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The Rusty Bucket (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent4
Kent - KGBExcellent2
Fyne - JarlExcellent1
Kent - PaleExcellent1
Kernel (The Kernel) - Pale Ale - Citra Mandarina Bavaria Good1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Made NorthGood1
Anspach & Hobday - The London ESBGood1
Moor - ResonanceAcceptable1
Koomor - PetalAcceptable1
Wylam - FleekNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Lord MarplesNot Tried0
Five Points - PaleNot Tried0
Anspach & Hobday - The Ordinary BitterNot Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
Cloudwater - Happy!Not Tried0
Wylam - GoldNot Tried0

Visits Details

24 Jun 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close.
Kent - KGB4.10Good
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..
Kent - KGB4.10ExcellentA full-on dose of Golding and Fuggles hops, with a rich variety of local malts
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
28 May 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Brief evening visit. Met the Welsh wizard musician of The Harp here - first time seen since Covid-19 lockdowns.
Moor - Resonance4.10AcceptableHazy murk, slightly warmish, drank without noticing and a repeat order was right off my menu
Anspach & Hobday - The Ordinary Bitter3.70Not Tried
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

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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 86 times, seen 138 different beers and tried 77 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE9 5PR