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The Rusty Bucket (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Cloudwater - A-W18 Brown Ale Excellent2
Kent - CobnutExcellent2
Arbor Ales - MosaicExcellent1
New Bristol - Maple Syrup StoutExcellent2
Wylam - MacchiatoExcellent1
Cloudwater - A-W18 India Porter Good3
Siren Craft - Yu LuGood1
Kent - Green GiantGood1
Siren Craft - Liquid Mistress Red IPAGood1
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast StoutGood1
New Bristol - Marshmellow StoutNot Tried0
New Bristol - OohlalaNot Tried0
Squawk - Pavo - Pale AleNot Tried0
Wylam - GalatiaNot Tried0
Gun - Red AleNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Vienna Pale AleNot Tried0
Kent - KGBNot Tried0
Cloudwater - A-W18 Pale Not Tried0
Cloudwater - A-W18 One-Off DDH Pale v.1 Not Tried0
Magic Rock - RingmasterNot Tried0
BritHop - ShakermakerNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - HopfestNot Tried0
Burning Sky - PlateauNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mister SquirrelNot Tried0

Visits Details

07 Dec 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Arbor Ales - Mosaic4.00Excellent
Wylam - Macchiato6.50ExcellentAwash with full flavours
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mister Squirrel4.00Not Tried
04 Dec 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Cobnut4.10GoodTeeny loss of edge since Friday's pint
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Hopfest3.80Not Tried
Kent - Green Giant6.00Not Tried
30 Nov 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. All well behaved customers left shortly after the bewitching hour.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Cobnut4.10Excellent4th and final excellent ale of tonight's taste journey
Kent - Green Giant6.00Not Tried
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Not Tried
24 Nov 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. One of the owners' Mums was keeping an eye on proceedings from the customer side. More keg all taps added to make up to 18 now, from 11 before.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Green Giant6.00GoodProbably the very last one of this season's batch for sale anywhere
Cloudwater - A-W18 India Porter 5.30PoorInitial taste seemed OK but pretty sure I was getting sediment taste as the glass went down, cask was heavily tilted
Kent - KGB4.10Not Tried
BritHop - Shakermaker4.40Not TriedCuckooed at Franklin's Brewery. I have heard this brewery described as being from Erith, Bexley and now Eltham. Pity the clip does not show any honest provenance
19 Nov 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close. Quiet, demure and relaxed here on a Monday. Guv wearing a multi-twist long scarf to keep warm!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cloudwater - A-W18 India Porter 5.30ExcellentLovely nick
Cloudwater - A-W18 Brown Ale 4.60GoodClips says 4.6%, Guv read 5.2% on cask end label, 5.2% reported by another correspondent on here. Cloudwater asked to adjudicate. Cloudwater has subsequently confirmed the clip is correct at 4.6%, apparently cask end labels were wrongly printed off
Magic Rock - Ringmaster3.90Not Tried
New Bristol - Maple Syrup Stout7.00Not TriedStill going strong!
16 Nov 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. There had been a cask tap takeover by Cloudwater yesterday, signalling its return to being a cask brewer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cloudwater - A-W18 Brown Ale 4.60Excellent
Cloudwater - A-W18 India Porter 5.30Excellent
Kent - KGB4.10Not Tried
Wylam - Galatia3.90Not Tried
New Bristol - Maple Syrup Stout7.00Not Tried
Cloudwater - A-W18 Pale 4.00Not TriedRan out
Cloudwater - A-W18 One-Off DDH Pale v.1 5.50Not Tried
12 Nov 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close. Good conversation with a former BR Telecomms engineer about how passenger information systems used to operate.
BeerABVScoreNotes
New Bristol - Maple Syrup Stout7.00ExcellentA few days old but still as good as last week
Wylam - Galatia3.90Not Tried
Gun - Red Ale4.40Not Tried
10 Nov 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. A raucous but well behaved large stag party was hitting the stronger beers and spirits to well line the cash till.
BeerABVScoreNotes
New Bristol - Maple Syrup Stout7.00ExcellentOn another beer site someone described this as "Bleddy eck this is thick and good." From its after-effects I just wonder if 7% was an underestimate of its abv!
Gun - Red Ale4.40Not Tried
Siren Craft - Vienna Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
05 Nov 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close. The glacé cherries on some Bakewell Tarts given to bar staff were summarily removed and rejected as was much of the icing too, not leaving a lot left for them to munch!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Siren Craft - Liquid Mistress Red IPA5.80Good
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast Stout6.50Good
Squawk - Pavo - Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
29 Oct 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 11pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Siren Craft - Yu Lu3.60Good
New Bristol - Marshmellow Stout4.00Not Tried
New Bristol - Oohlala4.60Not Tried

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About The Rusty Bucket

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent21
Good36
Acceptable7
Poor1

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 11 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.

We have visited this pub 48 times, seen 79 different beers and tried 47 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE9 5PR