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The Horniman at Hay's (Nicholson's (Mitchells & Butlers))

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - JurupariExcellent1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Roc FallExcellent1
Rooster's - Welsummer (exclusively for Nicholson's)Excellent1
Redemption - Rising SunExcellent1
Cropton (see also Great Yorkshire) - Hawaii 340Good1
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale AleGood1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurGood1
Wild Weather - Keyboard WarriorGood1
St Austell - Nicholson's India Pale AleGood1
Rudgate - Atlantic CrossingGood1
Cropton (see also Great Yorkshire) - Vicious American Wheat IPAAcceptable1
Titanic - CentenaryAcceptable1
Strathaven - Summer GlowAcceptable1
Cairngorm - Autumn NutsAcceptable1
Stonehenge - Eye-OpenerAcceptable1
Greene King - IPANot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Jennings - Cumberland AleNot Tried0
St Austell - TributeNot Tried0
Black Sheep - Best BitterNot Tried0
Leeds - Midnight BellNot Tried0
Titanic - SlipwayNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Brains - The Rev James OriginalNot Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Basing ParkNot Tried0
Thwaites - Nutty BlackNot Tried0
Adnams - LighthouseNot Tried0
Revolutions - Atomic BlondeNot Tried0
Woodforde's - Norfolk GoldNot Tried0
Brains - Captain CatNot Tried0
Mordue - A'l Cherry PetNot Tried0
Liberation (was called Jersey) - I.P.A.Not Tried0
Rudgate - Ruby MildNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat AleNot Tried0
St Austell - Dartmoor Best Bitter (previously 3.9%)Not Tried0
Inveralmond - Ossian's AleNot Tried0
Revolutions - Clash London PorterNot Tried0
Acorn - Dead GoodNot Tried0
Brains - The SolutionNot Tried0
Broughton - Elder PowerNot Tried0
Stewart - Cross the LineNot Tried0
Marston's - Wychwood HobgoblinNot Tried0
Itchen Valley - GodfathersNot Tried0
Purity - Pure UBUNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's Seafarers AleNot Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Horniman at Hay's, Southwark, Central London

