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The Broken Drum (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Black Dog - Whitby AbbeyGood1
Broken Drum Home Brew - Constable Bluejohn BitterGood2
Broken Drum Home Brew - Gaspode MildGood1
Broken Drum Home Brew - Nanny Ogg's Barley WineAcceptable1
Brunswick - Triple HopUndrinkable1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kentish Session IPAExcellent2
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Pardoner's AleGood1
Cellar Head - FiresideExcellent1
Dorking - Winter's ComingGood1
Iron Pier - BitterAcceptable2
Lister's - Tail Wagger (or Battersea Tail Wagger)Acceptable1
Mad Cat - Fireside GlowAcceptable1
New River - London TapGood1
No Frills Joe - Candy Soup Good1
Romney Marsh - American PaleGood1
Romney Marsh - Best BitterGood1
Slater's - 1 HopGood1
Slater's - Western American IPAGood1
Thames Side - Heron AleGood1
Tonbridge - Golden RuleExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's AleNot Tried0
Cellar Head - Citris ParadisiNot Tried0
Mad Cat - Golden India Pale Ale (previously Meaney's Golden India Pale Ale)Not Tried0
New River - Five-Inch DropNot Tried0
New River - Riverbed RedNot Tried0
Slater's - Autumn RedNot Tried0
Slater's - Neon KissNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Broken Drum, Blackfen, Greater London
Picture 2. The Broken Drum, Blackfen, Greater London
Jason Jones

Visits Details

07 Jan 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Lister's - Tail Wagger (or Battersea Tail Wagger)4.10AcceptableUnexpectedly very hazy, a murk
Mad Cat - Fireside Glow4.40AcceptablePoured flat
Tonbridge - Golden Rule3.50Not Tried
Broken Drum Home Brew - Nanny Ogg's Barley Wine8.50Not TriedStill hanging on
31 Dec 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Early evening visit after local chores.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kentish Session IPA4.30GoodSlight loss of edge since yesterday
Slater's - Autumn Red5.00Not Tried
Tonbridge - Golden Rule3.50Not Tried
Broken Drum Home Brew - Nanny Ogg's Barley Wine8.50Not Tried
30 Dec 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Tonbridge - Golden Rule3.50ExcellentA subtle contrast with the Canterbury ale and excellent too
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kentish Session IPA4.30Excellent
Slater's - Autumn Red5.00Not Tried
Broken Drum Home Brew - Nanny Ogg's Barley Wine8.50Not TriedSelling slowly
23 Dec 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close. Guv was poorly so his family was subbing for him.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cellar Head - Fireside5.20ExcellentDark and fruity and rich
Brunswick - Triple Hop4.00UndrinkableNewly tapped, should have known from taster. Very hazy, bitsy and acid sharp. Swapped with good grace and taken off sale. I had a rhubarb cider instead
Thames Side - Heron Ale3.70Not Tried
Broken Drum Home Brew - Nanny Ogg's Barley Wine8.50Not Tried
18 Dec 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close and a bit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Pardoner's Ale3.80Good
Thames Side - Heron Ale3.70GoodBest beer of the evening
Broken Drum Home Brew - Nanny Ogg's Barley Wine8.50AcceptableGood attempt at a barley wine with a characteristic sweet aftertaste. Some haze
Romney Marsh - Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Slater's - Neon Kiss6.00Not Tried
10 Dec 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close. A visiting Rottweiler was accused of being a wimp for jumping back startled from a smaller visiting dog.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Romney Marsh - Best Bitter4.00Good
Broken Drum Home Brew - Constable Bluejohn Bitter4.40GoodThe most enjoyable ale of the evening
Slater's - Western American IPA4.90Good
Mad Cat - Golden India Pale Ale (previously Meaney's Golden India Pale Ale)4.20Not TriedRan out
02 Dec 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Black Dog - Whitby Abbey3.80GoodOne of those beers drunk without really noticing
Broken Drum Home Brew - Constable Bluejohn Bitter4.40GoodFirst out of a new cask, fresh but had all the tastes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's Ale3.90Not Tried
New River - Riverbed Red4.20Not Tried
26 Nov 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Romney Marsh - American Pale5.00Good
Slater's - 1 Hop4.00Good
Iron Pier - Bitter4.00PoorRare duff one here. Last out of cask it turned out to be. Barely drinkable, ugh
New River - Riverbed Red4.20Not Tried
Cellar Head - Citris Paradisi4.00Not TriedThe very full pump clip description reeked of citrus so no go there, no not ever!
18 Nov 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close with no rush to leave.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Iron Pier - Bitter4.00Good
Broken Drum Home Brew - Gaspode Mild3.60GoodGood condition even with the cask well down, but too bitter for me for a mild
New River - Five-Inch Drop4.60Not Tried
11 Nov 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close. Windows steamed up with heating on and sweating bodies inside.
BeerABVScoreNotes
New River - London Tap3.80GoodAnother one too citrussy for me
No Frills Joe - Candy Soup 5.00GoodA 5 hopper with slight haze, but one that gave me a heavy sugar rush
Dorking - Winter's Coming4.50Good

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About The Broken Drum

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent98
Good147
Acceptable67
Poor2

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 now accepted.

We have visited this pub 170 times, seen 373 different beers and tried 250 of them.

Map location

Postcode: DA15 9PT