The beer geek God is listening

What we’ve been after for a long time is a pub near work with a good range of cask ale, inter­est­ing beer in bot­tles and has enough room to move with­out bump­ing into a sweaty bloke in a suit.

Enter “Cask”, which we spot­ted from afar this evening, and detoured to inves­ti­gate. It’s a cosy but mod­ern refur­bish­ment of a grot­ty estate pub in Pim­li­co (a bit of Lon­don which hasn’t real­ly posh since the ear­ly 19th cen­tu­ry, despite appear­ances).

It only opened recent­ly, but is already busy. The big draw: Dark Star Hop­head, in per­fect con­di­tion, with the promise of the full range of Dark Star beers to fol­low as guests. A sec­ondary draw: more than 20 bot­tled region­al Ger­man beers, some of which we’ve nev­er seen before.

And the enthu­si­as­tic, friend­ly land­lord and land­la­dy buzzing around look­ing after their cus­tomers aren’t harm­ing busi­ness either.

All in all, it’s a bit of a find. This is one Cred­it Crunch busi­ness ven­ture that ought to do well, if there’s any jus­tice in the world. We’ll cer­tain­ly be back.

The Cask is on the cor­ner of Charl­wood Street and Tach­brook Street, about three min­utes walk from Pim­li­co under­ground sta­tion. It’s open at week­ends and serves decent look­ing food.

9 thoughts on “The beer geek God is listening”

  1. Thanks for the tip, I shall have to drop in soon. I’ve been fol­low­ing your excel­lent blog for some­time now, not least because I sus­pect I work in the same area in Lon­don as many of your reports of after-work drinks reflect my own haunts like the excel­lent Speak­er and the Jugged Hare and its always good to get some good local intel­li­gence – and intell­gence doesn’t come much bet­ter than news of a local source of Hop­head !

    Keep up the good work
    Tom

  2. Thanks for the tip! That’s off my cur­rent “beat­en track” but I do know the area hav­ing worked near there a few years ago. On your rec­om­men­da­tion I popped over there this lunchtime and could hard­ly have been more impressed. Nice, clean and mod­ern with­out being in any way pon­cey, a very friend­ly land­lord, and some great beers. I had a pint of Dark Star Hop­head that was as good a drop of beer as I’ve had for ages; right up there with the Harvey’s I had recent­ly at Jeff Bell’s gaff. This place real­ly does deserve to do well if they car­ry on as they’ve start­ed.

  3. Tom – thanks for the kind words!

    Dave – real­ly good to have our feel­ings on this place sec­ond­ed – “could hard­ly have been more impressed” sums up our view nice­ly. I can’t quite put my fin­ger on how they’ve achieved the bal­ance of moder­ni­ty and old-fash­ioned cosi­ness. Cush­ions? Low light­ing? Any­way, it works.

  4. It’s one of those things that old CAMRA weirdos have a bizarre objec­tion to”

    I rather like low light­ing and agree for a pub to work well it can be a great fea­ture if done well. Guess that’s me out of the CAMRA weirdo brack­et then? Oh well. Maybe not.

  5. Wow, thank you for the tips. Spent a love­ly Sat­ur­day after­noon last week with the girls and a fine tast­ing bot­tle of chilled rose. Atmos­phere was relax­ing and chilled. Land­lord could do no more to please us. Look­ing for­ward to going back and next time will eat and bring some real ale drinkers to sam­ple the assort­ment on offer. I am also rather par­tial to a Bel­gian fruit beer so may ask the land­lord if this is maybe a pos­si­bil­i­ty for the future. I love the world map on dis­play and the fas­ci­na­tion it attracts with the cus­tomers as they enter. I also have what can only be described as an eclec­tic taste in music which was more than sat­is­fied! A much need­ed addi­tion to a dull and less than excit­ing urban area on a Sat­ur­day evening.

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