgian brews available include four of the Trappists, Straffe Hendrik, Cantillon and others. Moreover, there are interesting Dutch beers aplenty, along with a sizeable winelist. Good food.
Tastefully renovated pub on crossroads a five minute walk from Fulwell station. The Old Goat boasts a Belgian style restaurant called Brouge and 20+ Belgian beers from the populist end of the spectrum. Does its bit for the cause by featuring a drink-all-the-Belgian-beers loyalty card scheme.
Spacious one room pub very close to Hackney Downs station and a short walk from Hackney Central on the North London Line. The Belgian list of a dozen or so beers is maybe on the small side but is well selected.
Large Irish pub located between Covent Garden & The Strand. The huge range of drinks available includes 20-30 Belgian beers. The place is split up into multiple levels and alcoves, so if you've arranged to meet friends here you may need to spend a bit of time hunting them down. The Porterhouse has gone for an industrial look - you won't find any pastoral Irish fakery here - and cabinets on the walls display a multitude of bottled beers.
Corner pub on the border of Kentish Town & Camden with a huge beer range. This includes over 20 Belgian ales with Hoegaarden, Leffe Blond, Belle-Vue Kriek & Gueuze all on tap. There is something of a Leffe presence here with mirrors & even a Leffe flag on display. An excellent place for those seeking to consume their Belgian beers in a more conventional environment. Also has TV, making this one of the only places in which you can enjoy a Belgian beer while watching the game.
Excellent but tiny bar adjacent to Borough Market run by the Utobeer people. The Rake sells a variety of beers from around the world including a quality Belgian representation. There is also a small area with outdoor seating. Popular with commuters (handy for London Bridge station).
Well-known and busy pub in leafy Fulham, serving a broad range of Belgian beer and a good range of real ale too, not to mention plenty of bottled beers from elsewhere. Click here to go to The White Horse website.
Specialist beer shop in Putney selling a decent range of Belgians as well as many British and US bottles.
This unusual shop, which also sells bespoke curry paste, stocks one of the largest Belgian ranges in the capital. Check the Dr Ink website for opening times.
Over 200 Belgian beers available in this offie near the junction with Camden Road.
Small off licence selling an interesting range of 20-30 Belgian beers including many in 75cl bottles.
Large shop whose range of 40 Belgians among an impressive total of 300 beers includes Hommel, Echt Kriekenbier, Westmalle, St Bernardus, Arabier and Zot. www.noblegreenwines.co.uk
Simply laid out beer shop dealing exclusively in bottle conditioned ales. Various Belgian brews available including offerings from 3 Fonteinen, Cantillon, Dupont and Ellezelloise. www.realale.com
The world-famous department store has a small range of Belgians avalable. Head for the food hall.
Stocks Chimay Red and Blue, Orval, Leffe Vielle Cuvée, Hoegaarden, Forbidden Fruit, various lambics, Malheur and lots of others. www.theatreofwine.com
Stall at the famous market. Open Friday afternoon and 9-4 on Saturdays, offering a broad selection of Belgian beers along with British and German ones. www.utobeer.co.uk. Also www.boroughmarket.org.uk.