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The Broken Drum (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Cellar Head - Festival PaleExcellent1
Old Dairy - Red TopGood1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kentish BestGood1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's AleGood1
Broken Drum Home Brew - Errol the Dragon BitterGood1
Cellar Head - Amber AleGood1
Northdown - Papworth Victory Best BitterGood1
Cellar Head - Session BestGood1
Cellar Head - Summer Pale AleGood1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Friar's AleGood1
Wantsum - More's Head (previously 3.4%)Good1
Broken Drum Home Brew - Broadman PaleGood1
Northdown - Merry MargateGood1
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Bombay SocialGood1
Brumaison - BullionAcceptable1
Broken Drum Home Brew - Angua BlondeAcceptable1
Brumaison - BeulterAcceptable1
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
Musket - Matchlock MildNot Tried0
Wantsum - SS Richard Montgomery (was Montgomery)Not Tried0
XT Brewing - 3 West Coast IPANot Tried0
Mighty Oak - WormholeNot Tried0
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Not Tried0
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing HummingbirdNot Tried0
Tonbridge - American PaleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Broken Drum, Blackfen, Greater London
Picture 2. The Broken Drum, Blackfen, Greater London
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Visits Details

19 Sep 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Bombay Social3.80GoodA whole heap of mouth zing in this brew
Broken Drum Home Brew - Errol the Dragon Bitter4.00GoodNicely smooth and well balanced
Tonbridge - American Pale5.00Not Tried
09 Sep 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Broken Drum Home Brew - Broadman Pale3.40GoodYet another abv for this very suppable brew. Did lose head and lacing as pints went down
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Not Tried
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Hummingbird4.60Not Tried
04 Sep 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Broken Drum Home Brew - Angua Blonde4.50AcceptableNearing end of cask and with loss of condition, still tasty however
Wantsum - SS Richard Montgomery (was Montgomery)4.00Not Tried
XT Brewing - 3 West Coast IPA4.20Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Wormhole4.10Not Tried
26 Aug 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close, as all left!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cellar Head - Session Best4.00GoodIn good condition but was a wet dog bitter, one was enough
Musket - Matchlock Mild3.80Not Tried
Brew Buddies - Wokka4.80Not Tried
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

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About The Broken Drum

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent95
Good125
Acceptable61
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 154 times, seen 348 different beers and tried 229 of them.

Map location

Postcode: DA15 9PT