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St Christopher's Inn (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Pale BeautyExcellent1
St Austell - Proper JobExcellent1
Aylesbury (ABC) - Magnetic NorthGood2
Aylesbury (ABC) - Illumination PorterGood1
Vale - Grumpling Old Premium AleGood1
Caledonian - Bitter WinterGood1
Vale - Reilly's RedGood1
Aylesbury (ABC) - Bob The ElderAcceptable1
Aylesbury (ABC) - Bay State WheatAcceptable1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - RedheadAcceptable1
Sharp's - OriginalNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Spring AleNot Tried0
Rebellion - Half NelsonNot Tried0
Rebellion - ZebedeeNot Tried0
St Austell - TributeNot Tried0
Rebellion - IPANot Tried0
Caledonian - Deuchars IPANot Tried0
Hogs Back - T.E.A.Not Tried0
Vale - Brill GoldNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Samuel Adams Blonde AmbitionNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)Not Tried0
Caledonian - Great ScotNot Tried0
Caledonian - Autumn RedNot Tried0
Picture 1. St Christopher's Inn, Southwark, Central London

Visits Details

10 Oct 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening and a seemingly mostly tourist clientele, perhaps some of them staying at the hostel upstairs.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Redhead4.10AcceptableI was bounced into buying this when I didn’t like the look of my first choice beer. Not the sort of beer I like really; sweet, malty and untroubled by hops.
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Caledonian - Autumn Red4.40Not Tried
Sharp's - Original4.40Not TriedI ordered a pint of this, but the first pint came up as a clear liquid. The second pint was vaguely beer-coloured and I was offered it but declined.
14 Jan 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening late. Noisy late bar - generally lots of well behaved people with some live music.
Caledonian - Bitter Winter4.80Good
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)3.60Not Tried
Caledonian - Great Scot4.40Not Tried
17 Aug 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Early Sunday evening on returning to London after family business in Hastings. Every table is laid for food, although at this time nobody is eating. Like several others, I grab a table anyway and push cutlery out of the way.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Pale Beauty4.70ExcellentGolden. A very nice, crisp, full-bodied Pale Ale.
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Hogs Back - T.E.A.4.20Not Tried
Vale - Brill Gold3.50Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Samuel Adams Blonde Ambition4.50Not Tried
22 Jan 2013 (Martin the Mildman)
Aylesbury (ABC) - Illumination Porter4.90GoodShown as 4.9%. Dark brown porter with a bittersweet character and some fruity hop in the finish. My score 15/20.
13 Dec 2012 (oz11)
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Excellent
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
20 Nov 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Aylesbury (ABC) - Bob The Elder4.40AcceptableAmber bitter with a hint of tart elderflower but little malt balance. My score 14/20.
03 Nov 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Fairly quiet on a Saturday afternoon.
Vale - Reilly's Red4.30GoodMalty red ale with low hopping and sweetish toffee malt. My score 15/20.
18 Sep 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Fairly quiet on a Tuesday evening.
Aylesbury (ABC) - Bay State Wheat4.40AcceptableAmber coloured with only a slight haze. Fairly dry with a hint of sourness and a little citrus hop. My score 14/20.
25 May 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Perhaps the busiest I have seen this pub so far – but it is considerably bigger than one might suppose at first glance, and there was plenty of room deeper in.
Vale - Grumpling Old Premium Ale4.60GoodFull-bodied, chestnut-coloured beer with lots of malt character.
Aylesbury (ABC) - Magnetic North3.80GoodA dark, chocolatey mild with a hint of roastiness.
Rebellion - Zebedee4.70Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Rebellion - IPA3.70Not Tried
19 May 2012 (oz11)
Early evening, first visit here.
Aylesbury (ABC) - Magnetic North3.80GoodA rather hefty price of £3.70 was a bit of surprise.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Spring Ale4.40Not Tried
Rebellion - Half Nelson4.20Not Tried

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About the St Christopher's Inn

The pub sign. St Christopher's Inn, Southwark, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Southwark, Central London, SE1 1NP.

For most of its history this was a Courage house called the Grapes, until acquired by the St Christopher’s chain of backpackers hostels. It may only be coincidental, but the pub stands more-or-less on the site of the historic Christopher Inn. It is deceptively large, with the small front bar leading into a much larger rear bar. There is also a downstairs lounge and outside seating in the passageway beside the pub. Expect to find beers from National brewers here through 5 handpumps. One of the latest pub closing-times in this area.

We have visited this pub 15 times, seen 32 different beers and tried 16 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE1 1NP