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The White Swan (Golfrate)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
RCH - Blackberry SlugExcellent1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordGood2
Staggeringly Good - Thai-Ranno Citrus IPAGood1
RCH - FireboxGood1
Fuller's - Bengal LancerGood1
Staggeringly Good - Staggersaurus IPAGood1
Old Mill - Traditional BitterGood1
Big Smoke - Chinook, Rakau, Azacca Pale AleGood1
Saltaire - Stout No. 5Good1
Signature Brew - Backstage IPAGood1
Purple Moose - Elderflower AleGood1
Kew - Nightshade Chilli PorterAcceptable1
St Austell - Proper JobAcceptable2
Tonbridge - American PaleAcceptable1
Redemption - Urban DuskPoor1
Dark Star - HopheadNot Tried0
St Austell - TributeNot Tried0
Dark Star - RevelationNot Tried0
Reunion - Frost FairNot Tried0
Leeds - Gingerbread StoutNot Tried0
Titanic - Plum Porter Grand ReserveNot Tried0
Kew - Kew Green (& Black)Not Tried0
St Austell - Cousin JackNot Tried0
Kew - Botanic AmberNot Tried0
Fuller's - Front RowNot Tried0
Springhead - Drop o' The Black StuffNot Tried0
Signature Brew - Session N.Z. hopped bitter (Pacifica)Not Tried0
Elland - 1872 PorterNot Tried0
Bedlam - India Pale AleNot Tried0
Ghost - ReaperNot Tried0
Reunion - BeardtongueNot Tried0
Cotleigh - OspreyNot Tried0
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - StormstayNot Tried0
Dorset Brewing Company - YachtsmanNot Tried0
Coastal - AngelinaNot Tried0
Cheddar - Goat's LeapNot Tried0
Bays - Up 'n' UnderNot Tried0
Exeter - Darkness The Prince of AlesNot Tried0
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Copper GlowNot Tried0
Belleville - Battersea BrownstoneNot Tried0
Big Smoke - Solaris Session PaleNot Tried0
Big Smoke - Underworld Milk StoutNot Tried0
Belleville - Picnic Session IPANot Tried0
Wishbone - BlondeNot Tried0
Caledonian - First DawnNot Tried0
Everards - Mad Hatter's Tea PartyNot Tried0
Theakston - Vanilla StoutNot Tried0
Skinner's - Hops 'n' HoneyNot Tried0
Theakston - Cooper's ButtNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Hog Island East Coast Pale Ale (No. 18 Yard Brewhouse)Not Tried0
Blue Monkey - Chocolate Amaretto GuerrillaNot Tried0

