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The Broken Drum (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Merchant's AleExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Green BlackExcellent1
Tonbridge - Blonde AmbitionExcellent1
Old Dairy - Red TopExcellent1
Mad Cat - Timber Batts Green Hop AleExcellent1
Southwark - Courage SE1 Green Hop Amber Ale (presumably a collaboration with Charles Wells)Excellent1
Bexley - Hukins Challenger Kent Green Hop PaleExcellent1
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Excellent1
Musket - Flash in the Pan (Kentish Green-Hopped Ale)Excellent1
Bank Top - Bad To The BoneExcellent1
Mighty Oak - Due SouthGood1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Evening Good1
Goacher's - Silver StarGood1
Blue Monkey - 99 Red BaboonsGood1
Wild Beer Co. - BibbleAcceptable1
Ripple Steam - Original Best BitterAcceptable1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand BitterAcceptable1
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Peddler's BestAcceptable1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good HeavensNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Autumn RedNot Tried0
Ilkley - Mary JaneNot Tried0
Goacher's - Real Mild AleNot Tried0
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Dartford WobblerNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Knight's AleNot Tried0
Ripple Steam - Farmhouse Pale AleNot Tried0
Bank Top - Flat CapNot Tried0
Southwark - GoldNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Captain BobNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde MildNot Tried0

Visits Details

14 Nov 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close. Some conversation about what happens to the coffin and contents when it finally goes behind the curtain at a crem.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Tonbridge - Blonde Ambition4.20Excellent
Mighty Oak - Due South3.50Good
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde Mild3.70Not Tried
07 Nov 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bank Top - Bad To The Bone4.00ExcellentSuperb condition, mouthfeel and head retention
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Merchant's Ale4.00ExcellentHeld head right to the end
Mighty Oak - Captain Bob3.80Not Tried
01 Nov 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10pm close. Very interesting conversation with a former owner of the Tower Bridge Brewery, the successor to Simon's Tower Bridge Brewery which filled in some gaps in my historical knowledge of that concern.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10ExcellentIn lovely nick
Bank Top - Flat Cap4.00Not Tried
Southwark - Gold5.20Not Tried
25 Oct 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Southwark - Courage SE1 Green Hop Amber Ale (presumably a collaboration with Charles Wells)4.40ExcellentI normally eschew these silly re-use of dead brewery names' concoctions but this one was actually excellent. Clearly it was not a reinvention of a former Courage beer
Ripple Steam - Original Best Bitter4.10AcceptableOK no more
Ripple Steam - Farmhouse Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
17 Oct 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Green Black4.10Excellent
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Peddler's Best4.00AcceptableAn OK beer, no more than that
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Knight's Ale4.60Not Tried
09 Oct 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10pm close although as I arrived the lights were being switched off and the Guv kindly re-illuminated and put up with my custom.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Musket - Flash in the Pan (Kentish Green-Hopped Ale)4.00ExcellentTop form and delicious nick
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Dartford Wobbler4.30Not Tried
05 Oct 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10pm close plus a lot, local CAMRA branch chairman was in after all!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mad Cat - Timber Batts Green Hop Ale3.90ExcellentFirst rate, apparently using wild hops from around the Timber Batts pub in Kent. An intensely raw bitterness
Bexley - Hukins Challenger Kent Green Hop Pale4.30Excellent
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
25 Sep 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Blue Monkey - 99 Red Baboons4.20Good
Wild Beer Co. - Bibble4.20AcceptableUnfined and seemed exceedingly too fresh to me with carbonation bubbles all over the inside of the glass
Ilkley - Mary Jane3.50Not Tried
20 Sep 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Silver Star4.20Good
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand Bitter3.80Acceptable
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Autumn Red4.40Not Tried
13 Sep 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10pm close. Quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80Excellent
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Evening 3.40GoodCan't recall having Goody's dark mild before
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Heavens4.10Not Tried

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About The Broken Drum

The pub sign. The Broken Drum, Blackfen, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent56
Good57
Acceptable37
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Blackfen, Greater London, DA15 9PT.

Bexley Borough's 3rd Micropub shop conversion in Westwood Lane planned to open in Spring 2015 sometime just after Eastertide. Finally opened on Friday 17th April 2015. Named after an inn in a Terry Pratchett novel. Formerly a nail salon called Simply Nails. Real ales and ciders sold under gravity dispense from a temperature controlled cellar room visible through its glazed door. 2 level wooden stillage holds up to 10 casks. A settle in each bay window and low tables and chairs provide the seating. Unisex toilet. Has a small bar counter in one corner. Note that last sales are 30 minutes before the advertised closing time. SPBW London Pub of the Year 2018.

We have visited this pub 83 times, seen 199 different beers and tried 134 of them.

Map location

Postcode: DA15 9PT