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The Wenlock Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Howling Hops - Running Beer Excellent1
Burning Sky - AuroraExcellent1
Weird Beard - Mariana TrenchExcellent1
Dark Star - HopheadExcellent2
Westerham - Scotney Green HopExcellent1
Weird Beard - Little Things That KillExcellent1
Hackney - IPA SessionExcellent1
Flipside - Farthing MildExcellent1
Block - Oatmeal StoutExcellent1
Maregade - IPAGood1
Tiny Rebel - CwtchGood1
Five Points - Five Points PaleGood1
Sambrook's - Battersea IPAGood1
West Berkshire - Good Old BoyGood1
Mighty Oak - Maldon GoldGood1
Windsor & Eton - MandarinAcceptable1
Dark Star - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - Brewers GoldNot Tried0
Weetwood - Oast House GoldNot Tried0
Sunny Republic - Huna RedNot Tried0
West Berkshire - Dr Hexter's HealerNot Tried0
Sunny Republic - Hop DogNot Tried0
Earl Soham - Sir Roger's PorterNot Tried0
Greene King - XX Dark MildNot Tried0
City of Cambridge - Hobson's ChoiceNot Tried0
Dark Star / Saltaire Collaboration - Le IPANot Tried0
Dark Star - Vice BeerNot Tried0
Potbelly - Beijing BlackNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - AmarilloNot Tried0
Milton - NeroNot Tried0
Fyne - AvalancheNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hylder BlondeNot Tried0
Burning Sky - PlateauNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde MildNot Tried0
Oakham - InfernoNot Tried0
Great Heck - DAVENot Tried0
Firebrand - Graffiti IPANot Tried0
Firebrand - Running StoutNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - FantasiaNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Orchid Vanilla MildNot Tried0
Truman's - SwiftNot Tried0
Clarkshaws - Gorgon's Alive!Not Tried0
Clarkshaws - Strange Brew No. 1Not Tried0
Sambrook's - Four Chimneys Chocolate StoutNot Tried0
Five Points - Five Points PaleNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Brew 811 Blonde BeerNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Lord MarplesNot Tried0
Redemption - Fellowship PorterNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Sound WaveNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Half Mast QIPANot Tried0
Peerless - All Along the Herb GardenNot Tried0
Redemption - TrinityNot Tried0
Hackney - Amber AleNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Brown Dog RiotNot Tried0
Weird Beard - Black ChristmasNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Foundation BitterNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - ParklifeNot Tried0
Acorn - Old Moor PorterNot Tried0
Stod Fold - AmberNot Tried0
Stod Fold - GoldNot Tried0
Stod Fold - Uncle SamNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton, Central London

