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The Harp (Fuller, Smith & Turner)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood10
Anspach & Hobday - The PorterExcellent1
Bexley - RedhouseExcellent1
Anspach & Hobday - The PatersbierGood1
East London (ELB) - Quadruped Black APAGood1
Elusive - Shadow of the BeastGood1
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown AleGood1
Neepsend - Waimea IPAGood1
Surrey Hills - Shere DropGood1
Wiper and True - Summer StoutGood1
Burning Sky - PlateauAcceptable1
Tring - Death or GloryAcceptable1
Mill Valley - Yorkshire BitterPoor1
Cullercoats - Shuggy Boat BlondeUndrinkable1
Acorn - Barnsley BitterNot Tried0
Acorn - BlondeNot Tried0
Acorn - Giant LeapNot Tried0
Acorn - GorlovkaNot Tried0
Anspach & Hobday - The Pale AleNot Tried0
By The Horns - Citrus Paradisi (was 4.3%)Not Tried0
By The Horns - TropikaNot Tried0
Canopy - Llopper Everyday Oyster StoutNot 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
Elusive - Claptrap Von SpilldebeansNot Tried0
Exeter - 'fraid NotNot Tried0
Exeter - Darkness The Prince of AlesNot Tried0
Exeter - LightermanNot Tried0
Five Points - PaleNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Rocky RedNot Tried0
Great Heck - MercyNot Tried0
Hobsons - Simcoe Chinook Black IPA (collaboration with Brew By Numbers)Not Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - De La CrèmeNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Vin BierselNot Tried0
Marble - PintNot Tried0
New River - London TapNot Tried0
Park - Spankers IPANot Tried0
Redemption - HopspurNot Tried0
Reunion - Incredible Pale AleNot Tried0
Sambrook's - JunctionNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast StoutNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Yu LuNot Tried0
Southwark - Mayflower Session IPANot Tried0
Southwark - SezónaNot Tried0
Surrey Hills - Ranmore AleNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurNot Tried0
Three Sods - Dark Magus Not Tried0
Tring - Side Pocket for a ToadNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Daisy CutterNot Tried0
Weird Beard - Boar Oat of HellNot Tried0
Weird Beard - Mariana TrenchNot Tried0
XT Brewing - 3 West Coast IPANot Tried0
XT Brewing - SaisonNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London
Picture 2. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London

Visits Details

07 Sep 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Shocked to experience the 30p pint price hike on Harvey's Best from £4.35 to £4.65.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Surrey Hills - Shere Drop4.20GoodThis year's CAMRA CBOB, rather thin I thought for 4.2%
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
New River - London Tap3.80Not Tried
Three Sods - Dark Magus 4.70Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Rocky Red4.50Not Tried
Weird Beard - Boar Oat of Hell7.40Not Tried
29 Aug 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11.30pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Anspach & Hobday - The Patersbier4.10GoodFrom a taste point of view so very different from Harvey's Best, the beauty of modern brewing varities
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
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast Stout6.50Not Tried
XT Brewing - 3 West Coast IPA4.20Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Vin Biersel4.90Not TriedA grape ale!
Southwark - Sezóna6.00Not TriedI hope this is not a rebranded style of pumpclip as it was effectively unreadable so unlikely to attract a customer wanting to know what it is all about
24 Aug 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until a rare, unexpected and most unwelcome couple of minutes to midnight early close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown Ale4.80Good
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
Surrey Hills - Ranmore Ale3.80Not Tried
Weird Beard - Mariana Trench5.30Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - De La Crème4.00Not Tried
XT Brewing - Saison4.90Not Tried
17 Aug 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight. Nicely relaxed with fewer in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Neepsend - Waimea IPA5.50GoodThe bitterness was as dry as a bone
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 supply
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Southwark - Mayflower Session IPA4.20Not Tried
Siren Craft - Yu Lu3.60Not TriedNew clip design
Anspach & Hobday - The Pale Ale4.40Not Tried
Canopy - Llopper Everyday Oyster Stout5.00Not Tried
27 Jul 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Very efficient bouncering had all out by 0010 (well almost all)!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bexley - Redhouse4.20ExcellentVery smooth bitterness
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodVery fruity
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
Redemption - Hopspur4.50Not Tried
Exeter - 'fraid Not4.00Not Tried
Exeter - Darkness The Prince of Ales5.10Not Tried
Great Heck - Mercy4.00Not Tried
Five Points - Pale4.40Not TriedOn the currently unused Dark Star APA pump!!
20 Jul 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Anspach & Hobday - The Porter6.70ExcellentFull bodied meal, good one for the last of the evening
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good1st out of a new cask and rather fresh
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 TriedRan out and no replacement put on the line, unusual but then someone last week opined that supplies of APA were to be limited for a while
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Tring - Side Pocket for a Toad3.60Not Tried
Sambrook's - Junction4.50Not Tried
Exeter - Lighterman3.50Not Tried
Acorn - Giant Leap4.50Not TriedOne for the lunartickers eh!
13 Jul 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodOverly fruity
East London (ELB) - Quadruped Black APA5.30Good
Tring - Death or Glory7.20AcceptableOut of kilter with my ordering I was served this too early in the session! Flat so would have been improved by condition and natural carbonation
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
Acorn - Blonde4.00Not Tried
By The Horns - Citrus Paradisi (was 4.3%)4.50Not Tried
Hobsons - Simcoe Chinook Black IPA (collaboration with Brew By Numbers)4.80Not Tried
06 Jul 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Less crowded that I expected with large ex Pride march crowds outside.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Elusive - Shadow of the Beast5.00GoodNew cask on, very dark ale
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
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
Acorn - Barnsley Bitter3.80Not Tried
Acorn - Gorlovka6.00Not TriedRan out as I was about to order
Park - Spankers IPA6.00Not Tried
By The Horns - Tropika4.50Not Tried
03 Jul 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11.30pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentIn prime form
Wiper and True - Summer Stout4.20GoodEasy drinking
Cullercoats - Shuggy Boat Blonde3.80UndrinkableOn the bar top in a cooled wooden cask. Absolutely endearing sweet perfumed hop nose but poured totally flat and tasted of battery acid. I can't believe this taste could ever match the smell
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
Reunion - Incredible Pale Ale5.00Not Tried
XT Brewing - 3 West Coast IPA4.20Not Tried
Elusive - Claptrap Von Spilldebeans3.90Not Tried
29 Jun 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50AcceptableVery hazy. Not, by a long chalk, one of the best examples I have had of this beer
Mill Valley - Yorkshire Bitter4.00PoorOnly the second time (I think) I have marked a beer in The Harp as this poor. Poured flat, no condition, a chore to finish, albeit with no off flavours
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
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Daisy Cutter6.10Not Tried
Marble - Pint3.90Not Tried
Hobsons - Simcoe Chinook Black IPA (collaboration with Brew By Numbers)4.80Not Tried

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About The Harp

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional23
Excellent535
Good256
Acceptable68
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 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 496 times, seen 992 different beers and tried 415 of them.

Map location

Postcode: WC2N 4HS