Charing Cross Beer Guide: Your Charing Cross guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Charing Cross

56 /100 10 NORTHUMBERLAND STREET
“Lovely place, here you can watch old Sherlock Holmes movies on tv and see other stuff from the movies also. Decent list of beers, some domestic, but saw some Belgians also. Food was good also.“
fantti 108 days ago
70 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“One of a handful of traditional urban public houses that have resisted the lure to modernise for this tourist heavy part of the west end. It's a real ale pub with a long row of cask ales, ever changing as the 100's of pump clips stick on the walls above the bar would suggest. Keg ale is available here and there's one or two interesting lines - not the usual regulars you see in most other places around here. Long and thin, you can exit the pub into the very narrow alley behind, the walls are dotted with paintings.“
ManVsBeer 147 days ago
56 /100 29 ST MARTINS LANE
“Corner pub just up from the Harp pub and opposite the National Portrait Gallery. It has a traditional interior, decent enough, with very little natural light penetrating the inside, so the atmosphere is quite dark throughout the whole of the day. Being tourist central is serves food, and also only its own brews as this is a Sam Smiths concern. It does have its cask bitter though here complimenting its most regular keg brews.“
ManVsBeer 147 days ago
60 /100
Salisbury (Bar)
90, ST. MARTIN’S LANE
“Looking fine with its Victorian saloon-bar styling, it has a few rooms around a horseshoes bar sitting prominently after you enter. A range of Greene King regulars are the staple on the long row of cask pumps closest to the door, but there's another shorter row of guest ales around the corner, all of which are often brewed ones by microbreweries - some local, some further afield. There's a Whisky Room behind the bar, and food is served here, being tourist central they are mainly advertising fish and chips. Has a couple of often seen keg lines, which someone bought two pints worth for £12 just before I was served.“
ManVsBeer 147 days ago
56 /100
Salisbury (Bar)
90, ST. MARTIN’S LANE
“Lovely looking Victorian pub with all manner of ornate features, etched glass and art nouveau light fittings. Now a Greene King pub and mostly playing host to people / tourists who happen to be passing by, like me. Beer range is fairly bland, 5 cask, some Beavertown neck oil. Nowt to get excited about really, and only worth visiting to admire the old decor features. Staircase leading down to the toilets is plastered with old theatre posters.“
minutemat 157 days ago
80 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“Visited 22.10.18. Traditional pub near Charing Cross. 10 ales on cask and more on keg, including one from Kernel. A nice upstairs lounge with comfy leather chairs. Well worth a visit.“
Holmen2 364 days ago
66 /100 66 TRAFALGAR SQUARE,
“Visited after a visit to Westminster Abbey on the afternoon of Friday 19th October 2018. Located opposite Trafalgar Square the Admirality is a split level Fullers pub kitted out in naval stylee ... the upstairs bars offers around double the amount of taps as downstairs. The downstairs has a number of booths dug into arches and is quite intimate and atmospheric. Selection wise this place is fine ... not up there with the Fullers craft houses but a good half dozen cask offerings from Fullers, including seasonals, and a few of their craft keg beers also. A medium sized bottle / can list offers some guest beers plus some more interesting Fullers offerings such as 2016 Vintage and Brewers reserve at very reasonable prices considering the location. What was not reasonably priced however was their own cask beer ... £5.50 for a pint of (DS) Hophead ... it's only 3.8% FFS ! Service was fine. Overall a nice enough pub and somewhere to dive into for food or drink if out doing tourist things with family, as I was, but far from a go to beer destination.“
Theydon_Bois 365 days ago
72 /100
Salisbury (Bar)
90, ST. MARTIN’S LANE
“Pub clasico, buen sitio para tomar buena cerveza.“
fombe89 432 days ago
88 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“Acogedor pub, tradicional, buen sitio para disfrutar de buena cerveza en londres, parte del local estaba cerrado, segunda visita en noviembre, bastante mas concurrido que en mi anterior visita, Para repetir!!“
fombe89 432 days ago
82 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“Traditional old pub in a central location. Cool decor inside. Visited at noon, so it was not very crowded. Nice selection and good condition of keg and cask beers. Nice atmosphere, pleasant service. Quite small and cozy, but has its charm.“
zvsn 502 days ago
82 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“Nice small pub, centrally located with many local taps. Good atmosphere of a traditional style, prices weren't too bad for the location.“
