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The Broken Drum (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Whitstable - Native BitterExcellent1
Thames Side - Mallard MildExcellent1
Musket - Ball PullerExcellent1
Hop Fuzz - FalloutExcellent1
Long Man - Long Blonde Excellent1
Thames Side - Egyptian Goose India Pale AleExcellent1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand BitterExcellent1
Long Man - Old Man Excellent1
Reunion - MonroeExcellent1
Old Dairy - Blue TopGood1
Musket - MatchlockGood1
Cellar Head - Session Bitter (unfined)Good1
Reunion - TalwarGood1
G2 - Southern CrossGood1
Tankleys - English Golden Strong AleGood1
Ripple Steam - Classic IPAAcceptable1
Reunion - Opening GambitAcceptable1
Hobsons - Best BitterAcceptable1
Old Dairy - Gold TopAcceptable1
G2 - Plough Acceptable1
Ossett - Silver KingNot Tried0
Mad Cat - Red AleNot Tried0
Brentwood - BBC1Not Tried0
Ripple Steam - Original Best BitterNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - SundancerNot Tried0
Bexley - Golden AcreNot Tried0
Bexley - RedhouseNot Tried0
Bexley - BOB (Bexley's Own Beer) Not Tried0
Reunion - BeardtongueNot Tried0
Dorking - Pacific GoldNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Copper TopNot Tried0

Visits Details

10 Jul 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10pm close.
Old Dairy - Blue Top4.80Good
Cellar Head - Session Bitter (unfined)3.50GoodBasic traditional English mid brown bitter
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
03 Jul 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10pm close. The Carlsberg takeover of London Fields "Brewery", announced today, was much discussed.
Long Man - Old Man 4.30ExcellentVery good example of an old ale style
Old Dairy - Gold Top4.30Acceptable
Dorking - Pacific Gold3.80Not Tried
27 Jun 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10pm. All others left just after I arrived!
Reunion - Talwar4.50GoodSpicy notes in this, for taste intrigue
Reunion - Opening Gambit3.80AcceptableVery average, a bit hazy
Reunion - Beardtongue4.50Not Tried
19 Jun 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10pm close. I sweltered until well after the second pint had been hatched.
Reunion - Monroe3.60ExcellentNot sure how the lemongrass taste comes about
Thames Side - Mallard Mild3.50ExcellentOld school mild, how Shep's once used to be and with more meat than Harvey's one
Bexley - BOB (Bexley's Own Beer) 4.20Not Tried
12 Jun 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10pm close.
Long Man - Long Blonde 3.80ExcellentBest Long Man beer I have had, a match for Dark Star Hophead or Oakham JHB when this good
Thames Side - Egyptian Goose India Pale Ale4.80ExcellentTook a while to discern the taste characteristics, subtle citrus came through towards the end
Bexley - Redhouse4.20Not Tried
03 Jun 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10pm close. I was just a bit easier to get out the door than others, only just though!
Musket - Ball Puller4.00ExcellentGrew on me, moreish dry aftertaste
Musket - Matchlock3.80GoodTasty dark mild
Bexley - Golden Acre4.00Not Tried
15 May 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Quiet Monday evening visit until close. The pub now has some wooden chairs and tables to put out on the pavement in fine weather.
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand Bitter3.80ExcellentVery good indeed
G2 - Plough 4.40Acceptable
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Sundancer3.70Not Tried
03 May 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10pm close.
Hop Fuzz - Fallout3.60Excellent
G2 - Southern Cross4.80Good
Ripple Steam - Original Best Bitter4.10Not Tried
26 Apr 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10pm close.
Whitstable - Native Bitter3.70Excellent
Ripple Steam - Classic IPA4.50AcceptableNo great lover of RS beers
Brentwood - BBC11.50Not TriedHad a taster, very floral nose and good bitterness but I suspect most of the cask will eventually be thrown away
19 Apr 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10pm close. Only one in until a real late-later came in for a swifty.
Tankleys - English Golden Strong Ale5.60GoodBrewed at UBREW. For a pint that came up quite flat it was flavoursome and had good mouthfeel
Hobsons - Best Bitter3.80AcceptableBit tired, very near end of cask
Ossett - Silver King4.30Not Tried
Mad Cat - Red Ale3.90Not Tried

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About The Broken Drum

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

Summary of Beer Scores



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.

We have visited this pub 66 times, seen 168 different beers and tried 113 of them.

Map location

Postcode: DA15 9PT