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The Capitol (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Reunion - Single Double Hop UK Cascade vs. US CascadeExcellent1
Orkney (Sinclair) - Blizzard (Atlas range)Excellent1
Hop Stuff - Vanilla Chocolate StoutExcellent1
Marston's - Early DoorsExcellent1
G2 - SailExcellent1
Wooha - Off-KilterExcellent1
Wychwood - Zululand Pale AleExcellent1
Naylor's - Black & TanGood1
Hook Norton - HaymakerGood1
Mordue - Winter TyneGood1
Enfield (branded as Enefeld) - Liberty Pre-Prohibition Cream AleGood1
Bowman - YumiGood1
Butcombe - Chris MooseGood1
Shepherd Neame - Bishops FingerGood2
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Old GrowlerGood1
Westerham - Audit AleGood1
Saltaire - Cascade Pale AleAcceptable1
Wantsum - HurricaneAcceptable1
Wantsum - ImperiumAcceptable1
Weltons - Broadwood WassailAcceptable1
Banks & Taylor (B&T) - Santa's SlayerPoor1
Greene King - Abbot AleNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Theakston - Pink Grapefuit AleNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - St Eriks Midnight SunNot Tried0
Sambrook's - WandleNot Tried0
Rooster's - Pistol RiverNot Tried0
Truman's - Bow BellsNot Tried0
Westerham - Spirit of Kent XXX Pale AleNot Tried0
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter AleNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Red AleNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Conqueror Black IPANot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Silent Knight of the GarterNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - ParklifeNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Winter StarNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Windsor KnotNot Tried0
Westerham - Viceroy India Pale AleNot Tried0
Weltons - American Graffiti AleNot Tried0
Rooster's - Distant SunNot Tried0
Westerham - British BulldogNot Tried0

Visits Details

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
27 Dec 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Well populated until the very end.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mordue - Winter Tyne3.90Good
Bowman - Yumi3.90Good
Wantsum - Imperium4.00AcceptableTired or first out for a while. From a pump on the right hand end of the bar which is less often visited
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Parklife3.20Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Winter Star4.40Not Tried
06 Dec 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Once again cosy and warm here, one of the bar staff indicated that maybe the heating had been fixed.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Old Growler5.00GoodGood lip bitterness
Saltaire - Cascade Pale Ale4.80AcceptableHazy and tired but drinkable
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter Ale4.80Not Tried
Sambrook's - Red Ale4.20Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Conqueror Black IPA5.00Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Silent Knight of the Garter3.80Not TriedPresume an Xmas name take on the usual brew
26 Nov 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Normally a chilled air-conned place, was cosy warm tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Orkney (Sinclair) - Blizzard (Atlas range)4.70ExcellentTummy warming, a proper winter spiced ale
Butcombe - Chris Moose4.10GoodGood but no more a Xmas / winter ale than I am. Just a normal bitter
Banks & Taylor (B&T) - Santa's Slayer4.00PoorHazy, lacklustre, tired. Never really find a good B&T but this was dire and ordering only a half had been wise
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
17 Apr 2018 (Stephen Harris)
My first ever visit to this huge pub and indeed, I think, the first time I have ever set foot in Forest Hill very remiss of me (although my companion tells me that he saw his first ever film here, aged around 6). At 9pm on a Tuesday the atmosphere is one of lone men aged 60-plus staring at their pints. From where I sit I can see at least three that are possibly asleep, in fact make that probably asleep.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Naylor's - Black & Tan4.40GoodA half & half Bitter/Porter. Comes across as a good, dark Bitter.
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Westerham - Spirit of Kent XXX Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Truman's - Bow Bells4.20Not Tried
13 Mar 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Cold with the air con on full blast. The JDW festival ales (starts tomorrow) will be £2.05pp here!!
BeerABVScoreNotes
G2 - Sail4.20Excellent
Weltons - Broadwood Wassail6.10AcceptableI rarely dare to try Weltons. After some sips this seemed to have a background metallic taste
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
29 Jan 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until midnight close for JDW's London Beer Festival offerings. Sparsely attended even for a Monday night I thought.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Reunion - Single Double Hop UK Cascade vs. US Cascade4.50Excellent
Hop Stuff - Vanilla Chocolate Stout5.40Excellent
Enfield (branded as Enefeld) - Liberty Pre-Prohibition Cream Ale5.50Good
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Truman's - Bow Bells4.20Not Tried
24 Oct 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until midnight closed. At this time of the night the numbers drinking were dwarfed by the venue.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wychwood - Zululand Pale Ale4.20ExcellentSo Wychwood CAN brew a decent ale, albeit with South African assistance
Shepherd Neame - Bishops Finger5.00AcceptableInitial pleasures soon ran out of steam
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Sambrook's - Wandle3.80Not Tried
Rooster's - Pistol River4.00Not Tried
18 Oct 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until midnight close. An airy grand place to drink in and architecture to feast the eyes on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Marston's - Early Doors6.00ExcellentSuperb easy drinking strong bitter
Hook Norton - Haymaker5.00Good
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Theakston - Pink Grapefuit Ale3.90Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - St Eriks Midnight Sun4.50Not Tried

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About The Capitol

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent14
Good12
Acceptable5
Poor1

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 17 times, seen 70 different beers and tried 30 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE23 3TW