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The Speaker (Bermondsey Pub Company (Ei [formerly Enterprise Inns]))

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Priory MildExcellent1
Harviestoun - Born To Be MildExcellent1
Tring - Mansion MildExcellent1
Dark Star - Espresso StoutExcellent1
Rebellion - MildExcellent1
Potbelly - Beijing BlackExcellent1
Dark Star - Sussex Extra StoutExcellent1
Burton Bridge - XL MildExcellent1
Moorhouse's - Black Cat MildExcellent1
Tower - Hoskin's Bros HOB MildExcellent1
Moles - Double MM MildExcellent1
Salopian - Blackwater ExpressionistGood1
Robinsons - Hatters Dark MildGood1
Wold Top - Centenary Way MildGood1
Hammerpot - Vinery MildGood1
Blackwater (sub brand of Salopian) - ExpressionistGood1
Hobsons - MildGood1
Green Jack - Santa's SackAcceptable1
Wem (formerly Hanby) - Black MagicAcceptable1
Rudgate - Ruby MildAcceptable1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)Not Tried0
Wadworth - Dray BellsNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Speaker, Westminster, Central London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

29 Dec 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Evening visit from the Thursday evening mild drinkers on what would otherwise have been a quiet night here.
Potbelly - Beijing Black4.40ExcellentStrong black mild with caramel and toffee flavours dominating. Full bodied with a dryish fruity finish. My score 16/20.
Hobsons - Mild3.20GoodNot a bad sample here with toasted malt flavours and some fruity hop in the background. My score 15/20.
Salopian - Blackwater Expressionist5.00GoodPale strong bitter with good citrus hop bitterness. Citrus fruit finish. My score 15/20.
29 Dec 2011 (Stephen Harris)
Despite the fact that Central London is almost deserted today, the speaker is doing a good lunchtime beer and sandwich trade.
Blackwater (sub brand of Salopian) - Expressionist5.00GoodThis beer is contract-brewed at Salopian Brewery. Pale and citrus-hoppy.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)3.70Not Tried
Wadworth - Dray Bells4.10Not Tried
02 Jun 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy with a visit from the Thursday evening mild drinkers, as the pub's Mild in May theme draws to a close.
Rebellion - Mild3.50ExcellentRed/brown mild with a good well rounded sweet malty character. The finish is sweetish and fruity. My score 17/20.
Burton Bridge - XL Mild4.00ExcellentFull bodied dark brown mild with a sweetish malty character. A little hop in the finish which is fairly dry. My score 16/20.
Moles - Double MM Mild3.60ExcellentDark brown mild with a good sweet, malty character. Smooth and well rounded with some fruity hop in the finish. My score 17/20.
Harviestoun - Born To Be Mild4.00ExcellentDark brown mild with a smooth sweet malty character. A hint of berry fruit in the finish. My score 16/20.
Wold Top - Centenary Way Mild3.50GoodRuby/brown in colour with a dryish malt character and a little hop in the finish. My score 15/20.
12 May 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Fairly busy just after 5pm with a steady stream of office workers arriving.
Hammerpot - Vinery Mild3.40GoodFruity red/brown coloured mild with fairly low hop rate and a little maltiness. Quite dry finish. My score 15/20.
30 Dec 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy with a visit from the Thursday evening mild drinkers.
Moorhouse's - Black Cat Mild3.40ExcellentWell rounded black mild with chocolate malt in evidence and a low hop rate. Pleasant malty finish. My score 16/20.
Rudgate - Ruby Mild4.40AcceptableVery bitter, not sure why this is called a mild at all. Makes a perfectly good ruby best bitter. My score 13/20.
Green Jack - Santa's Sack5.50AcceptableStrong amber bitter with hop bitterness and a little maltiness. My score 14/20.
03 Jun 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy with a visit by the Thursday evening mild drinkers. Both mild pumps were changed at least once during the evening.
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Priory Mild3.50ExcellentBlack mild with lots of malt flavours. Some hop flavours in the finish. My score 16/20.
Tring - Mansion Mild3.70ExcellentVery malty dark brown mild with lots of biscuity malt flavours balanced by a little hoppiness in the finish. My score 16/20.
Robinsons - Hatters Dark Mild3.30GoodFairly malty with some typical Robinsons peppery hop and dry apple fruitiness in the finish. My score 15/20.
Wem (formerly Hanby) - Black Magic4.00AcceptableIncreased in strength to 4.0%, this is a ruby mild with a fruity character. This sample was quite bitter. My score 14/20.
13 May 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Fairly quiet just after 5pm but soon got busy and standing room only by 5.45.
Tower - Hoskin's Bros HOB Mild3.50ExcellentDark brown mild with a very sweet malty character tempered by a little raost malt in the finish. My score 16/20.
31 Dec 2009 (Martin the Mildman)
My last pub visit of 2009, this pub was open until 20.00 and was busy to the finish.
Dark Star - Espresso Stout4.20ExcellentAs ever, superb mix of roasted coffee flavours and sharp hoppiness with a dry, roast finish. My score 16/20.
Dark Star - Sussex Extra Stout4.50ExcellentJust a little sweeter than Espresso with a fuller more rounded flavour that just gives it the edge. My score 17/20.

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About The Speaker

The pub sign. The Speaker, Westminster, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Westminster, Central London, SW1P 2HA.

Traditional backstreet pub that is deservedly popular with locals and commuters alike. Good reputation for food and beer with frequent themed beer festivals through the two guest pumps. Very good selection of Milds in May. Look out for the caricatures of past Speakers and other politicians on the walls. This pub re-opened in November 2018 following refurbishment and a change of management.

We have visited this pub 18 times, seen 48 different beers and tried 36 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SW1P 2HA