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The Broken Drum (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsExcellent1
Broken Drum Home Brew - Gaspode MildExcellent1
Tonbridge - Golden RuleGood1
Titsey - Leveson BuckGood1
Titanic - IcebergGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Good1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurGood1
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Good1
Brew York - Make it CascadeGood1
Kent - Session PaleGood1
Wantsum - Black PrinceGood1
Southwark - Borough Market Brown AleGood1
Beerblefish - Pan-Galactic PaleGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - HPA Hoppy Pale AleGood1
Titsey - Gresham Hopper (was 3.7%)Good1
Bexley - Spike IslandAcceptable1
Broken Bridge - Gaspode MildAcceptable1
Bexley - Hills & Holes Kent Hop PaleAcceptable1
Bexley - BOB (Bexley's Own Beer)Acceptable1
Lister's - Westmorland Dark MildAcceptable1
Fell - SepiaAcceptable1
By The Horns - Blue BirdNot Tried0
By The Horns - Stiff Upper Lip (downgraded from 3.8% in 2023)Not Tried0
Tonbridge - TraditionalNot Tried0
New River - ChadwellNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde MildNot Tried0
Titsey - VanguardNot Tried0
Bexley - Bursted Session BitterNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Goodness Gracious Me!Not Tried0
Wantsum - DynamoNot Tried0
By The Horns - London Surrey ClassicNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Broken Drum, Blackfen, Greater London
Picture 2. The Broken Drum, Blackfen, Greater London
Picture 3. The Broken Drum, Blackfen, Greater London
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Visits Details

03 Jun 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. Quite humid inside.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90GoodWell balanced dark brew
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - HPA Hoppy Pale Ale3.60GoodRefreshing bitterness
Tonbridge - Golden Rule3.50Not Tried
27 May 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. Full of conversation about everything, as usual.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70ExcellentBest ale I've had here for a long time. Gadds' quality shone through
Brew York - Make it Cascade4.60GoodGood condition but compared to the Gadds' a half was sufficient, this being rather one dimensional in taste
By The Horns - London Surrey Classic4.20Not Tried
13 May 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bexley - BOB (Bexley's Own Beer)4.20AcceptableBright, ex festival surplus. Lacking some taste and body
Lister's - Westmorland Dark Mild3.70AcceptableClassic mild but lacking much condition
Bexley - Spike Island5.30AcceptableBright, ex festival surplus. OK but lacking something
Wantsum - Dynamo4.30Not Tried
By The Horns - London Surrey Classic4.20Not Tried
29 Mar 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. Wow a new rural café look with polka dot oilcloth table cloths on each table, one with a red tomato ketchup squeezer for effect!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40GoodOriginally put off by seeing the cask well tilted but a taster convinced me to try it and this was very very good still
Kent - Session Pale3.70GoodSession Pale as it should be
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Goodness Gracious Me!4.80Not Tried
26 Feb 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Titsey - Gresham Hopper (was 3.7%)3.40GoodThin gruel, new cask on today. Condition good but uninspiring. Suspect has suffered from the duty saving reduction in ABV
Titsey - Leveson Buck3.70GoodTasty brew
Bexley - Bursted Session Bitter3.80Not Tried
19 Feb 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Southwark - Borough Market Brown Ale4.50GoodAn OK brown ale
Bexley - Hills & Holes Kent Hop Pale3.80AcceptableLacking much nose or flavour, very bland
Titsey - Vanguard3.40Not Tried
22 Jan 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Titanic - Iceberg4.10GoodRefreshing cleanness of taste. Managed to knock over all of my first half, bar a first sip
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90GoodRare premium beer for this haunt
Mighty Oak - Oscar Wilde Mild3.70Not Tried
02 Jan 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Got in just before last orders then til a relaxed kick out time
BeerABVScoreNotes
Beerblefish - Pan-Galactic Pale4.60GoodA very zingy pale ale. Needed more body
Fell - Sepia4.50AcceptableGood attempt at a brown ale. Very near end of cask though and suffered for it
New River - Chadwell4.20Not Tried
27 Dec 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. Customers well spread out in all four corners.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Broken Drum Home Brew - Gaspode Mild4.00ExcellentAt 4% this time and a very downable ale. Packed with flavour
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10GoodVery last pint out of the cask. Still very passable
By The Horns - Stiff Upper Lip (downgraded from 3.8% in 2023)3.40Not Tried
Tonbridge - Traditional3.60Not Tried
11 Dec 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. A sense of local CAMRA branch rebellion was evident.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Tonbridge - Golden Rule3.50GoodGood degree of natural carbonation
Broken Bridge - Gaspode Mild4.00AcceptableFelt stronger than 4% to me. Rather a slow drinker as soon had no head or lacing in the glass
By The Horns - Blue Bird4.50Not Tried

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About The Broken Drum

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional3
Excellent115
Good189
Acceptable99
Poor4

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. Card payments accepted.

We have visited this pub 213 times, seen 437 different beers and tried 298 of them.

Map location

Postcode: DA15 9PT