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The Capitol (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Wooha - Off-KilterExcellent1
Lacons - AffinityExcellent2
Purity - Saddle BlackGood1
Burton Bridge - Burton PorterGood1
Westerham - Audit AleGood1
Green Jack - Lurcher StoutGood1
Dorking - Black NoiseGood1
Enfield (branded as Enefeld) - Enefeld London Pale AleGood1
Shepherd Neame - Bishops FingerGood1
Purple Moose - Madog's AleAcceptable1
Wantsum - HurricaneAcceptable1
Greene King - Abbot AleAcceptable4
St Peter's - Plum PorterAcceptable1
Wantsum - DynamoPoor1
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Windsor KnotNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Conqueror Black IPANot Tried0
Westerham - Viceroy India Pale AleNot Tried0
Weltons - American Graffiti AleNot Tried0
Rooster's - Distant SunNot Tried0
Westerham - British BulldogNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the GarterNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - GuardsmanNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Father ThamesNot Tried0
Inveralmond - BàrdNot Tried0
Wychwood - Dirty TackleNot Tried0
Westerham - Spirit of Kent XXX Pale AleNot Tried0
Banks's - Young Henrys StayerNot Tried0
Wantsum - FortitudeNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Honey DarkNot Tried0
Bowman - YumiNot Tried0
Sambrook's - JunctionNot Tried0
Dorking - DB Number OneNot Tried0
Adnams - Fat SpratNot Tried0
Greene King - George and the FlagonNot Tried0
Ringwood - FortyninerNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Pale BeautyNot Tried0
Wimbledon - SW19 Summer AleNot Tried0
Weltons - Old CockyNot Tried0
Southwark - Bermondsey BestNot Tried0
Coach House - Coachman's Autumn AleNot Tried0
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer (was Hobgoblin)Not Tried0
Sambrook's - ScrumdownNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - British Champions Day AleNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand BitterNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesNot Tried0
Lymestone - Stone FacedNot Tried0

Visits Details

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
19 Mar 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Burton Bridge - Burton Porter4.50Good
Wantsum - Dynamo4.30PoorUgh - new cask on and fobbed a lot on pouring but within minutes had lost all head and condition. Did not seem fully fermented out, or just a bad batch
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Wantsum - Fortitude4.20Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Honey Dark4.80Not Tried
Bowman - Yumi3.90Not Tried
11 Feb 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Purity - Saddle Black5.10GoodGot well stuck into this
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Wychwood - Dirty Tackle4.00Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Windsor Knot4.00Not Tried
Westerham - Spirit of Kent XXX Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Banks's - Young Henrys Stayer3.80Not Tried
23 Jan 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. For much of the stay someone seemed to be playing a hand held game which produced an occasional high pitched whistle sound.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Enfield (branded as Enefeld) - Enefeld London Pale Ale5.00GoodDelicious light coloured bitter
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00AcceptableNot a patch on the same beer in the Brockley Barge yesterday
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the Garter3.80Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Guardsman4.20Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Father Thames4.80Not Tried
Inveralmond - Bàrd4.60Not Tried
14 Jan 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Westerham - Audit Ale6.20GoodA very dry tasting bitter
Wantsum - Hurricane4.10AcceptableBland and tired, a chore to finish
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Westerham - Viceroy India Pale Ale5.00Not Tried
Weltons - American Graffiti Ale4.50Not Tried
Rooster's - Distant Sun3.90Not Tried
Westerham - British Bulldog4.10Not Tried
08 Jan 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wooha - Off-Kilter4.00ExcellentScotch Ale - I rather liked this one
Shepherd Neame - Bishops Finger5.00GoodGood English hops nose
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Windsor Knot4.00Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Conqueror Black IPA5.00Not Tried

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About The Capitol

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent15
Good18
Acceptable11
Poor2

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 25 times, seen 102 different beers and tried 40 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE23 3TW