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The White Horse (Castle (Mitchells & Butlers) )

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Meantime - Winter TimeExceptional1
Museum - Bass P2 Imperial StoutExceptional1
Dark Star - Critical MassExceptional1
Ossett - HerculesExceptional1
BrewDog - Paradox Arran EditionExceptional1
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Thomas Hardy AleExceptional1
Hogs Back - A over TExceptional1
Fuller's - 1845Exceptional1
Dark Star - Imperial StoutExceptional1
Meantime - Old Smoked BockExceptional1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Saint Petersburg Imperial Russian Stout (now superseded by 7.4% version)Excellent1
Oud Beersel - Unfiltered LambicExcellent1
Sierra Nevada - Chico IPAExcellent1
Magic Rock - CuriousExcellent1
BrewDog - Rip TideExcellent1
Whitstable - Oyster StoutExcellent1
BrewDog - ZeitgeistExcellent1
BrewDog - Punk MonkExcellent1
Museum - Bass No. 1Excellent1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Twickenham Struise PorterExcellent1
Fuller's - Old Winter AleGood1
Fernandes - Maltshovel MildGood1
Ascot - Winter ReserveGood1
Exmoor - BeastGood1
De Ryck - Special AleGood1
BrewDog - Punk IPAGood1
Alvinne - ExtraGood1
Orkney (Sinclair) - Skull SplitterGood1
Alvinne - HalleschelleGood1
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Moonraker (superseded by 6.5% version)Good1
Fuller's - Golden PrideGood1
Whitstable - Reserve Old AleGood1
Dogfish Head - 75 Minute IPA (aka Johnny Cask)Good1
Oakham - JHBAcceptable1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - AlecostAcceptable1
Adnams - Tally-HoAcceptable1
Ascot - Double TroubleAcceptable1
Harvey's - Christmas AleAcceptable1
Cottage - Norman's Conquest 7%Acceptable1
Alvinne - TatsevoetAcceptable1
Broughton - Old JockAcceptable1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurAcceptable1
Museum - Worthingtons White ShieldAcceptable1
Gale's - Winter BrewAcceptable1
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterNot Tried0
Sharp's - SpecialNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - Blackwater MildNot Tried0
RCH - Old Slug PorterNot Tried0
Sarah Hughes - Dark RubyNot Tried0
Highgate - Old AleNot Tried0
Robinsons - Old TomNot Tried0
Batemans - Rosey NoseyNot Tried0
Hobsons - MildNot Tried0
Hobsons - Old HenryNot Tried0
Woodforde's - HeadcrackerNot Tried0
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Not Tried0
Adnams - Old AleNot Tried0
Breconshire - Rambler's RuinNot Tried0
Cotswold Spring - Christmas Old AleNot Tried0
Meantime - Coffee PorterNot Tried0
Robinsons - Old Tom Chocolate AleNot Tried0
Gale's - Prize Old AleNot Tried0
Sierra Nevada - StoutNot Tried0
Sierra Nevada - PorterNot Tried0
Sierra Nevada - Brown AleNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Epic HalcyonNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JuliusNot Tried0
BrewDog - EdgeNot Tried0
BrewDog - 5AM SaintNot Tried0
BrewDog - Alpha DogNot Tried0
BrewDog - Rip TideNot Tried0
BrewDog - Alice PorterNot Tried0
Hobsons - Best BitterNot Tried0
Hobsons - Twisted SpireNot Tried0
London Brewing Co. - Beer StreetNot Tried0
Hastings - Hastings BlondeNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - KnollNot Tried0
Picture 1. The White Horse, Parsons Green, Greater London

