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Magpie & Crown (Wellington Pub Company)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kissingate - Black Cherry MildExcellent1
Brouwerij Moortgat - Maredsous 8Excellent1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesExcellent1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Yakima Valley ABAExcellent1
Cheddar - Festive TottyExcellent1
Dark Star - Over The MoonExcellent1
Brightside - Amarillo American Style IPAExcellent1
Paulaner - HefeweissbierExcellent1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - SteelmakerExcellent1
Whitehaven - Darkest EnnerdaleExcellent1
Marble - Pint (was 3.9%)Excellent1
Windsor & Eton - Koh-i-noorExcellent1
Weird Beard - Shark BiscuitGood1
Signature Brew - SessionGood1
By The Horns - The Mayor of Garratt London Best BitterGood1
Hop Back - Redsell's EKGGood1
Rudgate - Ruby MildGood1
Five Points - XPAGood1
Windsor & Eton - CanberraGood1
Buxton - Rednik StoutGood1
Hogs Back - Hop Garden GoldGood1
Otley - Croes-oGood1
Paulaner - OriginalAcceptable1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - GenesisAcceptable1
Ascot - Final Furlong (formerly Posh Pooch)Acceptable1
Downton - Chimera QuadhopAcceptable1
Navigation - Wise GuyAcceptable1
Hogs Back - Dark MildAcceptable1
Mallinsons - Mount Pleasant MildAcceptable1
West Berkshire - Maggs' Magnificent MildNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale AleNot Tried0
Binghams - Twyford TippleNot Tried0
Pictish - Brewers GoldNot Tried0
West Berkshire - Mr Chubb's Lunchtime BitterNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand BitterNot Tried0
Purple Moose - Madog's AleNot Tried0
Greene King - YardbirdNot Tried0
Downton - ElderquadNot Tried0
Pictish - GlacierNot Tried0
Park - KillcatNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Reunion - BeardtongueNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Lord MarplesNot Tried0
Park - Field HazeNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - VanguardNot Tried0
Ossett - Silver KingNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London Porter (now use 5% entry)Not Tried0
Navigation - TraditionalNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Harvest PaleNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mister Squirrel (superseded by 4% version)Not Tried0
Dark Star - DarknessNot Tried0
Picture 1. Magpie & Crown, Brentford, Greater London
Picture 2. Magpie & Crown, Brentford, Greater London

