Real Ale

Real Ale

A drinking delight, savouring some real English ale in a dedicated ale house is considered by all its fans to be one of life’s little pleasures.

The Definition of English Real Ale
What sets real ale apart from other beers is that it’s technically alive when served. Unlike lesser brews which are pasteurised after production, real ales continue to ferment in the cask or barrel after they leave the brewery. As fermentation continues, carbon dioxide is produced dissolving into the beer. For the stamp of a true real ale, it should be hand-pumped before it’s served.

London Brewers

Chiswick based Fullers have taken home the big prize at the Champion Beer of Britain competition in the past. ESB and London Pride are the most commonly available English real ales in London and are both complex and tasty. Careful when throwing back an 1845 or London Porter as it’s a little stronger.

Wandsworth’s Youngs brew up the perfect pint for long summer afternoons. Youngs Bitter is clean and crisp while the Special Bitter is a touch stronger. Try their two seasonal bitters: Winter Warmer is a rich, ruby-coloured brew with strong fruity flavours while the summery Waggledance has honey added to the fermentation mix.

Other brands of English real ale to look out for in your local ale house include Theakstons, Greene King, Hook Norton and Samuel Smith.

Fullers, Youngs and Shepherd Neame pubs are scattered across London - just look for the signs outside, they can be found all over the capital. Independent real ale pubs across the capital are also worth the time spent traveling to them.

Natasha Vuckovic

Most Read Today

01 Clocks Go Back

Don’t forget the clocks go back by one hour this O...

02 Clocks Go Forward

Remember to set your clocks forward by one hour in...

03 Rugby Pubs In London

Wondering where to watch rugby? Take a look at our...

04 Halloween London Events

Have a scream of a time with Halloween themed even...

05 Pimms No 1 Cup

A guide to the history of Pimms No 1 Cup, Pimms dr...

Content updated: 04/10/2015 16:18

Related Features

Feature Image
Wondering where to watch rugby? Take a look at our pick of the best rugby pubs in London
Feature Image
Cheer on your favourite team during the Six Nations at London pubs and bars.
Feature Image
Celebrate Australia Day in true Aussie style with our selection of pubs and bars in London
Feature Image
Even though it's cold outside, you can warm the soul with this choice of London bars serving up winter drinks.

Pub & Bar Hire

Planning a party?

Find your perfect pub or bar here to get everyone together for a great time.


Top Venue Hire

  1. Waxy O’Connors
  2. Queen of Hoxton
  3. Gigalum
    Clapham South
  4. Kona Kai
  5. Zilouf’s

Latest Pubs & Bars User Reviews

  • Canvas Bar
    I was in the area with a few friends without the intention of hav...

    Jessica.a123 on 03/10/2015 @ 20:31
  • 5th View
    The view is actually of roof tops and rather off putting, certain...

    kel9999 on 03/10/2015 @ 16:22
  • Drake and Morgan
    I joined a few colleagues out for a few drinks at Drake and Morga...

    AndrewJM on 01/10/2015 @ 17:18
  • Drake and Morgan
    I was at Drake and Morgan last week and was really impressed. The...

    danweaver on 01/10/2015 @ 17:00
  • The Jam Tree
    Me and a colleague had lunch here recently, the burgers were to d...

    annagt on 01/10/2015 @ 17:00