As London’s appreciation of craft beer reaches new heights — no doubt boosted by the increased number of independent brewers in the city — west London has a new outlet in the form of Draft House, set to open on Shepherd’s Bush Road later this month.
This, the seventh branch from the Draft House Group, will sit in the former Laurie Arms pub, which once served as a backdrop to The Hammersmith Palais de Danse ballroom. Come 26th February, visitors can expect to find an expansive range of craft beer here — both on draft and in bottle — with local breweries and those from the USA, Czech Republic and Belgium represented. And it’s not all beer: cocktails created by Max Chater of Bump Caves will also be offered, dispensed from three-litre pub optics bottles. The interiors of the restored space partially look toward the demolished Palais for inspiration, with salvaged original gig posters and photographs set to line walls which will also be painted with song lyrics from the venue. Elsewhere, ochre upholstered steel-framed benches, imposing stained-glass windows and antique French ceramic pendants will create an sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere that will undoubtedly spill out into the venue’s very own courtyard and cobbled garden in the summer months.
And what’s a good beer without some stodgy grub to match? Draft House will be offering a creative pie menu, which will include fillings such as steak and ale, steak and kidney, chicken, leek and ham and spinach, sweet potato and goat’s cheese, all priced at £7.90 and served with mushy marrowfat peas, and liquor or onion gravy. We’ll drink to that.
238 Shepherd’s Bush Road, www.drafthouse.co.uk