In our previous blog we made reference to the Romford area being a barren wasteland when it comes to good beer. Harsh but fair. So, finding places to go within the constraints of daily working life, kids and interests outside of beer (yes, we do have interests outside of beer…just!!) is a challenge. Distance, travel links, ease to find are all considerations to make the most of time. So how far is far?
We are lucky enough to be on the Southend-Liverpool Street mainline so you can clock up some beer miles very quickly…leaves on the line, train strikes and engineering works permitting. It’s a five minute walk to the station so the determining factors…train time and the walk to the nearest bar.
The beer compass pointed towards Stratford and after just 15 minutes on the train we strode off to Westfield where Beer shopping would start in Tap East. Could we reach anywhere else within 30 minutes door to door?
This brewpub is tucked away near Waitrose or opposite Stratford International entrance in an open fronted shop unit. Despite being situated in a shopping mall you soon feel comfortable lounging back in a comfy sofa. There’s plenty to choose from, all listed on a TV screen above the bar. In house brews are rotated as well regular guests. In addition, there are very well stocked fridges.
Losing track of time here can be so, so easy. One thing to be aware of is that West Ham Football team now inhabit the Olympic stadium so beware of match days!
From here….we walked to The Tank Bar…join us in Part 2 of How far is far?
7, International Square, Montfichet Rd, Westfield, Stratford City. E20 1EE
If you have any awareness of the Romford area you’ll know that it’s a barren wasteland as far as real ale and craft beer is concerned. The same could be said for other things but let’s not wander off topic. When it came to our attention that a Taproom was opening in Upminster we had to check the facts. A Taproom? …in Romford?(or as near as)… really?! So, weeks went by before we assembled and off we went. A train into Romford station and then a change on to the Upminster line…thirty minutes door to door.
The Upminster Taproom is perhaps not what you expect as it’s located in a side street within an ex-commercial property. Entering through the door you find yourself straight in the thick of things. Now, there’s no bar…mmmm…so how does this work? We didn’t have to wait long at all before Bob appeared and explained all. Basically you catch his eye or his daughters, who help out, and they’ll bring your order out to you. Simple. All of this adds to a slightly quirky but very comfortable and friendly place which Bob certainly conveys when he stops (he was actually able to that day) and tells the story of how it all began.
Generally, the beers are locally sourced with the most popular making regular appearances. A cider or two along with a small selection of wine is also on the menu. We look out for the weekly Facebook postings providing visual notifications of what’s on that week. You do have to be quick though…some go fast!
Do drop in and enjoy the experience. It’s become the Beerweekenders local go-to!
1A Sunnyside Gardens, Upminster RM14 3DT.
Nearest station: 5 min walk from Upminster station