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The Grape & Grain (European Bars)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Purity - Pure GoldExceptional2
Ascot - Anastasia's Triple Vanilla Imperial StoutExceptional1
Wentworth - WPAExcellent1
Elland - Scarlettes FuryGood1
Abbeydale - Beer Works Dr Morton's Ancient GreaseGood1
Skinner's - PorthlevenGood1
Kissingate - Smelter's StoutGood1
Exit 33 (formerly The Brew Company then Sky's Edge) - AtomicAcceptable1
Oakham - PreacherAcceptable1
Vale - Spring PromiseAcceptable1
Westerham - William Wilberforce Freedom AleAcceptable1
Hogs Back - T.E.A.Not Tried0
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Red RiverNot Tried0
Wentworth - Short N StoutNot Tried0
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Royal Best BitterNot Tried0
Sharp's - OwnNot Tried0
Coach House - Dick TurpinNot Tried0
Potton - GoldNot Tried0
Weltons - Export StoutNot Tried0
Fyne - JarlNot Tried0
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Brighton BlondeNot Tried0
Ilkley - GoldNot Tried0
Cottage - WellingtonNot Tried0
Aylesbury (ABC) - The Third SwitchNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Grape & Grain, Crystal Palace, Greater London
Picture 2. The Grape & Grain, Crystal Palace, Greater London
Picture 3. The Grape & Grain, Crystal Palace, Greater London
Chris Excell

Visits Details

05 May 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Excellent 50p CAMRA card discount on all real ale pints. Late evening visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Purity - Pure Gold3.80Excellent
Westerham - William Wilberforce Freedom Ale4.00AcceptableOn gravity dispense. No nose and little discernible taste
Hogs Back - T.E.A.4.20Not Tried
Sharp's - Own4.40Not Tried
Coach House - Dick Turpin4.20Not Tried
Potton - Gold4.80Not Tried
Weltons - Export Stout4.70Not Tried
Fyne - Jarl3.80Not TriedOn gravity dispense
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Brighton Blonde3.90Not Tried
Ilkley - Gold3.90Not Tried
Cottage - Wellington4.50Not Tried
Aylesbury (ABC) - The Third Switch4.50Not Tried
03 Mar 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Beer festival in progress with a large stillage inside the pub. Numbers swelled by away fans visiting before their match at Selhurst Park.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ascot - Anastasia's Triple Vanilla Imperial Stout8.00ExceptionalThe sweetness of the vanilla counteracts the strong roast malt and alcohol taste of the base stout to give a smooth and well rounded beer. My score 18/20.
Skinner's - Porthleven4.80GoodGood citrus hop character to this strong pale bitter. Sweetish, fruity citrus finish. My score 15/20.
Elland - Scarlettes Fury4.30GoodPale and smooth tasting with good hop bitterness and a little malt balance. Fruity hop finish. My score 15/20.
Abbeydale - Beer Works Dr Morton's Ancient Grease4.40GoodWell balanced pale bitter with bitterness being the dominant flavour. Some malt balance and a fruity hop finish. My score 15/20.
Kissingate - Smelter's Stout5.10GoodA very roasted malt character to this black stout, but this is rather over dominant, holding back other flavours. My score 15/20
Oakham - Preacher4.30AcceptableDark amber in colour. Hoppy with dry citrus flavours dominating. Little malt character. The finish is quite fruity with citrus notes. My score 14/20.
Vale - Spring Promise3.90AcceptableA dark bitter with a dry, bitter character. Some hoppiness and a very dry finish. My score 14/20.
Exit 33 (formerly The Brew Company then Sky's Edge) - Atomic4.00AcceptableA burnished gold bitter with a dry hoppy character. Dry, bitter finish. My score 14/20.
14 Mar 2011 (Jason)
This pub kicked of a cultural tour of the ELL, stopping off at nearly every station for a pint in a suitable waiting room and it didn't disappoint. Superb range of beers managed by an enthusiastic landlord, who drinks The Purity Gold.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Purity - Pure Gold3.80ExceptionalLight, hoppy and tangy beer served up in perfect condition, the landlord drew the first couple of pints off to clear the lines.
Hogs Back - T.E.A.4.20Not Tried
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Red River4.80Not Tried
Wentworth - WPA4.00Not Tried
Westerham - William Wilberforce Freedom Ale4.00Not Tried
Wentworth - Short N Stout4.50Not Tried
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Royal Best Bitter4.10Not Tried
14 Mar 2011 (ChrisE)
We started the day here because the GBG says that it opens at 11am. It actually opens at 12:00 but in the event it did not matter because our train broke down at Maidstone East and we were late getting here, and did not have too long wait for opening. The landlord seemed really keen on his ales, and we really enjoyed our first visit to this pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wentworth - WPA4.00ExcellentIn superb condition.
Hogs Back - T.E.A.4.20Not Tried
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Red River4.80Not Tried
Westerham - William Wilberforce Freedom Ale4.00Not Tried
Purity - Pure Gold3.80Not Tried
Wentworth - Short N Stout4.50Not Tried
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Royal Best Bitter4.10Not Tried

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About The Grape & Grain

The pub sign. The Grape & Grain, Crystal Palace, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent7
Good15
Acceptable7
Poor-

The pub is found in Crystal Palace, Greater London, SE19 2AA.

Situated just up the hill from Crystal Palace railway station, this street corner pub has had a number of different names over the years. It currently offers a good range of beers, comfortable seating, and bar billiards. There is a stage for regular live music - often including a full jazz band. 12 handpumps on the bar in 3 banks of 4. Ciders on handpump and in boxes in a chilled cabinet behind the bar. Reported in Summer 2014 that J.D. Wetherspoon had purchased the freehold but will not take over the pub's running until the current lease expires although subsequently a planning application from JDW for changes has been made. *** Closed in early November 2017 presumably for the Wetherspoon conversion and re-opening to take place. ***

We have visited this pub 14 times, seen 82 different beers and tried 28 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE19 2AA