There are few places in London (if any) that have 19 regularly-changing ales, prosecco and two wines on tap. I could probably just end this write-up here, but I should probably say a bit more about my new favourite local hotspot, Mother Kelly’s.
Bethnal Green has seen little of the hipster redevelopment action that spots like Dalston and Hackney Wick have experienced, but that’s set to change with the relaunch of Paradise Row – a set of railway arches tucked away near the Underground station that will become a new destination for bars and restaurants throughout 2014. A Japanese Canteen has just opened, but Mother Kelly’s, ‘tap room and ale shop’, sets a precedent.
With new additions regularly, my favourites include ‘Dead Guy’, the ‘Ninkasi’ with champagne yeast and any of the pale ales, but these change daily. The meat and cheese boards are delicious and help in soaking up the beers and there are rows of fridges selling an international variety of bottles to take away. An outdoor terrace for the summer is the perfect place for a local pint or seven.