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Holborn Whippet (Bloomsbury Leisure Group)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kernel (The Kernel) - Citra IPA (keg)Excellent1
Oldershaw - Blonde VoluptaExcellent1
Arbor Ales - Single Hop RiwakaExcellent1
Arbor Ales - TranspacificExcellent2
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Island HoppingExcellent1
Arbor Ales - Oyster StoutExcellent1
Arbor Ales - ArtisanExcellent1
Redemption - Big ChiefExcellent1
Devilfish - The DarknessExcellent1
Offbeat - Off Kilter PorterGood1
Buxton - AmoorGood1
Meantime - India Pale AleGood1
Moor - Empire Strikes BackGood1
Adnams - Flame RunnerGood1
Hardknott - Thank Chinook It's FridayGood1
Arbor Ales - Cats & DogsGood1
London Fields - Harvest Ale 2012Acceptable1
Moor - RawAcceptable1
Tiny Rebel - CwtchNot Tried0
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Old AleNot Tried0
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - GoldbladeNot Tried0
London Fields - Love Not WarNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - Old KnobbleyNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - PacificaNot Tried0
Grain - PorterNot Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Redemption - TrinityNot Tried0
Dark Star - Espresso StoutNot Tried0
Dark Star - Summer MeltdownNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - SequoiaNot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Redemption - Pale AleNot Tried0
Buxton - Moor TopNot Tried0
London Fields - Pale AleNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - Urban IPANot Tried0
Devilfish - StingrayNot Tried0
Picture 1. Holborn Whippet, Holborn, Central London
Picture 2. Holborn Whippet, Holborn, Central London

Visits Details

30 Nov 2012 (Stephen Harris)
I met up with a good crowd of old friends here, early on Friday evening. The pub soon became very busy indeed and eventually we moved on, visiting a couple of lesser pubs.
Arbor Ales - Oyster Stout4.60ExcellentVery full-flavoured stout.
Arbor Ales - Artisan4.80ExcellentCopper-coloured, with good balance of malt and hops.
Moor - Empire Strikes Back5.70GoodPale and yeasty, in an IPA-style. Nice hops. Doesn’t drink to its strength.
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Goldblade4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Cwtch4.60Not Tried
Grain - Porter5.00Not Tried
06 Nov 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy early evening on a Tuesday.
Devilfish - The Darkness4.50ExcellentExcellent black porter full of malty flavours including dark chocolate and coffee. Some hop in the background. My score 16/20.
31 Oct 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Quite busy mid evneing on a Wednesday.
Arbor Ales - Transpacific4.50ExcellentHoppy and full bodied pale ale with citrus and tropical fruit notes. Fruity hoppy finish. My score 16/20.
30 Oct 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Crowded to capacity in here between 7 and 8pm.
Arbor Ales - Transpacific4.50ExcellentPale in colour with a big initial hit of citrus hop flavours and more hop bitterness towards the end.
Offbeat - Off Kilter Porter4.30GoodDry, dark, roasty.
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Old Ale4.50Not Tried
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Goldblade4.00Not Tried
London Fields - Love Not War4.20Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Pacifica4.00Not TriedI ordered a half of this only to discover that barrel-end had been reached.
16 Oct 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Getting busier as 6pm approached on a Tuesday evening.
Arbor Ales - Single Hop Riwaka4.00ExcellentVery pale and very hoppy with a superb fruity tropical flavour which lingers in the finish. My score 17/20.
London Fields - Harvest Ale 20125.50AcceptableExtremely bitter and hoppy pale strong bitter. A little over the top for me but was receiving favourable comments in the pub. My score 14/20.
02 Oct 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Getting busy late afternoon on a Tuesday.
Hardknott - Thank Chinook It's Friday4.30GoodA dark bitter, ruby/brown in colour with a good citrus hop character dominating. My score 15/20.
Moor - Raw4.30AcceptableAmber and unfined so a little hazy. Dry hop flavour continuing through to the finish. My score 14/20.
17 Sep 2012 (Stephen Harris)
I was interested to see that in their positive review of this pub, printed on 23 August, The Evening Standard used one of my photos, pinched from this site. I worked hard last night to blag a free round for my group on the strength of the publicity I had provided for them – but the manager was having none of it. A night on the IPAs.
Redemption - Big Chief5.50ExcellentA powerful, hoppy, full-bodied IPA.
Kernel (The Kernel) - Citra IPA (keg)7.20ExcellentOn ‘key keg’ dispense, with minimal carbonation. Good malt, piney, citrusy hop. Quite superb.
Meantime - India Pale Ale7.50GoodOn some kind of keg dispense – whether ‘key keg’ or old-time keg I could not tell, but there was a noticeable, low-level carbonation. Indicated as being at 7.4%. Full of hops, quite dry, toffee in the finish.
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Urban IPA5.50Not Tried
Devilfish - Stingray5.50Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Cwtch4.60Not Tried
20 Aug 2012 (Stephen Harris)
A reasonable crowd in for a Monday evening.
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Island Hopping3.90ExcellentGold colour. A lovely hoppy aroma. Intensely bitter hop flavour.
Buxton - Amoor3.90GoodThe pub’s own tasting notes say “sweetly malted cocoa”, that seems spot on to me.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Redemption - Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
Buxton - Moor Top3.60Not Tried
London Fields - Pale Ale3.70Not Tried
03 Aug 2012 (Stephen Harris)
A large crowd here, bordering on euphoria following GB’s triumphs in the Olympic Velodrome. There is now a small downstairs bar with table football and TV.
Oldershaw - Blonde Volupta5.00ExcellentStrong pale ale with plenty of orangey, citrusy hop character. As full bodied as the name suggests.
Dark Star - Espresso Stout4.20Not Tried
Dark Star - Summer Meltdown4.80Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Sequoia4.50Not Tried
25 Jul 2012 (Stephen Harris)
This pub is no longer a ‘secret’, and it is very busy this-evening. Rather hot inside and many are standing outside.
Adnams - Flame Runner3.90GoodA golden-coloured beer. Well balanced malt and citrusy hops plus warmth from ginger.
Arbor Ales - Cats & Dogs3.80GoodA typically hoppy, amber-coloured beer.
Arbor Ales - Old Knobbley4.50Not TriedThis one ran out.
Oldershaw - Blonde Volupta5.00Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not Tried

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About the Holborn Whippet

The pub sign. Holborn Whippet, Holborn, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Holborn, Central London, WC1A 2QH.

A new pub/bar opened in May 2012 in the delightful surroundings of Sicilian Avenue, close to Holborn tube station. The design is reminiscent of the Euston Tap, with both keg and cask taps sprouting from a central servery. But it is a larger place, with several distinct seating areas.

We have visited this pub 21 times, seen 76 different beers and tried 34 of them.

Map location

Postcode: WC1A 2QH