Bundobust Brewery breathes new life into the iconic Grade II listed St James Building, providing a unique blend of craft beer and Indian street food seven days a week. Over two years in the making, the brewery finally opened its doors to the public in September 2021, combining a 150-seat taproom and restaurant within a fully-functioning, state-of-the-art, custom-built 10-hectolitre brewing facility.
The interior of Bundobust Brewery pays homage to US brewpubs with a nod to German beerhall camaraderie. High tables and stools, custom-made by sustainable furniture outfit Woodmancote Retro, imbue a sense of warmth and informality, while the repurposed school desk tables add a touch of nostalgia. Keeping sustainability in focus, each chair is crafted from 40 recycled plastic water bottles.
The venue maintains traces of its past life as a car park, preserving features like vintage alarm bells, glazed bricks, and ‘Drive Slowly’ signage. Perhaps the most eye-catching feature, though, is a grand glass atrium echoing the apex at Bundobust Piccadilly.
The pièce de résistance at the brewery is the Cartway Lager, a Vienna-style blend that boasts the perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness. Available exclusively on tap at the brewery, this lager harmoniously complements the flavours of the Indian street food that Bundobust has become renowned for.