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The Capitol (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Otter - AmberExcellent1
Harviestoun - Haggis HunterExcellent1
Lacons - AffinityExcellent2
Elgood's - Blackberry PorterGood1
Green Jack - Lurcher StoutGood1
Dorking - Black NoiseGood1
Purple Moose - Madog's AleAcceptable1
Greene King - Abbot AleAcceptable7
St Peter's - Plum PorterAcceptable1
Reunion - Engage!Acceptable1
Portobello - Hedgerow Pale AlePoor1
Weltons - Old CockyNot Tried0
Exmoor - Exile Wicked WolfNot Tried0
Southwark - Bermondsey BestNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruby Abbot (or Abbot Ruby)Not Tried0
Coach House - Coachman's Autumn AleNot Tried0
Black Sheep - Monty Python's Dead ParrotNot Tried0
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer (was Hobgoblin)Not Tried0
Hook Norton - Off the HookNot Tried0
Sambrook's - ScrumdownNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - British Champions Day AleNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand BitterNot Tried0
Sambrook's - JunctionNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesNot Tried0
Dorking - DB Number OneNot Tried0
Lymestone - Stone FacedNot Tried0
Adnams - Fat SpratNot Tried0
Southwark - Bankside BlondeNot Tried0
Greene King - George and the FlagonNot Tried0
Southwark - Routemaster RedNot Tried0
Ringwood - FortyninerNot Tried0
Southwark - SE1 ESBNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the GarterNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Brew 882 Seattle PorterNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - GuardsmanNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Last DropNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Pale BeautyNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - RedheadNot Tried0
Wimbledon - SW19 Summer AleNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Red SkyNot Tried0

Visits Details

22 Oct 2021 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit across midnight. Good chat with an ex work colleague, who can still recognise me!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Otter - Amber4.00ExcellentIn fine form
Elgood's - Blackberry Porter4.50GoodGood fruit v. hop balance
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Exmoor - Exile Wicked Wolf4.20Not Tried
Greene King - Ruby Abbot (or Abbot Ruby)5.20Not Tried
Black Sheep - Monty Python's Dead Parrot4.10Not Tried
Hook Norton - Off the Hook4.30Not Tried
17 Aug 2021 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit. Stood invisibly at the bar for a while, disorganised service.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00AcceptableRuined by being too chilled
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Red Sky4.10Not Tried
04 Mar 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Always amazed by the vast size of this venue.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Good
Reunion - Engage!3.70AcceptableVery sharp hop bitterness
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand Bitter3.80Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Not Tried
Lymestone - Stone Faced4.00Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Redhead4.10Not Tried
05 Feb 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Acceptable
Portobello - Hedgerow Pale Ale4.50PoorTricked by the taster. Bit of a whiff that needed lemonade splashes to mask. End of London Festival stock
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Brew 882 Seattle Porter4.80Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Last Drop4.00Not Tried
22 Jan 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harviestoun - Haggis Hunter4.30ExcellentAn excellent beer with good taste balance
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00GoodToday's cask
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Not Tried
Southwark - Bankside Blonde3.80Not Tried
Southwark - Routemaster Red4.20Not Tried
Southwark - SE1 ESB5.10Not Tried
07 Jan 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Green Jack - Lurcher Stout4.80GoodLast half out of the cask and had still kept its condition
Purple Moose - Madog's Ale3.70AcceptableDisappointingly thin
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand Bitter3.80Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Not Tried
Lymestone - Stone Faced4.00Not Tried
02 Oct 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Recognised by a former work colleague after 10 years!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00AcceptableRather sharp bitterness
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer (was Hobgoblin)4.50Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Sambrook's - Scrumdown4.00Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - British Champions Day Ale4.00Not Tried
02 Sep 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Lacons - Affinity4.80ExcellentSecond one was a tad cooler and the better for it. It became a gulpable beer - as good a test of condition as I know
Lacons - Affinity4.80GoodFirst one was very palatable
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Weltons - Old Cocky4.30Not Tried
Southwark - Bermondsey Best4.40Not Tried
Coach House - Coachman's Autumn Ale3.90Not Tried
11 Jul 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. 2 staff on counter were struggling to keep up and at one time customers formed a queue.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00AcceptableRather acidic bitterness which several splashes of lemonade quelled
St Peter's - Plum Porter4.60AcceptableNot a well balanced fruit addition
Ringwood - Fortyniner4.90Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the Garter3.80Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Guardsman4.20Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Pale Beauty4.70Not Tried
Wimbledon - SW19 Summer Ale4.00Not Tried
23 Apr 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dorking - Black Noise4.50Good
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00AcceptableApple notes so not quite as it should be
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Sambrook's - Junction4.50Not Tried
Dorking - DB Number One4.20Not TriedTemporarily off sale "someone has kicked the cask"
Adnams - Fat Sprat3.80Not Tried
Greene King - George and the Flagon4.50Not Tried

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About The Capitol

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent17
Good21
Acceptable14
Poor3

Website.

The pub is found in Forest Hill, Greater London, SE23 3TW.

Located in London Road in Forest Hill not far from the railway station and excellent bus links. The long bar (at what would once have been front of house) is equipped with 2 banks each of 5 handpumps. The Capitol opened its doors to the cinema-going public in 1929. Later renamed and converted into a bingo hall, the building now bears its original name. A rare survival of a 1920s cinema, The Capitol, on London Road, first opened its doors to the cinema-going public in 1929, with a screening of Man, Woman and Sin. Renamed the ABC in 1968, the cinema gave its last picture show in October 1973. There were plans to convert and even demolish the building. However, The Capitol opened as a bingo hall in February 1978, closing in the first week of December 1996. It has been a Wetherspoon pub since May 2001. Simply huge and beautifully ornate inside - a feast to the eyes.

We have visited this pub 30 times, seen 118 different beers and tried 45 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE23 3TW