The Harp is well known in beer circles, and often features in good pub guides. It’s in a great location between Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Covent Garden in central London, just up from the Strand. The Harp is now owned by Fuller’s but they do have lots of local beer variety on tap, not just your London Pride. I like a lot of Fuller’s beer, but here I like to try some of the more unusual craft beer, especially as you don’t often see it on cask.
\nThe best parts about this pub is the atmosphere and the great selection of real ale. So if you are visiting London and fancy a lunchtime pint in a tiny Pub with great beer on cask, then make sure you visit!
The downsides are the busyness (you’ll unlikely find a seat here), the busy road outside and avoid the alley way out the back which is used as a urinal by the local homeless population (and probably many others). Still the crazy alleyway which seems to get narrower and narrower is the type of unusual path you just don’t seem to get in modern cities.
Obviously this area is tourist central, so full of pubs catering to this market, but I particularly like Chandos on the corner, just down the road from the Harp. This is a decent Sam Smith’s pub, with lots of nooks and crannies, a wood fire and a good atmosphere, full of characters.
On one of my recent trips to the Harp, I enjoyed a great pint of Kew Green (&Black), an award winning chocolate milk stout. I have developed a bit of a thing for milk stouts, especially on cask or even nitro (Check out Jet Black Heart in a Brewdog bar). I think this stems from a Guinness obsession I had a few years ago.