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The Harp (Fuller, Smith & Turner)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Dark Star - Into the MildExcellent4
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Excellent1
Dark Star - American BrownExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent9
Bexley - RedhouseExcellent1
Cwrw lâl (also see Community Brewing) - Pocket RocketExcellent1
Five Points - Best Fuggles HopsGood1
Kew - 85/15 Coffee StoutGood1
Dog & Rabbit - Centennial CascadeAcceptable1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PorterNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - JamboreeNot Tried0
Canopy - Sunray Pale AleNot Tried0
Weird Beard - Mariana TrenchNot Tried0
Hobsons - Simcoe Chinook Black IPA (collaboration with Brew By Numbers)Not Tried0
Mallinsons - BramasaicNot Tried0
Oakham - JHBNot Tried0
Sambrook's - American Red AleNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Illuminate RedNot Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
Rooster's - Baby-Faced AssassinNot Tried0
Southwark - Potters' Fields PorterNot Tried0
XT Brewing - 3 West Coast IPANot Tried0
Redemption - Rock the KazbekNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mister SquirrelNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Blackbird Dry StoutNot Tried0
Redemption - Fellowship PorterNot Tried0
Shiny - 4 WoodNot Tried0
Three Sods - Leapyear Golden Ale Not Tried0
Gorgeous Brewery - GlowflyNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - SkylarkingNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - MosaicNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Lilac Time MildNot Tried0
Southwark - Belair ParkNot Tried0
Moor - RevivalNot Tried0
Five Points - Railway PorterNot Tried0
Southwark - Bankside BlondeNot Tried0
Reunion - Incredible Pale AleNot Tried0
Five Points - XPANot Tried0
Harvey's - Copperwheat BeerNot Tried0
Reunion - Trial Brew No. 4 Isotonic Gentleman's Sports DrinkNot Tried0
Southwark - Barbe RougeNot Tried0
Moncada - Floor ShakerNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London
Picture 2. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London

Visits Details

21 Jun 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Quite a choice of stronger end ales tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodRather fruity end of taste spectrum
Kew - 85/15 Coffee Stout8.50GoodHeavy nightcap
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not TriedBack on after a break
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Harvey's - Copperwheat Beer4.80Not Tried
Reunion - Trial Brew No. 4 Isotonic Gentleman's Sports Drink4.70Not Tried
Southwark - Barbe Rouge5.00Not Tried
Moncada - Floor Shaker6.20Not Tried
15 Jun 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Intriguingly no Dark Star APA again - trouble at brewery?
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodNot the pub's fault, but far too much at the fruity end of this beer's taste range
Five Points - Best Fuggles Hops4.10Good
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Moor - Revival3.80Not Tried
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80Not Tried
Southwark - Bankside Blonde3.80Not Tried
Reunion - Incredible Pale Ale5.00Not Tried
Five Points - XPA4.00Not Tried
08 Jun 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentServed with a frothing head above the glass's brim
Bexley - Redhouse4.20ExcellentAstonishingly different hop bittering compared to the Harvey's Best
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Skylarking4.00Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Mosaic4.00Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Lilac Time Mild3.80Not Tried
Hobsons - Simcoe Chinook Black IPA (collaboration with Brew By Numbers)4.80Not Tried
Southwark - Belair Park4.10Not Tried
05 Jun 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11.30pm close. Good chat with Chuck from Chicago on his first London night and about the beers he can look forward to whilst here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentNo need to try any other beers tonight
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10Not Tried
Shiny - 4 Wood4.50Not Tried
Three Sods - Leapyear Golden Ale 5.00Not Tried
Gorgeous Brewery - Glowfly4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Into the Mild3.50Not TriedRan out
25 May 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Lots of Sunderland fans in evidence, in the city for Wembley tomorrow. Several were "cajoled" to leave.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - American Brown5.00Excellent
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Redemption - Rock the Kazbek4.00Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mister Squirrel4.00Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Blackbird Dry Stout4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Into the Mild3.50Not Tried
22 May 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11.30pm close. Several previous barmaids made a guest appearance. Great serendipity.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Dark Star - Into the Mild3.50ExcellentGood old style mild. Gratis with a voucher
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Rooster's - Baby-Faced Assassin6.10Not Tried
Southwark - Potters' Fields Porter4.00Not Tried
XT Brewing - 3 West Coast IPA4.20Not Tried
17 May 2019 (ChrisE)
Two of us had been to a meeting in nearby Agar Street that finished soon after 10.30am just as this pub opens so the choice was obvious. Only one other customer when we arrived but it soon filled up. We enjoyed some of the sausages that this pub is renowned for before they ran out. It turned out by chance that it was one the pub's regular beer from the wood days today.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Dark Star - Into the Mild3.50Excellent
Dog & Rabbit - Centennial Cascade3.80AcceptablePale biscuity beer, my colleague thought it tasted much like a cider. Served on gravity dispense from the wood here today.
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Sambrook's - American Red Ale4.20Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Illuminate Red4.50Not TriedVery popular in here this morning.
Hobsons - Simcoe Chinook Black IPA (collaboration with Brew By Numbers)4.80Not Tried
15 May 2019 (ChrisE)
The height of the evening peak and naturally full on both floors as well at outside at the back of the pub. I did not attempt to make a note of the beers on offer but there was a superb range of beers from Dark Star and Fullers. Whilst here I got a message from Philip Pirrip asking me to check out the Scottish Stores near Kings Cross, no chance of that I was on my home after this one.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Into the Mild3.50ExcellentSelling well here today, nice to see a Mild on sale.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
11 May 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. A little light on customers for a Saturday night.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40ExcellentExcellent Kentish traditional bitter rounded off a great evening of all 4 star (or better) beers
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Weird Beard - Mariana Trench5.30Not Tried
Dark Star - Into the Mild3.50Not Tried
Hobsons - Simcoe Chinook Black IPA (collaboration with Brew By Numbers)4.80Not Tried
Mallinsons - Bramasaic4.50Not Tried
03 May 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cwrw lâl (also see Community Brewing) - Pocket Rocket4.00ExcellentFirst rate bitterness
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Dark Star - Into the Mild3.50GoodBasic thin mild, brewed with an input from some Harp employees
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Porter5.40Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Jamboree4.80Not Tried
Canopy - Sunray Pale Ale4.20Not Tried

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About The Harp

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional23
Excellent532
Good240
Acceptable66
Poor6

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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 and then 2018 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 486 times, seen 967 different beers and tried 406 of them.

Map location

Postcode: WC2N 4HS