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

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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 Bostin’ 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

joet  (93) Santa Rosa, California | May 12, 2008
A cozy well worn in pub with a board full of beers. A bit smoky. Of course the selection though varied is still very limited. It’s got character but not a hell of a lot more than Arnold from Green Acres.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Jimmythespoon  (153) , | October 26, 2014
Very old school boozer in islington. If your into old school pubs with decent beer this is worth checking out. Very clem and tidy and the service is always with a smile. Beer selection ok, a good selection of hand pumps , craft kegs and a few bottles/cans in the fridge. Nice little place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
AdiBeer  (146) London, England | May 19, 2014
Great pub, good selection of casks and kegs.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown  (272) Birmingham (via Leicester), England | May 16, 2014
10 years ago, when this was pretty much the only show in town, I always wanted to visit, but never got round to it. Glad I finally did: lovely fixtures and fittings, nice big windows. Feels like a very old pub, but has a great line up of real ale and a young clientele, speckled with working class older gentlemen. Charming.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
JorgeLee  (150) , England | April 27, 2014
Used to spend ages in the old Wenlock, finally made it to the reopened version. Same old interior, rather different surroundings in terms of housing! Customers actually not too obnoxious, still a very friendly place to drink. Decent cask selection in terms of numbers although I felt the range was a bit dull with too many unexciting golden ales on this visit.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87  (128) , 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314  (400) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse  (214) 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)
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
jorge76  (154) , 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 !!!
  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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
jackl  (448) 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.

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