The Charles Lamb: Bank Holiday, London Beer Festival

It seems to be a recurring theme. Great pub does beer festival, I have unbreakable plans. This time it’s The Charles Lamb in Islington, an old favourite between Upper Street and the Regents Canal.  It retains a local feel with friendly bar staff , good beer and great food.

This weekend sees their London Beer Festival kick off on Friday and in their own words meander through the weekend. This strikes a chord with me as i’ve always liked a meander. Many a time I’d find myself heading to Islington along Regents Canal and some how end up in The Charles Lamb, happily spending a few hours before continuing my meander. Plenty of meaty beer snacks are promised as well as the usual blackboard menu, so no worries of going hungry. The beer on offer is London at it’s best with Redemption, Camden Town, Windsor & Eton, Brodies, Meantime, Kernel and Fullers. Highlights include:

Redemption: Pale Ale, Trinity, Hopspur, Urban Dusk

Brodies: Hackney Red, Citra, California, Amarilla, 7 Hop IPA, Elia’s Muse (Charles Lamb collaboration)

Windsor and Eton: Knight of the Garter, Conquerer

Camden Town: Inner City Green, Caravan Porter, Hells, Pale Ale

Fullers: 1845, Honeydew

Meantime: London Stout, Famous Belgian

Kernel: Centenial Pale Ale, Imperial Marzen, Coffee IPA, Black IPA, Chinook Pale Ale,

So while i’m under canvas, firing up the trangia (and hopefully not the tent) spare a thought and raise a pint of Elia’s Muse for me.

The Charles Lamb, 16 Elia Street, Islington, N1 8DE

The Charles Lamb: Bank Holiday, London Beer Festival