Historical version 7 of Euston Tap, NW1 2EF
- 020 3137 8837
- West Lodge, 190 Euston Road, NW1 2EF
- noon-late Mon-Sun
Craft beer-focused pub near Euston Station, located in the west gatehouse by the entrance to the bus station, on Euston Road. It opened in November 2010.
The building is Grade II heritage listed, which means minimal changes can be made to the fabric of the building, accounting for some of the building's oddities. The pub is on two floors. The bar is on the ground floor, in the centre of the square space, with beer fridges behind, and bar stool seating only. There are no tables downstairs, only standing/leaning room along the walls. The upstairs level, accessed via a circular iron staircase, are tables with banquette seating around the barely-decorated walls (architectural plans are the concession to artwork), no windows (except for a skylight), and a single unisex toilet. Outside is a small garden area with some cover available.
One certainly cannot fault the range of beers available here, over 27 taps. There are eight for cask ale and 19 for keg beers, all dispensed via a series of taps mounted on the wall behind the bar. The ale taps are not traditional hand-pulls, for those with an interest in such things (see Pete Brown's blog for more information).
Ales are sourced from a variety of brewers, but Thornbridge and Marble are intended to be among the regulars (including Marble Dobber and Pint, and Thornbridge Wild Swan and Bracia on the opening night), with Bath Ales, Brew Dog, Bristol Beer Factory and Ossett also showing up on Ewan's visit. The keg beers included Thornbridge Kipling, as well as range of American and continental beers, such as Great Divide Douple IPA at 10% (£4/half-pint), Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter, and others less extreme. Large fridges border the island bar along the back walls, with hundreds more beers from across Europe and the States (with a particular focus on Mikeller beers from Denmark).
It doesn't take much for this pub to be uncomfortably rammed, but on brief visits during the daytime this doesn't seem much of an issue, just at the usual weekday after-work hours. Ewan would consider it best for brief visits to sample interesting beers, rather than as a location for an extended session.
No food is served, though music is played (rather too loudly on opening night).
You can order pizza from Rays Pizza at the bar which is then delivered. It was a very good pizza.
Accessibility: One step to get in, but the only toilet in the building is up a very tall, small, circular iron staircase.