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The Fox on the Hill (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Surrey Hills - Ranmore AleExcellent3
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurExcellent1
Pheasantry - Dancing DragonflyExcellent1
Oakham - Green Devil IPAExcellent1
Dorking - DB Number OneExcellent1
Surrey Hills - Gilt TripExcellent1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - El Dorado PaleGood1
Wild Card - IPAGood1
Oakham - Winter WispGood1
Oakham - ErnestGood1
Adnams - Yazoo Dos PerrosGood1
Greene King - AbbotGood2
Hogs Back - England's GloryGood1
Evan Evans - ChallengerGood1
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Bear AssGood1
Maxim - Double MaximGood1
Banks's - Zululand Zulu BlondeGood1
Dorset Brewing Company - JurassicAcceptable1
Surrey Hills - Greensand IPAAcceptable1
Woodforde's - Nelson's RevengeAcceptable1
Flack Manor - Hedge HopPoor1
Banks's - Ringwood FortyninerNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Strange BrewNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Summer Down UnderNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Anspach & Hobday - Bermondsey PaleNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Father ThamesNot Tried0
Dorset Brewing Company - Durdle DoorNot Tried0
Oakham - ShineNot Tried0
Glamorgan (formerly Kite) - ThunderbirdNot Tried0
Wild Card - GoldNot Tried0
Wild Card - StoutNot Tried0
Adnams - Mosaic Pale AleNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Mysteries of the GalaxyNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Flack Manor - Romsey GoldNot Tried0
Belhaven - Caledonian Deuchars IPANot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Summer SunNot Tried0
Exmoor - GoldNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - CracklewickNot Tried0
Portobello - Westway Pale Ale (superseded by 3.8% version)Not Tried0
Batemans - Steel & Oak Easy StoutNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Fox on the Hill, Denmark Hill, Greater London
Picture 2. The Fox on the Hill, Denmark Hill, Greater London
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

23 Jan 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close. As you will read a disappointing ale experience tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Abbot5.00GoodBest of a generally lacklustre selection tonight
Woodforde's - Nelson's Revenge4.50AcceptableDistinctively average on all counts
Flack Manor - Hedge Hop4.90PoorPoured flat and worse still handed over with fingers holding all around the drinking area at top of the glass
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Summer Down Under3.90Not TriedA rather unseasonal time to be selling this
Anspach & Hobday - Bermondsey Pale3.40Not TriedDumbed down for duty saving I assume
21 Nov 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. Once again the 6 hand pumps round the corner had pumpclips showing for some beers not available. Why DO they do that here?
BeerABVScoreNotes
Surrey Hills - Ranmore Ale3.80Excellent4½* New cask just put on. This was glorious in every way. A tribute to the brewer and the cellarperson
Oakham - Winter Wisp4.10GoodAn unassuming beer in good condition
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Exmoor - Gold4.50Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Strange Brew4.10Not Tried
24 Oct 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Surrey Hills - Ranmore Ale3.80ExcellentGood enough to have a second one, albeit it had to be rushed down. Superb sour bitterness
Banks's - Zululand Zulu Blonde4.50GoodLeftover JDW festival ale. Lacked the bitterness I hoped for but still well rounded
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Summer Sun4.40Not Tried
Batemans - Steel & Oak Easy Stout4.00Not Tried
17 Oct 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close. Please stop the habit of having pumpclips showing for beers that are not available, on the pub's left of the bar dogleg. There were two Surrey Hills ones there I wanted!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90ExcellentTop notch for flavour, as it should be
Adnams - Yazoo Dos Perros4.80GoodJDW festival, darkish and malty
Evan Evans - Challenger4.30GoodLots of bitterness, soon ran out after another customer or two
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Summer Sun4.40Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Cracklewick4.80Not Tried
11 Sep 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. Got off to a right bad start finding both Surrey Hills beers I wanted had pump clips showing for display purposes only. After some protestations the barperson turned them round. Bah!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Bear Ass4.00GoodA mellow ruby ale holding very good head and lacing. Best of the evening
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - El Dorado Pale4.20GoodA dry tongue rasping bitterness
Oakham - Ernest4.00GoodRather bland single hopper
Greene King - Abbot5.00AcceptableBore no resemblance to any Abbot I know. Far too chilled and even hand cupping the glass failed to restore much flavour
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Adnams - Mosaic Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Flack Manor - Romsey Gold4.00Not TriedRan out as I ordered it
04 Sep 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close. Went quite well after working out which doors were opening to get in. Guest ales badged at £2.49pp but was charged £2.50pp. Till / badge mismatch?
BeerABVScoreNotes
Pheasantry - Dancing Dragonfly5.00ExcellentGood enough indeed to have a second one
Surrey Hills - Greensand IPA4.60AcceptableRather sour taste and slight haze. Most un-Surrey Hills like
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Banks's - Ringwood Fortyniner4.90Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Bear Ass4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Mosaic Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Mysteries of the Galaxy4.50Not Tried
17 Jul 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Rare afternoon visit after local chores.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Surrey Hills - Gilt Trip4.60ExcellentSurrey Hills is high in my estimation. All traditional English bitter styles right up my street
Wild Card - IPA5.20GoodAlthough wrongly not declared on the pump clip I suspected this would be a murky milk shake resembling concoction so only ordered a half, and it was just that. Mellow bittering made it OK
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Dorset Brewing Company - Durdle Door5.00Not Tried
Oakham - Shine3.70Not Tried
Glamorgan (formerly Kite) - Thunderbird4.50Not Tried
Wild Card - Gold4.20Not Tried
Wild Card - Stout4.60Not Tried
09 Feb 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Handy for late trains home. Impressed by the fast moving wide range of real ales being the best I have seen in a Wetherspoon's house since the pandemic affected customer demand.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - Green Devil IPA6.00ExcellentFirst rate
Surrey Hills - Ranmore Ale3.80GoodEventually ran out
Hogs Back - England's Glory4.40Good
Dorset Brewing Company - Jurassic4.20Acceptable
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Banks's - Ringwood Fortyniner4.90Not TriedCame on late but staff seemed to have problem with it heavily fobbing so uncertain if on or off
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Father Thames4.80Not TriedRan out
20 Apr 2018 (ChrisE)
Morning visit for breakfast, nobody behind the bar when I arrived, and I managed to find myself last in the queue when somebody finally did arrive. For some reason there were no fried eggs available today so I made do with poached. I managed three cups of coffee before finally breaking my mid day rule (well it was 12:00 in Belgium) and I had a pint. I did not make a note of all the beers on offer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Maxim - Double Maxim4.70Good
04 Aug 2017 (ChrisE)
Morning visit it was fairly quiet except for the No Children area which was full. Friendly and attentive staff. Other beers were available in addition to those that I have listed below.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dorking - DB Number One4.20Excellent
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Belhaven - Caledonian Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Exmoor - Gold4.50Not Tried
Portobello - Westway Pale Ale (superseded by 3.8% version)4.00Not TriedAvailable Soon

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About The Fox on the Hill

The pub sign. The Fox on the Hill, Denmark Hill, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent7
Good14
Acceptable7
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Denmark Hill, Greater London, SE5 8EH.

Imposing detached building, set back from the road, near the brow of a steep hill. Inside are a number of low-screened booths, whilst outside is a spacious garden, smokers' terrace and front lawn with picnic tables. Wall displays depict the history of the local area. Unusually for a Wetherspoon house all toilets are at pub floor level. 16 handpumps in banks of 6, 6 and 4.

We have visited this pub 13 times, seen 58 different beers and tried 25 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE5 8EH