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The Edgar Wallace (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Cottage - SwordfishExcellent1
Blindmans - Siberia BitterExcellent1
Rudgate - Marston Moor Cocker Dog DarkExcellent1
Wylam - Squire BlackettGood1
Ascot - 5/4 Favourite (formerly Alligator Ale)Good1
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Edgar's Pale AleGood1
Lees (see also JW Lees) - LibertyGood1
Tring - Old CharlieGood1
Rudgate - Marston Moor MongrelAcceptable1
Cairngorm - The Scottish BairdAcceptable1
Hadrian and Border - Legion AlePoor1
Wooden Hand - Cornish MutinyPoor1
Old Mill - Old CuriosityPoor1
Frome (formerly Milk Street) - ! BeerNot Tried0
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - BitterNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - AmarilloNot Tried0
Itchen Valley - FaginsNot Tried0
Kelburn - Misty LawNot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Adnams - East GreenNot Tried0
Cottage - S&DNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Moorhouse's - Premier Bitter (was 3.8%)Not Tried0
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - Best BitterNot Tried0
Rebellion - ESB (aka Mutiny)Not Tried0
Fenland - St Audrey's AleNot Tried0
Spectrum - 42Not Tried0
Hook Norton - Hooky DarkNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Edgar Wallace, Temple, Central London

Visits Details

07 Jul 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Fairly empty inside as most of the clientele were outside taking advantage of a rare fine July evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Lees (see also JW Lees) - Liberty4.10GoodQuite hoppy for a Lees beer, some citrus fruit leading to a dryish finish. My score 15/20.
09 Mar 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ascot - 5/4 Favourite (formerly Alligator Ale)4.60GoodPale and hoppy premium bitter with a dryish finish. My score 15/20.
23 Nov 2009 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy, but not uncomfortably so on a Monday evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Rudgate - Marston Moor Cocker Dog Dark4.30ExcellentGood roasty stout with a dry roast finish. My score 16/20.
Wylam - Squire Blackett4.80GoodRed/brown strong bitter with a mainly sweet and malty character with some hoppiness and a dryish finish. My score 15/20.
Rudgate - Marston Moor Mongrel4.00AcceptableBitter beer with a bitterness from both malt and hops. My score 14/20.
19 Feb 2009 (Ian)
I got lost between the Seven Stars and here which is virtually impossible but I got onto the one way system around Aldwych in the rush hour and couldn't turn back. It was past 5 when I got here so didn't expect to get a table, but did and settled down to one of the free pamphlets from the Independent they have been doing, this was about early civilisations, which was very good indeed. Very helpful barman here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Blindmans - Siberia Bitter4.70ExcellentChestnut red colour, lasting thin beige head. A slightly syrupy strong bitter. Good stuff though. Ar really good ESB. Fruity malts onto some green peppery hops. It's a very good English ESB.
Old Mill - Old Curiosity4.50PoorCopper, lasting beige head. Great pump clip in the shape of a question mark. Bit of green apple settles down into an OK bitter. Like biting into a golden delicious apple though. Green apple suggests that it isn't quite ready. OK condiition but can't help feel that 2 more days in the cellar would help it. Bit tight on the tongue.
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - Bitter3.40Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Amarillo5.00Not Tried
Itchen Valley - Fagins4.10Not Tried
Kelburn - Misty Law4.00Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Edgar's Pale Ale3.50Not Tried
Adnams - East Green4.00Not Tried
10 Dec 2008 (Ian)
Just off Aldwych, a good pub with 8 beers on handpump.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hadrian and Border - Legion Ale4.20PoorThe landlord at The Castle on Fournival Street said their cask of this sold really well. A slightly fruity beer, virtually no condition, bit of rubber and frankly I struggled to finish a half.
Spectrum - 424.20Not Tried
Hook Norton - Hooky Dark3.20Not Tried
Frome (formerly Milk Street) - ! Beer5.00Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Edgar's Pale Ale3.50Not Tried
29 Jan 2008 (Ian)
Not very busy, just coming up to 5 o'clock, but I like this pub and I sat at the bar with the 8 handpumps talking about beer with the man behind the bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cottage - Swordfish4.80ExcellentVery deep ruby colour with thin dark beige head. Decent old style ale. Decent malts. Nice old style sourish fruit. Actually stale, black cherry. Nice choc. In fact one of my favourite old ales. Choc and sour dark fruit.
Cairngorm - The Scottish Baird4.40AcceptableDeep chestnut with lasting beige head. Bit appley, some decent malts. Not a huge hop presence. Drinkable malts though, touch of coffee.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Rebellion - ESB (aka Mutiny)4.50Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Edgar's Pale Ale3.50Not Tried
Fenland - St Audrey's Ale3.90Not Tried
27 Nov 2007 (Ian)
Mid afternoon and a fair number of people in. I really liked this pub and will be a regular on my visits to London now.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Edgar's Pale Ale3.50GoodGold, orange, thin bubbly off white head. Bit of caramel on aroma. Good condition, spritzy. Nice session beer, bit earthy, bit of sweaty sox. But biting on finish. Bit toasty on aroma. Excellent tasty beer.
Tring - Old Charlie4.20GoodChestnut/mahogany lasting bubbly beige head. Decent autumn malty beer. Tastes of fallen leaves. Malt fruits have depth and a red/dark fruits note. Good balance. Bit of lasting hop on end with sweet strawberry.
Wooden Hand - Cornish Mutiny4.80PoorAttractive deep chestnut, thin bubbly beige head. Malty aroma. Not great condition, not many bubbles. Malts are ok, bit of bleach on aroma. Not very good. Some nice malt fruit, but ultimately poor.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Cottage - S&D4.40Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Moorhouse's - Premier Bitter (was 3.8%)3.70Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried

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About The Edgar Wallace

The pub sign. The Edgar Wallace, Temple, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

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Exceptional-
Excellent7
Good11
Acceptable4
Poor3

Website.

The pub is found in Temple, Central London, WC2R 3JF.

In heart of the legal centre of Britain. Corner house where the walls are festooned mainly with old tobacco and alcohol advertisements and the ceiling with beer mats and pump clips. 8 handpulls on a bar with a traditional pub interior. Surprise in the the centre of lawyerland. Next beers are on a blackboard.

We have visited this pub 17 times, seen 62 different beers and tried 25 of them.

Map location

Postcode: WC2R 3JF