Visits Details

10 Sep 2013 (HSB)
17:30 Insufficient time to go South of the river so came here instead.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Magic Rock - Curious3.90Excellent
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Hobsons - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
Hobsons - Twisted Spire3.60Not Tried
London Brewing Co. - Beer Street4.00Not Tried
Hastings - Hastings Blonde3.90Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Knoll5.80Not TriedBrewed in collaboration with the White Horse
25 Jan 2011 (Ian)
We were invited to a Belgian brewery focus group in one of the upstairs rooms. The BrewDog Burns Night event was in the room next door and sounded like good fun. Great line of beers on cask, but never sure about the condition of the beers in this pub now.
BeerABVScoreNotes
BrewDog - Punk IPA5.40GoodPunk IPA has dropped it's ABV and also changed it's recipe slightly. Decent attractive hoppy aroma. Bit thin in body and a fast finish. Will try it again, but on this example the new PUnk is not as good as the old Punk
Oakham - JHB3.80AcceptableI knocked this back whilst stood at the bar. Ok hop flavours but again, the condition left a bit to be desired.
Harvey's - Christmas Ale8.10AcceptableJust didn't really taste of the Christmas Ale as I remember it.
BrewDog - Edge3.20Not Tried
BrewDog - 5AM Saint5.00Not Tried
BrewDog - Alpha Dog4.50Not Tried
BrewDog - Rip Tide4.10Not Tried
BrewDog - Alice Porter6.20Not Tried
30 Aug 2009 (Ian)
Belgian beer festival was on. Even 3 days in there was plenty to choose from on cask and on tap. Met up with some Ratebeer people and also the brewers from Alvinne in Kortrijk in Belgium. Very good afternoon and the hog roast bap I had was chock full of pork.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oud Beersel - Unfiltered Lambic5.00ExcellentOrange/gold with no head. Very decent lemony lambic with a touch of wood. Really nice lemony notes, not too acidic, but with lemon drizzle cake edge to it. Does remind me a lot of an English cider in its character.
BrewDog - Punk Monk6.00ExcellentDefinitely an estery yeast aroma. Definitely Punk IPA in the mouth. Not a bad mix, a peachy grapefruit IPA. Best beer of the day.
Alvinne - Halleschelle6.30GoodGold, slight haze, white head. Yes this almond marzipan flavour is quite present. Pretty good white stone fruit. Some herby hop on finish. Bit of pepper on finish. Spicy Belgian Blonde ale.
Alvinne - Tatsevoet6.00AcceptableHazy cloudy red/brown. No real head. Lots of fruits, red grape and raisin. Settles down into a sourish red ale with some hop on end. OK, but not really for me.
07 Aug 2009 (Ian)
The Burgundian Babble Belt have a table here each year towards the end of the day on the Friday of GBBF. This year was no exception. I came down to enjoy the chatter.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Alecost5.20AcceptableNot to my taste really. A bit too much of the liquorice and herb. Others at the table really liked it, but just a bit oily and too herby rather than a roasty dry stout which I prefer.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Epic Halcyon7.70Not TriedCo brewed with the brewer from Epic Ales in New Zealand
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Julius3.90Not TriedModesty does not allow me to rate a beer I helped design and brew, but it turned out pretty much as we wanted it too and I'm very proud of it.
03 Jul 2009 (Ian)
I came here with the Burgundian BabbleBelt for the American Beer Festival. Very odd pub in that it has a culture clash between the local Sloaney set and the beer scooper set. Odd. However, new owner gave us a cellar tour which was nice. Some good beers on, but got very busy in the evening and service was quite slow.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dogfish Head - 75 Minute IPA (aka Johnny Cask)7.50GoodCopper gold, slight haze, lasting thin beige head. Good tangerine flavour, little bit boozy if being honest. Almost a cognac edge. Not really overly bitter.
29 Nov 2008 (Dubbel)
The unmissable 26th White Horse Old Ale Festival. A simply outstanding selection of fine and rare cask ales, stouts, porters, milds, barley wines and winter warmers from one of the best pubs in London. Morris dancers in attendance, bbq & hogroast despite bitterly cold conditions. The place was understandably busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Critical Mass7.80ExceptionalRidiculously drinkable, ruby red hues, smooth and treacly.
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Thomas Hardy Ale11.70ExceptionalWowee. Perfect condition, full rich buttery hit and a long bitter aftertaste. The strongest on offer and one of the many highlights of the day.
Meantime - Winter Time5.40ExceptionalExtremely rare cask conditioned version of this sublime winter warmer. Very dark with a rich, mocha and fruitcake palate and warming finish.
BrewDog - Paradox Arran Edition10.00ExceptionalHugely smooth and complex, pronounced chocolate and vanilla flavours. Gorgeous.
