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Westow House (Antic)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Mallinsons - TopazExcellent1
Hand Drawn Monkey - Monkeys Love Hops 3 Excellent1
By The Horns - Stiff Upper LipExcellent1
Quantum - American LightExcellent1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Spring AleExcellent1
Redwell - JulŐl 2016 Excellent1
Siren Craft - Under CurrentExcellent1
Portobello - StarExcellent1
Urban Huntsman (cuckoo) - The BrigandExcellent1
By The Horns - Wolfie Smith Amber AleExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood1
Atom - Blonde AleGood1
Squawk - Pale Ale Simcoe, El DoradoGood1
Dark Star - HopheadGood1
Clarence & Fredericks - IPAGood1
Bad Seed - Orange & Rosemary Belgian PaleGood1
Hobsons - Best BitterAcceptable1
Wild Beer Co. - BibbleAcceptable1
Brick - Kinsale BitterUndrinkable1
Florence - Sloe Gin (branded as A Head In A Hat Brewing) A Fruity Ale Infused With Sloes From The City Of London DistilleryUndrinkable1
Brodie's - KiwiNot Tried0
Brodie's - London Fields Pale AleNot Tried0
Brodie's - Bethnal Green BitterNot Tried0
London Fields - Love Not WarNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Honey DarkNot Tried0
Beavertown - Neck OilNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - JamboreeNot Tried0
London Fields - Black Path PorterNot Tried0
Hackney - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Florence - Tommy IPA (branded as A Head In A Hat Brewing)Not Tried0
Late Knights - Hairy Dog Black IPANot Tried0
Clarence & Fredericks - Golden AleNot Tried0
Crate - BestNot Tried0
Ha'Penny - London ParticularNot Tried0
Cronx - KotchinNot Tried0
London Fields - Shoreditch Triangle IPANot Tried0
Late Knights - Hop o' the MorningNot Tried0
Clarence & Fredericks - Smoked RedNot Tried0
Late Knights - Old Red EyesNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Orchid Vanilla MildNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - VanguardNot Tried0
Shamblemoose - #4 American Brown AleNot Tried0
Cronx - Mad-Ass Entire Chilli PorterNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Brew 440 Red Rye BeerNot Tried0
Moncada - Notting Hill Ruby RyeNot Tried0
Weird Beard - Miss the Lights One Off IPANot Tried0
Redemption - Rock the KazbekNot Tried0
Moncada - Notting Hill StoutNot Tried0
Weird Beard - Mariana TrenchNot Tried0
By The Horns - Hop SonnetNot Tried0
London Brewing Co. - Waterlow GoldNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - Pale (Batch No. 4)Not Tried0
Weird Beard - Black Perle (superseded by 3.8% version)Not Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Irish TreetopsNot Tried0
Redemption - Urban ChiefNot Tried0
By The Horns - Hopslinger American IPA 4C'S (Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Columbus)Not Tried0
Florence - Beekeeper (branded as A Head In A Hat Brewing)Not Tried0
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Black Sheep - Golden SheepNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Pale AleNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - Boom BoxNot Tried0
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)Not Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurNot Tried0
Dark Star - FestivalNot Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Brighton Bier - English GardenNot Tried0
Piddle (Dorset Piddle) - Black Hole Black IPANot Tried0
Adnams - LighthouseNot Tried0
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Northern LightsNot Tried0
WharfeBank - The Grunge Coffee IPANot Tried0
Vibrant Forest - SummitNot Tried0
Gloucester - GoldNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Crab & WinkleNot Tried0
Adnams - The Herbalist (collaboration with Magic Rock)Not Tried0
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Brighton BlondeNot Tried0
Gipsy Hill - BeatnikNot Tried0
Clouded Minds - Luppol Ale Golden AleNot Tried0
Volden - Pale (formerly Pale Ale)Not Tried0
Volden - Session AleNot Tried0
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Hospital PorterNot Tried0
Cronx - Palace Pint 2016 Green HopNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Brother RabbitNot Tried0
Saltaire - Pacifica IPANot Tried0
Redemption - TrinityNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Half Mast QIPANot Tried0
Volden - SummerNot Tried0

