London Vegan Beer Fest

The Old Ship

Saturday 16 July 2016

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Saturday 16 July 2016
11:00 - 20:00
Festival, Daytime, Food & Drink
Over 18

London Vegan Beer Fest is getting super sized in its 4th year. Be at the event that thousands of people will be talking about for months.

Your beer buddy Fat Gay Vegan has teamed up with strategically-positioned pub, The Old Ship W6, to stage an outdoor summer event that will have the capital buzzing.

Perched beside The Thames with glorious views and plenty of fresh air, The Old Ship W6 is turning 100% vegan for this event. The adjoining riverside park will be filled with marquees serving cold beer, cider and wine (see full beer list here) and multiple food tents will be keeping everyone well fed. (See full menu here)

How To Get There

London Vegan Beer Fest 2016 is taking place at The Old Ship W6, 25 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London W6 9TD.

By Tube

The nearest tube stations are Ravenscourt Park (District Line) and Hammersmith (Circle, Hammersmith & City, District and Piccadilly Lines). Click here for walking directions from Ravenscourt Park, click here for directions from Hammersmith.

By Bus

Many bus routes pass within five minutes’ walk of The Old Ship W6. If you are travelling westbound along King Street, alight at the Hammersmith Town Hall stop. If you are travelling eastbound, alight at the Dalling Road stop.

By Train

If you are coming from outside London, use Transport for London’s journey planner, Google Maps or to find the best route from your London terminus.

What To Eat?

There will be a vast array of food on the day from burgers, wraps, chips etc. to lighter snacks like fruit kebabs, strawberries with coconut cream and baked potatoes. There will be many gluten free options available. Full details here.

What To Drink?

The beer list is here and it’s MASSIVE! Take a look at it and decide what you want to try on the day. In addition there will be lots of vegan wine, cider and soft drinks available. We will have gluten free beer!

What To Do?

Well if taking in spectacular views of the River Thames while washing down delicious food with delicious beer isn’t enough, how about two informative talks on beer? Oliver Coningham from The Fork & Carrot will be giving two fascinating talks throughout the day – more details here. There will also be live music to enjoy!

Participation in this event is priced at £5 (plus 50p booking fee) when you buy your tickets online. Tickets on the day will be £8. Food and drink is not included in the ticket price. Only ticket holders will be permitted to buy and consume food or drink (including non-alcohol drinks). No outside food or drink permitted. Once initial ticket allocation is exhausted, more tickets will be released at a higher price.

Your ticket price includes a collectable plastic pint cup that you use all day and then take home with you!

London Vegan Beer Fest is dog-friendly and family-friendly. Bring canines and babies! Invite friends via the Facebook event page.

London Vegan Beer Fest is not a place to deliberately make people feel bad about stuff. You cannot be at this event if you intend to use sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist and ageist language or behaviour. The organisers reserve the right to deny or revoke entry to the event and will take great delight in doing so if you act like an anti-social person.

Many thanks to Follow Your Heart for supporting this event.


The Old Ship
The Old Ship 25 Upper Mall, London, W6 9TD

West London

Nearest station:
Ravenscourt Park (Tube)


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4. Occasionally, events are cancelled or postponed by the promoter, team, performer or venue for a variety of reasons. If the event is cancelled, please contact us for information on receiving a refund from the responsible party. If the event was moved or rescheduled, the venue or promoter may set refund limitations. It is your responsibility to ascertain the date and time of any rearranged event.
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6. Every effort to admit latecomers will be made at a suitable break in the event, but admission cannot always be guaranteed.
7. We regret that tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase.
8. Tickets are sold subject to the venue or promoter's right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its control without being obliged to refund monies or exchange tickets.
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12. The event listed on the purchased ticket is strictly for ticket holders who are over 18 years of age. Identification may be required.


