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Horseshoe (Ei Group (formerly Enterprise Inns))

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Purity - Pure UBUExcellent5
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)Good4
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Young's BitterGood1
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Wells PoppyGood1
Woodforde's - WherryAcceptable1
Sambrook's - WandlePoor1
Caledonian - Deuchars IPANot Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Wells Bombardier Burning GoldNot Tried0
Brains - The Rev James GoldNot Tried0
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Bombardier Pale AleNot Tried0
Brains - The Rev James OriginalNot Tried0
Picture 1. Horseshoe, Clerkenwell, Central London

Visits Details

10 Mar 2018 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit for a well attended meeting in the upstairs room. SPBW discount given here.
Purity - Pure UBU4.50ExcellentVery good, so I stuck with it for the whole lunchtime.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Brains - The Rev James Original4.50Not Tried
11 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Shortly after noon I entered this thriving community local having been blinded by daylight. SPBW AGM upstairs with usual desirably unhealthy buffet included.
Purity - Pure UBU4.50Good
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Acceptablevery little taste of note and soon went flat. NOT the award winning Wherry of old
Brains - The Rev James Gold4.10Not Tried
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Bombardier Pale Ale3.60Not Tried
11 Mar 2017 (ChrisE)
Saturday morning ready for the SPBW AGM. A rare sighting of Mr. Pirrip at Noon.
Purity - Pure UBU4.50ExcellentFirst one from a new cask and excellent.
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
Brains - The Rev James Gold4.10Not Tried
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Bombardier Pale Ale3.60Not Tried
01 Dec 2016 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit on a cold December day, the staff apologized for the fact that the heating system had broken down and the pub was somewhat cold. We kept our coats on and enjoyed a couple of pints and reminisced on a few pubs we knew that were always as cold as this.
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Wells Poppy3.60Good
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
14 Mar 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. SPBW AGM venue upstairs in function room. Buffet excellent and unhealthy too again this year. Thriving pub downstairs with mainly local clientele from nearby housing.
Purity - Pure UBU4.50ExcellentSold out later
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)3.60GoodGood enough but wishy-washy blandness
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not TriedAll gone before I arrived. Pity they did not have another ready to connect up
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Wells Bombardier Burning Gold4.10Not Tried
14 Mar 2016 (ChrisE)
Evening visit for a function upstairs. The pub itself was very busy with darts matches, a proper boozer.
Purity - Pure UBU4.50ExcellentThis ran out later in the evening.
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)3.60Good
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not TriedThis ran out before I could try it
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Wells Bombardier Burning Gold4.10Not Tried
10 Mar 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. SPBW AGM in upstairs function room. Excellent buffet but, naturally, as unhealthy as all good buffets are!
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)3.60AcceptableOK but flat
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not TriedClip turned round
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Young's Bitter3.70Not Tried
10 Mar 2014 (ChrisE)
Evening visit for a meeting in the function room upstairs. I had never been here before and was surprised to find a proper boozer in this part of London, very much a traditional local with two dart boards both in use, and no signs of any posh food menus anywhere.
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)3.60GoodSelling very well in here tonight.
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Young's Bitter3.70GoodPerfectly O.K. but tasted a bit as if it was the end of the cask. The beer ran out before I ordered my next pint.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not TriedComing Soon.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
16 Jan 2013 (Stephen Harris)
We squeezed our way into this crowded pub for a brief visit. The crowds were here as two darts matches were in progress.
Sambrook's - Wandle3.80PoorA bland, almost tasteless pint, ruined by poor condition, over-chilling and by being served with a huge, creamy head.
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)3.60Not Tried

About the Horseshoe

The pub sign. Horseshoe, Clerkenwell, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Clerkenwell, Central London, EC1R 0AG.

In Clerkenwell Close this pub has been present since at least 1748 and features a mid-nineteenth century frontage including leaded windows. It is larger inside than one might expect from its external appearance, and is overlooked by a gloomy Peabody Estate. The interior is now in a single bar format. Historically, this was a Courage Brewery pub. 4 handpumps on bar counter. 2 dartboards. Upstairs large function room recently refurbished and with more dartboards. Usually closed Saturday and Sunday.

We have visited this pub 9 times, seen 13 different beers and tried 6 of them.

Map location

Postcode: EC1R 0AG