Visits Details

27 Jul 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wild Beer Co. - Bibble4.20AcceptableHaze and very average
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
Volden - Session Ale3.80Not Tried
Volden - Summer4.20Not Tried
21 Jun 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until midnight close. Crystal Palace's best boozer by a long chalk.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Urban Huntsman (cuckoo) - The Brigand6.50ExcellentAn apt nightcap
Squawk - Pale Ale Simcoe, El Dorado3.80GoodGood hop blend
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not Tried
Siren Craft - Half Mast QIPA2.80Not Tried
Volden - Session Ale3.80Not Tried
18 Jan 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening and good to see this pub seemingly thriving.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Redwell - JulŐl 2016 5.60ExcellentI’m not sure that I have seen a Redwell beer in cask before. This is a dark and heavily-spiced winter beer that tastes of gingerbread. I don’t usually care for this sort of thing, but really liked this one.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Brother Rabbit4.00Not Tried
Wild Beer Co. - Bibble4.20Not Tried
Saltaire - Pacifica IPA5.50Not Tried
27 Oct 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mallinsons - Topaz4.30Excellent4½* Got better with second and third pints!
Brick - Kinsale Bitter4.00UndrinkableUgh, overpowering caramel off smell and flavour, confirmed by 2 others who had just ordered and sipped. Exchanged with good grace and taken off sale
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Hospital Porter5.20Not Tried
Gipsy Hill - Beatnik3.80Not Tried
Volden - Session Ale3.80Not Tried
Cronx - Palace Pint 2016 Green Hop4.00Not Tried
20 Jan 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close. Friendly atmosphere in here and bar staff vigilant of customers' empty glasses needing re-filling!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Good
Bad Seed - Orange & Rosemary Belgian Pale5.00GoodLiked this novel style. When I re-ordered it had run out so mine had been last out of the cask
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Brighton Blonde3.90Not Tried
Gipsy Hill - Beatnik3.80Not Tried
Clouded Minds - Luppol Ale Golden Ale4.20Not TriedRan out as I ordered
Volden - Pale (formerly Pale Ale)4.60Not TriedTaster was over-caramelly so I declined more
Volden - Session Ale3.80Not Tried
09 Apr 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close. Back from Penge to comparative sanity!
BeerABVScoreNotes
By The Horns - Stiff Upper Lip3.80Excellent
Siren Craft - Under Current4.50ExcellentVicious hop bitterness
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
Gloucester - Gold3.90Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Crab & Winkle3.00Not Tried
Adnams - The Herbalist (collaboration with Magic Rock)4.80Not TriedRan out upon ordering
26 Feb 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hobsons - Best Bitter3.80AcceptableNew cask. Seemed too fresh
Florence - Sloe Gin (branded as A Head In A Hat Brewing) A Fruity Ale Infused With Sloes From The City Of London Distillery4.80UndrinkableStruggled with this cloudy beer but eventually had it replaced with good grace. Another customer says his had been clear some time beforehand
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)3.60Not Tried
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Northern Lights4.20Not Tried
WharfeBank - The Grunge Coffee IPA5.80Not Tried
Vibrant Forest - Summit5.00Not Tried
09 Mar 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Quantum - American Light3.60ExcellentFirst rate low gravity beer. A sweet hop mouthfeel with long lingering taste
Atom - Blonde Ale4.00GoodNew brewery for me. Very hoppy
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)3.60Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
Dark Star - Festival5.00Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Brighton Bier - English Garden3.80Not Tried
Piddle (Dorset Piddle) - Black Hole Black IPA5.50Not Tried
