SquareMeal Review of
The Draft House Old Street
For somewhere that takes everything it does so seriously, the Draft House is really rather a hoot and expansion shows no sign of slowing: this ninth London branch is just off Old Street roundabout (exit 4), to the right of Shoreditch Grind. As ever, beer drinkers can order third of a pint ‘samples’ at this self-styled ‘home of the third’, which lists hundreds of craft brews in bottle or on tap – all complemented by a range of ale-friendly food to have you drooling. The range of burgers with various toppings, char-pit ribs or chilli-cheese fries, could hail from a new-generation diner, while foot-long pork scratchings, Scotch eggs with curried mayonnaise, Fish & Chips, and sticky toffee pudding betray British leanings. But back to the beer: with such brilliantly named brews as Bitter & Twisted, Mongozo Coconut and Schremser Bio-Roggenbier on offer, and brewery fresh Pilsner Urquell served from giant copper tanks, how could you not be tempted? Ample neons and some rockin’ music complete the picture.