The Britannia, Victoria Park

The Bri­tan­nia has the most con­vinc­ing Ger­man-style beer gar­den we’ve seen in a British pub.

It’s looks out over east London’s huge and love­ly Vic­to­ria Park (found­ed by Her Majesty in the 19th cen­tu­ry to keep the cock­neys out of trou­ble) which pro­vides the req­ui­site canopy of trees.

In the sum­mer (and there are a cou­ple of weeks of it left) there is a wood­en bar­be­cue kitchen which con­tributes a char­ac­ter­is­ti­cal­ly Ger­man aro­ma – grilling meat.

Time Out and oth­ers refer to it as a gas­trop­ub,  and it cer­tain­ly does much bet­ter than aver­age pub food: the home­made chips had been fried mul­ti­ple times and were very crisp. The bar staff and wait­ers were extreme­ly friend­ly, too.  How­ev­er, it’s def­i­nite­ly as much a pub as a restau­rant (anoth­er rea­son why it remind­ed us of Ger­many?).

There are Mean­time beers, two cask ales (Deuchar’s IPA and Sharp’s Doom Bar), Wor­thing­ton White Shield, Hoe­gaar­den, Innis and Gunn and Staro­pra­men on offer.

Shame there was no 4% helles on draft, though. A litre or two of that would have gone down very nice­ly.

The Bri­tan­nia has a web­site here, which explains where it is.  It’s not great for train or tube, although the 388 bus stops out­side. It’s very child-friend­ly, which we like because it means we get to spend time with our friends who have sprogged. If you hate kids, you might want to go some­where else.