Just around the corner from Covent Garden Market, is Drury Lane (think Shrek and Muffin Man fame), which is home to a handful of central London pubs. While The Lowlander may look like your typical drinking hole from the outside, inside it’s a completely different beast: a Belgian beer hall. Genius.
It's all long picnic bench tables with a smaller area upstairs. The walls are decorated with the logos from dozens of different breweries, the majority of which we’d never heard of. Intrigued, we got stuck in.
The staff are well informed about their beer list, which has close to 100 craft brews. We went with our waitress’s recommendation and ordered an intense and delicious Tripel Karmeliet, and the smooth and liquorice laced Kwak, which comes in an awesome over the top glass, complete with a wooden stand. The food is Belgian inspired pub grub, which is strong and meaty enough to stand up to the rich beers. The wild boar burger and the Belgian croquettes soaked it all up just perfectly and fuelled plenty more rounds.
The venue also offers beer tastings with food pairings with a minimum of 12 guests. Staff party anyone? Hells yeah.