Wenlock Arms (Free) | Hoxton, Greater London
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Wenlock Arms (Free)
Excellent based on 85 ratings
Type: Bar

26 Wenlock Road
Hoxton, Greater London England N1 7TA [ print map ]
0207 608 3406

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Hours: 12-12 Sun-Thurs; 12-2am Fri and Sat


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Beer Available At Wenlock Arms (Free) (arranged by most recent)
Milk Street Zig Zag 76, Hackney Stout , Clarence & Fredericks Strong Mild , Titanic Triple Screw 46, Long Man American Pale Ale 58, Dark Star Indian Summer IPA 82, Slater’s Autumn Red , Late Knights Hop O’ The Morning 59, St. Austell Gold Rush , Mighty Oak IPA 46, Windsor & Eton Brew 545 Wheat Beer Nathalie Reichert , Clarence & Fredericks IPA 49, Hackney Best Bitter 47, Moor Nor’Hop 96, Dark Star Genesis 85, Long Man Sussex Pride
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85 reviews for Wenlock Arms (Free)
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  76%
 Selection  80%
 Food  63%
 Value  76%
 Overall  79%
 Rating  91%
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74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87  (57) London via, Wales | March 4, 2014
Nice little place in the middle of nowhere (in London terms). The type of place that involves lots of dark brown wood, which I like. I’m not generally a fan of the modern look. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Lots of low ABV pale stuff filling the casks, decent selection, the usual suspects on keg. Local crowd. A bit too far away to become a regular haunt for me, but I would recommend it to others if they are in the area.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314  (308) Leiden, Netherlands | December 30, 2013
Revisited for the first time in over a decade. Much changed, no longer in the shade of old London streets but surrounded by modern blocks of flats. Shame. Seems a bit brighter and not quite a quirky as days of yore, but still dispensing a good and varied set of options.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse  (205) Hässelby, Sweden | December 18, 2013
New rating: (Visited Nov 2013) I haven’t been here for a couple of years, so it was with a combination of anticipation and fear I found my way back to what was the best beer pub in London 5-10 years ago, after changes of management and refurbishment. They have changed the seating areas along the walls, but the central bar is still there. Service was friendly and efficient. Beer selection is still good, the 8-10 hand pumps are even complemented by a good selection of keg beers. Beer selection is actually quite as good as it used to be. But as you know, the beer scene in the rest of London has more or less exploded, so there are lots of better places. Atmosphere was laid back and friendly as usual, mainly inhabited by locals. All in all, she’s not really the queen she used to be, but she seems to be in good hands, which felt quite good. Definitely worth as visit, but not necessarily a must visit. Old rating: Lovely local pub firmly tucked away from the beaten track. You won’t just drop in here when you’re passing by, you go here because you know exactly what you’re looking for. Eight handpumps with ever rotating beers from British micro brewers. Always one mild, often beers from Adnams and Pitfield, always one cask cider. Beers are always in great condition. Efficient and friendly service and the staff has a good idea about what they’re serving. Friendly atmosphere with the odd beer tourist always welcome. Live music Fridays and Saturdays. This is always a stop at my visits to London (normally every day, actually). Lovely place! (5/8/12/7/NA/18=86)
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
jorge76  (71) , Italy | November 18, 2013
visited on sunday 17th nov.. ok here we are!! this pub used to be my local pub when i lived in london.. when they closed i followed the campaign on internet and i hoped that the place reopened under a good new managemant.. after my visit i think i can say that the pub has obviously changed but it still has a good vibe and i spotted some old guy who i used to see drink and chat at the "old" wenlock..good selection of cask with some classic like brewers gold ,oscar wild and dark star hophead .. a bit less interesting the kegs selection butt still good anyway .. welcome beck wenlock arms !!!
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
viktorvee  (30) , England | October 16, 2013
Opened again after a re-rub and thankfully it’s kept most of its character and clientèle. Quite a noisy atmosphere (in a good way), assorted geezers, old folk and a few mildly hip people, all the beers were in ace condition, and they provide tasting notes on the handpumps. Top place.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