DeanF 505 days ago
80 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“Compact pub in central London full of character, with good beer selection and ciders also. Visiting during the day and the front shutters open out giving a pleasant sunny atmosphere. Friendly service at the bar.“
danlo 521 days ago
74 /100 66 TRAFALGAR SQUARE,
“Beautiful Fuller's pub at Trafalgar Sq, right opposite the National Gallery and below Nelson's statue. Tall ceilings, big chandeliers, lots of sailing decor. Friendly staff, good number of taps (mostly Fuller's, some American ales too.)“
huineman 545 days ago
82 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“Easy to find and central. Quite a small old boozer with a certain amount of charm and an insane amount of costumers. Inside was crammed, alleyway behind the bar was full, street in front of it was full with one bouncer (?) making sure that we stayed behind the tapped line and people standing across the street with their beers and wines. Someone should get hit later of sooner. This is how plenty of old school UK bars seem to roll and we are talking here about a Wednesday evening, I am always affair to see how this place is on a Friday evening. Service was despite this very prompt, average prices but I only had cask beers. Fair amount of keg & cask with some common stuff and nothing crazy but decent enough. Interesting place, I questioned the cask a bit but I don’t know enough about it make a judgment. Overall an interesting experience, nice bar but standing outside and still almost packed like a sardine was a bit much for me but interesting for once. Very close to the National Portrait Gallery amongst other things.“
77ships 763 days ago
76 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“Small, cosy, a bit worn. Very good selection, both some interestings cask and modern keg beers. Friendly service, beers in good condition.“
ekstedt 798 days ago
70 /100 66 TRAFALGAR SQUARE,
“Visited on 17th January 2017. Fuller’s pub just around the corner from the Arch bearing the same name. It’s a lovely old spot with the decor resembling a ship, lots of nautical tat on the walls but it’s not tacky. Feels really ornate. Beer range is mostly from the Fuller’s stable and a solid mix of cask and keg covering a good range of their beer. Also has Sierra Nevada Pale too. Prices are steep. Service decent. Nice Fuller’s pub.“
WingmanWillis 1007 days ago
74 /100 66 TRAFALGAR SQUARE,
“Place is nice and clean, more of an upscale tourist place with being so near to Trafalgar Square and all. Good selection of Fuller’s beers with Red Fox on tap when I visited. Good place to visit.“
Nurmis 1102 days ago
74 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“Crowded pub on a Friday afternoon, but quite cozy. The way you want a pub. Very friendly staff. Small selection on bottle/can but a good lineup of kegs and casks. Pop in for a pint while passing on your way to the new The Whisky Exchange store nearby...;-)“
JoTheO 1137 days ago
84 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“ottimo pub nel cuore di londra caratteristico davvero belle le pareti. ottima selezione di birre inglesi sin in bottiglia che alla spina“
mennypub27 1160 days ago
62 /100 29 ST MARTINS LANE
“I go to this pub quite a lot as it’s always a good meeting place and I have a fondness for the brewery. A largish pub so normally some space amongst the tourists and always a cheery atmosphere. If you stick to the taps they are pretty good value - although I was surprised the first time I ordered bottles in a Sam Smith’s pub. Not a particulalry attractive or trendy pub but I like it (the booths are always good to sit in with a bunch of mates).“
BeardedAvenger 1216 days ago
66 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“I want to like this pub more - but it’s always been so busy. Good array of more traditional beers, with the odd Kernel, etc. Staff are friendly enough. Normally expect beers to be pricey in London but was surprised last time so dropped down from my standard averagd score. I drop in if I’m passing but not somewhere I’d stay for long.“
BeardedAvenger 1216 days ago
76 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“Small pub with ok selection. Very crowded around lunch. Ok service, fair prices, noisy ans good condition.“
chrisv10 1216 days ago
68 /100 27 VILLIERS STREET
“Visited for lunch on 10/05/16. Trad Victorian boozer on Villiers St, between Embankment tube and the Strand. The POW is set on two floors, the upstairs being branded as the ’Rudyard Kipling’ dining room. Wood floors, old pictures adorning the walls and a mix of high and low seating are the order of the day. The bar is to the left as you enter dispensing 4 cask lines including Atlas, the house Nicholsons beer and a few other guests. Lots of pump clips adorn the bar suggesting a good variety in terms of guest beers. Craft keg included Firestone Walker Easy Jack which was good to see. Crafty stuff also in bottle format in the fridge including Siren and Brewdog, so something for everyone. The place wasn’t too packed for lunch, service decent, food tasty enough. Not a go to destination but some decent offerings on tap and you may well pick up a new rate amongst the guest beers.“