Fuller's - 18456.30ExceptionalStrong, beautifully flavoured cakey ale with a spicy, dry and fruity morish finish.
Meantime - Old Smoked Bock7.10ExceptionalGreat interpretation, smoked malts and fine german hops in sweet harmony.
Ossett - Hercules6.50ExceptionalGolden amber treat, full of big fruit flavours.
Whitstable - Oyster Stout4.50Excellent
BrewDog - Rip Tide8.00ExcellentSmooth, dark chocolate notes, incredibly drinkable for the strength. Brilliant.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Saint Petersburg Imperial Russian Stout (now superseded by 7.4% version)7.70Excellent
Sierra Nevada - Chico IPA7.00ExcellentSuper-rare big hitting yankee IPA.
BrewDog - Zeitgeist4.90ExcellentWonderful 'black lager', sweet, roasty, flowery hop flavours and chocolate malts with bitter hop finish.
Fernandes - Maltshovel Mild3.80Good
Whitstable - Reserve Old Ale5.00Good
Ascot - Winter Reserve5.20GoodCinnamon, coriander and ginger spices, like drinking cold mulled wine.
Fuller's - Golden Pride8.50GoodIntense barley wine. Good but overshadowed by the 1845.
Museum - Worthingtons White Shield5.60AcceptableBiggest disappointment of the day, didn't deliver.
Orkney (Sinclair) - Skull Splitter8.50Not Tried
Sarah Hughes - Dark Ruby6.00Not Tried
Highgate - Old Ale5.30Not Tried
Robinsons - Old Tom8.50Not Tried
Batemans - Rosey Nosey4.90Not Tried
Hobsons - Mild3.20Not Tried
Hobsons - Old Henry5.20Not Tried
Woodforde's - Headcracker7.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Adnams - Old Ale4.10Not Tried
Adnams - Tally-Ho7.00Not Tried
Breconshire - Rambler's Ruin5.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Imperial Stout10.50Not Tried
Cotswold Spring - Christmas Old Ale5.00Not Tried
Meantime - Coffee Porter5.00Not Tried
Robinsons - Old Tom Chocolate Ale6.00Not Tried
Gale's - Prize Old Ale9.00Not Tried
Sierra Nevada - Stout5.80Not Tried
Sierra Nevada - Porter5.60Not Tried
Sierra Nevada - Brown Ale5.50Not Tried
23 Aug 2008 (Ian)
The White Horse was running a Belgian Beer Festival over the Bank Holiday weekend. Several beers on cask which you wouldn't normally see, plus a fair few on tap and in bottle. Hog roast outside was excellent. As the weather was good, the outside seating was full, which meant I had a table more or less to myself.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Twickenham Struise Porter5.00ExcellentHaving been to the Twickenham brewery during the time that Urbain from Struise was over brewing this, I approached it with a lot of anticipation. Very dark brown with thin beige head. Chocolate and malt aroma. Just a little watery in mouth, could do with a bit more condition. Quite full on the swallow though, with good drying malt on finish. Good full choc maltiness that has a hint of spiceo n the finish.
De Ryck - Special Ale4.30GoodGold, thin white head. Rose petal Belgian fruit aroma. Drinkable enough, good condition, some bitterness on end. Deos taste stronger than 4.3%. It is pretty tasty.
Alvinne - Extra7.00GoodGreat to see this on cask as in bottle it is one of my favourite hoppy beers. Hazy gold, thin lasting white head. Far less hoppy on cask. Yes, it's hoppieer than usual for a Belgian beer, but the Chinooks and Amarillos don't sing. Lacks fullness in mouth. It's a bit like a hoppy blond, hops are a bit dusty on the finish instead of being sparkling. It's fine, but as I say, I want the hops to sing.
Ascot - Double Trouble5.40AcceptableDark brown, thin beige head. Tastes as though it's brewed with a Belgian yeast. Very much in the Belgian dubbel style. Again like the Twickenham/Struise porter, just a bit watery in mouth. It's alright, quite tasty, decent malts. Does a decent impression.
17 May 2008 (Ian)
The Oddbins wine festival had moved location to Stamford Bridge, Chelsea and I saw that Parson's Green was only a stop down so decided to come here as I haven't been since Mark Dorber left and I had heard conflicting reports on whether it was better or worse. On this visit, the pub is about the same, still full of Sloane Rangers, but I did get chatted up by a Swedish girl and the beer range is great. However, all the beers I had were a bit oxidised I thought, including Hommelbier and Westmalle Dubbel both on tap. Then again my tastebuds could have been wiped out by all that wine.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90AcceptableOne of my favourite beers in the world, but tasted oxidised here as though it had been on for a few days.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Special5.00Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Blackwater Mild3.70Not Tried
RCH - Old Slug Porter4.50Not Tried
27 Jan 2007 (Ian)
