Nosing around East London: Crate Brewery in Hackney

A couple of weeks ago, Mum called to communicate her spontaneous decision to spend the weekend in London, and two days after… here she was! When I have guests over I normally plan activities and dinners in detail, but this time, because of this short notice, and to tell you the truth, it was my second week at my new job, and I was feeling still a little overwhelmed and incredibly tired, I didn’t.

Luckily, she came up with a plan. Since her recent visit a few months back, she has developed an insane enjoyment in shopping at ehm… Primark and she requested a visit to the nearest one :)
Feeling really lazy, and not wanting to venture to Marble Arch, I decided to drive to Hackney Wick, and then take the overground train for one stop to Westfield Stratford (since the mall carpark is now closed for the Olympics. Sigh).

After parking my car, we headed for the short walk to Hackey Wick station. All of the sudden, we noticed quite a few people briskly walking in the opposite direction. At the unison, looking at each others, we had an ‘Alice in Wonderland following the white rabbit’ moment and we kind of ehm… Followed them. Don’t ask, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree :)
Well, turns out.. They were going.. Home.

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However, the detour brought us to discover a little gem. Just tucked away behind an anonymous gate closing an industrial park, we bumped into a new micro brewery and art space that had just been open two days before: Crate Brewery. And the Italian in me got ever more excited in finding out that is a pizzeria too! Yum! :)

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Crate is a light and trendy converted industrial space, overlooking the canal, with a big bar in the middle, pizza oven on the back and solid wooden tables all around to share ‘a la Hackney’. The decor is industrial, but cosy with a very interesting handmade lightening with iron wires and bulbs.

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The atmosphere is extremely laid back, and the crowd pretty arty. The guys working at the bar were extremely busy, but friendly.

We just looked at each other in excitement for the discovery and decided to stay for lunch. Sage and truffle potato pizza for me and mum sweet potato, walnut and Gorgonzola pizza for mum. Both washed down by half pints of Crate own brewed beer.

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I loved the pizza, thin and crispy with mouth watering toppings, truly heavenly. The combinations of the ingredients seemed to work like magic, perfect balance of flavors! Well done Crate team!

Great spot for a lazy lunch, maybe a laid back daytime date.. I will definitely come back.

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www.cratebrewery.com

Avg lunch for two including drinks £35.

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