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The Harp (Fuller's)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Dark Star - RevelationExcellent2
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent9
Gloucester - Six Malt PorterExcellent1
Reunion - Frost FairExcellent1
Reunion - Trial Brew No. 14 Midnight RunnerExcellent1
Fallen - Chew ChewExcellent1
Southwark - Southwark Amber AleGood1
Burning Sky - PlateauGood1
Dark Star - Hophead PekkoGood1
Pig & Porter - Red Spider RyeGood1
Fuller's - London PrideGood2
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Good1
Dark Star - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Irving - Type 42Not Tried0
Elusive - InertiaNot Tried0
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing FlounderNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Milk StoutNot Tried0
Ilkley - Fireside PorterNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Under CurrentNot Tried0
Bexley - BOB (Bexley's Own Beer) Not Tried0
Reunion - Opening GambitNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - ParklifeNot Tried0
Bexley - Crook Log Winter AleNot Tried0
Sambrook's - JaffaNot Tried0
Gipsy Hill - Inspector (collaboration with Boxcar)Not Tried0
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing WoodpeckerNot Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the GarterNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - JamboreeNot Tried0
Southwark - LPA London Pale Ale Not Tried0
Stewart - Edinburgh GoldNot Tried0
Williams Brothers - Birds & BeesNot Tried0
Fyne - JarlNot Tried0
Cromarty - Red RockerNot Tried0
Swannay (formerly Highland) - A-BabbleNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Powerhouse PorterNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - CowcatcherNot Tried0
Gloucester - CascadeNot Tried0
Gorgeous - GlowflyNot Tried0
Saltaire - Saltaire BlondeNot Tried0
Five Points - Railway PorterNot Tried0
Gorgeous - GeekhunterNot Tried0
Gloucester - BiddleNot Tried0
Sambrook's - JunctionNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Quadrant Oatmeal StoutNot Tried0
Canopy - Sunray Pale AleNot Tried0
Gorgeous - GunpowderNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London
Picture 2. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London

Visits Details

15 Feb 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Pig & Porter - Red Spider Rye5.50Good
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Sambrook's - Junction4.50Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Quadrant Oatmeal Stout5.80Not Tried
Canopy - Sunray Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
Gorgeous - Gunpowder4.80Not Tried
09 Feb 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Dark Star - Hophead Pekko3.80GoodA play on the Hophead name as its taste bears no relation to the usual Chiswick Hophead. Dry tasting beer but one was enough. Brewed where I wonder
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Sambrook's - Junction4.50Not Tried
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80Not Tried
Gloucester - Biddle3.70Not Tried
Southwark - Southwark Amber Ale6.60Not Tried
08 Feb 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Southwark - Southwark Amber Ale6.60GoodPleasantly balanced hopmix
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Saltaire - Saltaire Blonde4.00Not Tried
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80Not Tried
Gorgeous - Geekhunter4.20Not Tried
Gloucester - Biddle3.70Not Tried
05 Feb 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11.30pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodGood sweetness, bitterness balance
Fuller's - London Pride4.10AcceptableAfter the Harvey's this tasted of pretty much nothing, thin gruel
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Sambrook's - Powerhouse Porter4.90Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Cowcatcher4.80Not Tried
Gloucester - Cascade4.20Not Tried
Southwark - LPA London Pale Ale 4.00Not Tried
Gorgeous - Glowfly4.00Not Tried
25 Jan 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. I had expected an array of Japanese ales on sale but instead they were Scottish for Burns Night. A gratis whisky to round the evening off, which gave a sleepy feel to the night bus home.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentGreat fruity bitterness blend as it should be
Fallen - Chew Chew6.00ExcellentA good one and nourishing too
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Stewart - Edinburgh Gold4.80Not Tried
Williams Brothers - Birds & Bees4.30Not Tried
Fyne - Jarl3.80Not Tried
Cromarty - Red Rocker5.00Not Tried
Swannay (formerly Highland) - A-Babble4.10Not Tried
18 Jan 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Gloucester - Six Malt Porter4.50ExcellentFull bodied porter, would be with so much malt
Reunion - Trial Brew No. 14 Midnight Runner4.80ExcellentSpot on stout
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodNew cask pulled through as I waited. A tad fresh
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Knight of the Garter3.80Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Jamboree4.80Not Tried
Southwark - LPA London Pale Ale 4.00Not Tried
11 Jan 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentNew cask compared with yesterday, excellent but not a pinnacle like yesterday's
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Parklife3.20Not Tried
Bexley - Crook Log Winter Ale5.20Not Tried
Sambrook's - Jaffa4.50Not Tried
Gipsy Hill - Inspector (collaboration with Boxcar)4.50Not Tried
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Woodpecker4.60Not Tried
10 Jan 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11.30pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent4½* First rate balance of fruitiness and bitterness with a creamy mouthfeel
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Excellent
Dark Star - Revelation5.70GoodVery last half out, some haze, Then it ran out
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Siren Craft - Under Current4.50Not TriedCame on minutes before closing time
Windsor & Eton - Parklife3.20Not Tried
Bexley - Crook Log Winter Ale5.20Not TriedCame on at very last knockings
Sambrook's - Jaffa4.50Not Tried
Gipsy Hill - Inspector (collaboration with Boxcar)4.50Not TriedA Christmas cake mild
05 Jan 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's - London Pride4.10GoodOK no better
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Good
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50GoodNot quite as clean and crisp as it can be
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Ilkley - Fireside Porter4.20Not Tried
Siren Craft - Under Current4.50Not Tried
Bexley - BOB (Bexley's Own Beer) 4.20Not Tried
Reunion - Opening Gambit3.80Not Tried
28 Dec 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close, seemingly adopted by several customers who required help keeping upright! Such can be life.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Reunion - Frost Fair4.50ExcellentA heavily spiced very bitter blend
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Irving - Type 424.20Not Tried
Elusive - Inertia3.60Not Tried
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Flounder4.60Not TriedSo called amber ale but quite brown
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Milk Stout4.70Not TriedA so-called small batch jobbie

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About The Harp

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional22
Excellent509
Good218
Acceptable64
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 459 times, seen 915 different beers and tried 389 of them.

Map location

Postcode: WC2N 4HS