East London Food & Culture


Leytonstone Beer Mile: Solvay Society is closing

Sad pre-Xmas news that E11's awesome little taproom is no more

No sooner has the awesome Leytonstone Beer Mile map been published that we hear news of its first casualty. The wonderful little Solvay Society – arguably the area’s craft beer pioneer, and one of the first taprooms to open back in 2019 – has announced it’s closing forever tomorrow (Sat 17th).

“As has been the struggle for lots of breweries with the COVID hangover and rising costs, Solvay will not be continuing into 2023,” says founder Roman. “This decision hasn’t been taken lightly and we hope our fans, crowdfunders, stockists and suppliers and everyone in between understands.”

Solvay Society
Farewell: Solvay. Photo: SE

“We choose to take this moment to remember the last eight years and thank every customer, publican, taproom manager, bottleshop owner, distributor and beer lover for what has been an amazing journey for us. We hope we have been a gateway to the Belgian style of beer for many, and you have enjoyed the unique twist we have put on the beers.

So pop down this weekend if you can for one last fling. It really is a case of use it or lose it in this tough climate: let’s all ensure other Grove Green indies like Arch Deli, Filly Brook, Jo & Kesi, Unity and the Heathcote continue into 2023 and beyond.


And as the space vacated by Solvay? We hope another East London brewery can make it work.

Solvay Society is open today (Fri 16th Dec) and tomorrow (Sat 17th), its last day of trading, 12midday to 11pm. Follow @solvaysociety

Please support us if you can

Sorry to interrupt your reading, but right now finances are especially tough here at Leytonstoner. Although we are now 7 years old and have a bigger audience and social media following than ever before, with rising Mailchimp and hosting costs, as well as advertising revenues in freefall, both Leytonstoner and our small network of independent online titles are at risk. As readers we need your support more than ever to keep delivering ‘good-news’ cultural stories that celebrate our wonderful neighbourhoods. Every reader or business contribution, however big or small, is invaluable in helping the costs of running the website and the time invested in the research and writing of the articles published. Support Leytonstoner here for less than the price of a coffee and it only takes a minute. Thank you – Stephen Emms, editor

Leave a Comment

Leave a Comment