Mason & Company
Craft beer and traditional pubs have long been uneasy bedfellows. At your average local, beer geeks mingle with lager-swillers who balk at spending more than a fiver on a pint (even if that pint contains a 9%, locally brewed double IPA). The result? Unfocused beer lists, under-informed staff, and lacklustre vibes.
It’s about time craft beer got its own kind of venue. And Hackney Wick’s Mason & Company, overseen by the team behind the borough’s Five Points Brewery, demonstrates just what the new generation of craft beer-driven bars can achieve.
Mason & Company is no pub. In looks it resembles a Scandinavian design boutique, with blonde wood, modular furniture and geometric tiles. Its kitchen skips underwhelming burgers and limp chips in favour of hearty meatbull subs, juicy steak braciole, and other New Jersey-Italian fare (courtesy of street food trader Capish).
And then there’s the expansive beer menu, which – with 20 offerings on tap and almost 50 brews on the bottles and cans list – is one of London’s biggest and best. Can’t decide whether you fancy a maple candied pale ale or a basil lambic? Ask one of the knowledgeable staff members, kick back next to the canal, and revel in the good vibes that arise when craft beer is treated right.