It’s Crate o’clock: when the best pizza and the best beer meet in Hackney

by Ioana Ardereanu

Hackney, home of hipster London, is well-known for reinventing places and people.

On the banks of Lea Navigation of Hackney Wick lies Crate, an old factory where people gather for unconventional pizza, home-made ales from just around the corner micro-brewery and good music. Not to mention that the space itself is an open door to every artist who makes your staying at the Crate more than just an outing for food and booze.

Crate is “one-of-a-kind up-cycled venue”, so there is no wonder that you will be seated on ladders and ratchet, although comfy straps and eat on scaffold plank and pallet tables. As for the balmy summer days, there is no other place you’d rather be in East London. Surrounded by herbs and flowers, just next to where the boats are moored up, people wait in lines for their orders and even eat standing just to enjoy the buzzing atmosphere.

The lively (and handsome) staff you’ll find behind the huge old railway’s sleepers bar is ready to show you’re the “tap take-overs”menu with all the brew specialities they prepare only in the back of the building. From beer to cider, the Lemon Gose – “a zingy citrus gose with a light salty finish”- is the main attraction of the place. Not bothering to walk to Crate only for buying their drinks? You can also find them online, having them delivered to your door –

When it comes to food, there is nothing that can compare to their pizza. Believe it or not, just by looking at it, it reminds me of my many failed attempts to model my home-made pizza in the perfect circle shape. But what does the shape matter when you will get to enjoy what most people say that it is the best pizza in London? Prepared in their plan kitchen so you can see how much marinara sauce is there on it, Crate’s pizza is a delicious hand-rolled pizza, topped up with unconventional ingredients such as sweet potatoes, crunchy walnuts and marinated lamb mince meat. It is all about boasting exciting flavours and interesting combinations.

If you don’t believe us, go and try it yourself!

Crate is open every day, from Sunday to Thursday 12.00 – 23.00, from Friday to Saturday 12 – 00.00 and you can find it here: The white building, Queen’s Yard, London E9 5EN.

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