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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)
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Excellent2
Dow Bridge - Bonum MildExcellent1
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Umbel MagnaExcellent1
Tring - Mansion MildExcellent1
Goldmark - MoshpitExcellent1
Moorhouse's - Black Cat MildExcellent1
Pheasantry - StoutExcellent1
Green Jack - Lurcher StoutExcellent1
Old School (OSB) - Absent IPAExcellent1
Daleside - StoutGood1
Ilkley - Hanging StoneGood1
Cotleigh - NutcrackerGood1
Woodforde's - TundraGood1
Goose Eye - BlackmoorGood1
Southport - Dark NightGood1
London Brewing Co. (Bohemia) - 100 Oyster StoutGood1
Adnams - Pleisure PrincipleAcceptable1
Corvedale - Katie's PrideAcceptable1
Cotleigh - Long Eared OwlAcceptable1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterAcceptable1
Hogs Back - Yule HogNot Tried0
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)Not Tried0
Sambrook's - JunctionNot Tried0
Milestone - Summer BreezeNot Tried0
Arundel - Autumn BreezeNot Tried0
Elgood's - Indian SummerNot Tried0
Timothy Taylor - Havercake AleNot Tried0
Hop Vine (formerly Burscough) - Mere BlondeNot Tried0
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)Not Tried0
Sambrook's - WandleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Speaker, Westminster, Central London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

21 Dec 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Afternoon visit with work colleagues. Pub much-smartened.
Woodforde's - Tundra4.60Good
London Brewing Co. (Bohemia) - 100 Oyster Stout4.60GoodTasty but flat condition.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Hogs Back - Yule Hog3.80Not Tried
09 Apr 2018 (Stephen Harris)
I actually had work reasons to be here, entertaining a small group of visitors from the Netherlands. I told them it was most unusual to go to the pub in work time, and was then embarrassed by a succession of work colleagues coming into the pub. Other beers were available.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Excellent
Ilkley - Hanging Stone5.00GoodA decent Oatmeal Stout
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
01 Nov 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Quite a session here after work with a good-sized group of work colleagues. This kind of thing is now rare and needs planning, rather than being part of the culture as it once was.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentVery enjoyable.
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Umbel Magna5.00ExcellentI hadn’t drunk this for ages and had forgotten just what an excellent beer it is.
Goldmark - Moshpit5.60ExcellentGolden and hazy. A full-blown IPA.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Adnams - Pleisure Principle3.40Not Tried
15 May 2017 (Stephen Harris)
I had to see a man about a dog in the very early evening after work, and this seemed as good a place as any to conduct our business. I then found a couple of former work colleagues in situ, so it was good to catch up with them too.
Goose Eye - Blackmoor4.00GoodA chocolatey, black Mild.
Cotleigh - Long Eared Owl4.90AcceptableA straightforward brown Bitter.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Sambrook's - Wandle3.80Not Tried
Adnams - Pleisure Principle3.40Not TriedApparently this is Adnam's Lighthouse re-badged.
29 Mar 2017 (Stephen Harris)
After-work drink-up with some colleagues, not necessarily linked to today’s Article 50 milestone. I also drank a beer called ‘Aurora’ but did not note the brewery name.
Pheasantry - Stout4.80ExcellentA really good, black Stout.
Daleside - Stout4.20GoodHighly drinkable.
Adnams - Pleisure Principle3.40AcceptablePerhaps it’s just me and I’m missing something, but I thought this was a very ordinary pint.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Sambrook's - Wandle3.80Not Tried
16 Jan 2015 (McGargle)
I liked this place. Warm, bustling and friendly. Also had The Seeker (I think) trying to hide its Charles Wells provenace.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableMissing that Harvey's trademark yeasty ywang.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)3.60Not Tried
29 Oct 2014 (Stephen Harris)
This has been consistently the best pub in the area where I work for years now – so not obvious why I have become such an infrequent visitor. It’s just too near to the office for comfort I think.
Old School (OSB) - Absent IPA5.50ExcellentA really good, dry example of that rare breed, a full-strength, English IPA.
Arundel - Autumn Breeze4.60Not Tried
Elgood's - Indian Summer4.80Not Tried
Timothy Taylor - Havercake Ale4.70Not Tried
Hop Vine (formerly Burscough) - Mere Blonde4.00Not Tried
17 Jul 2013 (Mick)
Very busy early evening, lots of people outside on the pavement. We sat inside in the relative cool.
Green Jack - Lurcher Stout4.80ExcellentVery nice, smooth rich with all the toasty roasty notes a good stout should have.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)3.70Not Tried
Sambrook's - Junction4.50Not Tried
Milestone - Summer Breeze4.60Not Tried
27 Dec 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
The Thursday evening mild drinkers filled up what would otherwise have been a quiet evening here.
Dow Bridge - Bonum Mild3.50ExcellentClassic low hopped sweet and malty East Midlands style mild. Dark brown in colour with hints of toffee and liquorice. My score 17/20.
Tring - Mansion Mild3.70ExcellentDark brown mild with a full flavoured malty character with hints of chocolate and roast malt. A little hop in the background leading to a fruity finish. My score 16/20.
07 Jun 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy with a visit from the Thursday evening mild drinkers.
Moorhouse's - Black Cat Mild3.40ExcellentGood as ever, chocolate and liqourice malt flavours with some fruit in the finish. My score 16/20.
Cotleigh - Nutcracker3.40GoodBrown mild making a rare appearance, fairly dry and malty with low hoppiness and a dryish finish. My score 15/20.
Southport - Dark Night3.90GoodDark brown mild with a bittersweet flavour, some hoppiness in the dry finish. My score 15/20.
Corvedale - Katie's Pride4.30AcceptableDark brown strong mild with a dominant flavour of nutty crystal malt not entirely to my taste. My scoe 14/20.

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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