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The Broken Drum (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Cellar Head - Festival PaleExcellent1
Tonbridge - CoppernobGood1
Northdown - Merry MargateGood1
Bedlam - Phoenix Pale AleGood1
Tonbridge - RusticGood1
Old Dairy - Red TopGood1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kentish BestGood1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's AleGood1
Westerham - Viceroy India Pale AleGood1
Cellar Head - Amber AleGood1
Northdown - Papworth Victory Best BitterGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Good1
Cellar Head - Summer Pale AleGood1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Friar's AleGood1
Wantsum - More's Head (previously 3.4%)Good1
Brumaison - BullionAcceptable1
Sambrook's - WandleAcceptable1
Brumaison - BeulterAcceptable1
Westerham - Summer PerleNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Lavender Hill (originally exclusively for Nicholson's)Not Tried0
Mad Cat - Emotional BlackmailNot Tried0
Mad Cat - Red AleNot Tried0
Weltons - Arromanches GoldNot Tried0
Weltons - Finest HourNot Tried0
Bedlam - BenchmarkNot Tried0
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Guinea GuzzlerNot Tried0
Whitstable - Pearl of KentNot Tried0
Whitstable - Shucker's SessionNot Tried0
Whitstable - Native BitterNot Tried0
Brockley - Summer XPANot Tried0
Brockley - Pale AleNot Tried0
Brew Buddies - WokkaNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Broken Drum, Blackfen, Greater London
Picture 2. The Broken Drum, Blackfen, Greater London
Jason Jones

Visits Details

20 Aug 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close. Two large Rott pups held court around the bar so I sat at a table for the first time here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80GoodSomething has changed on this beer. This tasted of caramel bit the crisp bitterness of old
Cellar Head - Amber Ale4.00Good
Brew Buddies - Wokka4.80Not TriedThe taster was as opaque as a Scrumpy cider so given a miss
12 Aug 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close. Discussions galore about butter brands past and present.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cellar Head - Festival Pale4.80ExcellentZesty is the one word to describe this, mouth tingling is two
Wantsum - More's Head (previously 3.4%)3.50GoodMalty chestnut ale
Brockley - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
05 Aug 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Northdown - Papworth Victory Best Bitter4.20GoodProves this beer is intended to be quite clear, unlike elsewhere over the weekend
Cellar Head - Summer Pale Ale3.70Good
Brockley - Summer XPA3.60Not Tried
22 Jul 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Northdown - Merry Margate3.80Good
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kentish Best3.70Good
Whitstable - Native Bitter3.70Not Tried
15 Jul 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Friar's Ale4.30Good
Brumaison - Beulter4.60AcceptableVery malty, needed more condition
Whitstable - Pearl of Kent4.50Not TriedRan out
Whitstable - Shucker's Session3.90Not TriedNew cask broached
02 Jul 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close. Local Keith celebrating his 65th tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's Ale3.90GoodNew cask on, good but a little fresh
Brumaison - Bullion4.50AcceptableSlight haze, almost last out of cask
Bedlam - Benchmark4.00Not Tried
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Guinea Guzzler3.70Not TriedRan out
25 Jun 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Tonbridge - Coppernob3.80GoodRefreshing
Bedlam - Phoenix Pale Ale3.90GoodHop bittering was not too harsh
Weltons - Finest Hour4.50Not Tried
18 Jun 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10 pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sambrook's - Wandle3.80AcceptableThought I'd try this on gravity. Moved on to several Dudda's Tun ciders afterwards!
Mad Cat - Red Ale3.90Not Tried
Weltons - Arromanches Gold4.40Not Tried
12 Jun 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close. Nearly missed last orders with train and bus cancellations.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Good
Sambrook's - Lavender Hill (originally exclusively for Nicholson's)4.50Not Tried
Mad Cat - Emotional Blackmail4.50Not Tried
03 Jun 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close. Busier than a usual Monday.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Good
Westerham - Viceroy India Pale Ale5.00Good
Westerham - Summer Perle3.80Not Tried

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About The Broken Drum

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent95
Good121
Acceptable60
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. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2018. Cash only, no card payments permitted.

We have visited this pub 150 times, seen 341 different beers and tried 227 of them.

Map location

Postcode: DA15 9PT