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The Harp (Fuller's)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Reunion - Frost FairExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent8
Cloudwater - A-W18 Brown Ale Excellent1
Dark Star - Imperial StoutExcellent1
Dark Star - RevelationExcellent2
Ilkley - Mary ChristmasExcellent1
Fuller's - Snow GlobeGood1
Elusive - Three Headed MonkeyGood1
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Good1
Saltaire - New GroundGood1
Fuller's - London PrideGood2
Burning Sky - PlateauGood1
Five Points - Railway PorterGood1
Gorgeous - GeekhunterGood1
Harvey's - Christmas AleAcceptable1
Dark Star - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)Not 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
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mister SquirrelNot Tried0
XT Brewing - 3 West Coast IPANot Tried0
Sambrook's - WandleNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Dream MoreNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Yu LuNot Tried0
Redemption - Urban DuskNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Red Spider RyeNot Tried0
Belleville - Southie StoutNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Suspended in BravoNot Tried0
Gorgeous - GunpowderNot Tried0
Rooster's - Not Berry Blue (collaboration with Dark Star)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
Bexley - Black Prince Porter RumNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - MosaicNot Tried0
Reunion - Midnight RunnerNot Tried0
Redemption - Legacy OakNot 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
Picture 1. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London
Picture 2. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London

Visits Details

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
22 Dec 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Festive crowds thinning out now thank the Lord.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Harvey's - Christmas Ale7.50AcceptableIn a pin on the counter top. Rather flat and warm, needed some cooling arrangement to make this more enjoyable
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
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Not Tried
Bexley - Black Prince Porter Rum5.00Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Mosaic4.00Not Tried
Reunion - Midnight Runner4.80Not Tried
Redemption - Legacy Oak4.70Not Tried
15 Dec 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Late bedlam with last minuters arriving and a dropped glass or two.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Imperial Stout10.50ExcellentClip attached with one minute to closing time so a very late choice!
Ilkley - Mary Christmas4.70ExcellentIn excellent condition but the spiciness was well hidden
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
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
Belleville - Southie Stout5.10Not Tried
Gorgeous - Gunpowder4.80Not Tried
Rooster's - Not Berry Blue (collaboration with Dark Star)5.30Not Tried
08 Dec 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Long chat with a knowledgeable 30 years of drinking here chap who could ring the changes.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentReliably excellent
Saltaire - New Ground4.60GoodCoffee porter style
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Red Spider Rye5.50Not Tried
Belleville - Southie Stout5.10Not Tried
Siren Craft - Suspended in Bravo4.00Not Tried
01 Dec 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Fuller's - Snow Globe5.50GoodHeartily spiced but needed more body to go with it
Elusive - Three Headed Monkey4.80GoodCleverly balanced Raspberry and Honey Oatmeal Milk Stout
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 - Wandle3.80Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Dream More4.20Not Tried
Siren Craft - Yu Lu3.60Not Tried
23 Nov 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's - London Pride4.10GoodNew cask pulled through so thought I'd try it. Perhaps freshness explains the lack of taste
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80Good
Gorgeous - Geekhunter4.20GoodPretty tasteless very pale coloured beer
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mister Squirrel4.00Not Tried
XT Brewing - 3 West Coast IPA4.20Not Tried
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, if not most, 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

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About The Harp

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional22
Excellent504
Good211
Acceptable63
Poor6

Website.

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 453 times, seen 905 different beers and tried 385 of them.

Map location

Postcode: WC2N 4HS