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The White Swan (Golfrate)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Runaway - Smoked PorterExcellent1
Westerham - Audit AleExcellent2
Flying Dog - K-9 Winter WarmerExcellent1
Brockley - PorterGood1
Brentwood - LegacyGood1
Reunion - Tyler's MuseGood2
St Austell - Proper JobGood1
Bexley - BOB (Bexley's Own Beer) Acceptable1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterAcceptable2
Pig & Porter - SkylarkingAcceptable1
Whitstable - Kent Coast Hoppy Pale AlePoor1
Titanic - IcebergPoor1
Reunion - Opening GambitPoor1
Westerham - British Bulldog "BB" (was 4.3%)Not Tried0
St Austell - TributeNot Tried0
Westerham - Summer PerleNot Tried0
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish BitterNot Tried0
Westerham - Spirit of Kent XXX Pale AleNot Tried0
Hop Stuff - Renegade IPANot Tried0
Wychwood - HobgoblinNot Tried0
Greene King - Bonkers ConkersNot Tried0
Fuller's - Gale's Seafarers AleNot Tried0
Bedlam - PorterNot Tried0
Reunion - BeardtongueNot Tried0
Westerham - British BulldogNot Tried0
Belleville - Little Critters Pale AleNot Tried0

Visits Details

21 Oct 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Late visit either side of midnight, too late to enjoy the band's full performance.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Flying Dog - K-9 Winter Warmer7.40ExcellentOn handpump but allegedly out of a KeyKeg. A warming barley wine with spiced overtones. Fobbed awfully on pouring much to bar staff's chagrin
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Westerham - Spirit of Kent XXX Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Bedlam - Porter5.00Not Tried
Reunion - Beardtongue4.50Not Tried
Westerham - British Bulldog4.10Not Tried
Belleville - Little Critters Pale Ale4.60Not TriedRan out
20 Sep 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until seconds to midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00PoorFaintly hazy which this beer should never be and came up with stunted odd not off flavours, rather creamy too. A lemonade dash helped it down
Reunion - Opening Gambit3.80PoorHazy and rather flattish, a lemonade dash helped it down
Wychwood - Hobgoblin4.50Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's Seafarers Ale3.60Not Tried
17 Sep 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit, skin of the teeth entrance before the newly introduced earlier 11pm Sunday close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptablePerhaps a little fresh
Wychwood - Hobgoblin4.50Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's Seafarers Ale3.60Not Tried
Reunion - Opening Gambit3.80Not Tried
13 Sep 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until midnight close. Beer range depleted by a couple of recent Charlton Athletic home crowds.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brentwood - Legacy4.00GoodAs traditional an English bitter as you'll get
Wychwood - Hobgoblin4.50Not Tried
Greene King - Bonkers Conkers4.10Not Tried
28 Aug 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Runaway - Smoked Porter6.00ExcellentApparently handpumped from a KeyKeg
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Hop Stuff - Renegade IPA5.60Not Tried
Brockley - Porter4.30Not Tried
Reunion - Tyler's Muse4.50Not Tried
26 Aug 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit across midnight until 1am close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brockley - Porter4.30Good
Reunion - Tyler's Muse4.50Good
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Hop Stuff - Renegade IPA5.60Not Tried
Reunion - Opening Gambit3.80Not Tried
11 Aug 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Visit spanning midnight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Pig & Porter - Skylarking4.00AcceptableA cloudy soup. Perversely needed some lemonade to dull the lemon juice flavours
Reunion - Tyler's Muse4.50AcceptableSingle Hop Mosaic beer, unexciting after a half or so
Westerham - British Bulldog "BB" (was 4.3%)4.10Not Tried
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish Bitter3.80Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Westerham - Spirit of Kent XXX Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
04 Aug 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening either side of midnight. A local knocked down by a car right outside.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bexley - BOB (Bexley's Own Beer) 4.20AcceptableOK
Westerham - British Bulldog "BB" (was 4.3%)4.10Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Westerham - Summer Perle3.80Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
30 Jul 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Good
Titanic - Iceberg4.10PoorHazy, not right, not clean tasting, lemonade dashes helped it down
Whitstable - Kent Coast Hoppy Pale Ale3.90PoorHazy, not right, not clean tasting, lemonade dashes helped it down
Westerham - British Bulldog "BB" (was 4.3%)4.10Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Westerham - Summer Perle3.80Not Tried
28 Jul 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit either side of midnight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Westerham - Audit Ale6.20Excellent2nd and 3rd out cooler and fresher
Westerham - Audit Ale6.20Good
Westerham - British Bulldog "BB" (was 4.3%)4.10Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Westerham - Summer Perle3.80Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried

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About The White Swan

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent47
Good101
Acceptable48
Poor11

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The pub is found in Charlton, Greater London, SE7 8UD.

One of two pubs in The Village. Refurbished some time ago and now sports bare floorboards throughout. A single L-shaped bar serves a single bar floor. Tell-tale doors show a past multi-room venue. 8 handpumps. Large garden. Re-opened once more in early September 2015, seemingly out of a Pubco's grip, with a greater emphasis on cask ales plus some live music. Several upstairs rooms opened in summer 2017, one with a bar but not serving real ale. 30p price discount on pints only of cask ales for card carrying CAMRA members.

We have visited this pub 120 times, seen 307 different beers and tried 145 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE7 8UD