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The Rusty Bucket (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kent - PaleExceptional2
Fyne - JarlExcellent1
Dig Brew - Cask BierExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent5
Anspach & Hobday - The London ESBGood1
Kernel (The Kernel) - Pale Ale - Citra Mandarina Bavaria Good1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Made NorthGood1
Koomor - PetalAcceptable1
Kent - Tropic AleNot Tried0
Wylam - GoldNot Tried0
Wylam - FleekNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Lord MarplesNot Tried0
Five Points - PaleNot Tried0

Visits Details

16 Apr 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until a relaxed post close departure.
Anspach & Hobday - The London ESB5.50GoodBeer board showed at 5%. Dark brown toffee-ish
Kernel (The Kernel) - Pale Ale - Citra Mandarina Bavaria 5.10GoodMy first ever Kernel on cask. A balanced mixed hopping with no in your face citrus. Some haze. Felt experimental
Fyne - Jarl3.80Not Tried
19 Mar 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close. Very busy so pity it closed at 11pm.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentOnce again the gravity served Harvey's Best here is in excellent form - beating other local handpumped supply venues into a cocked hat
Five Points - Pale4.40Not Tried
12 Feb 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening whistle stop bus change visit.
Kent - Pale4.00Excellent
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Lord Marples4.00Not Tried
05 Feb 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Last knockings visit until close. Haven't seen the old leave the front door open ruse to encourage prompt after closing time departure for a while.
Fyne - Jarl3.80Excellent
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableCan be a lot better
Wylam - Fleek4.20Not Tried
29 Jan 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. Good to see Guv Stu for first time in 2 years.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Made North3.80GoodOddly cooler than the other cask ale in the same chilled cabinet!
Koomor - Petal4.80AcceptableGood taste but poured with no head and had little or no natural carbonation or condition
15 Jan 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Fast bus journey got me here with reasonable time for two late pints until close.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentAlways rare on gravity. Best I have had for a while, probably since last visit here
Wylam - Gold4.00Not TriedSeems to getting around locally quite a bit at the moment
20 Dec 2021 (Philip Pirrip)
Late afternoon visit after local chores.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentTempted back by Saturday's pints. Still excellent
Kent - Pale4.00Not Tried
18 Dec 2021 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. First for yonks and so good to see the cheery team and not too many changes to swallow.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentBest I have had for a long time, does gravity dispense work a magic. But why was the 3rd consecutive pint from same cask that much cooler and better balanced than 1 and 2? Hey ho for cask
Kent - Pale4.00Not Tried
02 Oct 2021 (Philip Pirrip)
11.15pm and faced with new 11pm closing time. Used to be a good bet for a midnight close but no longer.
20 Sep 2021 (Magnus Greel)
16.00hrs visit I had an hour to kill before the Long Pond opened so I thought I'd pay homage to this ex 'craze pub', an overwhelming experience to which I can only imagine similar emotions shared by folk on a Beatles tour in Liverpool, soaking up the atmosphere in establishments where legends have previously drank.
Kent - Pale4.00ExceptionalFaultless in all aspects. The first pint of this dry fruity nectar didn't touch the sides so had to have another just to appreciate it properly.
Dig Brew - Cask Bier4.20ExcellentA taster was enough to discover the blandness of this beer.
Kent - Tropic Ale4.90Not TriedSadly taken off as I ordered it

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About The Rusty Bucket

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

Summary of Beer Scores



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 83 times, seen 135 different beers and tried 76 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE9 5PR