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Des de Moor
Best beer and travel writing award 2015, 2011 -- British Guild of Beer Writers Awards
Accredited Beer Sommelier
Writer of "Probably the best book about beer in London" - Londonist
"A necessity if you're a beer geek travelling to London town" - Beer Advocate
"A joy to read" - Roger Protz
"Very authoritative" - Tim Webb.
"One of the top beer writers in the UK" - Mark Dredge.
"A beer guru" - Popbitch.
Des de Moor


London brewers 1971

1971 vintage Evening Standard Pub of the Year plaque still in situ in Fulham. Pic: Edwardx, Wikipedia Creative Commons.

The 2nd edition of The CAMRA Guide to London’s Best Beer, Pubs and Bars, published on 2 July 2015, contains a lengthy listing of over 70 breweries in Greater London, the vast majority of which […]

Windmill W1

Windmill, London W1

London’s Best Beer, Pubs and Bars updates Central London: Westminster, Victoria and Pimlico

Traditional pub (Young’s) 6 Mill Street W1S 2AZ T 020 7491 8050 w f tweetiepieW1 tw tweetiepie_w1 Open 1100 (1200 Sat)-2300 (1700 Sat, closed Sun). Cask beer 8 (Wells & Young’s, 5 often local guests), Other beer […]

Lamb / Old Toms Bar EC3

Lamb Tavern, London EC3

London’s Best Beer, Pubs and Bars updates Central London: City

Traditional pub, bar (Young’s) Regional heritage pub 10 Leadenhall Market EC3V 1LR T 020 7626 2454 w f Lamb-Tavern, Old-Toms-Bar tw thelambtavern, OldTomsBar Open 1100-2300 (Closed Sat-Sun). Children welcome until early evening. Cask beer 4 + 3 (Wells & […]

Wells and Young’s Young’s Bitter and Kew Gold

First published in BEER July 2008 as part of a piece on beers recently converted to bottle conditioning. Young’s Bitter also included in Top Tastings 2008.

ABV: 4.5 and 4.8 per cent Origin: Bedford, Bedfordshire Website

Wells and Young's Young's Bitter

When you consider how perilously close British bottle conditioned beer was to […]

Wells & Young’s Young’s Champion Live Golden Beer

First published in BEER November 2007 as part of a piece about beers from Booths supermarkets. More Booths beers in previous post.

ABV: 5 per cent Origin: Bedford, Bedfordshire, England Website

Wells & Young's Young's Champion Live Golden Ale

Like many people I was sad to see Young’s quit Wandsworth but I’ve been […]

Young’s Ruby Star

First published in BEER November 2006 as part of a piece about beers stocked by Tesco supermarkets.

NOTE: Production of Young’s beers has since been moved to Wells & Young’s in Bedford, though it appears Ruby Star is no longer brewed.

ABV: 5.5 per cent Origin: Wandsworth, London, England Website:

Young's Ruby Star


Youngs Special London Ale

Originally published in What’s Brewing April 2004.

Origin: Wandsworth, London, England (now transferred to Wells and Youngs, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England) ABV: 6.4 per cent Buy from most supermarkets

Youngs Special London Ale

Youngs’ historic brewery site in the heart of Wandsworth, currently slated for possible redevelopment, produces some highly distinctive bottled beers. Most of […]