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Stonch
01-28-2007, 04:27 PM
I visited yesterday (couldn't manage two days in a row). Not a pub I would go to but for the festival, but certainly enjoyed it this time. The atmosphere and clientele were certainly different to the norm! ;-)

Beers were great of course - my personal favourite being Dark Star Imperial Stout, though Bass Museum P2 Imperial Stout was a close second. I've written up my experience of the festival here for anyone's who's interested - http://stonch.blogspot.com/2007/01/white-horse-parsons-green-old-ale_28.html

I was particularly pleased to meet one or two folks from this and other online beer communities in person.

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stronk
01-28-2007, 08:19 PM
Happy times. Pity I couldn't make it. Here I am writing up a paper instead.

Don't knock the White Horse too badly. It does get full of braying Sloanes and Yuppies sometimes, but that's generally only in the summer, directly after 5 and on weekends. If you're not working 9-5 on all weekdays and happen to be passing at a non-peak time, it's a really nice place to spend an hour or two.

If you can name a single other decent pub within 10 minutes' walk of that place, I'd be all ears (I live close to Parson's Green).

dparsons
01-29-2007, 01:11 AM
Reads like quite an enjoyable happening. I don't see how you could keep up with 15 pumps, with kegs getting replace with new brews, unless you were drinking 2 oz. samples.

surfadelic23
01-29-2007, 06:50 AM
I enjoyed the Poney! Good food and decent ale and beer selection even without a fest...
Within ten minutes walk? Yeah, that's a tall order...

chazwicke
01-29-2007, 09:36 AM
I've enjoyed the CAMRA festivals I've been to. I tend to drink Halfs so I can taste more of the offerings.

Stonch, I'll check the blog in a bit. I enjoyed the notes on St. Albans previously.

Stonch
01-29-2007, 11:21 AM
Thanks, Chazwicke, very kind of you.

Yes, I drink halves at best festivals too, particularly when tackling a beer list as heavy in ABV as this one was! At the White Horse they have the most appealing half pint glasses - nice, unbranded stemmed goblets. Almost everyone was sticking to those, though there were a few people ordering pints.

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surfadelic23
01-29-2007, 11:42 AM
Nice write up , Stonch! Man, wish I could've been there!

stronk
01-29-2007, 02:12 PM
Nice write-up, Stonch. (EDIT: unwittingly paraphrasing the above post)

One thing, though: SW6 is only a million miles from nowhere when you take the tube. A bus to Piccadilly Circus from the wrong side of SW6 takes 30 minutes on a good day and 45 during rush-hour. Definitely not classified as suburbs.

I've definitely gone to much more obscure places in search of beer (did you ever visit the Pitfield Beer Shop, or Wenlock Arms, for example?).

Stonch
01-29-2007, 02:15 PM
Stronk - the Wenlock is in zone 1, right next to the City itself - definitely Central London, by any definition! Perhaps went a little far in my description of how remote from the centre of London Fulham is - although it is suburban in character.

chazwicke
01-29-2007, 03:09 PM
I've been to the Wenlock Arms too. I think as far as the pub goes I prefer the White Horse in Parsons Green but for the beer, I'd take Wenlock Arms. Both places are worth seeking out.

http://www.wenlock-arms.co.uk/

surfadelic23
01-30-2007, 06:49 AM
I was depressed that I couldn't make it to the Wenlock on my last trip... Well, I guess that's another reason for a new trip!

chazwicke
01-30-2007, 08:34 AM
Definitely worth a visit. The publican really cares about his beers. I'd take a taxi there next time though. I walked from the nearest tube station and some of the neighborhoods looked a little rough. Not saying that they are, but they just looked a bit that way. I visited one afternoon. Not sure I'd like to walk that way at night. The pub itself was homey and their real ale was very good. The people inside all seemed very friendly and nice.

Stonch
01-30-2007, 08:56 AM
Yes, the Wenlock is on a slightly forbidding looking estate and at night it isn't very nice round there, I agree. Maybe if you stay until closing it is better to order a cab home.

Any other time of the day it is fine getting there though - not far to walk from Old Street tube station - you basically just walk up City Road and then take a right down Shepherdess Walk, at the famous Eagle pub* and a left down Sturt Street and you come upon it.

*Immortalised in song - Up and down the City Road, in and out the Eagle, that's where the money goes, pop goes the weasel!". Now modernised inside but retaining original features. They do some decent beers in there.

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