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The Harp, WC2

48 Chandos Place
WC2
WC2N 4HS
Phone: 02078360291
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Harp

The Harp is getting ever busier again after the pandemic, but always worth stopping for a first-class pint from the ten handpumps. On this visit, I found the usual excellent mix of the regular ales London Pride, Hophead (£4.75) and American Pale Ale from Dark Star and Harvey's plus six ever-changing guests in a variety of styles (mostly priced at £5.50). Also has six interesting ciders available. The building has a narrow frontage with fully opening windows, and the bar itself is pretty compact (and a tight squeeze to get to the back). However, the staff are notably efficient, so once you make it to the counter you get served quickly. However, there is also an upstairs room with more seating which is usually much calmer (and also a back door to a rather dingy alleyway if all else fails). Justifiably a local and national Camra award winner, and thoroughly recommended (albeit with the caveat that it can be a victim of its own success insofar as getting often so busy as to be distinctly uncomfortable).

On 29th May 2022 - rating: 9
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Harp

I used to rate the Harp as my favourite London pub. It's still a fabulous, but small old-fashioned boozer right in the middle of the capital. But I can't help but thinking that it has lost a little of its mojo since being taken over by Fuller's.

I'd originally planned a short session here on a Monday afternoon. But the fact that they don't have a license to accommodate my 9-year-old son, who was due to accompany me, the failure of a couple of friends to show, the poorer than expected beer selection and the behaviour of a group at the end of the bar, meant that I only stayed for a half.

The 4 regular beers are Fuller's London Pride, Dark Star Hophead & American Pale Ale & Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter. Guest beers were Rooster's London Thunder, Saltaire New World, Bristol Beer Factory Deception Peak, Redemption Big Chief & Ilkley Blonde.

Real ciders are kept in fridges behind the bar and are listed on a blackboard opposite. On this visit, they were Oliver's Dry, Turner's Dry & Elderflower, Nightingale Tenterden & BEARDspoon KC Tribute.

Bar staff were friendly, but English was clearly not their first language, which made communication a minor challenge. I now read that a CAMRA discount is offered, but it wasn't on my visit.

The elderly and well-heeled guys at the end of the bar were making it perfectly clear that they were against the idea of the royal family. Whilst I'm not a staunch royalist, I found some of their comments quite offensive. They'd clearly had a few too many and didn't really need to be so vociferous with their opinions.

Still a decent pub. But I always have high expectations when visiting the Harp and unfortunately these were not matched on this occasion.

On 11th March 2022 - rating: 8
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Tris C left this review about The Harp

The Welsh Harp until 1995, the only nod to Fuller’s here are two pumps dispensing Hophead and one Pride, the ‘London’ moniker attracting the tourists.
Customers were as expected, with one group of national crawlers tentatively assembling, introducing one another and stating their place of domicile, such as Belfast, Liverpool, Newcastle…Nothing odd here, but at 9.00 pm on a Friday night?
The sole barman had his job cut out, pulling pints for multiple customers simultaneously, frantically yanking the pumps like a dæmon possessed; it was actually quite frenetic and a bit unrestful. There was a fair crush at the bar, which I suspect is normal, except perhaps for Monday afternoons. Acoustics too are far from perfect and had I not been on my own, I would have had to shout at my mates as pretty much everyone else was doing.
All ten pumps were in operation, me opting for a half of Mallinson’s Hop Festival at £2.50 and very nice it was too.
This is obviously a top ale destination, the best in Westminster, but it’s really a bit crowded and unrestful; I’d be far more inclined to go to the Express, Southampton, or especially Tapping the Admiral, but it’s a no-brainer if in the area.

On 30th October 2021 - rating: 8
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London Charing Cross, 0.2 miles, 3 min walk (show)
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London Blackfriars, 1.86 miles, 35 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
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  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
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  • Hot Food : Yes - Lunchtime only - last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 27 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes - O2 by Fullers - last updated 26 February 2018 by paulof horsham
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