Olympia - Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) | Kensington, Greater London
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Olympia - Great British Beer Festival (GBBF)
Excellent based on 24 ratings
Type: Bar

Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road
Kensington, Greater London England W14 8UX [ print map ]
020 7385 1200


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24 reviews for Olympia - Great British Beer Festival (GBBF)
 Ambiance  73%
 Service  74%
 Selection  92%
 Food  68%
 Value  78%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  93%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (2057) Washington, Washington DC | April 26, 2012
Iíve been to both Earls Court and Olympia for this one. The positives of both is that the staff are very friendly, and itís easy to meet an extremely wide variety of beer fans from far and wide. Staff at the cider booth spent a lot of time explaining the different varieties, since I donít know a lot about them. The food was not exciting at either, but then again there are quite a few choices outside the venue in the surrounding neighborhoods, especially around Olympia. I hope that seating at Olympia is more plentiful than it was at Earls Court this year. And I hope someone follows in the tradition of nate2g, who did a terrific job taking us on pub crawls at the time of the 2011 festival.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 15/20
Boudicca  (986) London, England | August 21, 2013| Updated August 25, 2014
Probably the biggest beer festival in the country - usually held at the beginning of August. Itís been held at Kensington Olympia since 2012 and I must say that I much prefer this venue to Earls Court, which is due to be demolished to make way for flats. The Victorian architecture is stunning, with two of the halls lit through lovely wrought iron and glass arched rooves. The choice of British (and, to a lesser extent, American and European) cask beers is difficult to top and the atmosphere is always friendly and relaxed. Itís a marvel really that all this is organised and staffed almost entirely by volunteers - quite a feat. Oh, and Iíve never seen anyone overly inebriated there, which just goes to show that putting a few thousand people and an unlimited supply of beer together doesnít necessarily result in mayhem. Alcohol police take note! (Last visited 13 August 2014).

Incidentally, it seems strange to have a festival listed as a place - I wonder if there should be a way of reviewing festivals separately?
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois  (856) Tourist Town (West), England | August 29, 2012
Donít think Iíve missed a GBBF since í02 so have visited a mix of Olympia and Earls Court. Really enjoyed 2012 back at Olympia, much more airy and a grand old building. Shame that the US bar had shrunk this year as it is patently obvious how popular it is! None the less a great selection of UK and overseas beers every year and always good to sample European beers on cask that you wouldnít normally drink via this dispense method! I typically go on the Wednesday it tends to get busier by the Thursday (silly hat day) and have always avoided the Friday for fear of office parties wandering cluelessly around the venue (which is much more evident on a Thurs compared to Weds!) Hoping itís still at Olympia in í13.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton  (742) London, England | January 13, 2012
The place had everything I would want at a beer festival, namely big space and toilets. Given the huge crowds at the fest I think the Earls Court handled the mayhem pretty well. I never saw any incidents and the atmosphere was pretty much always jovial. I guess it got pretty noisy, but as I reflect on my time spent at GBBF in Earls Court I only remember spending time with good people and drinking lots and lots of beer. It will be interesting to see how Olympia fares as the new venue.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham  (521) Halden, Norway | January 4, 2012
Noizy and crowdy. Not easy to find a place to sit if you are coming an our or two after opening hours. Great beer selection, but not always a great beer. Now and then you will go for a bottle just to be sure you get a real taste :-) Lot of nice people and some good tutored tastings. You need to be there for a while to get the whole picture. Been at Earls Court three times. Looking forward to visit Olympia
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
WingmanWillis  (494) , England | August 14, 2015
Rating from August 2015 and 3 visits. Nice hall with a huge range if beer. The range could be a little more adventurous on the UK front but the European and US cask list are where itís at. Service can be a little shaky at times but all the staff were friendly. The layout could be improved to get served quicker. Itís a great beer showcase but could be better.
Brugmansia  (481) Jylland, Denmark | July 31, 2014
A beery event, in a beery town, with beery friends - what more can you want??? ;-). Been to several GBBF, and I still love this event. Being at Olympia, this old exhibition hall just add another dimension to the festival. Nice selection of cask beers as well as bottle beers, lots of food stands, that sells a great varaity of food and beers snacks. I just love this event. See you next time ;-)
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah  (478) Utah | August 24, 2014
Great fun, go if you get the chance. Attended GBBF after 4 days of RBESG 2014. Of course make sure you meet up with the RateBeer crew to get the maximum amount of samples, a great group of people!
GABF could learn something from this event. Bought my tickets a few days before the event. Zero lines for entry, glasses, programs, buying beer and food. This is the way it should be.
rlgk  (445) GŲteborg, Sweden | August 14, 2015
Wonderful festival with loads of british caska. American stand is great and s is the Belgian, Czech and german ones. A festivlal i definately dont wanna miss.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil  (396) Tallinn, Estonia | August 13, 2011
Well, Olympia will be different, so this review isnít relevant any more. Noisy and sweaty. But you canít fauly the selection. You can fault boring brewers for brewing yet another boring bitter, though. Nosh is pucker. Beers are cheap, but entry isnít.

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