Visits Details

16 Aug 2019 (Magnus Greel)
This month's venue for our Friday Evening Group, fairly busy as expected for a Friday late afternoon, we took over the left hand corner as more arrived during the course of the evening.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40ExcellentPerfect temperature and carbonation made this dry grassy hoppy refreshing ale a pleasure to drink
Five Points - XPA4.00Good
Park - Killcat3.70Not Tried
Reunion - Beardtongue4.50Not Tried
Park - Field Haze4.20Not Tried
09 Mar 2015 (thebrewingman)
Quiet Monday lunchtime.
Windsor & Eton - Koh-i-noor4.50Excellent
Signature Brew - Session4.00Good
West Berkshire - Maggs' Magnificent Mild3.80Not Tried
West Berkshire - Mr Chubb's Lunchtime Bitter3.70Not Tried
Purple Moose - Madog's Ale3.70Not Tried
Downton - Elderquad4.00Not Tried
07 Nov 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Our Friday evening group filled one corner quite nicely albeit packed in.
Brightside - Amarillo American Style IPA5.00Excellent
Ascot - Final Furlong (formerly Posh Pooch)4.20Acceptable
Navigation - Wise Guy4.00Acceptable
West Berkshire - Maggs' Magnificent Mild3.80Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale3.90Not Tried
Binghams - Twyford Tipple3.70Not Tried
25 Feb 2014 (HSB)
12:25 Visited to see if enough old fittings left to qualify as a CAMRA Heritage pub. Marginal. Good selection of beers. We were the first in, six others when we left an hour later.
Marble - Pint (was 3.9%)3.40Excellent
Otley - Croes-o4.20GoodOdd perfumed note
By The Horns - The Mayor of Garratt London Best Bitter4.30Good
Castle Rock - Harvest Pale3.80Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mister Squirrel (superseded by 4% version)4.30Not Tried
Dark Star - Darkness3.50Not Tried
23 Sep 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Crowded in here in the run-up to evening football at Griffin Park. I know many of them, including friends who have travelled from as far away as Cornwall and Yorkshire to be here this-evening to see if Leyton Orient can continue their sensational early-season winning form.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Yakima Valley ABA4.80ExcellentFull-bodied, verging on heavy, well-hopped, US-style brown ale.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Steelmaker5.00ExcellentVery pale and sharp.
Hop Back - Redsell's EKG3.90GoodStraightforward English bitter, with a tinge of redness to the colour.
Ossett - Silver King4.30Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London Porter (now use 5% entry)4.50Not Tried
Navigation - Traditional3.80Not Tried
22 Feb 2013 (Stephen Harris)
A ‘Meet the Brewer’ session with Weird Beard Brew Co., and the brewers are suitably easy to spot with their distinctive facial hair. The pub is packed for the event. Like several people present, I waited patiently for the special beer to come on before finally realising that it was there all along, un-noticed on the keg fonts.
Windsor & Eton - Canberra4.00GoodA bit of everything in this one. Full-bodied sweetish malt with some fruitiness and some good hops too.
Buxton - Rednik Stout4.10GoodA hoppy stout that is ultimately dominated by roast/burnt malt tastes.
Weird Beard - Shark Biscuit7.40GoodBrewed in collaboration with London Brewing Co and served by old school keg dispense. The pub was full of beer geeks cupping the beer to warm it and swishing it around to de-gas. It is a strong, golden-coloured, slightly hazy IPA with a fruitiness from Australian hops.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Lord Marples4.00Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Vanguard4.10Not Tried
22 Jan 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Busy in here at around 6pm, but three efficient bar staff meant waiting time was minimal.
Cheddar - Festive Totty4.50ExcellentA porter style beer fortified with port. Dark and chocolaty, with winey notes. Tasted stronger than 4.5%.
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Genesis3.50AcceptableA disappointing, very ordinary, rather bland, brown bitter. Given the complimentary tasting notes here from other drinkers, I assume this must have been in some way a duff pint.
Pictish - Brewers Gold3.80Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand Bitter3.80Not Tried
Greene King - Yardbird4.00Not Tried
Pictish - Glacier4.10Not TriedRan out.
09 Feb 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy with a visit from the Thursday night mild drinkers.
Kissingate - Black Cherry Mild4.20ExcellentDoaes what it says, strong but not overpowering cherry flavour and chocolate malt for balance. My score 16/20.
Mallinsons - Mount Pleasant Mild3.70AcceptableBlack in colour but not very mild, more of a black bitter with high hop bitterness. Some roast malt in the finish. My score 13/20.
10 Feb 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
A visit to this revitalised pub from the Thursday evening mild drinkers saw a good selection of milds on for us.
Dark Star - Over The Moon3.80ExcellentThe citrussy hoppiness of the base Hophead is tempered by the roast and caramel dark malt flavours to give a refreshingly different modern take on a mild beer. My score 16/20.
Whitehaven - Darkest Ennerdale4.20ExcellentBrewery name seems to be Ennerdale as well now. This was a smooth and malty mild with low hopping. My score 16/20.
Rudgate - Ruby Mild4.40GoodA reasonably good sample of this bitter mild with some maltiness evident in this. My score 15/20.
10 May 2006 (Ian)
Good pub on Brentford High Street. U shaped bar with seating, TV and Thai food on one side and more seating plus bar billiards on the other. Friendly service. Just slightly tatty around the edges. Exterior is very attractive though compared with the rest of the High Street. Pump clips line the walls of guest beers served and a running total is kept on the chalk board that shows the beers available. After attending a course in Maidenhead, I stayed at a Travelodge just up the road from here. Early evening and I enjoyed the Thai food and then the UEFA cup final whilst trying the beers.
Paulaner - Hefeweissbier5.30ExcellentCloudy gold with thin white head. Again, great to see this on draught. Wheat, banana, clove, lemon aroma. Sharp lemon finish. Cool, refreshing but cereal in mouth gives it depth and body, whilst the banana and lemon lift it and make it sing. Good fun.
Brouwerij Moortgat - Maredsous 88.00ExcellentI have not seen this on tap before. Now this I like. Very dark brown/ruby with thick lasting off white head. Lots of fruit on the aroma, including damsons and plums. More sour damson in mouth, but it's jammy and full with a dry finish. Really good in mouth with sweet chocolate, full feel, and sour all at the same time. Wonderful
Hogs Back - Hop Garden Gold4.40GoodGolden beer with thin white head. Yeast, hop aroma, biscuit malt, orange fruit. Really drinkable. Tad of stale malt and dusty hop on finish. Citrus is good. I like this, its summery
Paulaner - Original4.90AcceptableGold colour, carbonated, thin white head. Some hop, some dead malt on aroma, thinnish in mouth, bit metallic. Dry hop on end. It's alright.
Downton - Chimera Quadhop3.90AcceptableGolden, lasting white head. It's ok, some good hop on end. Aroma needs work though. Bit sickly. But finish is really good and tangy with the hop
Hogs Back - Dark Mild3.40AcceptableDark ruby with thin beige head. Does what it says on the tin. It's mild, drinkable, some juicy dark malts, toffee, but the flavours are subdued. Old fashioned mild. You could drink pints of this and not notice. More toffee and coffee on end with minimum dry powder. Depends what you want. Fine, but not exciting.

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About the Magpie & Crown

The pub sign. Magpie & Crown, Brentford, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Brentford, Greater London, TW8 8EW.

In the High Street, very attractive mock-Tudor exterior to this pub which is not far from the river. Central bar serves several real ales, ciders and perries through 8 handpumps and a large selection of UK bottle conditioned beers, plus a couple of continental beers on draught and a selection of continental beers in bottle. Thai food served and to take away. Closure followed which was expected to be terminal but has re-opened in spring 2019 against all the odds.

We have visited this pub 11 times, seen 55 different beers and tried 32 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TW8 8EW