Huge Socially Distanced Beer Garden to Open in Walthamstow

A new beer garden is due to launch in east London, but not just any beer garden – the largest socially distanced pub and beer garden in the UK, complete with its own brewery…

Truman’s Social Club is set to become the UK’s biggest socially distanced pub and beer garden, complete with an on-site brewery, tap room and local street food.

The giant 35,000 sq ft beer garden and venue, which will soon become home to the new Truman’s brewery, is due to open on 4 July in Walthamstow. There will be freshly brewed beer on tap and a rotating line-up of street food traders including the likes of Zero and Walthamstow Dogs.

The large outside space has been specifically designed to follow social-distancing guidelines, which includes a pre-booking service, hand santiser on entry and exit, table spacing, table service and orders via phone, and module stations for bar staff to serve without cross-contamination.

But as lockdown measures ease further, the venue plans to open up the huge indoor space, which will be home to the new Truman’s brewery (due to commence brewing in 2021), a café and bar, shop, street food market and events space.

Truman Social Club will eventually be home to a new brewery and community hub

The space will evolve into a community hub open seven days a week, where people can hang out, hold work meetings, host live events, enjoy cinema screenings and take brewery tours. The long-term vision for Truman’s Social Club is to create over 100 jobs in the next five years.

Truman’s, founded in east London in 1666 when Brick Lane was surrounded by fields, was once the biggest brewery in the world. It closed down in the 80s, but in 2010 Truman’s was re-established by local beer enthusiast Michael-George Hemus, who opened a new Truman’s brewery in Hackney Wick in 2013 and continues to evolve the 350-year-old brand.

Truman’s Social Club beer garden is taking bookings for groups of up to six people. A £5 deposit per person is required, to be redeemed against a pint of Truman’s or soft drink on arrival. There is space for walk-ins but booking is strongly advised.

1 Priestley Way, Walthamstow E17 6AL;


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