In July 2011, two London school friends; Martin Hayes and Peter Slezak started the Craft Beer Co. in Clerkenwell EC1.

Their idea was simple and that was to create a great place with an inviting atmosphere, the best products and the best service that you could find in a UK pub. They focused on sourcing beer from far and wide, little known brewers from all over the UK and International brewers that had rarely been seen in London before.

The Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell was hailed a beer lover’s paradise with 16 cask lines and 21 keg taps, as well more than 200 bottles. In fact, before the year had ended, the pub had been crowned Best Bar in the UK on RateBeer.

With the help of the rest of their team, the pair looked to open more pubs with the same simple values, great beer, wines and spirits and exceptional service, they wanted to capture what they called ‘old school pub values’. More pubs have opened, but the values and ethos of the business have remained exactly the same since day one as has the ownership of the business, which is proudly independent.


Owners & Founders




We offer a vast, ever-changing selection of keg beers from all over the world, as well as some regular house favourites.


We are proud of our continuously changing cask beers sourced from the finest, independent micro-breweries from all over the UK.


We stock the latest and greatest bottled beers. We are constantly adding to our range so you can always find something new.


Take our world class beer selection home with you with 33% discount on take away bottled and canned beers!


We are often asked if we sell wines and spirits, to which the answer is a resounding yes. We are proud to maintain an extensive range of high quality, small batch spirits and wines so every visitor can leave having enjoyed a great experience.


We stock a great selection of high quality snacks such as Mr. Barrick's Pies and Handmade Scotch eggs along with artisan crisps and nuts.

In addition, Forty Burgers are in residence in our Islington and Brighton pubs while Clapham offers a full food menu. Covent Garden has also just launched a brand new diner-style menu.


We accept bookings of any size and have areas at all of our pubs suitable for larger parties. Islington, St. Mary Axe, Brighton and Clerkenwell also have full rooms available for private hire.

You can contact the pubs to find out more.