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Auberge, 1 Sandell Street, London SE1     [map]

Candles on the tables and old church seats give this place, located in a lane right outside Waterloo station, an intimate atmosphere. Auberge serves an entry-level range of Belgian beers: Stella, Hoegaarden & Leffe Blond on tap. Bottles include Duvel, Chimay, Rochefort, Kwak & various fruit beers. The food is good, but the service can be somewhat charmless. Other Auberges can be found in the Whitgift Centre, Croydon, the Peacock Centre, Woking and Uxbridge.


Belgique, 200 High Street, Loughton     [map]

Innovative crossover café featuring Belgian beer and first class pastries. Beers available include Tripel Karmeliet, Duchesse de Bourgogne, Westmalle, Rochefort and Gouden Carolus.

Belgique, 29 Cambridge Park, Wanstead     [map]

Similar to the above entry, but in Wanstead.

Belgo Centraal, 50 Earlham Street, London WC2 (020 7813 2233)     [map]

This massive place in Covent Garden, situated at the convergence of Shelton St & Earlham St, was reputedly the largest restaurant in London when it opened a few years back. Very modern, all glass and steel but  with an incongruous monastic motif. If it is busy, you can drink at the small bar at the entrance while waiting to be called. When the table is ready, you step onto a sort of industrial gantry and are transported to the lower level, where you then have the pleasure of walking past the assembly line of mussel-pots to the large beer hall. The menu is based on mussels in various sauces though there are other options such as sausage, and all are naturally served with frites and mayonnaise. Belgo Centraal is something of an all-round sensory experience, though some may find it all a bit on the hectic side.

Belgo Noord, 72 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 (020 7267 0718)     [map]

Less frantic than the Covent Garden branch, the original Belgo is located opposite The Roundhouse near Chalk Farm tube station, just far enough away from the market to avoid the claustrophobic crowds. There is an elegant curved bar at one end of the restaurant which is divided down the middle by a partition wall. Belgo Noord is decked out in a modern style with plenty of natural light streaming in and a nice conversation-piece in the form of a long list of odd words around the wall. The beerlist and menu are the same as the other Belgos.

Belgo Noord

Click here to go to the Belgo/Bierodrome website.

Belgo Clapham, 44-48 Clapham High Street, London SW4 (020 7720 1118)     [map]

The South London Bierodrome is similar in design to the North London original. The dining and drinking sections are quite distinct, being separated by the central bar area. Like the other Belgo establishments, the clientèle mainly comprises people on a big night out.
The Bierodrome is located between Clapham North and Clapham Common Northern Line stations.

The Clapham Bierodrome

Belgo Kingsway, 67 Kingsway, London WC2 (020 7242 7469)     [map]

Former Bierodrome rebranded as Belgo. Similar to the above...

Cask Pub and Kitchen, 6 Charlwood Street, London SW1     [map]

Cask is on the face of it a largish single room pub in a residential area of Pimlico, but it has made an instant impact on the London beer scene as a serious big hitter. "Please ask for a beer menu", entreaties the sign over the bar, though it is likely you will spot something to your taste easily enough without one. The large range of Belgian bottles includes Cantillon, Alvinne, Senne and St Bernardus. Others of interest include Mikkeller and Brewdog ('normal' ales on tap along with the huge ABV novelty items). Cask is also the home of Thornbridge beers in the capital. The food is excellent food too. Cask is 3-5 minutes' walk from Pimlico tube, depending how thirsty you are.

Cask Pub and Kitchen

The Cow, 89 Westbourne Park Rd, London W2 (Dining Rooms 020 7221 2021)     [map]

Unusual west London local. The Cow sells over a dozen Belgian beers including De Koninck and Hoegaarden on draught, the latter thankfully bereft of its usual fancy pump. The bar food is based on shellfish, principally oysters, and a friendly atmosphere pervades the establishment. The clientèle is a mix of locals and people who have sought out The Cow specially, and the décor is simple - traditional with a few retro Guinness ads adorning the walls.
There is a highly-regarded restaurant, 'The Cow Dining Rooms', upstairs.

The Cow

De Hems, 11 Macclesfield Street, London W1     [map]

Dutch café bar just off Shaftesbury Avenue serving a good range of Belgian beer. As well as the familiar ones (Chimay, Duvel etc.) they also have some less usual ones (Palm, Karmeliet). All these can be enjoyed with chips and mayonnaise.

De Hems

Dean Swift, 10 Gainsford Street, London SE1     [map]

New bistro-style pub near the southern end of Tower Bridge. The Belgian range includes Rochefort, Westmalle Tripel and 3 Fonteinen.

Dean Swift

The Dog and Bell, 116 Prince Street, London SE8     [map]

Small local nestling amongst the Thamesside housing estates, The Dog and Bell offers one of the finest Belgian ranges in the capital. Hommelbier, Bieken, Troubadour, Dikke Matilda, Oud Beersel, Hannsens Kriek and many others. It's easily accessed from London Bridge, being only a five minute walk from Deptford station.

The Dog and Bell

The Dovetail, 9 Jerusalem Passage, London EC1 (020 7490 7321)     [map]

This is not ideally placed for passing trade, located as it is in a tiny lane in the labyrinthine depths of Clerkenwell, but it is a jewel.
There are 100+ beers available here. The menu is eclectic with a Belgian thread running through, and the clientèle is mainly composed of local office workers. On tap they serve Stella, Jupiler, Belle-Vue Kriek & Gueuze, Leffe Blonde & Brune, De Koninck plus a guest ale. Anyone even slightly interested in Belgian beer should find it well worth seeking out.
For special occasions, you can buy beer by the barrel, and they can also organise beer & cheese tasting evenings.

