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“Amazing Time, NOT a Restaurant”
Review of The Harp

The Harp
Ranked #207 of 22,834 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Covent Garden
Description: A blissfully traditional place with great beer and good old conversation, also well known for our traditional ciders and Perries from all around the country. Located in London’s famous Covent Garden area, The Harp is a great example of a traditional British ale house.
Crestline, California
Level 6 Contributor
94 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Amazing Time, NOT a Restaurant”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

Being rated in the Trip Advisor top 50 restaurants in London (out of >11,000), the Harp falls below expectations. It is NOT a restaurant. The only food they serve is bar sausages, when available, and no menu. But the sausages are amazing! The bartenders are the kindest in London and the patrons are all local folk, out for a pint with friends. The lager and ale selection is phenomenal. Go upstairs, sit by the small paned window, and watch the buses and street pedestrians scurry toward Trafalgar. The view is amazing from a cozy armchair in the upstairs loft. Time passes differently here. Have a great afternoon, just don't expect a menu, or food per se.

  • Visited May 2013
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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“...a wonderful English pub situated in the heart of London !”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

.....I recently paid a visit to this historic pub located just off Trafalgar Square and The Strand, it specialises in fine English Ales and Ciders, the choice is enormous and it is hard to decide which to choose from ! The staff there are very friendly people with a good all round knowledge of their ales and Sarah in particular took time to allow us to sample a couple before deciding which ones to buy !
In 2010 the pub was voted best West London pub of the year by 'CAMRA' and in 2011 was voted National Cider pub of the year by CAMRA.
They also serve tasty bar snacks !
Well recommended and well done to this fine English institution !

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank Heathrowcountry
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Winter Springs, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Ale with the locals!”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

The Harp is clearly a local British favorite. We spent an entire afternoon just relaxing upstairs in leather pub chairs, overlooking the street below, with ale in hand. It isn't a fancy or pretentious place but rather a simple pub with good brew in a relaxed setting. Central London location and free Wi-fi. Order your beer downstairs at the bar and then head straight to the back on walk up the stairs. It is here you will find a living room with pub chairs, newspapers, and down time for yourself. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. Nothing could be finer!

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank mfair5
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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1,884 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 913 helpful votes
“Real Ale Haven”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

This pub has become our London 'local' since the Lamb & Flag became a pure Fullers house (not that Fullers do not brew good beer - just not enough variety for our taste). We managed three visits in two days at the weekend when in town for two plays on Friday/Saturday.
The range of real ales is excellent with many of my personal favourites - and the sausages are an added bonus and great value for lunch at just £2.50.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank GrumpsDC
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Stoke Mandeville, United Kingdom
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“Great Fullers Tavern”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

We always pop in here if in Covent garden great really pleasant staff with time to speak to you good range of beers lovely in summer with hanging baskets and windows open prices are respectable too.

Visited April 2013
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1 Thank symro
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