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The Shakespeare's Head (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Batemans - Good George Pacific PearlExcellent1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Gothick DarkExcellent1
WharfeBank - Treacle Toffee StoutExcellent1
Cottage - ViscountGood1
Adnams - Green Hop AmberGood1
Banks's - Feral Australian IPA Good1
Phoenix - Double GoldGood1
Tring - Squadron Scramble Good1
Adnams - Devils Backbone American AmberGood1
Wadworth - Smuttynose Murrikan MildGood1
Marston's - Ishii Brewing Minagof Pale AleAcceptable1
Lymestone - Pudding Stone (superseded by 4.4%)Acceptable1
Moorhouse's - APA SpecialAcceptable1
Greene King - IPANot Tried0
Fuller's - London PrideNot Tried0
Greene King - Abbot AleNot Tried0
Caledonian - Brewer's PassionNot Tried0
Marston's - Single Hop: Pacific GemNot Tried0
Daleside - Spring TideNot Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - 1878 Strong AleNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesNot Tried0
Redemption - Urban DuskNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Foundation BitterNot Tried0
Sambrook's - ScrumdownNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Watneys Pale AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Shakespeare's Head, Holborn, Central London

Visits Details

04 Mar 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit.
Phoenix - Double Gold5.00Good
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Not Tried
Sambrook's - Scrumdown4.00Not Tried
Sambrook's - Watneys Pale Ale4.20Not TriedI wonder who is mislead by the lack of brewing provenance
10 Nov 2015 (Stephen Harris)
In here to recover from the shock of the cost of a pint in another pub nearby. Very busy – no chance of a seat.
Adnams - Green Hop Amber4.80GoodDelightfully rough and rustic pint for such a big brewery. Spicy English hop flavours.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Not Tried
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60Not Tried
08 Apr 2013 (Stephen Harris)
The spring ‘Spoon’s beer festival has been largely passing me by this year, but I popped in here for a couple of halves to show willing.
Batemans - Good George Pacific Pearl5.50ExcellentA black IPA. The smooth, rich, dark malt tastes are very good. These are overlaid with fruity Pacific hop flavours that are just a little too understated.
Adnams - Devils Backbone American Amber4.80GoodAmber/red in colour. Plenty of citrus hop and a little bit of roasted barley taste. Needs a little more body in my view although, oddly, it tasted a bit more rounded as the glass went down.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Caledonian - Brewer's Passion4.60Not Tried
Marston's - Single Hop: Pacific Gem4.00Not Tried
Daleside - Spring Tide4.70Not Tried
Orkney (Sinclair) - 1878 Strong Ale5.50Not Tried
01 Dec 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy with diners on a Saturday afternoon.
Lymestone - Pudding Stone (superseded by 4.4%)4.80AcceptablePale strong bitter with little hop character and a dry, yeasty, malty character. The finish is tangy and yeasty. My score 13/20.
06 Nov 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy but managed to get a perch along the side wall.
Tring - Squadron Scramble 4.00GoodMalty amber bitter with biscuity malty dominating over traditional English hop flavours. My score 15/20.
31 Oct 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy on a Wednesday evening but managed to get a table.
Banks's - Feral Australian IPA 5.50GoodStrong amber bitter with a good balance of sweet maltiness and fruity hop. My score 15/20.
Marston's - Ishii Brewing Minagof Pale Ale4.30AcceptableAmber bitter with a traditional flavour of hop bitterness but little maltiness or fruit. Dryish finish. My score 14/20.
22 Mar 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Filled up quickly from 5pm for the Thursday Curry Club.
Wadworth - Smuttynose Murrikan Mild4.20GoodA good interpretation of a light mild, with sweet cereally notes and a hint of weetabix. Very low hop rate with a dryish finish. My score 15/20.
Moorhouse's - APA Special4.80AcceptableNot terribly impressed with this, promised more than it delivered. A rather harsh earthy hop taste dominates with little or no malt backup. Very dry, earthy finish. My score 13/20.
06 Oct 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy with after work drinkers and tourists.
WharfeBank - Treacle Toffee Stout4.40ExcellentNear black with huge toffee malt initial flavour with the treacle coming through towards the finish. Good depth of flavour but slightly dies in the finish. My score 17/20.
04 Jun 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Getting busier by the minute from 11am on a Saturday morning with hen parties and England supporters arriving in force.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Gothick Dark4.60ExcellentStrong dark brown mild with a full bodied toffee maltiness. Some dark chocolate to give a little bitter balance leading to a dryish, fruity finish. My score 16/20.
26 Feb 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Cottage - Viscount4.70GoodRuby red bitter that is almost a strong mild due to lack of hoppiness and sweet maltiness. Smooth mouthfeel makes this an easy drinking beer. My score 15/20.

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About The Shakespeare's Head

The pub sign. The Shakespeare's Head, Holborn, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Holborn, Central London, WC2B 6BG.

Long pub on corner of Kingsway and Holborn. Bar down the left hand side as you enter with lots of etched glass screens breaking up the feel of a large drinking hall. Rear section is particularly pleasant and less busy.

We have visited this pub 18 times, seen 38 different beers and tried 22 of them.

Map location

Postcode: WC2B 6BG