Visits Details

07 Nov 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening and crowded in here to the point that I almost gave up trying to get served. So much for Monday being a quiet night!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wild Weather - Keyboard Warrior3.90GoodA decent Brown Ale.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin4.50Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Itchen Valley - Godfathers3.80Not Tried
Purity - Pure UBU4.50Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's Seafarers Ale3.60Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
11 Oct 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Sunday evening session. Almost exclusively a foreign tourist clientele at this time I’d say.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Redemption - Rising Sun5.00ExcellentA rich, robust Amber Ale.
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - Jurupari4.20ExcellentPale gold, dry and hoppy.
Rudgate - Atlantic Crossing5.00GoodBrewed in collaboration with US brewers Hogshead. Chestnut-coloured, traditional, caramel-flavoured Best Bitter.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Broughton - Elder Power4.70Not Tried
Stewart - Cross the Line4.60Not Tried
31 Mar 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. 2nd bad mark on consecutive visits. Arrived 1945 and still not served by 1955 - those are times not years - time enough to note all beers! Simply inadequately staffed at the bar counter and it was a Monday too! Left with an unquenched thirst.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Rudgate - Ruby Mild4.40Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat Ale4.20Not Tried
St Austell - Dartmoor Best Bitter (previously 3.9%)3.50Not Tried
Inveralmond - Ossian's Ale4.10Not Tried
Revolutions - Clash London Porter4.50Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Acorn - Dead Good4.50Not Tried
Brains - The Solution6.00Not Tried
13 Jul 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Fantastically crowded in the early evening, yet surprisingly easy to get served. Glorious weather and thousands of people promenading along the Thames bank.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Roc Fall4.30ExcellentAn amber-coloured beer. Very good hop flavours from Green Bullet and Citra.
St Austell - Nicholson's India Pale Ale6.00GoodStrong, pale IPA with grapefruity tastes – but this example is in poor condition. I hope for a better pint of this on another day to get its full flavour.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Mordue - A'l Cherry Pet4.10Not Tried
Liberation (was called Jersey) - I.P.A.5.20Not Tried
16 Jan 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Arrived all set for local CAMRA branch AGM but the venue had doubled booked our room so one quicky (before the problem was pointed out) then off to an alternative pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Good
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
Thwaites - Nutty Black3.30Not Tried
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
Cropton (see also Great Yorkshire) - Vicious American Wheat IPA6.00Not TriedPump clip identical to that used by North Peak Brewing in Michigan USA but actually brewed by Cropton - why hide the true provenance? I see no point
Revolutions - Atomic Blonde4.50Not Tried
Woodforde's - Norfolk Gold4.30Not Tried
Brains - Captain Cat4.20Not Tried
23 Jul 2012 (Stephen Harris)
This pub is always crowded at peak times. Throw in some good weather and it will be doubly so. So inevitably busy last night.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Rooster's - Welsummer (exclusively for Nicholson's)4.50ExcellentA pale beer, well-balanced with fruity hop tastes and a good body.
Cropton (see also Great Yorkshire) - Hawaii 3404.50GoodAn amber-coloured beer with a strong ‘tropical fruits’ flavour. Not sure if all has been extracted from the hops used or whether there is actually any fruit added. Bittersweet.
Strathaven - Summer Glow3.90AcceptableGolden coloured, with a pronounced citrusy flavour. Too pronounced for it all to come from hops and an internet search reveals that it contains orange zest. Long bitter finish.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Brains - The Rev James Original4.50Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Basing Park4.20Not Tried
08 Jun 2011 (Dubbel)
Missed a train so ducked in for a swift half. Excellent location riverside with the sun setting over the city. Wait at a fairly deserted bar was longer than it should have been. When I ordered my Titanic I was then advised that an entire bank of about 8 of the handpulls displaying pump clips were off. I found this alarming but ordered a Jaipur regardless, which always seems to be on here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90GoodGood, if not at its stunning best. My mouth was still coated with the hop oil from the Californian at the Dean Swift.
Leeds - Midnight Bell4.80Not Tried
Titanic - Slipway4.40Not Tried
07 Jun 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Titanic - Centenary4.50AcceptableVery bitter and dry with a high bittering hop content. Golden in colour with a very dry, astringent finish. My score 14/20.
11 Jan 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy with most seating areas occupied.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cropton (see also Great Yorkshire) - Vicious American Wheat IPA6.00AcceptableGolden in colour. Dry citrus hop bitterness dominates with some sourness from the wheat. Not my style of beer. My score 13/20.
21 Oct 2008 (Ian)
Fairly busy. I've wanted to come here for some time as its been in the past couple of Good Beer Guides. Good range of beers on and a cracking location right on the Thames.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cairngorm - Autumn Nuts3.80AcceptableButtery aroma, some diacetyl I think, over a reasonably hoppy bitter. It's in good nick except for the slight butter. OK bitter.
Stonehenge - Eye-Opener4.50AcceptableGold, lasting white head. A bit startling with the fruit, like children's lime sweets, bit of rhubarb and custard too. Not unpleasant, good condition, just startling as I say, some hop on finish. A bizarre lime grapefruit rhubarb concoction. Alarming.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Black Sheep - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried

About The Horniman at Hay's

The pub sign. The Horniman at Hay's, Southwark, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

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Acceptable5
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The pub is found in Southwark, Central London, SE1 2HD.

Located in the Hay's Galleria and opposite HMS Belfast on the south bank of the River Thames. Impressive Nicholson's pub, with long wooden bar, rear wooden screen, columns and friezes, iron work and chandeliers. Has a total of 15 handpumps set along the length of the bar.

We have visited this pub 10 times, seen 47 different beers and tried 15 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE1 2HD