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George & Monkey (formerly Amwell Arms; Simmons; Filthy MacNasty's; Fountain) (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Amber Ales - Chocolate Orange StoutExceptional1
Epicurus Craft Beer (formerly Hornbeam) - Citrus TemptationExcellent1
Outstanding - Blond (superseded by 4.5% version)Excellent1
Bridestones - Dark MildGood1
Cross Bay - NightfallAcceptable1
Bradfield - Farmers StoutAcceptable1
Peerless - Storr LagerAcceptable1
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Black BearNot Tried0
Hadrian and Border - GladiatorNot Tried0
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Ginger BearNot Tried0
Williams Brothers - Midnight SunNot Tried0
Magpie - BestNot Tried0
Three B's - Bobbin's BitterNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Screech OwlNot Tried0
Sambrook's - WandleNot Tried0
Lancaster - AmberNot Tried0
Bath Ales - Forest HareNot Tried0
Picture 1. George & Monkey (formerly Amwell Arms; Simmons; Filthy MacNasty's; Fountain), Clerkenwell, Central London
Picture 2. George & Monkey (formerly Amwell Arms; Simmons; Filthy MacNasty's; Fountain), Clerkenwell, Central London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

19 Oct 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Crowded on Friday evening for the first session of a decent little beer festival.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Outstanding - Blond (superseded by 4.5% version)4.20ExcellentVery pale in colour, with fruity, citrusy hop character.
Epicurus Craft Beer (formerly Hornbeam) - Citrus Temptation3.80ExcellentLight golden colour with citrus hop character and good balancing malt.
Peerless - Storr Lager4.80AcceptablePale, lager-style beer. This example a bit warm and flat, so not as its tastiest I guess.
Cross Bay - Nightfall3.80AcceptableSweetish, malty and a bit buttery. Some hop.
Three B's - Bobbin's Bitter3.80Not Tried
Castle Rock - Screech Owl5.50Not Tried
Sambrook's - Wandle3.80Not Tried
Lancaster - Amber3.70Not Tried
Bath Ales - Forest Hare3.90Not Tried
30 Mar 2012 (Stephen Harris)
After last weekend’s near drought of beer festivals, there seems to be one around every corner this weekend. I chose this one as it is not far off my route home from work. A nice beer selection, drawing a good crowd to this pleasant pub that has a sort of battered homeliness.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Amber Ales - Chocolate Orange Stout4.00ExceptionalA really smooth, chocolatey stout with vanilla and bitter orange flavours.
Bridestones - Dark Mild4.50GoodA malty, dark mild with a sweet finish and some hop presence.
Bradfield - Farmers Stout4.50AcceptableNear black stout with a little roastiness and some bitter hop.
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Black Bear5.00Not Tried
Hadrian and Border - Gladiator3.80Not Tried
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Ginger Bear4.00Not Tried
Williams Brothers - Midnight Sun5.60Not Tried
Magpie - Best4.20Not Tried

About the George & Monkey (formerly Amwell Arms; Simmons; Filthy MacNasty's; Fountain)

The pub sign. George & Monkey (formerly Amwell Arms; Simmons; Filthy MacNasty's; Fountain), Clerkenwell, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent2
Good1
Acceptable3
Poor-

The pub is found in Clerkenwell, Central London, EC1R 1UU.

In Amwell Street, established in around 1825 by the New River Company as the Fountain Tavern, this was, in later years, an Allied Breweries' pub. It was re-named Filthy MacNasty’s in 1994. The pub has separate front and back rooms and a few pavement tables and is in a quiet area around 10 minutes walk from Angel tube station. Lease changed hands in 2015 and renamed Simmons with cask beer discontinued. Taken over by Winnicott in 2016 and re-named Amwell arms but still no cask beer. Winnicott went under and the pub closed and re-opened with yet another name change and new operators in 2018.

We have visited this pub twice, seen 17 different beers and tried 7 of them.

Map location

Postcode: EC1R 1UU