Cask may not be located in the nicest part of Pimlico, nestled among the area’s big estates, but this doesn’t stop people from seeking it out from far and wide. Why? The bar and kitchen has a dedication to the art of beer-making that is unrivalled in the capital.
Located amid a ‘70s council estate, it’s not an awful area by any means – this is hardly the Peckham Estate – but it’s not the nicest of places, even if it is a stone’s throw from multimillion pound properties. Inside, Cask is pretty simple but very pleasant. A neutral colour scheme sets the scene in a space that focuses on the bar. There are a lot of tables, chairs and high stools nestled anywhere there is space, which is good news, since this remains one of the most popular pubs in the area and Cask rightly wants to make the most of it.
Cask has a loyal following of beer drinkers, be it the bearded beer-bellied clichés or the next generation of attractive, young professional beer aficionados. The staff are incredibly passionate about beer and have an almost inhuman knowledge of their selection – show an interest and they will happily help you to make your choice. Still not convinced? Ask for a sip before you try. It’s the sort of atmosphere that is perfectly conducive to a laid back pint of unusual brew. It’s pleasing to see that despite the success of their subsequent Craft Beer Co ventures across London, the owners of Cask haven’t left this pub behind.
Forty Burgers currently operate a kitchen takeover at Cask. Beef used is Aberdeen Angus and either 40 day aged rib or 30 day aged rump meat. The forty burger (£9.70) with red onion relish is a good offering to go with that cask ale, but veggies need not fear, with a halloumi and mushroom burger (£9) to cater to their needs. Chips with bacon dust (£4) on the side are an irresistible option for many.
This is a beer drinkers pub through and through. Well known on the real ale and craft beer circuit, Cask showcases the best brews of the season, including those from new and emerging breweries and local brewers. The choice is incredible: cask, keg and bottles, covering beers from the UK and Belgium through to New Zealand – some of the likes you’ll be hard pushed to find elsewhere in London, such as Night Rider by Californinan brewers Pizza Port or brews from Danish producer Hornbeer. Copenhagen’s Mikeller brewery feature just as they do at Craft Beer Co bars, too. And with 14 craft beer kegs and ten cask ales regularly changing, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The pub also hosts Meet the Brewer events where you can actually get to know the people behind the beer – a great way of giving independent microbrewers some exposure among people who really care about the grain.
The Last Word
Cask is one of those pubs that worships at the altar of beer, but does so without alienating those without the bushy beards to prove it.