08 May 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening visit. I had a need to come here to, um, return an, er, ‘library’ book, um, ‘borrowed’ last time I was here. I’m just too honest. A very nice pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
By The Horns - Wolfie Smith Amber Ale5.20ExcellentAmber-coloured and hop-filled.
Hand Drawn Monkey - Monkeys Love Hops 3 4.20ExcellentGolden hop juice for addicts.
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Black Sheep - Golden Sheep3.90Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Cronx - Kotchin3.90Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Boom Box4.50Not Tried
29 Mar 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. First day of a weekend London Brewers Easter Ale Festival - all at £3.50 pp with 50p off for CAMRA card holding members. 8 handpumps and a two tier rack of gravity stillages. Gravity stillage closed just before midnight. Ladies behind the bar were working like a team of happy Trojans.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Spring Ale4.40ExcellentFruity with hop oils on lips
Portobello - Star4.30Excellent
Clarence & Fredericks - IPA5.20GoodFull bodied
Brodie's - Kiwi3.80Not Tried
Brodie's - London Fields Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Brodie's - Bethnal Green Bitter4.00Not Tried
London Fields - Love Not War4.20Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Honey Dark4.80Not Tried
Beavertown - Neck Oil4.30Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Jamboree4.80Not Tried
London Fields - Black Path Porter4.20Not Tried
Hackney - American Pale Ale4.50Not Tried
Florence - Tommy IPA (branded as A Head In A Hat Brewing)4.20Not Tried
Late Knights - Hairy Dog Black IPA6.00Not Tried
Clarence & Fredericks - Golden Ale3.80Not Tried
Crate - Best4.30Not Tried
Ha'Penny - London Particular4.00Not Tried
Cronx - Kotchin3.90Not Tried
London Fields - Shoreditch Triangle IPA6.00Not Tried
Late Knights - Hop o' the Morning4.20Not Tried
Clarence & Fredericks - Smoked Red5.10Not Tried
Late Knights - Old Red Eyes4.50Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Orchid Vanilla Mild3.60Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Vanguard4.10Not Tried
Shamblemoose - #4 American Brown Ale5.30Not Tried
Cronx - Mad-Ass Entire Chilli Porter5.20Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Brew 440 Red Rye Beer5.80Not Tried
Moncada - Notting Hill Ruby Rye5.20Not Tried
Weird Beard - Miss the Lights One Off IPA5.80Not TriedCask labelled as "Naturally clouded" - apparently an unfined version of what would normally be Hit the Lights but came out very cloudy
Redemption - Rock the Kazbek4.00Not Tried
Moncada - Notting Hill Stout5.00Not Tried
Weird Beard - Mariana Trench5.30Not Tried
By The Horns - Hop Sonnet5.40Not Tried
London Brewing Co. - Waterlow Gold3.90Not Tried
Howling Hops (Former brewery at Cock Tavern) - Pale (Batch No. 4)3.80Not Tried
Weird Beard - Black Perle (superseded by 3.8% version)4.50Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Irish Treetops6.50Not TriedApparently an extra kick to the brew by adding a bottle of Irish whiskey
Redemption - Urban Chief5.20Not TriedMix of Big Chief and Urban Dusk
By The Horns - Hopslinger American IPA 4C'S (Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Columbus)6.10Not Tried
Florence - Beekeeper (branded as A Head In A Hat Brewing)5.30Not Tried

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About the Westow House

The pub sign. Westow House, Crystal Palace, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent25
Good12
Acceptable5
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Crystal Palace, Greater London, SE19 1TX.

A large pub in a prominent location at one corner of the ‘Crystal Palace Triangle’. There are two substantial bar areas, furnished in typically relaxed Antic style. 8 handpumps. Substantial real ale price discount for card carrying CAMRA members but not on Volden beers. Holds occasional and themed beer festivals. Lots of pavement seating out the front.

We have visited this pub 22 times, seen 114 different beers and tried 38 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE19 1TX