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The Edgar Wallace (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hackney - Red AleExcellent1
Elland - Maximum DarknessExcellent1
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London PorterExcellent1
Milestone - American Pale AleExcellent1
Fat Cat - Stout CatGood1
Colchester - Edgar WallaceGood1
Milestone - Honey PorterGood1
Portobello - Market PorterGood1
Plain Ales - InncognitoGood1
Skinner's - GTAGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterAcceptable1
Naylor's - Velvet Premium MildAcceptable1
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - RSXNot Tried0
Otley - O1 OriginalNot Tried0
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Dark MunroNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - Brewers GoldNot Tried0
Skinner's - KeeloverNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Redwood Colorado American IPANot Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Edgar's Pale AleNot Tried0
Woodforde's - WherryNot Tried0
Hackney - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Bath Ales - BarnseyNot Tried0
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Stokers StoutNot Tried0
Brains - The Rev James OriginalNot Tried0
Brewster's - Stilton PorterNot Tried0
Titanic - Plum PorterNot Tried0
Tring - MoongazingNot Tried0
Caledonian - Deuchars IPANot Tried0
Skinner's - Ginger TosserNot Tried0
Woodforde's - FlagondryNot Tried0
Cottage - Street PorterNot Tried0
Otter - BitterNot Tried0
Bath Ales - Gem BitterNot Tried0
Cottage - Somerset & Dorset AleNot Tried0
Lancaster - BlackNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - CanberraNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Edgar Wallace, Temple, Central London

Visits Details

24 Jan 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Amazed to see that it is three years since I was last here – a pub that I once used a lot. Always a good place to come to marvel at the collections of drink and cigarette advertising ephemera – on a par with the wonderful Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising that I visited in Ladbroke Grove a few days ago.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Skinner's - GTA3.80GoodThis beer formerly had the name ‘Ginger Tosser’. It was never a ginger beer (I believe the name referred to somebody’s hair colour). It’s actually a honey-flavoured beer that has good hop flavours too. Enjoyable.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Brewers Gold4.00Not Tried
Lancaster - Black4.50Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Canberra4.00Not Tried
12 May 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Friendly bar staff. Feast your eyes on the nostalgia of yesteryears' beer and fag artefacts.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Portobello - Market Porter4.60Good
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableAt the fruity end of the Sussex Best Bitter taste range so rather sickly
Crouch Vale - Brewers Gold4.00Not Tried
Otter - Bitter3.60Not Tried
Bath Ales - Gem Bitter4.10Not Tried
Cottage - Somerset & Dorset Ale4.40Not Tried
Colchester - Edgar Wallace3.70Not Tried
30 Apr 2015 (HSB)
My first visit here. Very impressed. Old school Guvnor. Wonderful collections, breweriana, cigarette advertising and bizarrely soap powder packets. Quiet when we went in but soon got busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Colchester - Edgar Wallace3.70Good
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Brewers Gold4.00Not Tried
Skinner's - Ginger Tosser3.80Not Tried
Woodforde's - Flagondry3.60Not Tried
Cottage - Street Porter4.70Not Tried
16 Feb 2015 (thebrewingman)
Monday lunchtime. Diners just starting to move on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hackney - Red Ale4.10Excellent
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Brewers Gold4.00Not Tried
Brains - The Rev James Original4.50Not Tried
Brewster's - Stilton Porter5.00Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Edgar's Pale Ale3.50Not Tried
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Not Tried
Tring - Moongazing4.20Not Tried
29 Jan 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Quiet in the late afternoon, before the rush. Interesting signs on each table saying “No laptops. No formal meetings. Please do not treat this pub as your office”. Two or three more real ales were available than I have remembered for the list below.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Milestone - American Pale Ale4.60ExcellentOn a short pub crawl where the beer did not exactly hit the heights, this stood out as a good, crisp, hoppy pint.
Crouch Vale - Brewers Gold4.00Not Tried
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Stokers Stout5.00Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Edgar's Pale Ale3.50Not TriedHouse beer.
21 Jan 2013 (Martin the Mildman)
Surprisingly quiet for a Tuesday evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Naylor's - Velvet Premium Mild4.00AcceptableToo dry and bitter for a mild, hints of burnt toffee and a rather unpleasant bitter finish. My score 13/20.
28 Nov 2012 (Stephen Harris)
I popped in here for a quick pint as I was early for meeting a friend at another pub just around the corner. Very pleasant here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London Porter5.00ExcellentBlack, smooth and powerful.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Brewers Gold4.00Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Edgar's Pale Ale3.50Not Tried
Plain Ales - Inncognito4.80Not Tried
Hackney - American Pale Ale4.50Not Tried
Bath Ales - Barnsey4.50Not Tried
11 Sep 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Emptied out a bit after 9pm.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Milestone - Honey Porter4.70GoodBlack in colour with the dark malt flavours rather overpowering any sweet honey notes. Rather thin tasting with a slightly burnt finish. My score 15/20.
03 Aug 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Always busy in the after work period, mainly with legal profession types. the collection of vintage pub advertising in here deserves national heritage status.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Elland - Maximum Darkness4.30ExcellentA black, marvellously rich, smooth, chocolatey, porter-type beer with roasted barley undertones.
Fat Cat - Stout Cat4.60GoodBlack (at least it appeared black in a dark pub), smooth, fruity sort of stout, with a little roast barley taste.
Crouch Vale - Brewers Gold4.00Not Tried
Skinner's - Keelover4.20Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Redwood Colorado American IPA5.40Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Edgar's Pale Ale3.50Not Tried
22 Dec 2011 (Stephen Harris)
Quieter than it is usually, and starting to wind down the beer selection before Christmas closure.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Plain Ales - Inncognito4.80Good
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - RSX3.90Not Tried
Otley - O1 Original4.00Not Tried
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Dark Munro4.00Not Tried

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About The Edgar Wallace

The pub sign. The Edgar Wallace, Temple, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent7
Good11
Acceptable4
Poor3

Website.

The pub is found in Temple, Central London, WC2R 3JF.

In heart of the legal centre of Britain. Corner house where the walls are festooned mainly with old tobacco and alcohol advertisements and the ceiling with beer mats and pump clips. 8 handpulls on a bar with a traditional pub interior. Surprise in the the centre of lawyerland. Next beers are on a blackboard.

We have visited this pub 17 times, seen 62 different beers and tried 25 of them.

Map location

Postcode: WC2R 3JF