When you embark on a Vinopolis experience, you know you are about to be treated to an expertly guided voyage through the wonderful world of wine, beer, and spirits, in partnership with with great food, too. Vinopolis’ Beer Wharf, in the Brew Wharf Yard along Southwark’s Stoney Street (close to Vinopolis’ HQ), is London’s preeminent shrine to the history, art and craft of brewing. This place is a beer and ale encyclopaedia, with hundreds of handpicked brews to choose from, all with tasting notes and helpful food-pairing suggestions.
Food was all excellent! so fresh and well cooked and full of flavour. However! - waitress looked bored whilst we were deciding on wine order. Were not told Pheasant wasn't available until after we'd ordered it. Waitress looked bored again whilst one of our party had to choose an alternative. Later on ordered one separate glass of Cote du Rhone. It didn't taste like a Cote du Rhone so asked waitress to make sure. She said it was. Asked a waiter to check again. They then told us they didn't have C du R so had given Cabernet but hadn't informed us. They did eventually change it for another. Given dessert menu - two of our party of four ordered dessert, other two said they were currently not ready. Asked for dessert menu later on but upon ordering found kitchen had closed. We were somewhat peeved. Waitress found one last chef in kitchen and he made dessert. We did not leave the full twelve and a half percent service charge. One last point - would be nice if all waiting staff wore something a little more presentable.
Staff very friendly. Food excellent and although it was very busy we didn't have to wait long for our food. Good atmosphere will go back again.
As Brew Wharf assures us, all of our brews are aimed to please both the experienced and the novice ale drinker. If you are relatively uninitiated into the fascinating, complex world of beer brewing – and appreciative, knowledgeable drinking – then you’ll certainly come away from this Southwark beer emporium far wiser. Taking a look at Beer Wharf’s beer and ale menu is like finding a scholarly tract on that mysterious amber liquor that results when water, barley, hops and yeast are combined in judicious alchemy. It begins with an intriguing micro-essay about micro-brewing from Brew Wharf’s head brewer (yes, London’s Brew Wharf Yard down Stoney Street doubles as an active brewery, too), and dives in with extensive tasting notes covering their huge range of beers and ciders, draught and bottled, that hark from all four corners of the globe.
True to Vinopolis’ ethos of total coverage when it comes to their infectious enthusiasm for fine tippling, Brew Wharf also offer refined cocktails and a properly curated wine list, complete (again) with tasting notes. This Stoney Street tasting room’s drinks menu is really a pamphlet that maps the contemporary beer and wine scene. It’ll probably become collectible and end up in some London museum. And did we mention there’s a restaurant at Brew Wharf’s Stoney Street location, too? Indeed. Brew Wharf Yard also houses one of Southwark’s finest eateries, created by award-winning, Michelin-honoured restaurateur Claudio Pulze. The menu changes daily, but you can expect modern interpretations of classic British cuisine – burgers, beer-battered fish and chips, sausage and mash – that will go down perfectly with a nicely matched ale. Cheers!