Located towards the Tower Bridge end of the Bermondsey Beer Mile, The Barrel Project looks similar to most of the other slightly claustrophobic railway-arch based Taprooms in the Capital.
However, once through the door, the space opens out beautifully, and it is higher, wider and deeper than you could possibly guess from the street. Lining one wall is an imposing array of barrels, all with simple white-chalk markings that give just a hint of the wonders contained within.
The bar offers 24 taps including super fresh versions of the hand-full of core LBF beers that most will be familiar with, the remainder being a broad range of small batch beers many of which are barrel-aged, including stouts, mixed-ferm sours, pales, lagers and several interesting Belgian farmhouse styles.
Current COVID-19 protocols mean that table service is in operation, and booking is recommended via the website at: https://www.thelondonbeerfactory.com/
Railway arches always offer a pleasant relief from the summer heat and we found the temperature inside very reasonable, even though outside it was a blistering 35 degrees C on the day we visited. For anyone seeking to stray slightly off the IPA reservation with their choices of Craft Beer in Central London, it’s hard to think of a better location to head for than the The Barrel Project.