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The atmosphere was quite nice but the staff were ridiculously slow, some of them didn't know how how to pour a pint and where was the non existent cider selection? Ashley visited The Old Ship on 14 Jul 2016
22 Jul 2016 by Ashley

Vegan Beer Fest? Try Vegan Queue Fest! That would be a more accurate description. Honestly I have never been to a more disfunctional "festival." Queues were insanely long and at the end of that queue was half a menu already out of stock at 2pm (Event went to 8pm I believe) and Staff with not a clue what they were doing, cooking one burger at a time on a grill that could have cooked dozens... Just didn't make sense. Additionally, prices were not posted on any of the stands. I guess by the time you get up there what's a couple extra pounds over what it should be.... You did wait an hour! In the end, great idea, but horribly executed. Alex visited The Old Ship on 15 Jul 2016
19 Jul 2016 by Alex

Have to say compared to last year, apart from the location overall this year was a disappointment. Beer stalls were small, ridiculously overpriced and staff seemed to have no real knowledge of the beer they were selling. Gave up trying to get food as queues way too long. A real shame as there was obviously a lot of love and hard work put into organising the event. Ann visited The Old Ship on 15 Jul 2016
19 Jul 2016 by Ann

Anyone who went last year would no doubt agree that the location was just fabulous compared to the indoor space then. BUT the change of venue came with a BIG change of approach, and I'm afraid the model doesn't work if what you want is actually a beer festival. I did ask FGV all about it as he came round to check all was ok, and he explained that as it was a tied pub the breweries couldn't be there. And the pub bought the beer in - so the price was set at £6 (yes SIX) a pint. The beer was warm and badly poured in the main, and the queues long. The food was likewise overpriced, and logistics unworkable. £8 for a burger, with a one hour wait. Overall, it was a vegan meet-up, not a beer festival. But the good intention was there, and the success of getting a West London pub to go vegan for the day shouldn't be underestimated. Thank you FGV for trying, but maybe vegan beers have outgrown a London event. Dawn visited The Old Ship on 20 Jun 2016
19 Jul 2016 by Dawn

This definitely wasn't what I would call a beer festival! I was expecting the breweries to actually be there so that we could talk about their products. Instead it was just over-priced bottles of beer which could have been bought from any half decent off-licence. And the burger that I had was so salty it burned my mouth. I won't be going to this event again. Catherine visited The Old Ship on 27 Jun 2016
19 Jul 2016 by Catherine

Lovely location - couldn't have asked for a more beautiful spot, However everything was far too expensive, especially when you've already paid to get in. Queues for food were ridiculous so we went elsewhere to eat. I'm glad there were a few ciders and mojitos as other options to beer but a shame that it wasn't possible to have a mojito in a reusable cup. Hannah visited The Old Ship on 02 Jul 2016
19 Jul 2016 by Hannah

It was a lovely day and a beautiful location. Many thanks to all the hard work the organizers put in! I was, however, disappointed to learn that the bottles were so expensive (far more expensive than you would pay in most pubs and restaurants where there is no entry charge) and not particularly well chilled. It felt like the breweries, in particular, were taking advantage when they should be trying to raise their profile and build their customer base. I was also disappointed to learn (having read some other reviews) that there were talks. I would have probably been interested in going along..... Wendy visited The Old Ship on 15 Jul 2016
19 Jul 2016 by Wendy

Too expensive, no testers, samples or freebies to try out vegan new food, which was disappointing. Wrap stall non existent, why there was an entry fee as others walked in? My daughter tried the 'duck' burger but there was so little filling in the enormous bun that afterwards we went elsewhere to eat. Not good value or inspiring, sorry but the weather made the day for us but that was all ! Sharon visited The Old Ship on 16 Jul 2016
19 Jul 2016 by Sharon

Nice location, lovely pub and good beer. More Staff needed especially on the food stalls, 45mins to get served! Expensive as well but I'll be wherever it is next year. Paul visited The Old Ship on 25 May 2016
19 Jul 2016 by Paul

Good location and great music. Food was good but a bit pricey. Queues were very long, had to wait 40min for a rainbow potato at around 4pm. Better system to get food done quicker could improve the experience in the future. Also, the park looked a bit small for the number of guests and stalls. Andromachi visited The Old Ship on 15 Jul 2016
18 Jul 2016 by Andromachi

Sadly I have to agree with the majority view. It was a lovely day in a great location, but just didn't seem to run that smoothly. Getting food was very slow and quite expensive, with some things advertised not seeming to materialise and others being in short supply, which put a greater strain on the options that were available. It would have also been nice to have prices clearly marked on all the stalls. Lastly, the talks were not advertised well (if at all) during the event and certainly the second one was very under attended, which was a shame as the guy giving them was very knowledgeable. The idea is lovely and there was a nice atmosphere in general, but hopefully these issues will be worked on for next year :-) Jessica visited The Old Ship on 23 Jun 2016
18 Jul 2016 by Jessica

have to agree with Kim. Much better venue, especially with weather but the lack of Brewers, uninformed bar staff, listed items unavailable and some favourite brewery's absent, location isn't everything. We arrived around 12 so plenty of food available although rather pricey. I found the set up confusing. In future it would be good to have all beers from same brewery is one place.
18 Jul 2016 by jog

