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Woodin's Shades (Nicholson's (Mitchells & Butlers))

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Truman's - RunnerExceptional1
Purity - Saddle BlackExcellent1
Redemption - Pale AleExcellent1
Brains - Three-C'SonExcellent1
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - Galaxy EquinoxExcellent1
BRÚ - Red AleExcellent1
Bristol Beer Factory - UPAGood1
London Brewing Co. (Bohemia) - London LushGood1
Portobello - Night BoatGood1
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale AleGood1
Harviestoun - Summer LegendGood1
Brains - Café PhoenixGood1
London Brewing Co. (Bohemia) - St Pancras 250Acceptable1
Maxim - Black MaximPoor1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Moles - Mole CatcherNot Tried0
Daleside - Old Legover (a.k.a. Country Stile)Not Tried0
Kelburn - Dark MoorNot Tried0
Great Heck - American ClassicNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Adnams - ExplorerNot Tried0
Harviestoun - Sleigh DriverNot Tried0
Brains - I Sea SantaNot Tried0
Adnams - Rudolph Nose BestNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Scottish AleNot Tried0
Thwaites - Nutty BlackNot Tried0
Fuller's / Steel City Collaboration - SteelNot Tried0
Jarrow - IsisNot Tried0
Itchen Valley - Blackcurrant MildNot Tried0
Elgood's - Black Dog MildNot Tried0
St Austell - Saint Nich's Festive AleNot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Caledonian - Deuchars IPANot Tried0
Marston's - PedigreeNot Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English)Not Tried0
Hook Norton - Lion (aka Cotswold Lion)Not Tried0
Caledonian - Autumn RedNot Tried0
Black Sheep - VeloNot Tried0
Box Steam - Tunnel VisionNot Tried0
Navigation - Golden AnchorNot Tried0
Brains - PhonicsNot Tried0
Hadrian and Border - Tyneside BlondeNot Tried0
Hop Back - CitraNot Tried0
Portobello - AbsolutelyNot Tried0
London Brewing Co. (Bohemia) - Never Mind the Kent HopsNot Tried0
London Brewing Co. (Bohemia) - Flying the MagsNot Tried0

Visits Details

29 Oct 2018 (Stephen Harris)
7:30pm and it looks like the pub has been hit by an earthquake Ė spilt beer, broken glass, table detritus, discarded newspapers, wobbly City-types. In reality, it is just the aftermath of a Monday evening rush hour session.
BeerABVScoreNotes
London Brewing Co. (Bohemia) - London Lush3.80GoodPale gold in colour. It is a hoppy beer with a sharp, lemony taste.
London Brewing Co. (Bohemia) - St Pancras 2504.80AcceptableHints that this is a good IPA-style beer, but it is badly let down by flat condition.
London Brewing Co. (Bohemia) - Never Mind the Kent Hops5.50Not Tried
London Brewing Co. (Bohemia) - Flying the Mags3.80Not Tried
04 Jun 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Just time for a quick half in here before Dave and I head to Cheapside for an evening of cycle racing.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harviestoun - Summer Legend3.50GoodDescribed as an ĎEasy IPAí, this is golden and hoppy.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Hadrian and Border - Tyneside Blonde3.90Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Truman's - Runner4.00Not Tried
Hop Back - Citra4.00Not Tried
Portobello - Absolutely4.20Not TriedBadged as 'Madness Brewery'.
30 Mar 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening and not overcrowded.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - Galaxy Equinox5.60ExcellentAn amber-coloured, robustly-hopped IPA, with a sticky malt base that is slipping towards caramel in taste.
BRÚ - Red Ale4.20ExcellentA real surprise. Neither particularly red (in the low light of this pub anyway), nor sweet. In fact it has a delicious taste of tangerines.
Box Steam - Tunnel Vision4.20Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Navigation - Golden Anchor4.30Not Tried
Brains - Phonics4.10Not Tried
16 Sep 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Quick early-evening pint when the pub is rush-hour busy. So long since Iíve been in a Nicholsonís pub that I completely forgot to ask for a discount using the Nicholsonís App.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Portobello - Night Boat5.00GoodA dark-brown, easy-drinking London Porter.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Hook Norton - Lion (aka Cotswold Lion)4.00Not Tried
Caledonian - Autumn Red4.40Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Truman's - Runner4.00Not Tried
Black Sheep - Velo4.20Not Tried
16 Feb 2015 (Stephen Harris)
First time Iíve been in here since the recent refurbishment. I canít see much difference in truth. Relatively quiet on a Monday evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Redemption - Pale Ale3.80ExcellentSuperb condition really brought out what great beer this is.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Thwaites - Nutty Black3.30Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English)4.10Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
15 Nov 2014 (Nick Willis)
I liked it in here, far more relaxed than the 'spoons over the road. Breakfast was good too.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Truman's - Runner4.00Exceptional
Brains - Café Phoenix4.40GoodA nice porter, better than Brains usual efforts.
Elgood's - Black Dog Mild3.60Not Tried
St Austell - Saint Nich's Festive Ale4.50Not Tried
15 Apr 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Considerably more peaceful than the White Hart, although just as busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brains - Three-C'Son5.00ExcellentGolden in colour. A lip-smacking Saison. Everybody seems to brew a Saison these days and this is a lovely example. Fruity and spicy. Just a little sourness. Good European hop flavours.
Maxim - Black Maxim4.00PoorVery disappointing Milk Stout. More sourness than lactic sweetness, no sign of roastiness. I suspect the problem was more in the cellar than at the brewery.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Jarrow - Isis5.00Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Itchen Valley - Blackcurrant Mild3.70Not Tried
16 Jan 2014 (Stephen Harris)
A typical Thursday night rush-hour crush in here Ė and I only came here because the pub I wanted to visit was intolerably crowded.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bristol Beer Factory - UPA4.50GoodUPA here stands for Ultra Pale Ale, and that serves as a pretty good description of the beer.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Scottish Ale4.30Not Tried
Thwaites - Nutty Black3.30Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Brains - I Sea Santa4.90Not Tried
Fuller's / Steel City Collaboration - Steel3.50Not Tried
07 Jan 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Iím out surveying for 2015 Good Beer Guide entries, and made a quick visit here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Purity - Saddle Black5.10ExcellentI do like a good Black IPA, and this is an excellent one.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Explorer4.30Not Tried
Harviestoun - Sleigh Driver4.10Not Tried
Brains - I Sea Santa4.90Not Tried
Adnams - Rudolph Nose Best4.50Not Tried
30 Sep 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening - probably last customer served before Madame la Guillotine fell.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00GoodTasted like a change of recipe to me as seemed to be more citrussy than of late
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Moles - Mole Catcher5.00Not Tried
Daleside - Old Legover (a.k.a. Country Stile)4.10Not Tried
Kelburn - Dark Moor4.50Not Tried
Great Heck - American Classic5.50Not Tried

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About the Woodin's Shades

The pub sign. Woodin's Shades, City, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent5
Good10
Acceptable2
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in City, Central London, EC2M 4PT.

A Nicholson's pub alongside Liverpool Street railway station selling Fuller's London Pride and up to 6 guest beers through 7 handpumps on the bar counter. Once upon a time was a place to get a superb pint of Bass with attitude. The Traders' Bar Dining room is upstairs, toilets are downstairs.

We have visited this pub 15 times, seen 56 different beers and tried 18 of them.

Map location

Postcode: EC2M 4PT