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The Capitol (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Orkney (Sinclair) - Blizzard (Atlas range)Excellent1
Wooha - Off-KilterExcellent1
Naylor's - Black & TanGood1
Burton Bridge - Burton PorterGood1
Westerham - Audit AleGood1
Mordue - Winter TyneGood1
Dorking - Black NoiseGood1
Bowman - YumiGood1
Butcombe - Chris MooseGood1
Enfield (branded as Enefeld) - Enefeld London Pale AleGood1
Shepherd Neame - Bishops FingerGood1
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Old GrowlerGood1
Purity - Saddle BlackGood1
Wantsum - ImperiumAcceptable1
Wantsum - HurricaneAcceptable1
Greene King - Abbot AleAcceptable2
Saltaire - Cascade Pale AleAcceptable1
Wantsum - DynamoPoor1
Banks & Taylor (B&T) - Santa's SlayerPoor1
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Westerham - Spirit of Kent XXX Pale AleNot Tried0
Truman's - Bow BellsNot 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
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the GarterNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - GuardsmanNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Father ThamesNot Tried0
Inveralmond - BàrdNot Tried0
Wychwood - Dirty TackleNot Tried0
Banks's - Young Henrys StayerNot Tried0
Wantsum - FortitudeNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Honey DarkNot Tried0
Sambrook's - JunctionNot Tried0
Dorking - DB Number OneNot Tried0
Adnams - Fat SpratNot Tried0
Greene King - George and the FlagonNot Tried0

Visits Details

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
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

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About The Capitol

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent14
Good16
Acceptable7
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 21 times, seen 87 different beers and tried 36 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE23 3TW