Wenlock Arms (Free) | Hoxton, Greater London
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Wenlock Arms (Free)
Excellent based on 89 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

Mayor: Theydon_Bois (4) | Taps: 20 |

Wenlock Arms (Free)

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Beer Available At Wenlock Arms (Free) (arranged by most recent)
Brass Castle Sunshine 83, West Berkshire Good Old Boy 47, Ilkley Derby Day , Dark Star American Pale Ale 94, Dark Star Hophead 93, Flipside Financial Groat , Tiny Rebel Hot Box 88, Windsor & Eton Brew 477 Bostiní Mild 51, Titanic Last Porter Call 73, Long Man American Pale Ale 50, Milk Street Zig Zag 75, Hackney Stout , Clarence & Fredericks Strong Mild
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89 reviews for Wenlock Arms (Free)
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  76%
 Selection  79%
 Food  63%
 Value  77%
 Overall  79%
 Rating  91%
Rating Distribution

Brugmansia  (416) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois  (745) The íSham, England | February 27, 2013
Last visit on the afternoon of Thursday 21st Feb í13 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 - hasnít seen a refurb in the 10 or so years Iíve been coming here! Joanna in the corner and if you are down of a weekend evening youíll 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 - Iíve promised myself to return sooner !
  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 1970ís developers missed it (but are still trying to destroy it). It was quiet when we went in, but some became busy with locals and ívisitorsí, so its name is known far and wide. Proper old style pub. Some reviews complain of it being dirty, but didnít 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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
77ships  (116) Antwerpen, Belgium | December 23, 2012| Updated December 25, 2013
Charmingly rundown British watering hole Ė 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 doesnít 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 Ė 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 Ė it was rather busy when I was there. I assume that you know whether or not this stuff is up your allay.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty  (271) Uppsala, Sweden | April 22, 2012
This was a fantastic pub, a London instituion and I really hope it returns as a pub and sticks to the ethos of the previous owners. It would be so sad if this place ceased being a pub.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock  (383) , England | March 29, 2012
Pain in the arse to get too, cold windy St Patricks Day evening, too mean to get a taxi, so its a long walk from Old Street tube station for my wife, son and myself. Jazz band (three old boys, who knew how to play) in the far corner from our enterance, one stool left in the whole pub, by the big fridge near the toilets, the wife gets that. Helpful chap behind the bar, I had three different pints, all in top order, my son and wife had others, all impressed. The only food we had was some Pork Scratchings, but they were OK too. Is this the best beer bar in London? I donít think so, but I donít know which pub it is either. This place could do with a good scrub, not enough to lose any character or attributes, just a spring clean type tidy up.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
ketwi  (11) toulouse, France | September 28, 2011
Went there on a thursday evening for the Quizz. Had a great time, with nice beers : E.L.B Foundation Ale, Haworth Steam Austerity, Hoggleyís Mill Lane mild, Fox Kanook, Thatcherís cheddar valley cider, Banksís tetley bitter, Newby Wyke peterboro gold, Redemption Trinity were available for 3,3£/pint max
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
YULbier  (250) Montreal, | September 21, 2011
Not much choice but the beers they have are rather hard too find elsewhere. Place is filthy and filled with unfriendly locals, in the afternoon at least. May worth visiting if you happen to pass by to taste a couple of rare brews.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 17/20
mabel  (211) Toronto, Ontario | July 25, 2011
2010-08. Visited on a busy Sunday evening last July, we got seats right up front and centre by the door at the bar and had a great view of the place (and the tap handles). This was definitely a locals-frequented bar, off the beaten track of Canuck tourists like us. We didnít mind though, the pints were tasty and fresh and quite varied, the bar quite an authentic English pub. The bartender seemed content enough with us, leaving us to our business. Itís such an old and authentic English pub, Iíd love to return one day if in London again. (4/9/11/NA/10/17) 82%
sherwood  (10) , | June 14, 2011
If you like real ale, you have to come here and spend here a night. 1 time in a life!

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