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The Harp (Fuller's)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Siren Craft - Ryesing Tides IPAExcellent1
Dark Star - Imperial StoutExcellent1
Colchester - Sweeney ToddExcellent1
Windsor & Eton - Father ThamesExcellent1
London Brewing Co. - 100 Oysters StoutExcellent1
Windsor & Eton - Conqueror Black IPAExcellent1
Harveys - PorterExcellent1
Exit 33 (formerly The Brew Company then Sky's Edge) - Mosaic Pale AleExcellent1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Black EelExcellent1
Southwark - Smoked PorterExcellent1
Fuller's - London PorterExcellent1
London Brewing Co. - Beer StreetGood1
Saltaire - Triple ChocoholicGood1
Titanic - Plum PorterGood1
Truman's - Gypsy QueenAcceptable1
Fuller's - 1845Acceptable1
Harveys - Sussex Best BitterAcceptable1
Harveys - Sussex Best BitterAcceptable1
Fuller's - London PrideNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Dark Star - HopheadNot Tried0
Oakham - Scarlet MacawNot Tried0
Sambrook's - ScrumdownNot Tried0
London Beer Factory - Sayers StoutNot Tried0
Sambrook's - JunctionNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Powerhouse PorterNot Tried0
Truman's - ZephyrNot Tried0
Southwark - CentennialNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Zinzan's DropNot Tried0
Southwark - LPA London Pale Ale Not Tried0
Harveys - Sussex Best BitterNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde MildNot Tried0
Burning Sky - PlateauNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Sumo Not Tried0
Blackjack - Poker FaceNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand BitterNot Tried0
Harveys - Sussex Best BitterNot Tried0
Five Points - Five Points PaleNot Tried0
Fuller's - Gale's HSBNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Orchid MildNot Tried0
Five Points - XPANot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the GarterNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - SundancerNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Short Days Vienna IPANot Tried0
Oakham - JHBNot Tried0
Gipsy Hill - HepcatNot Tried0
Roaring Four - GalaxyNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London
Picture 2. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London

Visits Details

27 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close. Just noticed prices up 10p a pint here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Windsor & Eton - Father Thames4.80Excellent
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Not Tried
Roaring Four - Galaxy6.20Not TriedA scribbled on clip. Seems some sort of London Beer Lab associated outfit, brewers maybe but not a proper brewery
25 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Southwark - Smoked Porter4.50Excellent
Colchester - Sweeney Todd4.20ExcellentNot a favourite taste of mine
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not TriedTaster had intense caramel overtones, not right so did not purchase
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Sundancer3.70Not Tried
Gipsy Hill - Hepcat4.60Not Tried
24 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harveys - Porter4.80Excellent4½* = superb
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Black Eel5.00Excellent
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the Garter3.80Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Sundancer3.70Not Tried
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Orchid Mild3.60Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Short Days Vienna IPA5.20Not TriedNo sooner had Red Squirrel said, on its website, it had retired the Red Squirrel name it appears on a pumpclip for this beer. What is it up to?
22 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close. A mini festival of London Drinker Beer Festival winning beers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's - London Porter5.40Excellent
London Brewing Co. - 100 Oysters Stout4.60Excellent
London Brewing Co. - Beer Street4.00GoodCondition good with good lip bitterness but had an amateur home brewing backtaste
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Sambrook's - Junction4.50Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Orchid Mild3.60Not Tried
Five Points - XPA4.00Not TriedGetting rave reviews from several other topers tonight
20 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close. The Spring Equinox and a young man's fancy lightly turns to ............ well beer as it turns out, oh and polar bears and Philip Larkin's "The Trees".
BeerABVScoreNotes
Windsor & Eton - Conqueror Black IPA5.00Excellent
Truman's - Gypsy Queen4.20AcceptableHazy and past its best but flavours all intact still
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand Bitter3.80Not Tried
Sambrook's - Junction4.50Not Tried
Sambrook's - Scrumdown4.00Not Tried
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
18 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
After a mightily circuitous journey with Charing Cross station closed, an evening visit until midnight close then a night bus journey away. How come at one in the morning central London's roads are as congested as any rush hour; cycle routes and obnoxious traffic light sequencing combined perhaps.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Saltaire - Triple Chocoholic4.80Good
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableDistinctly average
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand Bitter3.80Not Tried
Five Points - Five Points Pale4.40Not Tried
Sambrook's - Scrumdown4.00Not Tried
Truman's - Gypsy Queen4.20Not Tried
17 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. St Patrick's Day chaos ruled but I could still not resist redeeming my free pint of Draught Guinness voucher. Then I moved on to the proper stuff.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Siren Craft - Ryesing Tides IPA7.00ExcellentTook a while for the buds to adjust after the previous chilled metallic bashing from the Draught Guinness
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde Mild3.70Not Tried
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Not Tried
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Sumo 4.70Not TriedWhy does this brewery continue with the silly Mad Squirrel sub-brand thus misleading on true provenance?
Blackjack - Poker Face4.20Not Tried
15 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90GoodPerhaps rather fresh and less plummy than I am used to
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Sambrook's - Junction4.50Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Zinzan's Drop4.00Not Tried
Southwark - LPA London Pale Ale 4.00Not Tried
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
13 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm. Room to move.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Exit 33 (formerly The Brew Company then Sky's Edge) - Mosaic Pale Ale4.10ExcellentSimply too much of the old citrus for me
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableReally just average
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Sambrook's - Junction4.50Not Tried
Sambrook's - Powerhouse Porter4.90Not Tried
Truman's - Zephyr4.40Not Tried
Southwark - Centennial5.00Not Tried
09 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close. Some heavy ones on tonight, possibly to complement the London Drinker Beer Festival on this week.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Imperial Stout10.50ExcellentServed on gravity from an upright metal pin on the bar back. A belated proverbial kick of the mule on the train home, unless there was actually a mule travelling too
Fuller's - 18456.30AcceptableI thought this lacked condition and clarity
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Oakham - Scarlet Macaw4.40Not Tried
Sambrook's - Scrumdown4.00Not Tried
London Beer Factory - Sayers Stout4.50Not Tried

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About The Harp

The pub sign. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional22
Excellent354
Good134
Acceptable43
Poor5

Website.

The pub is found in Charing Cross, Central London, WC2N 4HS.

Formerly the Welsh Harp, a small narrow long pub on Chandos Place, just a stone's throw from Charing Cross railway station, so very handy for commuters. Hanging baskets at the front are attractive. A steep flight of stairs leads to the toilets and an upstairs room. There is an alley at the rear for smokers. Won the ultimate accolade as CAMRA National Pub of the Year in 2010. In 2011 CAMRA London Cider Pub of the Year, in 2012 CAMRA West London branch Pub of the Year, and again in 2014 as joint branch Pub of the Year and in 2016 as branch Pub of the Year once more. Previously privately owned it was sold to Fuller's in mid July 2014 for a reported £7 million so changes expected. Closed for some days in February 2015 for an upgrade to plumbing and electrics, in particular to swap over the Gents and Ladies toilets. Good range of regional and micro breweries beer available through 10 handpumps and a superb range of ciders and perries sold from boxes in the chilled cabinets behind the bar. 10% Price discount for card carrying CAMRA members on cask ales and ciders / perries.

We have visited this pub 321 times, seen 668 different beers and tried 262 of them.

Map location

Postcode: WC2N 4HS