jackl  (321) Charlottesville, Virginia | June 23, 2013
This place has been closed then re-opened under new management something like two times in the last year. I don’t know know how the current incarnation of the Wenlock compares to how it used to be, so old reviews should be read with that in mind. Anyway, it reopened a few weeks ago with apparently a larger focus on beer. The ambiance is generally friendly, cheery. There’s still quite a bit of scaffolding on the exterior, and it looks as if the owners are planning some further changes to the bar. Right now, the interior is invitingly rustic, unspoiled. There’s a large wooden central bar, mirror-paneled walls, a piano tucked in the corner. An old-school ragtime band was playing during my visit. The clientele was an agreeable mix of elderly locals and young gentrifying warriors. The Wenlock now has 20 taps, 10 of which are cask. The cask stuff featured beers from Dark Star, Long Man, Five Points. Landlord seems to be a permanent fixture. The keg stuff included two different kinds of Budvar and a couple of beers from Camden. In short, the beer selection’s safe but well curated. Nothing over 5.5% featured. I sticked to the cask stuff and found the beers to be in awesome condition. Salt beef sandwiches and hotdogs are available, though I wasn’t feeling peckish. Prices were very fair. Overall, I enjoyed my visit. It’s not the most exciting place for a beer hunter, but it has a pleasant ambiance that’s worth experiencing.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
Brugmansia  (356) Jylland, Denmark | May 6, 2013
Have visited this pub many times, in the past it always was a must to go here, whenever in the area. Think the place has gone down hill a bit, lately. They have a nice selection of beers on tap from many different breweries, also the smaller ones. The beers are mostly served in good condtion.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois  (553) The ’Sham, England | February 27, 2013
Last visit on the afternoon of Thursday 21st Feb ’13 around 4pm. Not been down for a year or so and good to see the place still going. Was a must visit London destination back in the day before we were spoilt. Back street estate boozer with 10 ever changing cask lines. The place is rough and ready - hasn’t seen a refurb in the 10 or so years I’ve been coming here! Joanna in the corner and if you are down of a weekend evening you’ll likely encounter some old boys tinkling the ivories and playing jazz. Beer range is a mix of UK micros all on cask, Slaters and Dark Star were represented with 2 beers each amongst others on this visit. Food is trad sandwiches and pork pies. Got me a salt beef sandwich with horseraddish and gherkin for old times sake - it was delicious!!! Service was prompt and friendly (ish). Watch out for the uneven flooring in front of the sticks! Heard a local suggest that the Wenlock is under threat of closure again - anytime in the next 3 months if he is to be believed. It will be a sad day for the London beer scene if the Wenlock passes - I’ve promised myself to return sooner !
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
PaulW  (15) Southampton, England | December 30, 2012
For a pub this size, in this location, this boozer is great. Yes, it needs some sawdust and spittoons to make it more 1912 than 2012, but that is not a bad thing. Looks as if Hitler missed this gem, or the 1970’s developers missed it (but are still trying to destroy it). It was quiet when we went in, but some became busy with locals and ’visitors’, so its name is known far and wide. Proper old style pub. Some reviews complain of it being dirty, but didn’t get that sense at all. Suggest you go if you forgot what proper working class drinking places used to be like. Good selection of micros on tap too, for a pub of this size.
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
77ships  (104) Antwerpen, Belgium | December 23, 2012| Updated December 25, 2013
Charmingly rundown British watering hole – I sincerely mean charming when I say that. Jam-packed with locals & locals atmosphere, a jazz band (nice one) was playing inside, crowded & this was not the biggest place. If this place doesn’t have an appeal, I do not know what does. About 7 beers cask & about 3 ciders plus some standard macro stuff on tap. Agreeable prices, all of the beers were alien to me – never heard of any of them & felt authentic enough. I had 3 beers & needed to add 2 of them to RB. Not stellar but unquestionably sessionable although the ginger cider was some nasty stuff. No ideas about the availability of bottles, food does appear to be an option at some times – it was rather busy when I was there. I assume that you know whether or not this stuff is up your allay.

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