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Princess of Wales (Castle (Mitchells & Butlers) )

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Old Dairy - Cattle ShedExcellent1
Rooster's - Nelson Sauvin India Pale AleExcellent1
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - Galaxy EquinoxGood1
Oakham - CitraGood1
Wadworth - Honey & GingerGood1
Knops - East Coast PaleAcceptable1
Hop Stuff - 1888Acceptable1
Hop Back - Winter LightningAcceptable1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordAcceptable4
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Itchen Valley - GodfathersNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's Seafarers AleNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the GarterNot Tried0
Brains - The Rev James GoldNot Tried0
Dorset Brewing Company - Frosted JackNot Tried0
Brains - The Rev James OriginalNot Tried0
Adnams - Mosaic Pale AleNot Tried0
West Berkshire - Blindside Flanker Prop-er BitterNot Tried0
Northern Monk - Eternal Session IPANot Tried0
Rooster's - Fort SmithNot Tried0
Inveralmond - Tight Head AleNot Tried0
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer (was Hobgoblin)Not Tried0
Thwaites (brewed at Banks's) - Wainwright (please now use the Banks's entry)Not Tried0
Adnams - The Herbalist (collaboration with Magic Rock)Not Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Dorset Brewing Company - Jurassic Citrus MaximusNot Tried0
Hop Back - Summer LightningNot Tried0
Salopian - Hop TwisterNot Tried0
York (now brewed at Black Sheep) - KōmāNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Moles - Mole CatcherNot Tried0
Picture 1. Princess of Wales, Blackheath, Greater London

Visits Details

30 Jan 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit considerably foreshortened by scurrilous cask ale pricing above that I would expect, even if it had been a central London house. An early return is unlikely.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30AcceptableCloying. £5.30pp meaning the person who knocked my arm and spoilt some of my beer had probably spilt 60p's worth
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried£5.15pp
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Dorset Brewing Company - Frosted Jack4.30Not Tried
Adnams - Mosaic Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Northern Monk - Eternal Session IPA4.10Not Tried
05 Oct 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Rooster's - Nelson Sauvin India Pale Ale5.00ExcellentAmazingly dry and sourly bittered
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Moles - Mole Catcher5.00Not Tried
Itchen Valley - Godfathers3.80Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the Garter3.80Not Tried
09 Jun 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11pm close. Seemed to be an inordinate number of staff milling around behind the bar but only a few of them serving.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Cattle Shed4.50ExcellentLovely hoppy nick
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not TriedThey should ditch this stuff and put on another micro-brewery's brew
Salopian - Hop Twister4.50Not Tried
York (now brewed at Black Sheep) - Kōmā5.50Not Tried
03 May 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Did not linger as cash was short. Served the shortest measured half ever.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Acceptable
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Thwaites (brewed at Banks's) - Wainwright (please now use the Banks's entry)4.10Not Tried
Dorset Brewing Company - Jurassic Citrus Maximus4.00Not Tried
06 Apr 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11pm close. Others beers details lost in this website's server crash.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30GoodGood bitterness but some unusual fruity and caramel tones. Landlord never used to be so variable. Wow the price too!
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - Galaxy Equinox5.60GoodWow the price!!
02 Mar 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. A very dull range on here so soon left.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hop Back - Winter Lightning5.50AcceptableFlat, rather sweet
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer (was Hobgoblin)4.50Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Thwaites (brewed at Banks's) - Wainwright (please now use the Banks's entry)4.10Not TriedA disgrace that the pumpclip implies this is still a Thwaites brew
Adnams - The Herbalist (collaboration with Magic Rock)4.80Not TriedA nonsense these collaboration brews without the drinker being told who did what. In this case did someone from Magic Rock just turn up and say hello to a fermenting vessel?
16 Dec 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close, arrived seconds before the closing time bell.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hop Stuff - 18884.80AcceptableAn OK amber ale
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer (was Hobgoblin)4.50Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Wadworth - Honey & Ginger4.20Not Tried
10 Dec 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Good chat with a barman with him enquiring after the whereabouts of true free houses in the area. Inevitably conversation moved to local Micropubs.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wadworth - Honey & Ginger4.20GoodCould have done with stronger ginger tones
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not TriedRan out
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Rooster's - Fort Smith5.00Not Tried
Inveralmond - Tight Head Ale4.20Not Tried
10 Nov 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close. Intended short visit elongated by some stranger hospitality.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - Citra4.20GoodGood but £4.30 pp price tag is over the top
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Hop Back - Winter Lightning5.50Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Brains - The Rev James Original4.50Not Tried
West Berkshire - Blindside Flanker Prop-er Bitter4.30Not Tried
19 Aug 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close. Has been refurbished but never a favourite of mine at any time.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30AcceptableFrom the front bar with a nicely hand-made pumpclip. Lacklustre
Knops - East Coast Pale3.80AcceptableBitter enough but truly bland
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's Seafarers Ale3.60Not Tried
Brains - The Rev James Gold4.10Not Tried

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About the Princess of Wales

The pub sign. Princess of Wales, Blackheath, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent6
Good7
Acceptable7
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Blackheath, Greater London, SE3 0RL.

Located at the extreme north end of Montpelier Row. Locally renowned large pub situated on the heath. Particularly popular in summer when Blackheath's most beautiful spill out onto the heath and drink in the sun with plastic glasses. Beer range has generally improved in recent years. Daily specials menu plus more fancy nosh options. Can get too busy for its own good and the toilets often degenerate into a cesspool by the end of the night. 5 handpumps in the front bar and 6 in the rear bar to the right hand side. The front bar may close early at quiet times. Inordinately expensive cask ale here.

We have visited this pub 16 times, seen 48 different beers and tried 17 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE3 0RL