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The Rusty Bucket (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kent - KGB or Kent Golding BitterExcellent2
Kirkstall - Kirkstall Pale AleExcellent1
Harvey's - Christmas AleExcellent2
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterAcceptable5
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Acceptable1
Kent - PaleNot Tried0
Hobsons - Twisted SpireNot Tried0
Salopian - OracleNot Tried0
Glasshouse - IlluminomiNot Tried0
Verdant - PenpolNot Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
Cloudwater - Happy!Not Tried0
Fyne - JarlNot Tried0
Elusive - Moonbase AlphaNot Tried0
Brick - Peckham PaleNot Tried0
Burning Sky - Plateau (was 3.5%)Not Tried0
Two by Two - Session IPANot Tried0

Visits Details

27 Sep 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Afternoon visit after local chores. Good to see one of the Guvs serving.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodGood condition and temperature but once again who knows what Harvey's Best should taste like
Verdant - Penpol3.80Not Tried
01 Apr 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. Noisy with loud conversation and all seats taken bar one or two.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodGood to see pub buying Harvey's in pins not firkins in view of smaller turnover of cask here compared with keg fizz
Salopian - Oracle4.00Not Tried
Glasshouse - Illuminomi4.70Not TriedPre-warned had been on quite a time
27 Jan 2023 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. Never known it so full with people having to stand too.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30AcceptableReplacement ale was from a newly opened minikeg can - very fresh and acceptable but no way would want another
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00PoorAfter a few sips I could not have finished it. Very poor - poured from a metal pin and poured flat and lifeless and very tired. Replacement given and acknowledged as virtually from an empty cask
Hobsons - Twisted Spire3.50Not Tried
24 Dec 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until its "until late" close. The temptation was more Harvey's Christmas Ale. Ended on a bottle of "wot the monks drink" Westmalle 4.8% Extra, a fairly new addition to its commercial output.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Christmas Ale7.50ExcellentA whole pint as Santa's nightcap
Kent - Pale4.00Not Tried
23 Dec 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Brief afternoon visit after local chores.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Christmas Ale7.50ExcellentPleasant surprise in a gravity served pin. Only time for a half as later commitments required some degree of sobriety
Burning Sky - Plateau (was 3.5%)3.40Not Tried
Two by Two - Session IPA4.00Not Tried
20 Oct 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Late afternoon visit after local chores.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kirkstall - Kirkstall Pale Ale4.00ExcellentExcellent condition but flavour was rather boring and one dimensional
Kent - KGB or Kent Golding Bitter4.10Not TriedA well tipped cask
30 Sep 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableA tired pint, cask well tilted. Pleased to drink up and move on
Brick - Peckham Pale4.50Not Tried
06 Aug 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodGood condition but who knows what Harvey's Best should taste like these days
Fyne - Jarl3.80Not Tried
Elusive - Moonbase Alpha4.80Not TriedTaster OK
24 Jun 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - KGB or Kent Golding Bitter4.10Good
Cloudwater - Happy!3.50Not TriedMurky
22 Jun 2022 (Magnus Greel)
Late afternoon to early evening fairly busy yet a relaxed atmosphere despite attracting a younger crowd than the Park Tavern. Always good to see a pub back on the P&B radar again..
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - KGB or Kent Golding Bitter4.10ExcellentA full-on dose of Golding and Fuggles hops, with a rich variety of local malts
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried

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About The Rusty Bucket

The pub sign. The Rusty Bucket, Eltham, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent42
Good57
Acceptable19
Poor2

Website.

The pub is found in Eltham, Greater London, SE9 5PR.

In Court Yard just off the High Street the former Crown pub has been part transformed following a wider development of the entire premises. A small bar, along the lines of the micropub style, which opened in April 2018 selling cask ales and ciders / perries served on gravity dispense from a cooled small walk-in cellar room behind the bar counter and with 18 keg beer taps on the back wall too. Seating is at trestle style tables and low chairs. The original ground floor pub frontage has been retained. Card payment only, no cash accepted.

We have visited this pub 94 times, seen 147 different beers and tried 80 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE9 5PR