Finally, a great location/venue but such a shame about the beer and food - which is the whole point of going. Most food ran out in the first couple of hours. The staff seemed completely overwhelmed, even though it wasn't a sell out event. Had to que for over half an hour to place an order for a burger, only two out of four options were left at this point (4pm) then pay £8 for a small but thankfully tasty burger, that took another 15 mins or so to make. Secondly, many favourite smaller, independent breweries were missing. Especially the Brass Castle brewery who usually wipe the floor with the opposition, and are a big draw to this event. This was my third year at the vegan beer festival and I want to say it's not the last, but without better management and much loved breweries, I'm not sure ill trek over an hour across London next year. Kim visited The Old Ship on 26 May 2016
18 Jul 2016 by Kim

The London Vegan Beer Fest was a huge disappointment. I had been looking forward to lots of great vegan food options and the opportunity to sample a host of vegan beers. Starting with the food, there were only three stalls serving savoury food. One served wraps which seem to have to be made in the kitchen in very small batches, so nothing was actually visible. Frankly it didn't look open and might as well not have been. What a terrible choice for a festival! Instead we queued for 30-40 mins, at around 3pm, at the burger stall. We tried the mock duck burger and the falafel burger. The former had an extremely salty dressing of sorts, rendering it almost inedible. You match duck with sweet sauces, it's elementary flavour combination. The falafel burger was dry and bland, These were an astonishing £8 each. We did not try the food from the potato stall having already wasted enough time queuing. On to the beer and while there were many tasty beers available it was not possible to sample a large number. Why? As the vast majority of beers were served by the bottle and at over £5 each. Both in terms of expenditure and alcohol consumption it was then impossible to actually sample a wide array of beers. A vegan beer fest with bad, expensive food and at which on cannot sample a range of beers, quite simply doesn't justify its existence. By improving the quality and range of foods on offer and ensuring that breweries provide kegs/casks, the experience could be greatly improved in the future. As it was - hugely disappointing. Nat visited The Old Ship on 12 Jul 2016
18 Jul 2016 by Nat
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Beer was very expensive (£6 per pint and over) and was very average, queues for the bars were very long with staff unknowledgeable and taking significant time for service. Very unhappy with the overall event, especially samstrakernesbit visited The Old Ship on 11 Jul 2016
18 Jul 2016 by samstrakernesbit

Long queues, and abysmal food service from clueless staff. The falafel and mock duck burgers were tiny and not worth either the price or the hour wait. Given that this event was ticketed, presumably the organisers had a good idea of how many people to expect, but seemed to have been completely caught out in terms of the amount of food, beer and also staff. We had some good beers and a nice time in the sun, but on the whole it reeked of a poorly organised event that should have been much much better. Tanya visited The Old Ship on 03 Jul 2016
18 Jul 2016 by Tanya

I was very disappointed with the event. It wasn't clear what the initial charge for entry was actually for. The beer queues were long and slow-moving, lots of beers on the list weren't available, the beers that were available were massively over-priced – £5.50 for a can! We queued for food for 45 minutes only to reach the front of the queue to be told that they had run out. This was about halfway through the day when all of the other food stands had also run out. Eventually we got a small burger that wasn't actually on the menu as it was cobbled together with emergency supplies from the pub. And we were charged £8 for each one. We did get to taste a couple of nice beers, but it certainly wasn't worth the trip down from Cumbria. We brought some non-vegan friends with us which made it frankly embarrassing. Jack visited The Old Ship on 14 Jul 2016
18 Jul 2016 by Jack
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This was a really good event that I enjoyed a lot. Yummy food and drink in a nice venue by the Thames with live music. It was very busy and the queues were very long for the food and main bar. Perhaps more staff and a better system to get orders and food done quicker would be wise for the next event. It was a pricey day out, but worth it for once a year. See you in 2017 Ali visited The Old Ship on 13 Jul 2016
18 Jul 2016 by Ali

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