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The White Swan (Golfrate)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
St Austell - Big JobExcellent1
Saltaire - Stout No. 5Excellent1
Southwark - Bermondsey BestGood1
Brentwood - Burton Brown AleGood1
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Young's Double Chocolate StoutGood1
Westerham - British Bulldog "BB" (was 4.3%)Good1
House Beer - End of SeasonGood1
Felinfoel - Double DragonGood2
House Beer - Old FiverGood1
Everards - AscalonGood1
Signature Brew - Session N.Z. hopped bitter (Pacifica)Good1
Reunion - MonroeGood2
St Austell - TributeGood1
Butcombe - HeathcliffGood1
Totally Brewed - Passion Fruit in the FaceGood1
Titanic - Plum PorterGood1
St Austell - Proper JobAcceptable2
Westerham - Audit AleAcceptable2
Theakston - Crime of PassionAcceptable1
Signature Brew - Red WedgeNot Tried0
Westerham - British Bulldog "BB" (was 4.3%)Not Tried0
Blue Monkey - Chocolate Amaretto GuerrillaNot Tried0
Wadworth - St. George & the DragonNot Tried0
Theakston - Cooper's ButtNot Tried0
Camerons - Fridge Magnet Pale AleNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Red IPANot Tried0
Palmers - IPA (Best)Not Tried0
St Austell - HSDNot Tried0
Stonehenge - Sign of SpringNot Tried0
Saltaire - Raspberry BlondeNot Tried0
Saltaire - Stateside IPANot Tried0
Dark Star - RevelationNot Tried0
Saltaire - Elderflower BlondeNot Tried0
Five Points - Five Points PaleNot Tried0
Saltaire - Hop #256Not Tried0
Reunion - Incredible Pale AleNot Tried0
Hackney - Kapow!Not Tried0
Electric Bear - Inspector RemorseNot Tried0
Electric Bear - Werrrd!Not Tried0
Mobberley - Boom JuiceNot Tried0
St Austell - Drayman's ReserveNot Tried0
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Temperance Session AleNot Tried0
Fuller's - Gale's Spring SprinterNot Tried0
Caledonian - Deuchars IPANot Tried0
Caledonian - Edinburgh CastleNot Tried0
Westerham - Summer PerleNot Tried0
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Young's HummingbirdNot Tried0
Long Man - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Hop Stuff - A.P.A. (Arsenal Pale Ale)Not Tried0

Visits Details

18 Jun 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close. Original plans to close at 11 were scotched by a smattering of late arrivals!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Westerham - Audit Ale6.20Good2nd and 3rd out cooler and fresher than the 1st
Westerham - Audit Ale6.20Poor1st out for a while I imagine
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 TriedRan out
Long Man - American Pale Ale4.80Not TriedRan out
Hop Stuff - A.P.A. (Arsenal Pale Ale)3.80Not Tried
11 Jun 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Reunion - Monroe3.60Good2nd and 3rd out were cooler and fresher. Fairly neutral tasting very pale coloured ale with fruity notes
Reunion - Monroe3.60Acceptable1st out for a while I suspect
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Westerham - Summer Perle3.80Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Westerham - British Bulldog "BB" (was 4.3%)4.10Not Tried
27 May 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit which crossed midnight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Felinfoel - Double Dragon4.20Good2nd and 3rd out that a little bit cooler snd fresher. Haven't had a Felinfoel for perhaps 25 years
Felinfoel - Double Dragon4.20AcceptableFirst out for a while I imagine
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Westerham - Summer Perle3.80Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Young's Hummingbird4.20Not Tried
Westerham - British Bulldog "BB" (was 4.3%)4.10Not Tried
21 May 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close. Since last visit the CAMRA discount has been slashed from 50p to 20p a pint. Also seems that outside festivals the real ale range has become less micro-adventurous.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Westerham - British Bulldog "BB" (was 4.3%)4.10Good
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Acceptable
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Caledonian - Edinburgh Castle4.10Not Tried
07 May 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close. A few missing faces tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Tribute4.20Good
Brentwood - Burton Brown Ale4.40Good
Theakston - Crime of Passion4.20AcceptableThe absolute lack of the promised almond taste left this flat on its face
Westerham - British Bulldog "BB" (was 4.3%)4.10Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not TriedRan out
Fuller's - Gale's Spring Sprinter4.00Not Tried
30 Apr 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close. Pub had had a very busy day, just two beers left on, both allegedly festival leftovers "blended" by the pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
House Beer - End of Season4.00GoodSaid to be predominantly Saltaire Raspberry Blonde
House Beer - Old Fiver5.00GoodSaid to be predominantly Saltaire Stateside IPA
23 Apr 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close. To think that 14 hours before the road outside would have been a throng of London Marathon runners. Marathon Weekend beer festival in full swing.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Big Job7.20ExcellentInnocently strong. On gravity dispense on festival stillage in garden
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90GoodRather fresh I thought
St Austell - HSD5.00Not TriedOn gravity on garden stillage
Stonehenge - Sign of Spring4.60Not TriedOn gravity on garden stillage
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Saltaire - Raspberry Blonde4.00Not TriedOn gravity on garden stillage
Saltaire - Stateside IPA6.00Not TriedOn gravity on garden stillage
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not TriedOn gravity on garden stillage
Saltaire - Elderflower Blonde4.00Not TriedOn gravity on garden stillage
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40Not TriedOn gravity on garden stillage
Saltaire - Hop #2565.00Not Tried
Reunion - Incredible Pale Ale5.00Not TriedOn gravity on garden stillage
Hackney - Kapow!4.50Not TriedOn gravity on garden stillage
Electric Bear - Inspector Remorse4.70Not TriedOn gravity on garden stillage
Electric Bear - Werrrd!4.20Not Tried
Mobberley - Boom Juice3.60Not Tried
St Austell - Drayman's Reserve4.90Not Tried
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Temperance Session Ale3.50Not Tried
16 Apr 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until a later than usual midnight close. A most lively Ska band was playing and had most of the floor dancing, singing along and arm waving. The lady saxophonist was particularly impressive.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Young's Double Chocolate Stout5.20Good
Everards - Ascalon4.00Good
Butcombe - Heathcliff4.60Good
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Acceptable
Westerham - British Bulldog "BB" (was 4.3%)4.10Not Tried
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Not TriedRan out
09 Apr 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Southwark - Bermondsey Best4.40GoodGood enough but not tempted to have a second
Westerham - British Bulldog "BB" (was 4.3%)4.10Not Tried
Wadworth - St. George & the Dragon4.50Not Tried
Theakston - Cooper's Butt4.30Not Tried
Signature Brew - Session N.Z. hopped bitter (Pacifica)4.00Not Tried
Camerons - Fridge Magnet Pale Ale4.50Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Red IPA4.50Not TriedSold out
02 Apr 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close. Still lots of gratis cheeseboard to gorge upon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Saltaire - Stout No. 54.20Excellent
Signature Brew - Session N.Z. hopped bitter (Pacifica)4.00Good
Totally Brewed - Passion Fruit in the Face4.80Good
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Signature Brew - Red Wedge4.70Not Tried
Westerham - British Bulldog "BB" (was 4.3%)4.10Not Tried
Blue Monkey - Chocolate Amaretto Guerrilla4.90Not Tried

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About The White Swan

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent39
Good84
Acceptable38
Poor6

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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 and real ciders plus some live music. 20p price discount on pints only of cask ales for card carrying CAMRA members.

We have visited this pub 95 times, seen 271 different beers and tried 125 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE7 8UD