Theydon_Bois 1259 days ago
64 /100 91-92 STRAND
“Nice Nicholson’s pub on the Strand. An decent option for the area, quite busy. The pub is sectioned of for diners and drinkers,there is also standing room at bar. Solid cask selection.“
Bjarte1 1264 days ago
72 /100 66 TRAFALGAR SQUARE,
“Posh and yet a nice old traditional English pub. Absolutely recommendable. Nice range of Fullers beer. Also lots of other goodies. Nice food and clean toilets. Easy to spot when you are at Trafalgar Square. The man behind the bar actually knew something about their beers also. I am surely coming back.“
Cunningham 1273 days ago
82 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“Nice pub with great selection of craft beers. Great ambiance and location. Often so crowded that it is impossible to enter.“
Waciok 1330 days ago
74 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“Visited the 16th February 2016 - Nice place on the central London. Good selection very interesting service is good and price are smart. What you will like is the organization of the place with upstair a room where you will feel like at home, great ambiance.“
sir__v 1333 days ago
68 /100 66 TRAFALGAR SQUARE,
“Very warm and elegant atmosphere in this great pub near Trafalgar Square. Lot of Fuller’s beers and some (uninteresting) guest beers (Amstel, Guinness, Heineken...). Perfect place to have a cask ale whilst visiting around Trafalgar Square.“
cagou007 1338 days ago
56 /100 2 CRAVEN PASSAGE
“Visited on 16th January 2016. Situated pretty much underneath Charing Cross station and a few steps from Heaven this is an unusual pub as it’s split into 2 across the street. We chose the right hand side as looked less busy, small room with a snug at the end, 3 Badger beers on tap, tried a couple and were well kept, prices not too bad. Got sat in a booth and relaxed. Private party upstairs had buxom young ladies in the full Durndel outfit popping up and down which nearly got me into trouble!. Nice old pub, not really a beer destination but if you desire some Badger beers then this is a decent enough spot to try them.“
WingmanWillis 1372 days ago
68 /100 66 TRAFALGAR SQUARE,
“The bar staff were interested enough in my quest to become the top rater of Fuller’s Brewery to find out where Fuller’s Red Fox was on cask and found it at The Jugged Hare Victoria. So top marks for helpful service. Good place to stop in for a drink if you are on south side of Trafalgar Square“
harrisoni 1401 days ago
80 /100 66 TRAFALGAR SQUARE,
“An excellent Fullers pub. It’s a high-ceilinged place with a luxurious air about it. Lots of wood. Great range of Fullers beers on offer, particularly in bottle. Friendly service. Definitely one of the better Fullers pubs I have visited. While the Admiralty is not a destination on its own, if you find yourself in its vicinity it would be further checking it out.“
Leighton 1403 days ago
62 /100 29 ST MARTINS LANE
“Tourist/young person trap across the street from the National Gallery et al, but a cozy interior. Had lunch here as we had just gotten off the plane and were starving. Decent steak and kidney pie and fish and chips, and the beer tasted just fine. Bartender was actually a sweetheart and was doing a commendable job as the only server/bartender during lunch. As Leighton mentioned, go to the Harp, but this place wasn’t bad.“
craftycarl21 1425 days ago
76 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“Fantastic pub that seemed to be exactly what one should look for in a British pub; small, somewhat cramped space (but endearingly so), dark wood, beautifully conditioned ales, and old school charm. Had a few Dark Stars and a Kernel beer while I was here, sat upstairs with a school group of a professor and several students, all of whom were blasted. Awesome ambiance. Very central, and I would say a must visit for tourists considering its proximity to the city’s sights. Excellent.“
craftycarl21 1425 days ago
74 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“2015-09-22. Nice classic English pub. Stools in front of the stained glass window facing the street. Long skinny pub with a more relaxed sitting area up the stairs of death. (Seriously, I am glad I was sober when I had to go to the bathroom! :) ) Server was friendly. Had a Kernel and a small cold pork pie that was pretty tasty. Prices seemed on the higher side, but then Kernel never seems to be cheap. Well worth a visit. “
jercraigs 1478 days ago
80 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“Nice traditional pub. Had to squeeze inside because place was packed with people who came for an afterwork pint. About 10 taps, some really interesting stuff like Dark Star. Well worth visiting, but be prepared for the crowd.“
