Mammoth Beer is here
Taking over the former To Be Consumed wine bar and deli in the Leytonstone High Road railway arches is Hackney Wick microbrewery Mammoth Beer. There’s all manner of locally brewed craft beers, wine and, of course, DJs. We’ve tried both the easygoing signature Prism lager and a tasty Nada Brahma Pale Ale collab with local legends Filly Brook (the latter is our fav). The space itself, as you can see from our main image above, is minimal and more bar-like than the former deli, with lots of taps, seating and a very busy terrace. It’s also a perfect rendezvous if you’re lucky enough to have a table booked at Singburi. Follow @mammothtaproom.
Sparkhouse takes over The Drum
Meanwhile, over at Baker’s Arms (opposite this lovely cafe), right on Leyton’s northernmost fringes, is another super exciting new venue. Formerly Wetherspoon pub The Drum, The Spark House – owned by the same folk as E11’s The Birds, as we told you back in Feb – will boast “digital art projections on both the inside and outside of the venue to provide an otherworldly atmosphere”. Expect “fantastical works of light sculpture from the most inspiring local artists,” while the stripped back warehouse space will be home to a selection of “contemporary electronic DJs, creating an unprecedented marriage of art, music and entertainment.” 557-559 Lea Bridge Road E10 7EQ, follow @sparkhouse.london
JayCan, Indulgence – and Rapture
Finally, a trio of new spots on Leyton High Road that may reward investigation: newish Caribbean joint JayCan dishes up Jerk Chicken, curry goat, chicken stew, fried sea bream and oxtail stew (438 High Road E10); while a few doors down the swankyish Indulgence (up near Deeney’s) is open for pancakes, bubble tea, waffles and crepes. And, south towards the tube, the other day we spotted that Wine Bar & More is now, alas, Wine Bar No More: with a name-change to Rapture, let’s hope at least Debbie Harry is there for the launch.