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The Harp (Fuller's)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Harvey's - Star of EastbourneExcellent1
Three Sods - Mud PuddlerExcellent1
Cloudwater - A-W18 Brown Ale Excellent1
Fuller's - Bengal LancerExcellent1
Dark Star - RevelationExcellent1
Five Points - Green Hop BullionExcellent1
Titanic - Plum PorterExcellent1
Dark Star - Green Hopped IPAExcellent1
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Berkhopsted (2018) Wet Hop Harvest AleGood1
Fuller's - London PorterGood1
Five Points - Brick Field BrownGood1
Oakham - CitraGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood5
Bexley - BOB (Bexley's Own Beer) Acceptable1
Fuller's - London PrideNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde MildNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Too Many Dicks On The Dance Floor Hibiscus PaleNot Tried0
Weird Beard - Weird WiredNot Tried0
Abbeydale - DeceptionNot Tried0
Burning Sky - PlateauNot Tried0
Southwark - Potters' Fields PorterNot Tried0
Southwark - Harvard APANot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Jingle Jangle MorningNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Foundation BitterNot Tried0
Bexley - RedhouseNot Tried0
Marble - PintNot Tried0
Three Sods - BoHo BitterNot Tried0
Southwark - M.B. Single HopNot Tried0
XT Brewing - No. 8 PorterNot Tried0
Signature Brew - Roadie - All Night IPANot Tried0
Shiny - Happy PeopleNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Walthamstow Beer Green-hopped Dark Ale Not Tried0
Southwark - LPA London Pale Ale Not Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London PorterNot Tried0
Dancing Duck - 22Not Tried0
Tipsy Angel (latterly a cuckoo at 4T's) - Angel's GoldNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand BitterNot Tried0
XT Brewing - No. 13 Pacific Red AleNot Tried0
Gloucester - GoldNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Conqueror Black IPANot Tried0
Picture 1. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London
Picture 2. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London

Visits Details

17 Nov 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Good conversation with a Swedish couple, weekending in London, who craved pub recommendations and the gentleman of which was critical of Sweden's past neutrality position.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cloudwater - A-W18 Brown Ale 4.60ExcellentLovely nightcap beer
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand Bitter3.80Not Tried
XT Brewing - No. 13 Pacific Red Ale4.50Not Tried
Gloucester - Gold3.90Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Conqueror Black IPA5.00Not Tried
15 Nov 2018 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit with a group of friends. I did not manage to note all the beers that were available.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
09 Nov 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Bexley - BOB (Bexley's Own Beer) 4.20AcceptableEither too fresh or over-conditioned, something not right
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London Porter5.00Not TriedTaster was flat and headless
Dancing Duck - 224.30Not Tried
Tipsy Angel (latterly a cuckoo at 4T's) - Angel's Gold4.10Not TriedTaster was flat and tasteless, a massive disappointment
03 Nov 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Jostle, jostle, jostle at the bar area as a small group blocked the way without thought to move away.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodHarvey's usual variability
Oakham - Citra4.20GoodA tad too fresh to be excellent
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Fuller's - London Porter5.40Not Tried
Southwark - LPA London Pale Ale 4.00Not Tried
Five Points - Brick Field Brown5.40Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Walthamstow Beer Green-hopped Dark Ale 4.50Not Tried
02 Nov 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's - London Porter5.40Good
Five Points - Brick Field Brown5.40GoodLacking something compared to past examples
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Signature Brew - Roadie - All Night IPA4.30Not Tried
Shiny - Happy People4.20Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Walthamstow Beer Green-hopped Dark Ale 4.50Not Tried
30 Oct 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11.30pm close. Racking brains when asked by someone what were the 4 remaining brewpubs when CAMRA started. Forgot Ma Pardoe's at Netherton, until the questioner had gone home!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's - Bengal Lancer5.00ExcellentAbsolutely no need to move on to any other beer here tonight
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Marble - Pint3.90Not Tried
Three Sods - BoHo Bitter4.10Not Tried
Southwark - M.B. Single Hop5.00Not Tried
XT Brewing - No. 8 Porter4.50Not Tried
20 Oct 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Some debris apparent from the earlier half a million (or so) anti-Brexit London march.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Harvey's - Star of Eastbourne5.50ExcellentGood sharp bittering
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Fuller's - London Porter5.40Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Not Tried
Bexley - Redhouse4.20Not Tried
15 Oct 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11.30pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Three Sods - Mud Puddler4.90ExcellentBlack IPA
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Berkhopsted (2018) Wet Hop Harvest Ale4.20GoodA take on a green hop ale. Rather sharp
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Abbeydale - Deception4.10Not Tried
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Not Tried
Southwark - Potters' Fields Porter4.00Not Tried
13 Oct 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Excellent
Five Points - Green Hop Bullion3.70ExcellentA good green hop balance
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Southwark - Harvard APA5.50Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Jingle Jangle Morning5.50Not Tried
09 Oct 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11.30pm close. A Yankee couple had been to Fuller's earlier and had been hitting the beer all day and still wanted more.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90ExcellentRight fruit balance
Dark Star - Green Hopped IPA6.50ExcellentFirst rate
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not TriedFrom Fuller's at Chiswick for sure
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde Mild3.70Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Too Many Dicks On The Dance Floor Hibiscus Pale4.20Not Tried
Weird Beard - Weird Wired5.70Not TriedApparent collaboration with 8 Wired Brewery of New Zealand, who did what is not documented at point of sale

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About The Harp

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional22
Excellent495
Good199
Acceptable62
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 444 times, seen 885 different beers and tried 377 of them.

Map location

Postcode: WC2N 4HS