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The Rusty Bucket (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kent - PaleExceptional1
Siren Craft - UndercurrentExcellent1
Kent - Green GiantExcellent1
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast StoutExcellent1
Dig Brew - Cask BierExcellent1
Moor - StoutGood1
Kent - KGBGood1
Anspach & Hobday - Janus (collaboration with Neptune)Good1
Kent - CobnutGood1
Five Points - Railway PorterAcceptable1
Gun - Chummy BlusterNot Tried0
Salopian - ChameleonNot Tried0
Kent - Tropic AleNot Tried0
Wylam - CascadeNot Tried0
Empire - Chocolate Milk StoutNot Tried0
Moor - Nor'HopNot Tried0
Wylam - MacchiatoNot Tried0
Brockley - Pale AleNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - Blue Sky Drinking Not Tried0
Three Sods - Dark Magus Not Tried0
Five Points - XPANot Tried0
Kirkstall - Break EvenNot Tried0
Burning Sky - PlateauNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Yu LuNot Tried0
Harbour - Cornish BitterNot Tried0
Stewart - [Jack Back]Not Tried0

Visits Details

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
11 Mar 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close. Most customers were kegging or canning.
Siren Craft - Undercurrent4.50ExcellentIn fine fettle. My palate can just about tolerate this level of citrus taste
Salopian - Chameleon3.80Not Tried
22 Feb 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Also tried a fizz Boom Cherry Lambic at 4%, if only it was on cask.
Anspach & Hobday - Janus (collaboration with Neptune)4.50GoodA brown ale claimed to be of an American style
Kent - KGB4.10Not Tried
Kent - Pale4.00Not Tried
25 Jan 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight. Had hosted a Burns's night supper earlier and the landlady was in a tartan skirt in its honour! Also had a third of Mikkeller (brewed by Lerwig) 12% Beer Geek Fudgesicle at a fiver.
Moor - Stout5.00GoodNourishing
Stewart - [Jack Back]3.70Not Tried
Gun - Chummy Bluster4.40Not Tried
20 Dec 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Also had a fizz Time & Tide Spratwaffler which was a rather flat lemon juice job.
Five Points - Railway Porter4.80AcceptableNeeded a tad more condition
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Not Tried
Siren Craft - Yu Lu3.60Not Tried
Harbour - Cornish Bitter4.00Not Tried
22 Nov 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. The small log and massive pine cone still exist! Ended with a small dose of Westmalle draught fizz Trappist Dubbel.
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast Stout6.50ExcellentGlorious night capper
Five Points - XPA4.00Not Tried
Kirkstall - Break Even4.60Not Tried
08 Nov 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close and a bit.
Kent - Green Giant6.00ExcellentGlorious green hopper - one of the last casks being sold anywhere
Brockley - Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Arbor Ales - Blue Sky Drinking 4.40Not Tried
Three Sods - Dark Magus 4.70Not Tried
18 Oct 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. A small log now joins the pine cone on the shelf of woody exhibits!
Kent - Cobnut4.10Good
Moor - Nor'Hop4.10Not Tried
Wylam - Macchiato6.50Not Tried
11 Oct 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Pleased to see my donated giant pine cone is still safe and sound and hopefully coveted!
Kent - KGB4.10Good
Wylam - Cascade4.10Not Tried
Empire - Chocolate Milk Stout5.70Not Tried

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About The Rusty Bucket

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

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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 75 times, seen 128 different beers and tried 70 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE9 5PR