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The Harp (Fuller's)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Arbor Ales - Why Kick a Moo CowExcellent1
Wiper and True - Milk ShakeExcellent1
Redemption - Special Edition Double Dry Hop TrinityExcellent1
Exeter - FerrymanExcellent1
Dark Star - HopheadExcellent1
Redemption - Special Edition 46° NorthExcellent1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesExcellent1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurExcellent1
Gloucester - Six Malt PorterExcellent1
Signature Brew - Wild WinterExcellent1
Arbor Ales - MosaicExcellent1
Squawk - Corvus StoutGood1
Hammerton - N7Good1
Funky Hop Donkey (collaboration brand Raw / Pigeon Fishers) - Big Funky New England IPAGood1
Gipsy Hill - BounderGood1
First Chop Brewing Arm - PODGood1
Five Points - Railway PorterGood1
Wylam - MacchiatoAcceptable1
Exeter - 'fraid NotAcceptable1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterNot Tried0
Fuller's - London PrideNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Hammerton - N1Not Tried0
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Polar BearNot Tried0
Bexley - 6 Nations English ChallengerNot Tried0
Oakham - JHBNot Tried0
Fuller's - London PorterNot Tried0
Sambrook's - JunctionNot Tried0
Hammerton - Life on MarsNot Tried0
Redemption - Urban DuskNot Tried0
Redemption - Fellowship PorterNot Tried0
Redemption - Rock the KazbekNot Tried0
Marble - PintNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - Blue Sky Drinking Not Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Red RyeNot Tried0
Roosters - YankeeNot Tried0
Wild Beer Co. - BibbleNot Tried0
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Great Tom Mild (or Great Tom Winter Mild)Not Tried0
Oakham - Bishops FarewellNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Yu LuNot Tried0
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Ruby Red Dinner AleNot Tried0
Gloucester - Darker Shade of PaleNot Tried0
Hawkshead - BitterNot Tried0
Ilkley - Mary JaneNot Tried0
Fixed Wheel - Chain Reaction Pale AleNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Powerhouse PorterNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Father ThamesNot Tried0
Gloucester - West Coast RedNot Tried0
Hammerton - Pentonville Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Fuller's - 2016 Vintage AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London
Picture 2. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London

Visits Details

19 Apr 2018 (ChrisE)
Thursday afternoon on what was the hottest day of the year so far. Front windows open and nice and cool inside which was just as well as the staff were doing stirling work trying to keep the gravity cask cool.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Excellent
Gipsy Hill - Bounder4.40GoodFrom a wooden cask stillaged on the bar, and creating a lot of interest.
Harvey's - 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 - London Porter5.40Not Tried
Hammerton - Pentonville Oyster Stout5.30Not Tried
Fuller's - 2016 Vintage Ale8.50Not Tried
09 Apr 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11.30pm close. Almost stuck to perry which I had one of before a final choice of ale.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hammerton - N75.20Good
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
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) - Naked Ladies4.40Not Tried
Sambrook's - Powerhouse Porter4.90Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Father Thames4.80Not Tried
Gloucester - West Coast Red4.80Not Tried
06 Apr 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Seems the loss of the members of Binnie Walsh's original bar team, at the time of the Fuller's takeover, is almost complete.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Arbor Ales - Mosaic4.00Excellent
Wylam - Macchiato6.50AcceptableA complex Hazelnut Praline Coffee Porter but with little head or natural carbonation making it a flat soup of a beer and a chore. Dashes of lemonade transformed it to something pleasant to the palate
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Hawkshead - Bitter3.70Not Tried
Ilkley - Mary Jane3.50Not Tried
Fixed Wheel - Chain Reaction Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
31 Mar 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Last knockings visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
First Chop Brewing Arm - POD4.20GoodRather weak sickly taste of vanilla
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Siren Craft - Yu Lu3.60Not Tried
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Ruby Red Dinner Ale5.20Not Tried
Gloucester - Darker Shade of Pale5.20Not Tried
29 Mar 2018 (Archie14)
Quite late afternoon visit
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Excellent
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90ExcellentSo so drinkable could quite of easily stayed on this but I knew better.
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80Not Tried
27 Mar 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Arbor Ales - Why Kick a Moo Cow5.50Excellent
Squawk - Corvus Stout7.40GoodA serious heavy stout
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Roosters - Yankee4.30Not Tried
Wild Beer Co. - Bibble4.20Not Tried
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Great Tom Mild (or Great Tom Winter Mild)3.80Not Tried
22 Mar 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11.30pm close. More personnel changes here are afoot. A cask Gipsy Hill 9.5% Abbey Ale style beer "Monos Terion" is lurking in the cellar for imminent release to the unwary.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Gloucester - Six Malt Porter4.50ExcellentSimply nourishing
Signature Brew - Wild Winter6.80ExcellentA lovely belly warming spiced winter ale with cinnamon, vanilla, cardamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Marble - Pint3.90Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Blue Sky Drinking 4.40Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Red Rye5.80Not Tried
14 Mar 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11.30pm close. There had been a Redemption Brewery tap takeover earlier this evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Redemption - Special Edition Double Dry Hop Trinity3.00Excellent
Redemption - Special Edition 46° North6.00ExcellentHeavily hopped and full bodied, a wow for the tastebuds. Hope they make this variant a Redemption core beer
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60Not Tried
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10Not Tried
Redemption - Rock the Kazbek4.00Not Tried
09 Mar 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. How much more pleasant as the shouters leave during drinking up time.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wiper and True - Milk Shake5.60ExcellentBottle conditioned
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80GoodLast half out of cask and nowt to complain about
Exeter - 'fraid Not4.00AcceptableA watery thin gruel
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Harvey's - 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 - London Porter5.40Not TriedNew on just before closing time
Sambrook's - Junction4.50Not Tried
Hammerton - Life on Mars4.60Not Tried
27 Feb 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11.30pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Exeter - Ferryman4.20ExcellentA simple traditional mid brown English hopped bitter - sheer luxury
Funky Hop Donkey (collaboration brand Raw / Pigeon Fishers) - Big Funky New England IPA6.20GoodNo indication on pumpclip that this is a Raw beer. Thicker and hazier than a 50s London peasouper mixed with frogspawn
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not TriedA Fuller's company beer now
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not TriedA Fuller's company beer now
Hammerton - N14.10Not Tried
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Polar Bear4.60Not TriedRan out
Bexley - 6 Nations English Challenger4.10Not Tried

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About The Harp

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional22
Excellent472
Good181
Acceptable55
Poor6

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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 and then 2018 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.

We have visited this pub 415 times, seen 832 different beers and tried 353 of them.

Map location

Postcode: WC2N 4HS