The Growler is set in a basement just a short hop from the Coke sign. Descend the stairs and you'll first notice exposed brick, exposed concrete and exposed archways. The bar's front and centre and you'll be hard pressed to walk by it without pulling up a stool. But you should, because beyond it, the room is even more pleasant. Big comfy booths sit alongside lengthy communal tables.

Newtown brewer Young Henrys has the exclusive beer supply rights, so try its Hop, Natural or Real ales by the half or full pint. There's also a cloudy cider and a revolving tap for seasonal brews. Bottled beers include Coopers Light, Murray's Punch and Judy's Ale and Southwark Old Stout. The cocktail menu has standards like Negronis and Aperol Spritzs, as well as some not-so-standards like the Hopscotch Henry (a mix of whiskey infused with topaz hops, maple syrup and lemon, topped with Young Henry's Special Ale).

If the beer's getting to you, settle your stomach with starters like beer bread or a bowl of salty pork scratchings. If that doesn't work, opt for pork and drunken prune terrine; a beef burger; or the hickory smoked pork belly with apple, fennel, dates and candied walnuts. It's all hearty and it all goes down very well with a pint in hand.

Updated: May 17th, 2018

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