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.
New rating: (Visited Nov 2013) I havenít 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, sheís 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 wonít just drop in here when youíre passing by, you go here because you know exactly what youíre 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 theyíre 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)
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 !!!
Opened again after a re-rub and thankfully itís kept most of its character and clientŤle. 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.
This place has been closed then re-opened under new management something like two times in the last year. I donít 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. Thereís 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. Thereís 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 selectionís 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 wasnít feeling peckish. Prices were very fair. Overall, I enjoyed my visit. Itís not the most exciting place for a beer hunter, but it has a pleasant ambiance thatís worth experiencing.
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.
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 !
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.
77ships (180) 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.
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.