Wisited 27.06.2016 thanks to tip from Theydon_Bois. Great place, counted about 30 taps and same number of bottles. Great service. Various selection of Craft/Ales/Cider. Nice outdoor place when the wether aloows it. This place is wort a trip out of London to visit.
Wow, what can I say? Excellent range of different beers kept very well. Knowledgeable and attentive staff.
Gorgeous interior and old skool design. Lovely proper old pub feel with excellent beer. Incredibly good value. Great stuff on keg and a great first festival beer event in the back. I will be back. Fantastic pub.
i live opposite. v nice pub, used to be even better. erratic but often brilliant cask selection arbor, celt and burning sky are regulars but so are some also rans. often see magic rock on keg. bottle selection used to be good, but is now pants (charles wells dna anyone?) after they changed supplier. massive (underused) beer garden which makes me think it will be bought by some faceless gastro chain at some point.roast dinners here are the shit. only thing which lets this place down is the bottle range and the ever changing/ slightly aloof staff who often have no idea about the beer they are selling. Dont get me wrong, some are great, but to become a beer mecca places need to invest in their staff as much as they do everything else. Still best in the area, though the Alex is gaining ground.
Barkeep frenetically levering through buckets of Just Finished and Available Soon on my visit which is probably great for beer quality but not so great for keeping thirsty and easily irked wayfarers like me refreshed of a Friday 10 oíclock. Service sub inner city Spoons- not especially busy but took an ETERNAL TEN MINUTES to get my hands on a pint due to vast swathes of idiots monopolising the bar whilst one of them ordered, bar staff flirting with the regulars and random people wandering behind the counter for a natter. Felt like opening night and none of the staff had been introduced or worked behind a bar before. Somewhat parochial cask selection redeemed by the exception of Magic Rock- a first on hand pull for a novice like me. The exoticism of pump clips on the ceiling suggests my visit may have been unluckily timed. On a more positive note, a surfeit of craft interest in the fridges at dirt cheap knockdown prices due to supply chain issues, further discounted by the obliging greenhorn on the till. Filled my boots (and cardboard 6 pack) and fucked off back to the Travelodge.
What a wonderful pub! 15 handpumps (10 beer, 5 cider) featuring breweries such as Weird Beard, Oakleaf, Arbor &, to the delight of my friend from Bradford, 5 Yorkshire breweries (Great Heck, Magic Rock, Mallinsonís, Rudgate & Summer Wine). The bar staff were knowledgeable, friendly & helpful and the food was excellent. We enjoyed the company of the friendly locals, too. Definitely coming back here again soon!
***three years ago***Great pub which blurs the line nicely between good old fashioned CAMRA cask heaven and londons growing craft beer culture. In some respects this pub could represent the future of beer in the UK.
Anyway, big selection of ever changing cask beers from all over the UK with a nice selection of craft beers in the bottle inc beers from Brewdog, flying dog, Victory etc etc.
My main gripe is that the broad cask selection was too skewed toward more traditionally style british bitters and dark beers and not enough hop forward modern style beers. As an IPA fan I had to hit the fridge after a pint and a half of Darkstar pale ale (the hoppiest)
I would ask that an effort is made to have a broad spread of styles at all times. I noted that they only had standard keg beers. Perhaps a couple of craft kegs would help?
Minor issues apart (bad luck), one of the best beer focused bars in West london.
********************** Nov 1013 - One year on.
Change of ownership recently seems to have given a more craft vibe to the selection. Still no kegs but the cask represent some of the coolest and best craft brewers in the UK (Tiny Rebel, Magic Rock etc) and the fridge has some of the worlds best (Stone,Mikkellar and Rogue)
*******May 2014. We have Keg! Ignoring the £6 a pint Punk IPA (WHY £6???), This pub gets better. One keg but last week magic rock villainous tonight Harbour farmhouse IPA. Magic Rock Dark Arts on cask. This could be the best pub in London.
******Jan 2015 Pub has gone freehold and all of the tethers mainstream rubbish has gone!!! Alongside the endless cask range are 9 Keg beers. The most mainstream beers are now Camden Helles and Brooklyn lager. Last Night the other kegs include 2 Siren beers, 2 Beavertown beers and a Kernel.
In addition the pub now has a a least of couple of Big Smoke Casks from its sister pubs (Antelope) onsite microbrewery
This pubs is now a series contender for the best in london and is up there with the Craft beer company in terms of choice
Medium sized pub that looks classically England from inside and out. Surprisingly clean and tidy despite the used interior. Huge array of tap handles that reveals thereís more than a cask mild and bitter here. Mixes CAMRA style low abv ales with modern interpretations and beyond. Had Dark Star and Liverpool Craft Beer IPAs, for example. Also a great selection of bottles from American and British craft brewers plus some new Europeans (De Molen, Mikkeller). Prices for beer and food were fair. My burger was just okay but the chips were great. Service was speedy and correct, but itís still a pub for everyone, not a beer geek hole. Good spot, great beer selection.
Good choice of 12 rotating guest beers (& 6 ciders) from handpump, usually in excellent condition, at very reasonable prices. Now they are established they usually have a selection of styles on offer. Busy almost every evening and most drink ale so turnover of the beer is good. Several bottles (UK and foreign) too. Only downside is if like me you donít like Irish folk music they play here live often and like Status Quo is rather monotonous! But the beer compensates! Good food but about £10 for quality pie and mash!
2 roomed pub with a large room at the front as you enter from the street, adorned with many hundreds of beer clips (it only opened as a good beer pub in summer í11) and a smaller room at the rear which has green and white tiled walls. Extensive beer garden to the rear.
18 hand pulls which are usually split as 12 real ales, 6 real ciders. The real ales are all from micro brewries and a mix between local and UK wide.
Uk bottled beers from the likes of Kernel, Magic Rock and Brew Dog can be found in the fridges along with European and US offerings. Nothing particularly rare but expect the likes of Stone, Flying Dog, Brooklyn etc.
All hand pulled ales are a very reasonable £3.20 a pint (June í12) regardless of strength.
Food here is home cooked and excellent, big portions and the home made pies are a must - they donít scrimp on the meat in these bad boys!
Service is always attentive and even when busy on a rugby match day the staff will acknowledge you and tell you that theyíll serve you next when appropriate.
My only gripe would be that there needs to be more stronger beers in terms of ABV as you will often find 12 beers all between 3.7 and 5.1%.
Other than that, this is an excellent venue!