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The Harp (Fuller Smith & Turner)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Mallinsons - Nelson SauvinExceptional1
Mallinsons - Ten Long YearsExcellent1
Pentrich - Glass Half EmptyExcellent1
Dark Star - Prize Old AleExcellent1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - SequoiaGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood9
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Pica PicaGood1
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Oakham - EclipseNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Golden RaysNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Two by Two - PorterNot Tried0
Nene Valley - Bible BlackNot Tried0
Moor - So'HopNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Cellar Head - India Pale AleNot Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
Dark Star - XpressoNot Tried0
Titanic - Plum PorterNot Tried0
Wilde Child - American GangsterNot Tried0
Dark Star - RevelationNot Tried0
Mallinsons - AmarilloNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - ResolutionNot Tried0
Bluestone (Pembrokeshire) - Hammerstone APANot Tried0
Anarchy - Flat OutNot Tried0
Northern Whisper - BeltieNot Tried0
Wylam - GoldNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - Launch ApprovalNot Tried0
Only With Love - High FivesNot Tried0
Twisted Oak - Citra BlissNot Tried0
Lakedown - Goldhawk London StoutNot Tried0
Cwrw lâl (also see Community Brewing) - Pothole PorterNot Tried0
Brew By Numbers - 11 Session IPA: CitraNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - NotoriousNot Tried0
Fell - Sabro TalusNot Tried0
Brew By Numbers - Pale Ale Olicana & ErnestNot Tried0
Dark Star - SunquakeNot Tried0
Twisted Oak - UltraNot Tried0
Saltaire - Red DawnNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Whispering GrassNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London
Picture 2. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London

Visits Details

08 Jul 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. This part of central London a madhouse tonight and pub crammed too. Prices seem up again but CAMRA discount softens them.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mallinsons - Ten Long Years3.90ExcellentAn excellent brew as Mallinsons always seems to deliver
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodOK but far from its best - a rather sharp bitterness this one
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Pica Pica4.80GoodGood but limited head and lacing
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Twisted Oak - Ultra5.00Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Whispering Grass5.50Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Golden Rays4.20Not Tried
29 May 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Why I abhor bank holidays so much. 2145 hours and already stopped serving, though the local area was alive with bodies. No business acumen some people.
BeerABVScoreNotes
24 May 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. When will they reinstate the later closing times of old here?
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentIdeal balance between this ale's possible extremes of bitterness and fruitiness
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Cwrw lâl (also see Community Brewing) - Pothole Porter5.10Not Tried
Bristol Beer Factory - Notorious3.80Not Tried
Brew By Numbers - Pale Ale Olicana & Ernest5.20Not Tried
19 Apr 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. Always good to re-tread old steps here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentFirst out a new cask - what a difference - crystal clear and superb compared with last out of old cask
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableTurned out to be last from the cask. Sometimes this can be really great with Harvey's, alas this was quite mediocre with very slight haze
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Mallinsons - Amarillo4.20Not Tried
Bluestone (Pembrokeshire) - Hammerstone APA4.50Not Tried
Northern Whisper - Beltie4.80Not Tried
Bristol Beer Factory - Launch Approval4.20Not Tried
Twisted Oak - Citra Bliss4.70Not Tried
20 Jan 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. Every so often this place has to be visited. Excellent welcome by name with familiarity from my once far more regular visits.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mallinsons - Nelson Sauvin3.80ExceptionalPerfection in a single hopper, faultless and made me crave for more
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentAt the more fruity taste end of its possible flavour range
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Moor - So'Hop4.10Not Tried
Cellar Head - India Pale Ale5.00Not TriedCame on late and seemed to be very popular immediately, a taster was a dry taste and not over citrussed
Dark Star - Xpresso4.20Not Tried
Wilde Child - American Gangster4.40Not Tried
15 Nov 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close, for the £1.77 pint birthday for Fuller's promotion.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentLovely head and flavour. Why can't other pubs keep the same beer so well
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Saltaire - Red Dawn4.70Not Tried
Oakham - Eclipse4.00Not Tried
Two by Two - Porter5.00Not Tried
10 Nov 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Long evening visit until close. One object - to try the cask Prize Old Ale.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Prize Old Ale9.00ExcellentA blend of 11-year-old and recently brewed version. A proper slow drinking strong stock ale. One slowly sunk into liking it and mental obscurity simultaneously!
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Sunquake4.80Not Tried
Brew By Numbers - 11 Session IPA: Citra3.80Not Tried
Fell - Sabro Talus4.20Not Tried
09 Nov 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. Packed inside, who says there is a COLC.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentAs it should be
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Wylam - Gold4.00Not Tried
Only With Love - High Fives4.20Not Tried
Lakedown - Goldhawk London Stout4.80Not Tried
Brew By Numbers - 11 Session IPA: Citra3.80Not Tried
Fell - Sabro Talus4.20Not Tried
28 Jun 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit after Sloane Square London chores. Well greeted by staff who remember my more frequent visits of yore.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Pentrich - Glass Half Empty5.00ExcellentFirst out new cask. Truly excellent example of the milk stout style
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodFirst out of a new cask. Perhaps inevitably a bit fresh
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableLast one out of cask and suffered from it. Bland, hardly recognisable as Harvey's BB
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Not TriedRan out minutes before I was going to order one
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Resolution4.20Not Tried
Anarchy - Flat Out4.50Not Tried
04 Apr 2022 (Wittenden)
Early on a Monday evening.I had twenty minutes before my train. Quiet.Not all beers listed.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Sequoia4.50GoodMalt led and muted.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Nene Valley - Bible Black6.50Not Tried

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About The Harp

The pub sign. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional24
Excellent556
Good278
Acceptable74
Poor7

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The pub is found in Charing Cross, Central London, WC2N 4HS.

Formerly the Welsh Harp, a small narrow long pub on Chandos Place, just a stone's throw from Charing Cross railway station, so very handy for commuters. Hanging baskets at the front are attractive. A steep flight of stairs leads to the toilets and an upstairs room. There is an alley at the rear for smokers. Won the ultimate accolade as CAMRA National Pub of the Year in 2010. In 2011 CAMRA London Cider Pub of the Year, in 2012 CAMRA West London branch Pub of the Year, and again in 2014 as joint branch Pub of the Year and in 2016, 2018, 2020 and 2021 as branch Pub of the Year once more. Previously privately owned it was sold to Fuller's in mid July 2014 for a reported £7 million so changes expected. Closed for some days in February 2015 for an upgrade to plumbing and electrics, in particular to swap over the Gents and Ladies toilets. Good range of regional and micro breweries beer available through 10 handpumps and a superb range of ciders and perries sold from boxes in the chilled cabinets behind the bar. 10% price discount for card carrying CAMRA members on cask ales.

We have visited this pub 524 times, seen 1054 different beers and tried 427 of them.

Map location

Postcode: WC2N 4HS