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The Penny Farthing (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Mad Cat - Special Relationship Anglo-American Pale AleExcellent1
Mad Cat - Pow Wow Session Pale AleExcellent1
Bexley - BOB (Bexley's Own Beer) Excellent1
Whitstable - Winkle PickerExcellent1
Whitstable - Oyster StoutExcellent1
Kent - Altered StatesGood1
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Gravesend GuzzlerGood1
Nottingham - LegendGood1
Bexley - RedhouseAcceptable1
Bexley - Howbury 10 American Hopped PaleAcceptable1
Mighty Oak - EndeavourNot Tried0
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Golden WobblerNot Tried0
Wantsum - Red RaddleNot Tried0
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Neanderthal (superseded by 4.4% version)Not Tried0
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish BitterNot Tried0
Kent - PaleNot Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
Wickwar - BOBNot Tried0
Black Hole - VenusNot Tried0
Cairngorm - Nessie's Monster MashNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - IPANot Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Mad Cat - Red AleNot Tried0
1648 - Triple ChampionNot Tried0
Mad Cat - Platinum Blonde (previously Meaney's Platinum Blonde Ale)Not Tried0
Westerham - Summer PerleNot Tried0
Exeter - Darkness The Prince of AlesNot Tried0
Westerham - Finchcocks OriginalNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Penny Farthing, Crayford, Greater London

Visits Details

12 Aug 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10.30pm close. Thriving with quite a few out on the pavement seating too. Dudda's Tun Spiced cider to finish on.
Nottingham - Legend4.00GoodVery fruity and did I taste a tad of finings?
Bexley - Howbury 10 American Hopped Pale4.90AcceptableGood flavours but poor carbonation. Turned out to be near end of cask and ran out soon afterwards
Westerham - Summer Perle3.80Not TriedRan out
Mighty Oak - Endeavour4.20Not TriedSeemed to be the most popular beer here tonight
22 Jun 2017 (ChrisE)
Early afternoon and fairly busy. A good welcome here.
Mad Cat - Pow Wow Session Pale Ale3.60Excellent
Bexley - BOB (Bexley's Own Beer) 4.20Excellent
1648 - Triple Champion4.00Not Tried
Mad Cat - Platinum Blonde (previously Meaney's Platinum Blonde Ale)4.20Not Tried
Exeter - Darkness The Prince of Ales5.10Not Tried
20 May 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Late afternoon. Trade has been slow today apparently and for a while I am the only customer. Beers were in notably superb condition here.
Whitstable - Oyster Stout4.50ExcellentA black Stout that I still think has a bit of a whiff of the ocean.
Mad Cat - Special Relationship Anglo-American Pale Ale4.80ExcellentAmber in colour. A really good, mid-Atlantic IPA with both fruity and spicy hop flavours.
Mighty Oak - IPA3.50Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Mad Cat - Red Ale3.90Not Tried
13 Oct 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. Disastrous journey to and from due to traffic disruption with burst water main. Bexley CAMRA Branch cider trail visit. Lyme Bay Reefbreak cherry flavoured, rather sickly sweet.
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Wickwar - BOB4.00Not Tried
Black Hole - Venus4.40Not Tried
Cairngorm - Nessie's Monster Mash4.10Not Tried
11 Oct 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. The steamed up front windows were welcoming on an Autumnal evening.
Whitstable - Winkle Picker4.50ExcellentLovely dry bitter
Bexley - Redhouse4.20AcceptableLots of mouthzing, a brown ale perhaps too gassy
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish Bitter3.80Not Tried
Kent - Pale4.00Not Tried
16 Sep 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close. Good crowd in.
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Gravesend Guzzler3.70Good
Wantsum - Red Raddle5.00Not Tried
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Neanderthal (superseded by 4.4% version)4.60Not Tried
13 Sep 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. Friendly inclusive Micropub. Already settled in despite being the third day of opening. The area needs the choice this house will provide. Also had 5 varieties of Dudda's cider and I tried the Spiced and the Cherry.
Kent - Altered States4.70Good
Westerham - Summer Perle3.80Not Tried
Westerham - Finchcocks Original3.50Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Golden Wobbler4.10Not TriedRan out

About The Penny Farthing

The pub sign. The Penny Farthing, Crayford, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Crayford, Greater London, DA1 4JJ.

Part of the Empire Buildings this Micropub is located on Waterside by the River Cray and it opened on Thursday 11th September 2014. Ales and ciders are sold on gravity dispense from a temperature controlled cellar room equipped with a 3 tier 12 cask stillage which may be seen through a viewing window. Several white and red wines are offered plus a sparkling one. At one time this was a bicycle shop hence the name chosen. Wall benches, with high tables, provide the seating and a small bar counter is in the right hand corner. Unisex toilet at the very back. Outdoor pavement seating for the 6 months of summer! CAMRA Bexley branch Pub of the Year 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 too. Changed hands in October 2021.

We have visited this pub 7 times, seen 29 different beers and tried 10 of them.

Map location

Postcode: DA1 4JJ