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The Harp (Fuller's)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Lion London PorterExceptional1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild RavenExcellent1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurExcellent1
Five Points - Railway PorterExcellent1
Wild Card - DDH IPAGood1
Elusive - Overdrive (Lap 12: Centennial, Summit & Citra) Good1
Anspach & Hobday - The Enigma Code IPAGood1
Hobsons - Citra Mosaic (collaboration with Brew By Numbers)Good1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood9
Bexley - Howbury 20 CascadeAcceptable1
Fuller's - London PrideNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
By The Horns - Lambeth WalkNot Tried0
Weird Beard - Mariana TrenchNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mister SquirrelNot Tried0
Exeter - LightermanNot Tried0
By The Horns - Giggle MugNot Tried0
Gorgeous - GlowflyNot Tried0
Canopy - Grafter Ruby MildNot Tried0
Gorgeous - Special BitterNot Tried0
Gritchie - English LoreNot Tried0
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Conversion Match Day PaleNot Tried0
New River - KaimataNot Tried0
Elusive - Helter Skelter Citra & 7CsNot Tried0
Fuller's - London PorterNot Tried0
Marble - PintNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Pale AleNot Tried0
New River - Five-Inch DropNot Tried0
Sambrook's - SessionNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Slave to the MoneyNot Tried0
Three Sods - Dark Magus Not Tried0
Gloucester - Warehouse IV North Manchester PaleNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Liquid Mistress Red IPANot Tried0
Gloucester - Session IPANot Tried0
Cloudwater - A-W18 StoutNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - Milk StoutNot Tried0
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Salvation! Pale AleNot Tried0
Three Sods - Leap Year Golden Ale Not Tried0
Anspach & Hobday - The Irish Red (collaboration with Wicklow Wolf)Not Tried0
Gloucester - CascadeNot Tried0
Southwark - LPA London Pale Ale Not Tried0
Wild Beer Co. - MillionaireNot Tried0
Three Sods - Session IPANot Tried0
Picture 1. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London
Picture 2. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London

Visits Details

17 Apr 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11.30pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Anspach & Hobday - The Enigma Code IPA5.00GoodMore subtle that many a citrus lemon juice job
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
Gloucester - Cascade4.20Not Tried
Southwark - LPA London Pale Ale 4.00Not Tried
Wild Beer Co. - Millionaire4.70Not Tried
Three Sods - Session IPA4.40Not Tried
13 Apr 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Good chat with a ticker who had done pretty much every pub on the railway line between Walton-on-the-Naze and Colchester earlier in the day and then had more in London before finishing here. Dedication!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Elusive - Overdrive (Lap 12: Centennial, Summit & Citra) 5.50GoodOh how one dreams of simple English hops with a floral nose and sophisticated bitterness - not in this glass
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 TriedBar staff insisted all Hophead is brewed at Partridge Green still!
Bristol Beer Factory - Milk Stout4.50Not Tried
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Salvation! Pale Ale4.40Not Tried
Three Sods - Leap Year Golden Ale 5.00Not Tried
Anspach & Hobday - The Irish Red (collaboration with Wicklow Wolf)4.00Not TriedAll collaborations really annoy me as it is never stated who did what where. Did one brewer just spit in the brew to give it its bit of provenance?
10 Apr 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11.30pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Excellent
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Siren Craft - Liquid Mistress Red IPA5.80Not Tried
Gloucester - Session IPA4.50Not Tried
Cloudwater - A-W18 Stout5.20Not Tried
03 Apr 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11.30pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Wild Card - DDH IPA6.10GoodPowerful hitter with lots of hop oils evident. Bordering on strong lemon juice so really not to my taste, but condition was good
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 - Session3.40Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Slave to the Money4.10Not Tried
Three Sods - Dark Magus 4.70Not Tried
Gloucester - Warehouse IV North Manchester Pale4.00Not TriedToo much confusing gumff on the pumpclip, so avoided this one
30 Mar 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit thwarted by lights off and no sign of life, as with other pubs locally, allegedly due to a massive Sunderland AFC crowd taking over Trafalgar Square. Certainly lots of chanting and litter, all nearby.
BeerABVScoreNotes
21 Mar 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodSweeter than my par for this beer
Hobsons - Citra Mosaic (collaboration with Brew By Numbers)4.20GoodClip warns of being hazy. VERY hazy, interesting take on the hop blending
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
Fuller's - London Porter5.40Not Tried
Marble - Pint3.90Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
New River - Five-Inch Drop4.60Not Tried
16 Mar 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80ExcellentNutritious
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodThe great variability in the taste of this beer shone through tonight once again
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
By The Horns - Giggle Mug3.50Not Tried
Gritchie - English Lore4.00Not Tried
Gorgeous - Special Bitter5.50Not Tried
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Conversion Match Day Pale4.00Not Tried
14 Mar 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until 11.30pm close. A mish-mash of missed trains made for a short visit, too late to sample the SPBW inspired cask ale from the wood which had run out.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
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
By The Horns - Giggle Mug3.50Not Tried
Canopy - Grafter Ruby Mild4.30Not Tried
Gorgeous - Special Bitter5.50Not Tried
New River - Kaimata3.60Not Tried
Elusive - Helter Skelter Citra & 7Cs5.40Not Tried
14 Mar 2019 (ChrisE)
Thursday evening in this superb and very popular pub, even busier than usual tonight as there was a large group of SPBW members present for the unveiling of a plaque in memory of the late Bill English. In spite of being very busy service was almost immediate. Only once did I have to ask for a top up and this was given with good grace.
BeerABVScoreNotes
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Lion London Porter4.60ExceptionalOn gravity dispense from a wooden cask on the bar, superb.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Not Tried
Exeter - Lighterman3.50Not Tried
By The Horns - Giggle Mug3.50Not Tried
Gorgeous - Glowfly4.00Not Tried
Canopy - Grafter Ruby Mild4.30Not Tried
Gorgeous - Special Bitter5.50Not Tried
09 Mar 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild Raven6.60ExcellentLovely nick
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Bexley - Howbury 20 Cascade5.00AcceptableReally disappointing, hazy, no crispness of taste and simply lacklustre
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
By The Horns - Lambeth Walk5.10Not Tried
Weird Beard - Mariana Trench5.30Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mister Squirrel4.00Not Tried

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About The Harp

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional23
Excellent520
Good231
Acceptable65
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 474 times, seen 947 different beers and tried 398 of them.

Map location

Postcode: WC2N 4HS