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Temple Brew House

(formerly Bierpalast)

46 Essex St

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Premises Status

This pub is long-term Closed.

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Opening Times


MondayMidday - 11.00 pm
TuesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
WednesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
ThursdayMidday - 11.30 pm
FridayMidday - Midnight
SaturdayMidday - Midnight
SundayMidday - 10.30 pm

Meal Times

12 - 10 Mon - Sat
12 - 9.30 Sun

About the Pub

CLOSED until at least September 2021 when it is reported the site may reopen as an events venue only.

Previous description follows.

This basement bar, just off the Strand and Fleet Street, is run by the City Pub Group and continues their development of micro-brew pubs, joining the Good Beer Guide-listed Bath Brew House and the Cambridge Brew House, with the on-site Essex Street Brewery.

The 5-barrel brew house is visible from the bar area and at street level. This is a single room bar with minimal decor that exhibits signs of architects 'arrested decay', novel lighting and schoolroom style furnishings, with some tables set aside for dining. It's generally quiet during the day though it does get noisy of an evening.

Essex Street Brewery ales include regulars a number of which are vegan (e..g. Tempale, American Pale, Golden Ale), and gluten-free (DDH), and one-off brews. Collaborations with sister brew houses may be available - e.g. Intercity Stout made with Bath Brew House. There's also a wall of 16 keg fonts that include 12 craft beers, two mainstream lagers (Amstel and Heineken), and a house cider. In addition the venue offers a large selection of canned and bottled beers.

The Temple Brew House was beer pub/bar of the year winner in the John Smith's Great British Pub of the Year 2017 awards, and winner, Best New Pub, Shortlist Pints and Pistachios Awards 2015. In 2019 after a close-run contest it was second-equal placed in the West London branch Pub of the Year awards.

The venue runs events such as Oktoberfests and Freshers' Months, see their website for details. It may also open early for major sporting events. There is a gift shop if you want a souvenir of your visit!

Student discount offered Sunday to Thursday evenings. NB this is NOT a CAMRA discount, see the venue website for details.

Daly's Wine Bar, adjacent to the Temple Brew House, is under the same ownership and usually serves a couple of the Essex Street Brewery ales, as does nearby sister pub the Bow Street Tavern, in Covent Garden.

Historic Interest

The area was formerly Essex House and its grounds, and re-developed in the 1670s and 1680s by entrepreneur Nicholas Barbon. Little from that era survives, with embankment and building in subsequent centuries. Note though that the basement is said to be the original street level.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Essex Street --other-- (Typically a porter or stout)
  • Essex Street Tempale Best Bitter

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 4 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

  • Essex Street --other--
  • Essex Street --seasonal--

Source: National

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited
  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • Events Events

    Brewery tours, occasional tap takeovers.

  • Games Traditional Pub Games

    Board games.

  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Outside at street level.

  • SportsTV Sports TV

    BT & SKY - Two screens and surroundsound for sports.

  • WiFi Wifi

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Temple Brew House

46 Essex St

Sat Nav Reference

51.512964, -0.113068


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station
  • <Underground Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

Nearby Bus Routes (50m)

TfL: 11, 15

Nearby Station (825m)

London Blackfriars

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (325m)


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Temple Brew House

46 Essex St

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Cask Marque Accredited
  • Quiet Pub
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Dog Friendly
  • Events
  • Traditional Pub Games
  • Smoking Area
  • Sports TV
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Railway Station
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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