Location: Józefa Dietla 1, 31-070 Kraków, Poland
Venue Type: Brewpub / Corner Pub
Year of Inscription: Founder Member
|Choice/Quality of Drinks||❤️❤️❤️❤️|
English Ales cask-conditioned and served by gravity hand-pulled via angram pumps from a basement brewery. These have been erratic but there are recent signs of improvement. Small range of alternatives.
Simple wooden décor with some English nods which isn’t over the top. Craft beer signage starting to creep in. Outside seating around the perimeter facing a small park and the riverside.
A calm welcoming venue with an immediately familiar feel. Better when busy.
Food, board games, pub quizzes, occasional events.
|Value For Money||❤️❤️❤️|
Standard for the area and fair considering the unusual wares.
|Description||This pub has eschewed new Polish breweries typical approach and decided to pursue something genuinely novel for Poland, and perhaps mainland Europe.|
Here you can drink thick gravity pulled English style cask ales brewed on site.
The owners must have developed a liking for English bitter during their time in England, as you can buy a range, usually 4-5 home brewed beers served in pint measures in classic English pint pubs. And they aren’t half bad. There’s a bit of a way to go still but they are the most authentic beers of the style you are likely to find in the whole of Poland. I can’t think of any other countries where this has been attempted either.
But this isn’t your stereotypical theme pub. There aren’t any tacky cheap St. George’s flags, and there isn’t a fruit machine. There’s no tacky Wetherspoons type details carpet or upholstered seats. Yes, they serve fish and chips and they have a pub quiz, but both of those are arguably good things by themselves. They have chosen to recreate a stripped back and elegant corner bar akin to a coastal corner pub in south of England. The pub area is very friendly and comfortable, and while it is a little bright and airy to be a true English pub (they need to be either more rustic in décor or darker toned), the end effect is pleasant falling somewhere in between plain pub and modern craft beer ale house.
Yes, the name is awful (T.E.A is an acronym for The English Ale), and perhaps you may find it odd being in a different country drinking English bitter, perhaps even counter-intuitive to your visit. But my priorities are to visit places that are good in their own right, and if possible novel or different which T.E.A Time clearly is.
There are a huge number of bars in Kraków to grab your attention, but I would ask you to try and fit in a visit to T.E.A Time.