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The White Swan (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurExcellent2
New Bristol - Shergal FarkeyExcellent1
Saltaire - Stateside IPAGood1
Westerham - British BulldogGood1
St Austell - Proper JobGood2
Holt's (see also Joseph Holt) - Two HootsAcceptable1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterAcceptable3
Torrside - West of the SunAcceptable1
Windswept - WeizenAcceptable1
Reunion - BeardtongueAcceptable1
Wiper and True - Plum Pudding PorterAcceptable1
Westerham - Audit AleNot Tried0
Westerham - Spirit of Kent XXX Pale AleNot Tried0
Rooster's - 24/7 Twenty Four SevenNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Brockley - Golden AleNot Tried0
Hammerton - Life on MarsNot Tried0
Banks's - Young's London Original (was Bitter) - previously brewed in Bedford and at WychwoodNot Tried0
Rooster's - YankeeNot Tried0
Blackjack - Mo' Mild Mo' ProblemsNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - Milk StoutNot Tried0
Gun - Scaramanga Extra Pale AleNot Tried0
Great Heck - Mt. HoodNot Tried0
Ilkley - Mary JaneNot Tried0
Ilkley - BlondeNot Tried0
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter AleNot Tried0
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Westerham - Family StoutNot Tried0
Three Fiends - Mr BadmanNot Tried0
St Austell - TributeNot Tried0

Visits Details

14 Feb 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit across midnight.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableOK no more
Wiper and True - Plum Pudding Porter5.20AcceptableEssentially poured and stayed flat
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Three Fiends - Mr Badman5.30Not Tried
23 Jan 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90ExcellentSpot on
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00PoorNot advertised so not sure if I should have had it. From an uncooled gravity cask on the counter top. Anyway if it was Harvey's Best it tasted nothing like it. Lemonade disguised its dire shortcomings
Great Heck - Mt. Hood4.50Not Tried
Ilkley - Blonde3.90Not TriedOn the counter top in a gravity cask
03 Jan 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Late night visit across midnight. Post Christmas quiet. There were 2 un-broached casks on the counter top ready for CAFC football on Sunday for gravity dispense - Harvey's Best and TT Landlord.
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Good
Windswept - Weizen5.20AcceptableQuite sweet and with a yeasty broken head
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Bristol Beer Factory - Milk Stout4.50Not Tried
Gun - Scaramanga Extra Pale Ale3.90Not Tried
09 Jun 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit after a failed bus change plan caused a change of venue plans too. Had obviously been very busy here earlier and the band was clearing up its gear.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableToo chilled, killing off this beer's potential subtle flavours
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not TriedA little birdie told me they thought Doom Bar had inadvertently been coming out of this pump!
Banks's - Young's London Original (was Bitter) - previously brewed in Bedford and at Wychwood3.70Not Tried
Rooster's - Yankee4.30Not Tried
Blackjack - Mo' Mild Mo' Problems4.00Not Tried
16 Sep 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Attempted just after midnight visit, thwarted for the 2nd time in 3 visits by random early closing. Now off my radar.
11 Aug 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit which carried on across midnight. First visit for a while.
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Good
Holt's (see also Joseph Holt) - Two Hoots4.20AcceptableDisappointing, rather sweet
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Brockley - Golden Ale3.80Not Tried
Hammerton - Life on Mars4.60Not Tried
03 May 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Unsated late evening visit at 11.20 with window advertising midnight close. A hoodie came to the crack in the front doors and told me it was closed "No customers". Customers do require to get in the place to gain that role!
18 Apr 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Very limited cask range on tonight, not clear why.
Westerham - British Bulldog4.10Good
Reunion - Beardtongue4.50AcceptableSeemed either over-conditioned or rather fresh
10 Apr 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until midnight close.
Saltaire - Stateside IPA6.00GoodGood dry bitterness
Torrside - West of the Sun4.50AcceptableTaster was clear, pint was a murky cloud, tasted OK but suggest nearing end of cask
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Westerham - Audit Ale6.20Not Tried
Westerham - Spirit of Kent XXX Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Rooster's - 24/7 Twenty Four Seven4.70Not Tried
03 Apr 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit as the Tuesday quiz was ending.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Excellent
New Bristol - Shergal Farkey4.50Excellent
Ilkley - Mary Jane3.50Not Tried
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter Ale4.80Not Tried
Westerham - Family Stout4.50Not Tried

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About The White Swan

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Charlton, Greater London, SE7 8UD.

One of two pubs in The Village. Refurbished some time ago and now sports bare floorboards throughout. A single L-shaped bar serves a single bar floor. Tell-tale doors show a past multi-room venue. Large garden. Re-opened once more in early September 2015, seemingly out of a Pubco's grip, with a greater emphasis on cask ales plus some live music. Several upstairs rooms opened in summer 2017, one with a bar but not serving real ale. 20p price discount on pints only of cask ales for card carrying CAMRA members. 8 handpumps. Closed, without prior warning, on Monday 9th March 2020.

We have visited this pub 132 times, seen 324 different beers and tried 154 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE7 8UD