The Full Pour
If you are strolling through Shoreditch (and if not, how come?), to take in the unprecedented tapestry of exemplary street art, be sure to stop by the Old Fountain pub for a memorable break. This place has a deep family history, serving up tasty food and pints for over 50 years. While the present day version remains loyal to the traditional accents of an English pub, complete with savory pub grub and pints of ales, it's the spin on these cherished past-times that makes the Old Fountain shine even further in it's modern form. The latest generation in the family has invigorated the beer selection to also include fine examples of global craft options, many of which could only be amassed by someone with very good instincts and tastes.
Why is this on THL?
As you conduct your research for London, you may notice that there really isn't a substantial amount of information online about the Old Fountain. While they don't have a formal website at the time of this writing, you can follow along with updates on their Facebook page. And since you've fortuitously read about it here in The Hop Leaves, you are ahead of the game. This spot is a shining beer beacon in the Old Street area, and it has what you are chasing. The staff is quite friendly, the beer selection is varied (including cider options) and there is a splendid outside patio for those sunny afternoons. Anytime old tradition blends this seamlessly with modern craft, you know that you're onto something extraordinary.