The Dovetail

The Dove Freehouse, 24-26 Broadway Market, London E8 (020 7275 7617)     [map]

This place in Hackney combines the same range of Belgian beer as the Dovetail with a real ale and lager range found in more conventional pubs. Cosy interior with a great atmosphere.
Click here here to go to the Doves website.

The Greenwich Union, 56 Royal Hill, London SE10     [map]

The tap of the Meantime brewery, the Union is a pleasant five minute walk from Greenwich station. As well as showcasing the Meantime beers, it concentrates on 'non-national' real ales and classic world beers. The Belgian range of a dozen or so comprises established classics, rather than new or unusual brews. The pub boasts a nice relaxed atmosphere, high quality food and outdoor drinking areas fore and aft.

The Greenwich Union

Jan's, 18 Northwold Road, London N16     [map]

Comfortable Belgian-style pub in a less lively part of Stoke Newington, with a good range of Belgian beers including some less common ones such as Petrus Oud Bruin.

Lowlander Beer Café, 36 Drury Lane, London WC2 (020 7379 7446)     [map]

Dutch-style Covent Garden café offering a large range of continental beers on tap and more in bottles. Belgian brews available include four of the Trappists, Straffe Hendrik, Cantillon and others. Moreover, there are interesting Dutch beers aplenty, along with a sizeable winelist. Good food.


The Old Goat, 241 Hampton Road, Fulwell, Middlesex     [map]

Tastefully renovated pub on crossroads a five minute walk from Fulwell station. The Old Goat boasts a Belgian style restaurant called Brouge and 20+ Belgian beers from the populist end of the spectrum. Does its bit for the cause by featuring a drink-all-the-Belgian-beers loyalty card scheme.

The Old Goat

The Pembury Tavern, 90 Amhurst Road, London E8     [map]

Spacious one room pub very close to Hackney Downs station and a short walk from Hackney Central on the North London Line. The Belgian list of a dozen or so beers is maybe on the small side but is well selected.

The Pembury Tavern

The Porterhouse, 21-22 Maiden Lane, London WC2     [map]

Large Irish pub located between Covent Garden & The Strand. The huge range of drinks available includes 20-30 Belgian beers. The place is split up into multiple levels and alcoves, so if you've arranged to meet friends here you may need to spend a bit of time hunting them down. The Porterhouse has gone for an industrial look - you won't find any pastoral Irish fakery here - and cabinets on the walls display a multitude of bottled beers.

The Porterhouse

Quinn's, 65 Kentish Town Road, London NW5     [map]

Corner pub on the border of Kentish Town & Camden with a huge beer range. This includes over 20 Belgian ales with Hoegaarden, Leffe Blond, Belle-Vue Kriek & Gueuze all on tap. There is something of a Leffe presence here with mirrors & even a Leffe flag on display. An excellent place for those seeking to consume their Belgian beers in a more conventional environment. Also has TV, making this one of the only places in which you can enjoy a Belgian beer while watching the game.


The Rake, 14 Winchester Walk, London SE1     [map]

Excellent but tiny bar adjacent to Borough Market run by the Utobeer people. The Rake sells a variety of beers from around the world including a quality Belgian representation. There is also a small area with outdoor seating. Popular with commuters (handy for London Bridge station).

The Rake

The White Horse, 1 Parsons Green, London SW6     [map]

Well-known and busy pub in leafy Fulham, serving a broad range of Belgian beer and a good range of real ale too, not to mention plenty of bottled beers from elsewhere. Click here to go to The White Horse website.

The White Horse

Off Licences

Beer Boutique, 134 Upper Richmond Road, London SW15     [map]

Specialist beer shop in Putney selling a decent range of Belgians as well as many British and US bottles.

Dr Ink of Fulham, 349 Fulham Palace Road, London SW6     [map]

This unusual shop, which also sells bespoke curry paste, stocks one of the largest Belgian ranges in the capital. Check the Dr Ink website for opening times.

Kris Wines, 394 York Way, London N7     [map]

Over 200 Belgian beers available in this offie near the junction with Camden Road.

Nelson Wines, 168 Merton High Street, London SW19     [map]

Small off licence selling an interesting range of 20-30 Belgian beers including many in 75cl bottles.

Noble Green Wines, 153-155 High Street, Hampton Hill     [map]

Large shop whose range of 40 Belgians among an impressive total of 300 beers includes Hommel, Echt Kriekenbier, Westmalle, St Bernardus, Arabier and Zot. www.noblegreenwines.co.uk

Real Ale Shop, 371 Richmond Road, Twickenham     [map]

Simply laid out beer shop dealing exclusively in bottle conditioned ales. Various Belgian brews available including offerings from 3 Fonteinen, Cantillon, Dupont and Ellezelloise. www.realale.com

Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London W1     [map]

The world-famous department store has a small range of Belgians avalable. Head for the food hall.

Theatre of Wine, 75 Trafalgar Road, London SE10     [map]

Stocks Chimay Red and Blue, Orval, Leffe Vielle Cuvée, Hoegaarden, Forbidden Fruit, various lambics, Malheur and lots of others. www.theatreofwine.com

Utobeer, Borough Market, Southwark Street, London SE1     [map]

Stall at the famous market. Open Friday afternoon and 9-4 on Saturdays, offering a broad selection of Belgian beers along with British and German ones. www.utobeer.co.uk. Also www.boroughmarket.org.uk.

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