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The Knights Templar (Wetherspoon)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Grand Union - SpecialGood1
Green Jack - WaxwingAcceptable1
Harviestoun - Ice MaidenGood1
Harviestoun - Natural BlondeGood1
Hawkshead - Cumbrian Five HopExcellent1
Holden's - Black Country Special BitterAcceptable1
Itchen Valley - Hambledon BitterGood1
Maxim - Andersons Best ScotchGood1
Mighty Oak - Maldon GoldAcceptable1
Oakham - InfernoGood1
Oakham - JHBGood1
Shepherd Neame - Goose Island Honkers AleExcellent1
Shepherd Neame - Stone Brewing California Double IPA Excellent1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesGood1
Wooden Hand - Black PearlPoor1
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Banks's - Central Cervercera Session Room IPANot Tried0
Cotleigh - Red Nose ReinbeerNot Tried0
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - NutcrackerNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESBNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Greene King - AbbotNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Hook Norton - Ducato A.F.O. Not Tried0
Itchen Valley - BelgarumNot Tried0
Itchen Valley - Hampshire RoseNot Tried0
Marston's - PedigreeNot Tried0
Marston's - Zululand Zulu BlondeNot Tried0
Moorhouse's - Winter LoomsNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Lavender Hill (originally exclusively for Nicholson's)Not Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)Not Tried0
Titanic - Eight BellsNot Tried0
Wood's - Christmas CrackerNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Knights Templar, Chancery Lane, Central London

Visits Details

10 Dec 2015 (HSB)
15:20 Back on the 'Spoons trail. Now down to eight of us. We got the stone round table at the rear and enjoyed a late lunch.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Good
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Titanic - Eight Bells4.50Not Tried
Cotleigh - Red Nose Reinbeer4.50Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Nutcracker5.00Not Tried
Moorhouse's - Winter Looms4.20Not Tried
Hook Norton - Ducato A.F.O. 5.40Not Tried
Wood's - Christmas Cracker6.00Not Tried
03 Aug 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Fairly quiet on a Monday evening and a chance to enjoy the surroundings. My second Wetherspoon running with no Greene King products on the bar – what’s going on?
Green Jack - Waxwing3.90AcceptableA golden beer served with a chill-haze. Very fresh-tasting. An odd name for a beer available in mid-summer.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sambrook's - Lavender Hill (originally exclusively for Nicholson's)4.50Not Tried
Itchen Valley - Belgarum3.90Not Tried
Banks's - Central Cervercera Session Room IPA4.00Not TriedRan out whilst I was drinking my first beer.
06 Oct 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Very busy with plenty of legal types in attendance.
Maxim - Andersons Best Scotch4.20GoodTypical eighty shilling style beer, dark brown in colour with a big malty kick. Little hop character and a dryish, fruity finish. My score 15/20.
01 Apr 2011 (Ian)
Always liked this Spoons, it's big and airy.
Hawkshead - Cumbrian Five Hop5.00ExcellentSuperb hops on this one.
31 Mar 2010 (ChrisE)
A busy Thursday evening, full of office workers socialising before going home. I have not been able to list all the beers that were on offer as I could not get near enough to the bar to see all the pump clips.
Shepherd Neame - Goose Island Honkers Ale4.20ExcellentBrewed by Greg Hall of the Goose Island Brewery Chicago, at Shepherd Neame's Brewery for Wetherspoon's Beer Festival. A well balanced fruity and malty beer.
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Marston's - Zululand Zulu Blonde4.50Not TriedAnother beer brewed for JDW's festival (which does not officially start for another seven days). This is from the Zululand Brewery of South Africa, but brewed at Marstons. Unfortunately I had to attend a lecture at the LSE so I did not have time to try one.
29 Mar 2008 (Ian)
Confirms my opinion as my favourite 'Spoon in central London. Lovely building, 12 handpumps, no sparklers, good efficient staff.
Shepherd Neame - Stone Brewing California Double IPA 7.00ExcellentGreat condition, stunning dry hopped aroma.
Oakham - JHB3.80GoodVirtually the beer that started it all for me. Grat condition, a little soapy, a little ascetic, but it's still got the grapefruit/tangerine thing.
Holden's - Black Country Special Bitter5.10AcceptableAmber, disappearing beige head. Not great condition, bit syrupy on the malts, one I will re-rate in better condition if I can. A syrupy malty juicy beer, decent earthy tasty fuggles hops, some toffee. Could be good I think. Fuggles are nice, so is the residual grapefruit.
29 Jan 2008 (Ian)
One of the better Wetherspoon's in London. Nice interior, better than usual clientele as well.
Grand Union - Special4.50GoodPale chestnut colour with lasting beige head. Looks in cracking condition. Crystal clear, lively head. Like all Grand Union beers, it's solid. I will miss this brewery when it goes in the next week or so. Not sure if anyone will buy the brand and recipes, but the brew kit is going up north to the Wirral apparently. Hoppy aroma with some toffee/candy sugar. Absolutely fine in mouth, good sherberty hop finish. Toffee/nutty, good balance of ingredients. Solid
Oakham - Inferno4.00GoodPale gold with thin white head. Trademark citrus hop aroma, not in best condition maybe. A little flat. But the insistent hop on the finish is impossible to ignore. Aroma and finish are excellent, malts are a little weak.
Wooden Hand - Black Pearl4.50PoorBlack with ruby edges, thick lasting beige head. Charcoal liquorice aroma. Thinnish in mouth. Just not in a porter/stout mood today. Dark Star/Oakhams win hands down. Just not my thing.
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)4.20Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
Itchen Valley - Hampshire Rose4.20Not Tried
10 Nov 2007 (Ian)
Fairly busy even though it was a Saturday and it is tucked down on Chancery Lane. Great architecture though.
Harviestoun - Ice Maiden4.20GoodSpicy hoppy beer, good biscuity hop.
Mighty Oak - Maldon Gold3.80AcceptableReally looking forward to this, but it wasn't at its best.
02 Jul 2007 (Ian)
One of the better Wetherspoons in the capital. Very nice architecture.
Itchen Valley - Hambledon Bitter4.00GoodElderflower aroma. Lovely aroma actually. Really good bitterness on end. Good beer. Nice balance and good in mouth
28 Apr 2007 (Ian)
Led Zeppelin fan gathering. Busy, yet no music. I rather like this pub, quite grandiose.
Harviestoun - Natural Blonde4.00GoodPale gold, thin lasting white head. Slightly thin and ascetic, golden bitter. I was hoping this would be best of the lot and it isn't. Yes, it has wheat, yes it has some harsh citrus hops. Good citrus beer, along the Harviestoun lines but lacks intensity and is a sub Oakham White Dwarf.

About The Knights Templar

The pub sign. The Knights Templar, Chancery Lane, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Chancery Lane, Central London, WC2A 1DT.

Architecturally a beautiful building. Main bar has high ceilings and large windows, corner pub and idiosyncratic toilets. Split level pub. Pillars and chandeliers are worth noting. Closed on Sundays.

We have visited this pub 10 times, seen 34 different beers and tried 15 of them.

Map location

Postcode: WC2A 1DT