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The Hare & Billet (Metropolitan Pub Co. (Greene King))

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Great Heck - ChopperExcellent1
Old Dairy - Blue TopExcellent1
Five Points - Railway PorterExcellent1
By The Horns - Diamond GeezerGood1
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Roadkill Opaque IPAGood1
Bexley - Howbury 2 Bexley Special BitterGood2
Bristol Beer Factory - Milk StoutAcceptable1
Truman's - ZephyrAcceptable1
By The Horns - Stiff Upper LipAcceptable1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Winter StarAcceptable1
Old Dairy - Red TopAcceptable1
Old Dairy - Über BrewAcceptable1
Greene King - IPANot Tried0
Otley - O3 BossNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale AleNot Tried0
Magic Rock - CarnivalNot Tried0
XT Brewing - No. 3 Indian PaleNot Tried0
Cottage - BlindsideNot Tried0
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - The AfancNot Tried0
Otley - O12 Thai-BoNot Tried0
Greene King - Crouch, Bind, SetNot Tried0
Sharp's - Rising TideNot Tried0
Otley - O4 ColumboNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - GuthrieNot Tried0
Dark Star - Carafa JadeNot Tried0
Truman's - Bold as BrassNot Tried0
Rebel - Bal MaidenNot Tried0
Southwark - Bankside BlondeNot Tried0
Adnams - Prop HopNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Dinner For EightNot Tried0
Hogs Back - T.E.A.Not Tried0
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - PalaeolithicNot Tried0
TicketyBrew - Table IPANot Tried0
Hop Stuff - Oatmeal StoutNot Tried0
Truman's - Gunboat SmithNot Tried0
Bedlam - PilgrimNot Tried0
Sambrook's - JunctionNot Tried0
Greene King - Hare Ale (house beer)Not Tried0
Truman's - Roll Out The BarrelNot Tried0
Sambrook's - American Red AleNot Tried0
Sambrook's - SessionNot Tried0
Wimbledon - Copper LeafNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - GuardsmanNot Tried0
By The Horns - Lambeth WalkNot Tried0

Visits Details

22 Jan 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
By The Horns - Diamond Geezer4.90GoodA very malty red ale
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Not Tried
Sambrook's - Junction4.50Not Tried
By The Horns - Lambeth Walk5.10Not Tried
Greene King - Hare Ale (house beer)3.90Not Tried
25 Dec 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
A lunchtime sojourn. All tables taken with diners. Seems this place shoots itself in the foot each year - had advertised opening times as 12-5 but was refusing drinks only customers from 3.30 - how un-customer-friendly and misleading. A number of new entrants looked most downcast when refused service.
BeerABVScoreNotes
By The Horns - Stiff Upper Lip3.80Acceptable
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Winter Star4.40Acceptable
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80AcceptableLittle condition
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Not Tried
Sambrook's - Junction4.50Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Guardsman4.20Not Tried
Greene King - Hare Ale (house beer)3.90Not Tried
28 May 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Last knockings visit until 11pm close. Last one out.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Truman's - Zephyr4.40AcceptableThin and unexciting, perhaps tired
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Greene King - Hare Ale (house beer)3.90Not Tried
Sambrook's - Session3.40Not Tried
Wimbledon - Copper Leaf4.00Not Tried
25 Dec 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
A rare Christmas Day outing. Efficient cheery bar staff but place let down by once a year drinkers accepting some appalling ale short measures, lack of a potperson clearing tables heaving with dead glasses and, although signage outside declared "Festive hours 12 - 5.30", potential "walk-in" customers without a table booking were refused service from 3.30. Senseless!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Blue Top4.80Excellent
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Roadkill Opaque IPA6.50GoodCertainly opaque, like a farmhouse gate scrumpy cider. Vicious smack in the face hopping not really to my taste but I stuck with it and actually sort of enjoyed the pineapple notes
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80AcceptableQuite lacklustre
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Sambrook's - Junction4.50Not Tried
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
Greene King - Hare Ale (house beer)3.90Not Tried
Truman's - Roll Out The Barrel4.20Not Tried
Sambrook's - American Red Ale4.20Not Tried
18 Jun 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening. Entrance refused at 11.40pm. The manager said a recent change in Lewisham Council's licensing conditions for this pub meant no new customer could be served after 11pm. The pub's website makes no reference to this in showing midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
27 Nov 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close. Sadly all stools except mine were on tables by the time I left.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Great Heck - Chopper3.80Excellent
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Hogs Back - T.E.A.4.20Not Tried
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Palaeolithic3.80Not Tried
TicketyBrew - Table IPA2.80Not TriedA taster implied a certain aceticness
Hop Stuff - Oatmeal Stout4.80Not Tried
Truman's - Gunboat Smith5.20Not Tried
Bedlam - Pilgrim3.70Not Tried
29 Sep 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close. Always sad as the chairs start to be placed upon tables.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bexley - Howbury 2 Bexley Special Bitter5.00Acceptable
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Dark Star - Carafa Jade5.00Not Tried
Truman's - Bold as Brass4.20Not Tried
Rebel - Bal Maiden4.00Not Tried
Southwark - Bankside Blonde3.80Not Tried
Adnams - Prop Hop4.00Not Tried
Siren Craft - Dinner For Eight4.10Not Tried
25 Sep 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bexley - Howbury 2 Bexley Special Bitter5.00Excellent
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Bristol Beer Factory - Milk Stout4.50Not Tried
Otley - O4 Columbo4.00Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Guthrie4.30Not Tried
Greene King - Crouch, Bind, Set3.90Not Tried
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - The Afanc4.50Not Tried
18 Sep 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close. Hoped for some more Five Points Railway Porter but had run out earlier in the evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bristol Beer Factory - Milk Stout4.50AcceptableNewly on but too fresh and clip left turned round after mine was pulled. Sickly too
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Otley - O12 Thai-Bo4.60Not Tried
XT Brewing - No. 3 Indian Pale4.20Not Tried
Greene King - Crouch, Bind, Set3.90Not TriedNo Greene King provenance on clip - why hide it? Almost certainly the rebadged Greene King house beer usually sold here as Hare Ale - all for the Rugby World Cup. And people were buying it!
Cottage - Blindside4.20Not Tried
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - The Afanc4.50Not Tried
Sharp's - Rising Tide4.20Not Tried
17 Sep 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until (for me) an unexpectedly late midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80ExcellentFirst rate - so much so that one turned into two, three then four. But at an excruciating price of £4.50pp for a beer that will be subject to a low PBD rate
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Otley - O3 Boss4.40Not Tried
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
Magic Rock - Carnival4.30Not Tried
XT Brewing - No. 3 Indian Pale4.20Not Tried
Cottage - Blindside4.20Not TriedAllegedly Cottage's millionth different beer name
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - The Afanc4.50Not Tried

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About The Hare & Billet

The pub sign. The Hare & Billet, Blackheath, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent9
Good5
Acceptable8
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Blackheath, Greater London, SE3 0QJ.

Formerly a Whitbread pub including time as one of its Hogshead brand. Then owned by Greene King which has transferred it into its Metropolitan Pub Co. sub brand. Located right on the edge of Blackheath with a small pond opposite. Refurbished again in early 2013 and now has a long bar on the left hand side with a Southampton Arms style white tiled back bar. Bare boards, a raised seating area on the right and a restaurant area at the rear. 10 handpumps on the bar. Expensive even for this area.

We have visited this pub 16 times, seen 76 different beers and tried 21 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE3 0QJ