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The Shakespeare's Head (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Shepherd Neame - Stone Brewing California Double IPA Excellent1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Gothick DarkExcellent1
Weltons - Hiberna MaximusGood1
Cottage - ViscountGood1
Brains - BitterGood1
Marston's - Wrangham's Grand Old DukeGood1
St Austell - Coxswain's SpecialAcceptable1
Exmoor - BrewtownAcceptable1
Titanic - Last Porter CallAcceptable1
Davenport's - FuryAcceptable1
Caledonian - Flying Dutchman Wit BierPoor1
Archers - Golden BitterNot Tried0
Hook Norton - 303AD (aka Generation)Not Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - April FoolNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Shakespeare's Head, Holborn, Central London

Visits Details

04 Jun 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Getting busier by the minute from 11am on a Saturday morning with hen parties and England supporters arriving in force.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Gothick Dark4.60ExcellentStrong dark brown mild with a full bodied toffee maltiness. Some dark chocolate to give a little bitter balance leading to a dryish, fruity finish. My score 16/20.
26 Feb 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Cottage - Viscount4.70GoodRuby red bitter that is almost a strong mild due to lack of hoppiness and sweet maltiness. Smooth mouthfeel makes this an easy drinking beer. My score 15/20.
15 Jan 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Weltons - Hiberna Maximus7.50GoodA choclate and orange imperial stout. Bitter dark chocolate flavours are complemented by some sharp citrus orange notes. My score 15/20.
23 Oct 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy late Saturday morning with early passing football fans having breakfast.
St Austell - Coxswain's Special4.00AcceptableA fairly bitter and hoppy beer with a dry, hoppy finish. My score 14/20.
25 Sep 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Davenport's - Fury4.30AcceptableAmber bitter with little hop character and just a slight biscuity malt flavour. My score 13/20.
19 Apr 2009 (Ian)
Mid morning by now and there were quite a few people in and I like the area at the back of this pub, very relaxed.
Caledonian - Flying Dutchman Wit Bier4.50PoorHazy pale gold colour. Very perfumed, yes some orange blossom. Not much of a wit beer I thought. A bit like a perfumed orange drink. Bit of soap. Some hop sting on finish. Not entirely pleasant.
08 Apr 2008 (Ian)
Chris_o said that the Stone DIPA was on here so we went here after the Porterhouse. We ordered the beer, sat down and thought, weird, it doesn't taste anything like it. Then someone else in our group came in, said that this wasn't right and queried it with the pub manager. They had put the wrong pump clip on the wrong pump. 4 free pints later and we were all happy.
Shepherd Neame - Stone Brewing California Double IPA 7.00ExcellentNot quite on form but it got better the more pints we had of it. Really came into condition. The simcoe hops are tremendous.
Archers - Golden Bitter4.70Not Tried
Hook Norton - 303AD (aka Generation)4.00Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - April Fool4.10Not Tried
29 Mar 2008 (Ian)
I walked up from Whitehall, through Leicester Square, along Longacre, Great Queen Street and out onto Kingsway to this pub, so I was thirsty.
Titanic - Last Porter Call4.90AcceptableDark brown with thick lasting beige head. Tasty dark malt beer, good condition, toasty more than roasty, some fruit layered on the malts too. Good malts in mouth, not really a porter, more a malty premium bitter. Bit lacking in the mouth halfway through.
10 Nov 2007 (Ian)
Large 'Spoons right next to the Holborn tube station on Kingsway.
Marston's - Wrangham's Grand Old Duke4.10GoodGold with thin white head. It's a gold/blonde beer, ok in mouth, some citrus dusty hop on end. Handfull of cascade hops are nice. Like a 100 other blond beers, but doesn't stop it being drinkable though.
Exmoor - Brewtown4.00AcceptableGold with thick off white head. Earthy, slightly ascetic aroma. Yeasty bitter. Fine. Some hop on end.
28 Apr 2007 (Ian)
Late Saturday afternoon. Busy. Table of deaf people signing away opposite me.
Brains - Bitter3.70GoodIt's a bitter, some raspberry fruit is unusual, good condition, good lacing. Slight raspberry flavoured bitter. Very thirst quenching. Drinkable.

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About The Shakespeare's Head

The pub sign. The Shakespeare's Head, Holborn, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Holborn, Central London, WC2B 6BG.

Long pub on corner of Kingsway and Holborn. Bar down the left hand side as you enter with lots of etched glass screens breaking up the feel of a large drinking hall. Rear section is particularly pleasant and less busy. 12 handpumps in 2 banks, each of 6.

We have visited this pub 20 times, seen 50 different beers and tried 24 of them.

Map location

Postcode: WC2B 6BG