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The Harp (Fuller, Smith & Turner)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Five Points - Railway PorterExcellent1
Dark Star - Green Hopped IPAExcellent1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideGood2
Villages - RippleGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood10
Signature Brew - Anthology Second Edition Imperial StoutGood1
Elusive - Shadow of the BeastGood1
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Good1
Bexley - Golden AcreAcceptable1
Spartan - PolemarchAcceptable1
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Acceptable1
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Reunion - BeardtongueNot Tried0
Canopy - Leap Green Hop Pale AleNot Tried0
Tapestry (formerly Cocksure) - Pale AleNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Walthamstow Beer - Green Hopped Table BeerNot Tried0
Sambrook's - WandleNot Tried0
Gloucester - Warehouse IX BritanniaNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - 300 Hairy BearsNot Tried0
Anspach & Hobday - The AltbierNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Powerhouse PorterNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Champions AleNot Tried0
Elusive - Ryeding Higher (collaboration with Framework)Not Tried0
Pig & Porter - PiccolominiNot Tried0
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Island HoppingNot Tried0
Bexley - Black Prince Porter RumNot Tried0
Gorgeous - GeekhunterNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Percy Percy Green Hop DubbelNot Tried0
Saltaire - Cascade Pale AleNot Tried0
By The Horns - Diamond GeezerNot Tried0
Moncada - Notting Hill A.P.A.Not Tried0
Moncada - Cinnamon Oatmeal StoutNot Tried0
Saltaire - Triple Choc (was Triple Chocoholic)Not Tried0
Hawkshead - NZPANot Tried0
Arbor Ales - Blue Sky Drinking Not Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - RedheadNot Tried0
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing MagpieNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London PorterNot Tried0
Rooster's - Baby-Faced AssassinNot Tried0
Five Points - Best Fuggles HopsNot Tried0
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Blue DragonNot Tried0
Sambrook's - JunctionNot Tried0
Hammerton - N7Not Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mister SquirrelNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Small Batch Banoffee StoutNot Tried0
Exeter - Darkness The Prince of AlesNot Tried0
Burning Sky - PlateauNot Tried0
Ilkley - Hanging StoneNot Tried0
Big Smoke - Solaris Session PaleNot Tried0
Canopy - Sunray Pale AleNot Tried0
Anspach & Hobday - The Triple Mashed MildNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London
Picture 2. The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London

Visits Details

24 Jan 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80ExcellentFirst rate
Spartan - Polemarch5.50AcceptableSo called English IPA - floral nose and taste but some haze
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
Big Smoke - Solaris Session Pale3.80Not Tried
Canopy - Sunray Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
Anspach & Hobday - The Triple Mashed Mild3.90Not Tried
11 Jan 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. A jostley atmosphere with a packed bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Villages - Ripple3.90GoodVillages's take on an APA, with a high bitterness level to boot
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
Sambrook's - Junction4.50Not Tried
Exeter - Darkness The Prince of Ales5.10Not Tried
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Not Tried
Ilkley - Hanging Stone5.00Not Tried
14 Dec 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close, albeit with a rather uninspiring beer range on the pumps.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Good
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
Sambrook's - Junction4.50Not Tried
Hammerton - N75.20Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mister Squirrel4.00Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Small Batch Banoffee Stout4.70Not Tried
07 Dec 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Christmas madness and a birthday do to boot made for a raucous half an hour.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Signature Brew - Anthology Second Edition Imperial Stout10.00GoodUnnecessary nightcap chosen by a greedy drinker, i.e. me
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
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London Porter5.00Not Tried
Rooster's - Baby-Faced Assassin6.10Not Tried
Five Points - Best Fuggles Hops4.10Not Tried
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Blue Dragon4.60Not Tried
23 Nov 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Deep in conversation about the pubs of Tooting and nearby I missed the time call.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
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
Saltaire - Triple Choc (was Triple Chocoholic)4.80Not Tried
Hawkshead - NZPA6.00Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Blue Sky Drinking 4.40Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Redhead4.10Not Tried
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Magpie4.60Not Tried
19 Nov 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11.30pm close, prompted by a voucher for 3 drinks at £1.74 each "Get together" promotion, tonight only, celebrating 174 years of Fuller's existence.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Good
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80AcceptableDrank without hardly noticing, lacklustre
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Saltaire - Cascade Pale Ale4.80Not Tried
By The Horns - Diamond Geezer4.90Not Tried
Gorgeous - Geekhunter4.20Not TriedA lady photographed the pumpclip as she was called Hunter
Moncada - Notting Hill A.P.A.4.70Not Tried
Moncada - Cinnamon Oatmeal Stout5.00Not Tried
16 Nov 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Usual jostling wherever you stand and as for rucksack man well....
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Dark Star - Green Hopped IPA6.50Excellent4½* Superb bittersweet anaesthetic
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
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Island Hopping3.90Not Tried
Bexley - Black Prince Porter Rum5.00Not Tried
Gorgeous - Geekhunter4.20Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Percy Percy Green Hop Dubbel6.00Not Tried
02 Nov 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Packed to the gunnels.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodSour fruity
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10GoodGotta try it every so often but who knows what, these days, it should taste like. It had no nose
Bexley - Golden Acre4.00AcceptableLacklustre and with a haze
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
Sambrook's - Powerhouse Porter4.90Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Champions Ale4.70Not Tried
Elusive - Ryeding Higher (collaboration with Framework)5.80Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Piccolomini3.70Not Tried
26 Oct 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Elusive - Shadow of the Beast5.00GoodGood cascadian dark
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
Sambrook's - Wandle3.80Not Tried
Gloucester - Warehouse IX Britannia3.90Not Tried
Pig & Porter - 300 Hairy Bears4.40Not Tried
Anspach & Hobday - The Altbier5.50Not Tried
17 Oct 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Briefish evening visit until 11.30pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
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
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80Not Tried
Reunion - Beardtongue4.50Not Tried
Canopy - Leap Green Hop Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
Tapestry (formerly Cocksure) - Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Walthamstow Beer - Green Hopped Table Beer3.50Not Tried

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About The Harp

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional23
Excellent540
Good273
Acceptable72
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 509 times, seen 1022 different beers and tried 420 of them.

Map location

Postcode: WC2N 4HS