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The Harp

Not Rated.
The HarpThe Harp
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%
Taps: 10
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

47 Chandos Place
London, WC2N 4HS
United Kingdom (England)
phone: +44 20 7836 0291

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @harppub

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(Place added by: wl0307 on 01-06-2006)
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Reviews by JohnfromDublin:
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

This is a brilliant little pub in the Covent Garden area, just around the corner from the Salisbury. In the door revealing a narrow room (corridor) with the bar running down the left. Good selection of casks, including Black Sheep (£2.80 a pint in April 2007) served by pleasent staff. No TV, just people having conversation and beer, maybe the pinnacle of civilisation! Plenty of portraits in the walls. Gents toilet halfway up narrow stairs, ladies upstairs as is a non smoking room. I could have stayed all day.

Footnote added Jan 2008: The Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood has just voted The Harp as its London pub of the year.

JohnfromDublin, Apr 23, 2007
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Lare453, Apr 27, 2014
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4.73/5  rDev +11.6%

Small but tremendous pub just a short walk from Trafalgar Square. Street level room is long and narrow, a tight staircase leads to the uppr level and additional seating. Very well kept beer and friendly employee's. A tremendous real ale pub that should not be missed.

Mark, Apr 10, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Visited the Harp with my wife on a recent trip to London.

There are basically three spaces to this pub - main floor, upstairs, and out in the back alley. The main (street) level is a narrow and deep traditional pub room with the bar running about half the length of the room. Seating other than bar seating is clustered right in the front door and near the back. Upstairs, there is a room that feels like a Victorian era parlor, painted pink (!), with a scattered collection of seating and small tables. On the night of our visit, there were also a fair number of people standing outside in the alley drinking and smoking.

We initially sat downstairs on stools in the front window area, but we were somewhat cramped and uncomfortable. We then moved upstairs and found a couple of nice seats.

Beers were fresh and well poured and the selection was outstanding. I had some boundary pushing hoppy ales on cask that were amazing.

Prices were usual and normal for London. Service (at the bar only) was excellent and friendly.

Overall, I would recommend this place to anyone. Super pub atmosphere and super selection.

spointon, Nov 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

ICJ, Oct 16, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

This is an excellent pub, especially for its very central location. It's very near to The Chandos, and a decidedly better choice.

The atmosphere is the best part. I came here twice on my most recent trip to London, and found two other foreigners on the first visit and none of the second. Conversations here were fun to eavesdrop on. Obviously popular with London suits, as well as with retirees and a few younger working people. A cozy, comfortable dark wood interior with a large open front window that encourages sitting at the window-ledge stools or standing on the sidewalk if the weather permits. There is an upstairs room, but it looks like a pink, frilly tearoom and was deserted on both of my visits. I would guess that it seats people on crowded evenings.

I found a nice selection of cask beers, most of which I don't think I encountered in any other pubs I visited. Two originals that I wrote down were an Elderflower Blonde Ale and Boggart Ray of Sunshine. Everything was poured nicely, and prices were average.

I didn't try any of the food here, but there are daily specials and the locals seemed to order the daily special sausage plates very consistently.

The service, in my experience, was average. Barkeeps talked amongst themselves, and while I did see the owner briefly, she didn't spend any time behind the bar. No complaints, but nothing particularly positive about the staff.

Highly recommended "boozer," as TimeOut London would call it (they seem to favor bars over pubs). I spent several very pleasant hours here.

withliterature, Jul 13, 2012
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The Harp in London, United Kingdom (England)
93 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.