7 Must-Visit Pubs for Craft Beer Lovers

It’s no exaggeration to suggest that the great British pub is a core part of our country’s heritage. The pub is the place we go to meet friends and family, to celebrate, to commiserate, to come together as a community or simply unwind at the end of a hard day’s work. Although the pub has been perceived as a place for the older generations, it seems young people are now just as fond of the cosy charms of a local public, and some of this can be attributed to the surging craft beer industry. More and more independent breweries are producing their own unique and trendy craft beers which continue to draw in the crowds.

If you’re looking to sample some of the finest craft beer available, here are 7 must-visit pubs for craft beer lovers throughout Britain.

1.   North Bar – Northern Quarter, Leeds

While it’s difficult to say with certainty, North Bar in Leeds believe that they were ‘probably’ the first craft beer bar in Britain. The bar opened in 1997 and has always strived to serve the newest and most unusual brews available from Europe and the USA for its artistic and musical clientele. Plan your visit carefully, and you can experience one of the bars during the Leeds Annual Beer Festival.

2.   Porter’s – Harlech Court, Cardiff

In addition to the great craft beers on offer (including Kelpie seaweed ale!), Porter’s is something of a local legend when it comes to socialising. During the day it serves coffee (as well as alcohol) and provides a relaxing and warm atmosphere to reconnect with friends. Come night time, the bar is lively with a range of events running throughout the week including comedians, bingo and live music.

3.   Old Red Cow – Long Lane, London

In the heart of London, right by Smithfield Market, you’ll find the very stylish Old Red Cow craft beer bar. Don’t be put off by its trendy look as this bar has plenty of substance to back it up with a wide range of keg and cask beers from all over the UK. It also offers a wine list to complement the beer and a great selection of bottled craft beers for those who aren’t after a full pint.

4.   The Hanging Bat – Lothian Road, Edinburgh

With 14 keg lines and 6 casks showcasing a wide range of British craft beers and a motto of ‘happiness in measured in schooners,’ this great bar in Scotland’s capital is a fantastic place to visit. The staff really know their stuff, so don’t be afraid to ask for a recommendation. If you’re feeling hungry you can tuck into some delicious barbeque food including burgers and hot dogs.

5.   The Fat Cat – Alma Street, Sheffield

The Fat Cat is a longstanding establishment on the craft beer scene having been serving pins for over 30 years. It’s less than 20 yards from the Kelham Island Brewery which is a regular feature on the menu, but they also regularly change guest beers to ensure there’s always something new to try. If you prefer cider, you’ve got 3 pumps to choose from.

6.   Small Bar – King Street, Bristol

Small Bar is in Bristol’s ‘Beermuda Triangle,’ an area which is renowned for the high number of craft beer pubs in the area. You’ll find some of finest beers, ales and ciders from the south-west region. With comfortable sofas and chilled out atmosphere, it’s a great place to sample beers in specific measurements as directed by the brewery so you get the best experience.

7.   Here at The Flintgate…

We are proud to be owned and operated the Big Smoke Brew Co which produces everything from hop forward pales to rich stouts with more besides in Esher, Surrey. Big Smoke beers are also available in quality bottle shops as well as pubs and bars throughout the UK, including: The Albion in Kingston, The Antelope in Surbiton and The Hole in the Wall in Chichester.