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Westow House (Antic)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hand Drawn Monkey - Monkeys Love Hops 3 Excellent1
By The Horns - Stiff Upper LipExcellent1
Quantum - American LightExcellent1
Redwell - JulŐl 2016 Excellent1
Siren Craft - Under CurrentExcellent1
Urban Huntsman (cuckoo) - The BrigandExcellent1
By The Horns - Wolfie Smith Amber AleExcellent1
Mallinsons - TopazExcellent1
Atom - Blonde AleGood1
Squawk - Pale Ale Simcoe, El DoradoGood1
Dark Star - HopheadGood1
Bad Seed - Orange & Rosemary Belgian PaleGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood1
Hobsons - Best BitterAcceptable1
Wild Beer Co. - BibbleAcceptable1
Alechemy - Bad Day at The Office Pale AlePoor1
Brick - Kinsale BitterUndrinkable1
Southey - PaleUndrinkable1
Florence - Sloe Gin (branded as A Head In A Hat Brewing) A Fruity Ale Infused With Sloes From The City Of London DistilleryUndrinkable1
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Black Sheep - Golden SheepNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Pale AleNot Tried0
Cronx - KotchinNot 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
Bedlam - BenchmarkNot Tried0
Five Points - XPANot Tried0

Visits Details

06 Aug 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit. Busier in front yard than inside.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Alechemy - Bad Day at The Office Pale Ale4.50PoorA tired tasting beer with a not particularly pleasant back taste. Had retained its orange citrus note. Not quite bad enough to ask for a replacement
Southey - Pale3.80UndrinkableUndrinkable murky soup with little taste to command any wish to drink it. Barman, close to the brewery, says it is unfined and vegan friendly, but clip does not say so. Taken off sale when replaced with another beer but put back on sale after behind-the-bar discussions
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Bedlam - Benchmark4.00Not Tried
Volden - Session Ale3.80Not Tried
Five Points - XPA4.00Not Tried
Volden - Summer4.20Not Tried
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

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About the Westow House

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent13
Good8
Acceptable2
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. Holds occasional and themed beer festivals. Lots of pavement seating out the front.

We have visited this pub 13 times, seen 95 different beers and tried 26 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE19 1TX