Mason & Taylor – New East End Bar Now Open
Published 3 January 2011
Mason & Taylor is building up to be a landmark London bar. Its focus will be whole heartedly on the best drinks that Britain has to offer, which means craft beers, spirits, ciders and English wines.
The doors to this new bar swung open on 10th December on the corner of Bethnal Green Road and Redchurch Street, on the site formerly occupied by Green & Red Mexican restaurant, which has now closed to allow the owners to focus on the expansion of their ever-popular Hawksmoor burger chain.
Overseeing the operation, and giving it its name, will be Ed Mason (owner of the award winning real ale pub The Duke of Wellington in Dalston), along with his business partner Steve Taylor.
Particularly worth a mention from the bulging Mason & Taylor drinks department are beers from two small London breweries, Camden Town and Kernel. Camden Town Brewery was only established in June this year, but they’re already making a name for themselves in beery circles. They produce a pale ale, a wheat beer and a lager, all of which will be available at Mason & Taylor, one of very few places outside Camden. The Kernel Brewery hails from the other side of the river in Bermondsey and has won several awards for their range of bottle conditioned ales and stouts made using historically accurate methods. Flying the flag for London in the spirits department will be Sipsmith, whose Hammersmith produced gin and vodka will also be stocked.
From further afield in Scotland, Mason & Taylor will also be stocking William Bros’ heather ale. Rarely seen nowadays, heather was what would be used to make beers in the UK until the arrival of hops to Kent in the 16th Century. It is now used as an ingredient in several beers, but William Bros. are unique in using only heather, as would have been done historically.
Good drinks deserve good food, and Mason & Taylor is on the case here, too. A menu of carefully sourced British grub (think ox tongue and scotch eggs) will be served tapas-style in small dishes for around £3 – £6 a pop. Going by Ed’s reputation at The Duke of Wellington, these will surely hit the spot. And help soak up some of that very good alcohol.
Now that Mason & Taylor have swung open their doors, London Insider will soon be down there to let you know the ins and outs. If your appetites have been whet as much as ours, we may see you there!