Visits Details

26 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Mill - Traditional Bitter3.90GoodSoooooooooooooooooo welcoming to see a traditional English mid-brown bitter, a relief from boring citrus
Saltaire - Stout No. 54.20Good
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Theakston - Cooper's Butt4.30Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Hog Island East Coast Pale Ale (No. 18 Yard Brewhouse)4.80Not Tried
Staggeringly Good - Staggersaurus IPA4.00Not Tried
Blue Monkey - Chocolate Amaretto Guerrilla4.90Not Tried
19 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close. Too late for the gratis cheeseboard.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Purple Moose - Elderflower Ale4.00Good
Staggeringly Good - Thai-Ranno Citrus IPA4.00GoodClearly unfined as very cloudy. Odd citrus taste which I could not quite describe, perhaps a bit spicy
Staggeringly Good - Staggersaurus IPA4.00GoodBrewery has stated it no longer uses "fish-guts" and was obvious from the cloudiness of this beer
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Skinner's - Hops 'n' Honey4.00Not Tried
Theakston - Vanilla Stout4.50Not Tried
12 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close. Since last visit Heineken has installed 8 new Angram handpumps, all in one line, to replace the previous mish-mash of 8 split 4 and 4 on the 2 legs of the L-shaped bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Good
Tonbridge - American Pale5.00AcceptableVery average
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Belleville - Battersea Brownstone4.80Not Tried
Caledonian - First Dawn3.70Not Tried
Everards - Mad Hatter's Tea Party4.20Not Tried
Theakston - Vanilla Stout4.50Not Tried
05 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close. More reported management changes.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Big Smoke - Chinook, Rakau, Azacca Pale Ale5.40GoodWell balanced with no hop too harsh
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Belleville - Battersea Brownstone4.80Not Tried
Big Smoke - Solaris Session Pale3.80Not Tried
Big Smoke - Underworld Milk Stout5.00Not Tried
Belleville - Picnic Session IPA4.40Not Tried
Wishbone - Blonde3.60Not Tried
26 Feb 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close. End of a weekend beer festival with some beers on gravity stillage in the garden.
BeerABVScoreNotes
RCH - Blackberry Slug4.50ExcellentOn gravity. Tasty enough to have two
RCH - Firebox6.00GoodSlight haze
Cotleigh - Osprey5.00Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Stormstay5.00Not TriedOn gravity
Dorset Brewing Company - Yachtsman4.70Not TriedOn gravity
Coastal - Angelina4.10Not TriedOn gravity
Cheddar - Goat's Leap5.50Not TriedOn gravity
Bays - Up 'n' Under4.00Not TriedOn gravity
Exeter - Darkness The Prince of Ales5.10Not Tried
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Copper Glow4.20Not Tried
Reunion - Beardtongue4.50Not Tried
20 Feb 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until an unusually (for a Monday) 11.30pm close, maybe due to new manager Josh in charge tonight. At end of session I tried a keg Magic Rock but it was fabulously over-carbonated and frankly 'orrible to taste.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Proper Job4.50AcceptableFresh on tonight and tasted fresh with poor conditioning
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60PoorFlat as a proverbial pancake, even a big dollop of lemonade failed to revive it
Elland - 1872 Porter6.50Not Tried
Bedlam - India Pale Ale4.80Not Tried
Signature Brew - Session N.Z. hopped bitter (Pacifica)4.00Not Tried
Ghost - Reaper4.40Not Tried
St Austell - Cousin Jack4.00Not Tried
Reunion - Beardtongue4.50Not Tried
12 Feb 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close. Gorged on the gratis cheeseboard, with which my chosen beer matched very well indeed.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Signature Brew - Backstage IPA5.60GoodNicely rounded and very downable
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not TriedRan out
Fuller's - Front Row3.70Not Tried
Springhead - Drop o' The Black Stuff4.00Not Tried
Signature Brew - Session N.Z. hopped bitter (Pacifica)4.00Not Tried
Kew - Kew Green (& Black)3.90Not Tried
Kew - Botanic Amber3.80Not Tried
Kew - Nightshade Chilli Porter4.30Not Tried
09 Feb 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Brief late evening visit. Unexciting beer range prompted a skedaddling.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Acceptable
Kew - Kew Green (& Black)3.90Not Tried
Kew - Botanic Amber3.80Not Tried
Kew - Nightshade Chilli Porter4.30Not Tried
05 Feb 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Brief visit until a premature ("one Sunday in the year") 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kew - Nightshade Chilli Porter4.30AcceptableSecond time I have this and it is a total disappointment. Promises much chilli but after two sips it has dissipated to nowt
Reunion - Frost Fair4.50Not Tried
Leeds - Gingerbread Stout4.30Not Tried
Kew - Kew Green (& Black)3.90Not Tried
St Austell - Cousin Jack4.00Not Tried
27 Jan 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until about midnight thirty.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Good
Fuller's - Bengal Lancer5.00GoodGood condition but surprising lacking in taste
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not Tried
Reunion - Frost Fair4.50Not Tried
Leeds - Gingerbread Stout4.30Not Tried
Titanic - Plum Porter Grand Reserve6.50Not TriedHad lasted since last Sunday, slow selling with frightened customers perhaps. Now run out

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About The White Swan

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent37
Good69
Acceptable33
Poor5

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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 in banks of 4 and 4 on the separate legs of the L. Large garden. Re-opened once more in early September 2015, seemingly out of a Pubco's grip, with a greater emphasis on cask ales and real ciders plus some live music. 10% price discount on pints only of cask ales for card carrying CAMRA members.

We have visited this pub 85 times, seen 234 different beers and tried 109 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE7 8UD