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The Harp, Covent Garden

Still a great pub, true. But, for me, only 8 out of 10 for the beer... personally, I find it just a little too warm sometimes, and the range is getting very predictable... Black Sheep, Dark Star, Harvey's, Landlord, Sambrook's, you know the stuff, all very good, but all widely distributed. Does it make sense to have FIVE house bitters?

And of course, because of the pub's popularity, it really does get like a rugby scrum at times. When it gets like that, scurry down the alley at the back, turn right up St.Martin's Lane and head for the Salisbury. There's a bit more room in there and although the range is similar to The Harp's it is always very well kept and the service is slick and knowledgeable.

30 Dec 2012 13:24

The Cat And Canary, Canary Wharf

Fullers make a fantastic range of bottled ales; such as Gales Old Ale, Brewers Reserve, Vintage Ale, 1845 and so on. All of them well worth seeking out.

Unfortunately, for some reason I have never been able to fathom, and despite protests to the Brewery, they are never available here! Which begs the question, why bother making the bloody stuff in the first place?

30 Dec 2012 13:03

JJ Moon's, Kingsbury

Well. Beer festival. And good it was. Normally I steer clear of pubs with high chairs stacked in the corner. However, short-fat dick persuaded me to go in (that's nor his real name. its his biomass). I had my fill of some 30 different ales over a 10=day period, all in tip top condition at 1.99 a pint. And, before you ask, no... I don't work there.

This is a pub for the lost and the lonely. Old men dreaming of the days when they where strong and handsome; old men dreaming of the beautiful women they used to shag. Ah me. AND, while we were lost in reminisce, while we were focused on the"jolly good value", the bastards put up the price up of everything else by 10p... I mean EVERYTHING else, while we were so distracted, bubbling on about the "cheap" beer, every other drink went up by 10p! See where they're coming from, eh?

Mind you, I know of no other pub in the land that shows Russia Today on a big screen. And it is as multi-cultural as befits NW London.

More power to their elbow.

8 Nov 2012 17:11

The Duke of Hamilton, Hampstead

Oops. No more beer for me today. My post below this one was intended for The Hollybush! Sorry pardon you Dukeness.

The new owners of this place are doing a grand job here. They've tarted up the pub inside and out sympathetically, and there's a good range of ever-changing ales to hold your interest. Reasonably priced too (makes a change for 'Appy 'Ampsted).

Worth a visit or three. Got to dock one point for the London Pride. I know it's popular, but so's MacDonald's. I'm not quite sure why this free house is so keen to give Fuller's bar-space when there are so many micro-brewers to chose from these days. If I were the guvnor there, I'd be happy to leave it to Fullers to pedal their own bland insipid Thames-water.

24 Oct 2012 17:03

The Duke of Hamilton, Hampstead

I have mixed feelings about this place. It is very food-orientated these days and best avoided at weekends altogether, when it can become something of a Baby-buggy Derby.
And when Wetherspoon's, not too far away, are currently selling Adnams Broadside at 1.99, I don't call 4 for a pint of Harvey's bitter good value.

24 Oct 2012 16:52

The Flask, Hampstead

The beer here is very inconsistent these days: sometimes completely undrinkable. At the prices they charge they should be capable of ensuring quality. I was charged over 10 for a large Jameson's and one pint of beer! I know this is North West Twee, but really, that's what I call taking the p***.

24 Oct 2012 16:46

The Boot, St Albans

"Disgusting toilets, poor service and unfriendly staff". A typical English boozer in other words.
A great selection of beers, all very drinkable in large quantities.
Keep up the good work Boot. There's not many like you left...You should get a government grant!

24 Oct 2012 16:41

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