It was the Old Ale festival and there were a couple of people who I knew were going that I wanted to catch up with, not least, Joris Pattyn, one of the foremost writers on Belgian beer. Along with a couple of people from Ratebeer and Beer Advocate, I ended up on a table with the people from the Burgundian Babblebelt, another beer website. Stoke City supporters were also in the pub before their game with Fulham in the FA Cup. Saturday lunchtime and it was very full and continued to be so for the rest of the day. Beers were dispensed through the handpumps and were replaced by new beers on the festival list as the others ran out. I even met up with the brewer from Daleside Brewery and the one from 21st Amendment in the USA along with a cellar run with outgoing owner Mark Dorber.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hogs Back - A over T9.00ExceptionalMost of the people around the table where I was sat thought that this was the best of the beers on. And I wouldn't disagree. Sweet strawberry fruit is great. Sweet, strong with a great hop kick. There were some Stoke City fans in for a drink before the Fulham FA Cup game and they hadn't seen this before and someone ordered a pint before his mate pointed out that it was 9%. He quickly changed his mind. Good on them though, they did try a half before they left.
Museum - Bass P2 Imperial Stout8.00ExceptionalBlack colour with tan head. I love this to bits. Intense dark syrupy malt aroma. Very full bitter choc, espresso coffee in mouth. Great imperial stout. Good carbonation. Just a beer I can keep drinking. A session imperial stout! I had this in bottle last year and the bottle version was a bit more intense I think.
Dark Star - Imperial Stout10.50ExceptionalIntense imperial stout. Such intense dark roasted malts. The tingle on the end is part sour, part charcoal, part roasted malt. Sour liquorice flavours too. What a greaty impy stout. The alcohol is heating the finish.
Museum - Bass No. 110.00ExcellentSo I was drinking a bit of history. Hazy ruby colour with disappearing beige head. Classic barley wine. Dark fruits in mouth bit of coffee/choc. Dry malt develops in mouth. Wonderful powdery dry malt. Very raisiny aroma. Was it worth the £14 train fare and half an hour on a packed tube train? You betcha! Very very rich raisiny coffee develops. Tart finish that is really quite sharp.
Orkney (Sinclair) - Skull Splitter8.50GoodChestnut colour with thin beige head. Great sweet malt. Some appley woody texture. Good candy sugar. Very nice. Best example I've ahd of this beer. Very drinkable.
Exmoor - Beast6.60GoodVery deep ruby colour with lasting beige head. Subtle dark malt aroma. Burnt toast. Good dark strong beer, good mouthfeel. Not great, but extremely competent. Bit of creamy vanilla too.
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Moonraker (superseded by 6.5% version)7.50GoodI had this at the first White Cliffs beer festival I went to in Dover and then I found it too sweet and "purple" and had to chuck the rest away. I had it on the cellar run here and it was fantastic. So I had to have a half when it came on in the bar. Great dark fruits, deep ruby colour with lasting thin dark beige head. Dark cherry/plum aroma. Very attractive dark fruit aroma, some syrupy malt fruit in mouth, some tingly hop on finish.
Fuller's - Old Winter Ale4.80GoodToffee, nutty aroma. Good ESB style beer. Some raisiny malt. Red/amber in colour with thin beige head. Sweet dried fruits balanced by a decent hoppy finish. Some choc malt.
Broughton - Old Jock6.70AcceptableVery deep red with thin beige head. Lovely malt fruit flavour. Bit of harsh nettle. Nice, but could be better, lacks intensity and a bit too nettley for me.
Gale's - Winter Brew4.20AcceptableBrown/red colour with disappearing beige head. Some yeastiness. Bit of good hoppy bite on end. Bit of yeast. Bit of gingery spice.
Adnams - Tally-Ho7.00AcceptableVery deep ruby, with lasting beige head. Adnams yeasty aroma. Some dark malts, but the dark fruits are the stand out things here. Nice tingly hop finish. Not bad toffee too. The pump clip kept being turned around and then it was back on again.
Cottage - Norman's Conquest 7%7.00AcceptableFine, but not really that interesting. Some toffee malt, some hop kick on finish

About The White Horse

The pub sign. The White Horse, Parsons Green, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

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Exceptional10
Excellent10
Good13
Acceptable11
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Parsons Green, Greater London, SW6 4UL.

This pub is a bit of an institution in SW London. Also known as the Sloaney Pony (after some of the clientele), it is only a very short walk south from Parsons Green tube station. It is sited on one of the points of the green and has a patio out the front to enjoy the view in better weather. The central bar serves a largeish single room with a dining room off to one side and a function room above. There is plenty of stripped wood in evidence as well as sofas, large wooden tables and a real fire. The 3 sets of 6 handpumps supply a varied and interesting range of cask conditioned beer. The cask beer is supplemented by continental and world beers on tap and in bottle. As a beer lover in London, it is certainly worth a visit. Regular beer festivals are held and details can be found on the pub website.

We have visited this pub 9 times, seen 76 different beers and tried 44 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SW6 4UL