MIND THE TANK: Draft House Chancery Opens

This week marked the official launch of Draft House Chancery. A huge thank you to all who came down to help us test-drive the place last week. Your efforts in eating and drinking us out of house & home did not go unnoticed and – yes – the ‘feedback’ was very helpful.

The pub features no fewer than four 500-Litre tanks for the storage and service of fresh, unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell, which is imported weekly for us from the Czech Republic. This is true Czech lager, hitherto only available in Draft House Seething Lane. I can confirm that it is a truly life-affirming drink, and one which no one with even the slightest interest in beer should live another day without trying.

In a first for Draft House – and indeed for London – we have created a private ‘Tank Room’ which is available for hire, featuring the soon-to-be legendary Altar of Tank (pictured below). This is a tiled plinth at which party-goers can learn to pour the three different styles of Pilsner Urquell: Milk, Smooth and Crisp. Thereafter the party will be essentially a self-service affair, supervised by the Tank Master (someone that works for us and actually knows what they’re doing). Let me know if you’d like to book in or e-mail

I have to confess to feeling very proud of how effing brilliant the pub looks and feels. The fabulous Brett Smith (Chancery General Manager) and her epic team are champing at the bit to welcome you.

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25 Apr 2016, BeerEvents

Someone’s Going to Pilsen to Drink Pilsner

That’s right, we have the winner of our Czech It Out competition. He is Ross McCann and his local is Birdcage, our pub on Columbia Road E2 (yes, on the flower market).

Thanks to Pilsner Urquell, brewers of the original lager since 1842, he and a buddy are heading off to Pilsen (now known as Plzen but harder to pronounce) to explore – among other things – the extraordinary and ancient labyrinthine cellars which lie beneath the modern brewery. Click here to read the story of my own personal conversion to the cause of true lager.

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22 Apr 2016, BeerEvents

Draft House Chancery in Demolition Phase

Before you create, they say you must destroy. And we’re tearing the sh*t out of the old Grappollo Restaurant on Fetter Lane to reforge it as Draft House *Chancery*.

One wit on Twitter accurately described the look below as “Provincial Ramada Inn” when I posted it. Well, that suspended halogen-infested ceiling is now just so much rubble – as per the shot at the top of this piece.

We’re opening late-April – and it will be the biggest and best Draft House yet, just a 3-min walk from Chancery Lane tube – hence its name.

So all of this means WE ARE HIRING. E-mail us to apply.

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12 Mar 2016, Beer

We Haven’t Had That Spirit Here Since 1969

I am just back from the Swiss Alps where it rained, snowed then cleared up on the last day. We lunched at a truly bizarre and wonderful hotel – the Weisshorn – a large Victorian affair (above) only accessible by walkers and cross-country skiers. The interior – last touched up in 1969 – is a fabulously eccentric time capsule.

A fumoir is an excellent idea.

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09 Apr 2015,