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      Interview with Gavin Litton of Pillars Brewery, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, E17 9HQ

We reproduce here a review by "Pub Sign Man" published in Pubs Galore in September 2018. He looks at the business from the perspective of a visiting customer. The interview with Director Gavin Litton looks at it from the management perspective.

This industrial estate on the fringes of Walthamstow Village, must hold some sort of record for having the most bars within its units. This particular effort is run by the Pillars Brewery who seem to specialise in creating different varieties of lager. On this visit, they had four such brews available, all on keg dispense it would seem – Untraditional Lager, Rebell Helles, More Hench and Experiment 001 which was a Chocolate and Orange Stout that I decided to give a try and found quite subtle and satisfying.

The bar is typical of microbrewery premises across the capital, with a large concrete floored factory unit with large metal pillars and a corrugated iron roof, divided into two distinct areas – brewery and bar. The brewery is in the right hand portion of the room, whilst a small servery can be found tucked away in the far rear left corner with the rest of the left hand side given over to seating and vertical drinking space, with two sofas squeezed into the front right corner. Some effort has clearly been made to smarten up the seating space, with wooden boards stuck to the walls and painted purple with large letters splashed across it spelling out the word ‘Untraditional’. The servery has a concrete topped counter and four taps on the bar back above a brewery sign that has been designed to look like a London street-name sign. A couple of TV screens and games consoles have been rigged up to the left, with a few people playing Mario Kart when I arrived. There is low level lighting throughout and a quiet indie soundtrack played in the background. Ample overspill seating can be found outside which plenty of people were taking advantage of on a hot afternoon and I also spotted a table football game hidden away somewhat in a small side-room.

These places are quite tricky to review as they are functional rather than comfortable and end up all feeling much like one another. What I can say is that this place stands out for having at least made some degree of effort to make the place feel welcoming and it certainly makes for an interesting mini crawl with the other bars, breweries and gin joints in this industrial estate.

Reviewer's rating: 6/10

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