Visits Details

11 Apr 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Great to hear that the Wenlock is North London CAMRA’s Pub of the Year once again. It is not the place that it once was, but is doing a great job in a different way. A good local, early-evening trade tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Weird Beard - Mariana Trench5.30ExcellentA top-quality, full-bodied Pale Ale.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Acorn - Old Moor Porter4.40Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde Mild3.70Not Tried
Stod Fold - Amber4.20Not Tried
Stod Fold - Gold3.80Not Tried
Stod Fold - Uncle Sam5.20Not Tried
08 Mar 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Yesterday saw the launch of beers from this pub’s newly-installed in-house brewery – beers appearing under the name Block Brewery. I am pleased to see the Oatmeal Stout is still available. Very nice ambiance here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Weird Beard - Little Things That Kill3.80ExcellentGolden. Fantastic citrus flavours. I wish that I saw weird Beard beers more often.
Block - Oatmeal Stout4.70ExcellentAn impressive first brew. Black, smooth, oatey, slightly dry.
Maregade - IPA6.00GoodGolden and hazy. Obviously strong. Orange/tangerine flavours.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde Mild3.70Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Not Tried
Siren Craft - Sound Wave5.60Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Parklife3.20Not Tried
05 Dec 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until late. More the feel of a bar than a pub these days. Seemed to be mainly local people in. The wood burning fire added a cosy ambience.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sambrook's - Battersea IPA6.20GoodSlow drinking, full bodied ale
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde Mild3.70Not Tried
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not Tried
Siren Craft - Sound Wave5.60Not Tried
Hackney - Amber Ale4.40Not Tried
Sambrook's - Brown Dog Riot4.50Not Tried
Weird Beard - Black Christmas4.50Not TriedCranberry stout
25 Jul 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Late afternoon. Fairly quiet. Some long-standing regulars present.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Tiny Rebel - Cwtch4.60GoodThe usual great flavours are present but a bit dulled as the pint is a tad warm.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Lord Marples4.00Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde Mild3.70Not Tried
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10Not Tried
Siren Craft - Sound Wave5.60Not Tried
Siren Craft - Half Mast QIPA2.80Not Tried
Peerless - All Along the Herb Garden3.90Not Tried
07 Dec 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit for old time's sake. Did not recognise a single face from the old days. Good beer range though.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Howling Hops - Running Beer 4.00ExcellentWell balanced brown ale with Citra, Chinook and Centennial hops
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Orchid Vanilla Mild3.60Not Tried
Truman's - Swift3.90Not Tried
Clarkshaws - Gorgon's Alive!4.00Not Tried
Clarkshaws - Strange Brew No. 14.00Not Tried
Sambrook's - Four Chimneys Chocolate Stout4.70Not Tried
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Brew 811 Blonde Beer4.80Not Tried
08 Dec 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Seems the transformation is complete as I did not recognise any face from Steve's and Wills's days. Not a single London micro beer on sale - how come?
BeerABVScoreNotes
Windsor & Eton - Mandarin4.50AcceptableRather metallic and hardly a smell and weak on taste, the latter only came through on a burp
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Maldon Gold3.80Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde Mild3.70Not Tried
Oakham - Inferno4.00Not Tried
Great Heck - DAVE3.80Not Tried
Firebrand - Graffiti IPA5.00Not Tried
Firebrand - Running Stout4.50Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Fantasia5.00Not Tried
08 Oct 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening visit. Dim lighting, nice background music, food smells, very good beer selection. Probably the quietest I have ever seen this pub of an evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Westerham - Scotney Green Hop4.50ExcellentA really nicely-balanced, green-hopped beer.
Hackney - IPA Session4.10ExcellentCitrusy golden beer.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Potbelly - Beijing Black4.40Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Amarillo5.00Not Tried
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Fyne - Avalanche4.50Not Tried
Dark Star - Hylder Blonde4.20Not Tried
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Not Tried
30 Sep 2014 (Archie14)
Steady early afternoon visit then many left to watch the football at a nearby pub because the landlord refuses to pay for sports here, well done him I say :)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Excellent
Burning Sky - Aurora5.60Excellent
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40GoodNice refreshing pint
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Earl Soham - Sir Roger's Porter4.10Not Tried
Greene King - XX Dark Mild3.00Not Tried
City of Cambridge - Hobson's Choice4.20Not Tried
Dark Star / Saltaire Collaboration - Le IPA5.60Not Tried
Dark Star - Vice Beer4.50Not Tried
09 Jun 2014 (Archie14)
This is a proper old fashioned back street boozer, friendly staff, kept really busy as the pub was really busy most of which were locals who also were friendly. Great ale selection and good hot and cold snacks on offer too, large crowed enjoying a game of darts while Black Sabbath playing in the background made for a nice visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead3.80ExcellentGreat condition, delicious :)
Flipside - Farthing Mild3.60ExcellentNice mid to dark mild with a nice smooth chocolate finish
West Berkshire - Good Old Boy4.00GoodRuby ale with hints vanilla
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Brewers Gold4.00Not Tried
Weetwood - Oast House Gold5.00Not Tried
Sunny Republic - Huna Red4.20Not Tried
West Berkshire - Dr Hexter's Healer5.00Not Tried
Sunny Republic - Hop Dog5.50Not Tried
18 Mar 2014 (Baymart)
Classic old style pub, would revisit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mighty Oak - Maldon Gold3.80Good

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About The Wenlock Arms

The pub sign. The Wenlock Arms, Hoxton, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional9
Excellent181
Good267
Acceptable225
Poor25

Website.

The pub is found in Hoxton, Central London, N1 7TA.

Re-opened Monday 3rd June 2013 after a period of closure for major refurbishment. The corner double door entrance is now open with floor tiles entrance "mat" renovated - these doors carry published opening times, previously always very "flexible". Is now a Ground Floor and Basement operation only as the upper floors are being converted to residential use. 2 very fine large Wenlock Brewery mirrors adorn the walls. 10 handpumps on the front of original horseshoe bar counter in two side-by-side banks of 5. The 2 lighted statues from top of bar overhead have migrated to either end of the mantelpiece over the open fire. A row of 10 keg taps have been introduced. Gents toilet with 2 urinals at Ground Floor level in left hand corner. New stairs customer access to basement for 2 Ladies toilets and a Gents sit-down. The backless piano has been retained but moved from the right hand corner to the left hand corner. Mini boxes of cider for sale at the back of the right hand leg of the bar counter. The pub is now operated by Moontide which offers a 10% discount on real ales for card carrying CAMRA members. HISTORICAL INFORMATION : For a long time THE real ale house in North London. For years run by guvnors Wills and Steve. A battle royale was on in 2012 to save the pub from the developers into whose hands it had fallen. The local council provided some protection but the battle continued. As at November 2012 yet another revised planning application was made to convert the floors above the pub into accommodation leaving the pub to run as a ground floor and basement operation only. Watch this space! Closed for major refurbishment of the ground floor after business on Sunday 3rd March 2013 with opening planned for, perhaps, late April or May 2013. Planning application to convert upper floors to flats was approved by the local Council sometime in early 2013 meaning loss of the first floor facilities - principally the function room. 2017 North London CAMRA branch Pub of the Year.

We have visited this pub 217 times, seen 749 different beers and tried 654 of them.

Map location

Postcode: N1 7TA