Iznogud 1524 days ago
58 /100 91-92 STRAND
“The final day of the 6-Nations was in full swing at this pub when I arrived on a Saturday afternoon. It was packed for it, but given its very central location it is probably packed throughout the week regardless of what events are happening. I never got out of the bar area which is relatively small, but I”m not too sure if there’s anywhere else to go in this pub anyhow. It’s a Victorian styled pub as many in this chain are and appealing for it despite the fact it’s quite simple in its design, fixtures and fittings. The ‘L’ shaped bar includes plenty of ales to choose from, most of which are situated on its corner. One man next to me ordered a soft drink, was given it, then instructed the server to remove all the ice cubes he’d watched her put in initially!“
ManVsBeer 1631 days ago
78 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“Brilliant place, great atmosphere. More than decent draught selection. The difference between downstairs and upstairs is striking. Visited during RBESG 2014. Thanks for showing us this place, Ruth!“
Martinus 1634 days ago
74 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“A former national pub of the year when it was, in my opinion, not the best in London. This is tiny, the beer range has improved and is worth the couple of minute stroll from Charing Cross. Dark Star beer featured heavily but a few guests too. Beer I had in good nick. Worth a look as handy for The pigeons in Trafalgar Square. Gets really busy in the post work rush and you’ll likely fight your way to the bar and drink on the street“
WingmanWillis 1636 days ago
66 /100 27 VILLIERS STREET
“Visited on a Tuesday evening. Situated between Charing X and Embankment stations this Nicholsons venue provides the usual range of reasonable cask ales and a couple of keg offerings Relatively quite compared to other places, service OK, beer was in decent condition. OK place for a quick pint“
WingmanWillis 1636 days ago
76 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“Bellissimo pub a 2 passi da trafalgar e covent garden , trovato per caso e ci siamo tirnati altre volte! Qui si beve real ales che sono le birre a pompa inglesi , ottime !“
BladeRunnerb 1652 days ago
62 /100 27 VILLIERS STREET
“Busy and crowded pub with a decent selection of cask and keg brews. Only had one pint as I didn’t want to stand while drinking. Could visit again.“
rosenbergh 1668 days ago
70 /100
Harp (Bar)
47 CHANDOS PLACE
“Seemingly busy at all times, slightly better chance of a seat upstairs. Good focus on the beer in terms of selection, rotation and condition. Almost guaranteed to try something new. On my first visit a couple of years ago there were mice, which sort of added to the ambiance in a way...“
The_Osprey 1740 days ago
56 /100 91-92 STRAND
“A very central bar for a passing tourist. Six cask options available on my visit, but no new ticks and some static choices. Nice décor, friendly staff.“
The_Osprey 1740 days ago
60 /100 91-92 STRAND
“Visited for a quick half on Tuesday 16/12/14 around 4.30pm, first time in about 8 years, last was on a first date ! Now part of the Nicholsons fold but not the best in terms of variety of cask offerings, just the 4 on this visit, Doom Bar, Trumans Runner, Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted and a Wadworth offering. Pub itself is a nice enough period building, tall wooden beamed ceilings, murals of agricutltural workers and the likes carved into the walls (not convinced these are originals mind), nice booth at the front of the building butting out to the street with lots of dark wood and glass panes. Place was pretty busy on my visit and there was nowhere to sit, more office workers than tourists but a few of the latter. There’s also a downstairs area. Not somewhere to seek out for ticks but a nice slice of Ye Olde London Shit. Don’t take a girl here on a first date unless you only want to get to first base!“
Theydon_Bois 1769 days ago
62 /100 2 CRAVEN PASSAGE
“Small and ordinary London pub with a nice atmosphere, small but decent beer selection and pretty good food. Decent prices. Good stuff, but I don’t think it really stands out in the London pub scene.“
Kavu 1786 days ago
24 /100 CHARING CROSS STATION
“£5.85 for a bottle of Innis & Gunn that is £2 in the shop. Dumped on the bar without a glass ( which i had to ask for) and a sarcastic foreign server who called me darling when I asked for the glass. Music too loud (for the staff, not the customers). Horrible place.“
Stamfordphil 1812 days ago
54 /100 2 CRAVEN PASSAGE
“A typical London pub, split into two across Craven Passage. The main bar is ornate with portraits and mirrors adorning the walls. The beer choice is all Hall & Woodhouse, Badgers beers, but with their growing range of seasonal beers. Worth a look.“
imdownthepub 1823 days ago