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The Real Ale Way (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Iron Pier - Wolf & Olicana Joined at the HopExcellent1
Larkins - PaleGood3
Brew Buddies - Beckenham BunnyGood1
Wantsum - Portly PigAcceptable1
Larkins - Best BitterAcceptable1
Larkins - TraditionalAcceptable1
Iron Pier - Whiteout IPANot Tried0
Iron Pier - Rosherville RedNot Tried0
Tonbridge - House Session BitterNot Tried0
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale (or EIPA)Not Tried0
Nelson - ShipwreckedNot Tried0
Whitstable - Winkle PickerNot Tried0
Tonbridge - TraditionalNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Blonde AmbitionNot Tried0
Ripple Steam - Classic IPANot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good LordNot Tried0
Ripple Steam - Farmhouse Pale AleNot Tried0
Southwark - Routemaster RedNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Old ChestnutNot Tried0
Koomor (contract brewed at Iron Pier) - TrunkNot Tried0
Ripple Steam - GoldNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Easy Street PaleNot Tried0
Tonbridge - India Pale AleNot Tried0
Northdown - Tidal PoolNot Tried0
Wantsum - Black PigNot Tried0
Tonbridge - RusticNot Tried0
Iron Pier - Cast Iron StoutNot Tried0

Visits Details

22 Jul 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. As on previous visit never felt cosily comfortable here probably because all stools being occupied at the bar counter makes for a view of backsides.
Larkins - Best Bitter4.40AcceptableRather cloying and lost all condition once half way down the pint glass
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Lord5.00Not Tried
Larkins - Pale4.20Not Tried
Southwark - Routemaster Red4.20Not Tried
Tonbridge - House Session Bitter3.60Not TriedRe-badged Traditional
Koomor (contract brewed at Iron Pier) - Trunk3.80Not Tried
Tonbridge - Easy Street Pale3.90Not Tried
Northdown - Tidal Pool4.60Not TriedBeer of the week here but as a murk job not to be for me
12 Dec 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening re-visit until 10pm close having yo-yoed back from the Westerham sister pub to this one. 2 extra ales on in the couple of hours betwixt.
Wantsum - Portly Pig5.50AcceptableNew cask on - still rather fresh
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale (or EIPA)4.10Not Tried
Nelson - Shipwrecked5.00Not Tried
Whitstable - Winkle Picker4.50Not Tried
Tonbridge - Blonde Ambition4.20Not Tried
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Not Tried
Tonbridge - Traditional3.60Not Tried
Larkins - Pale4.20Not Tried
12 Dec 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Early evening visit on a miserable wet night. Brief stay with intention being to catch the 246 bus to its sister pub of the same name in Westerham.
Larkins - Pale4.20GoodQuite a sharp bitter, quite intense on the lips
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale (or EIPA)4.10Not Tried
Nelson - Shipwrecked5.00Not TriedBlackboard says beer of the week!
Whitstable - Winkle Picker4.50Not Tried
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Not Tried
Tonbridge - Traditional3.60Not TriedBadged here as the house beer
13 Jul 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit, my second after nearly a year. Well settled in with a thriving clientele. Good chat with a fellow about his early life on Gravesend Marshes.
Iron Pier - Wolf & Olicana Joined at the Hop3.80ExcellentFirst rate
Larkins - Pale4.20AcceptableDifficult to judge as a long time since I last had this one. Teeny suspicion of a forming off flavour
Wantsum - Black Pig4.80Not Tried
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Not Tried
Iron Pier - Cast Iron Stout4.70Not Tried
Iron Pier - Whiteout IPA5.30Not Tried
Iron Pier - Rosherville Red4.80Not Tried
Tonbridge - House Session Bitter3.60Not TriedBound to be Tonbridge Traditional
01 Aug 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close. Immediately friendly Micropub which has only been open 10 or so days. Good to see the concentration on Kentish ales and ciders and I was delighted to see a rare appearance (this far from its home) from Larkins which will be a regular beer here.
Larkins - Pale4.20Excellent
Brew Buddies - Beckenham Bunny6.20GoodPresumably unfined as it was very hazy, no pre-warning though. A malty brew
Larkins - Traditional3.40Acceptable
Ripple Steam - Classic IPA4.50Not Tried
Ripple Steam - Farmhouse Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
Tonbridge - Old Chestnut4.40Not Tried
Ripple Steam - Gold3.80Not Tried
Tonbridge - India Pale Ale4.80Not Tried

About The Real Ale Way

The pub sign. The Real Ale Way, Hayes (SE London), Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Hayes (SE London), Greater London, BR2 7EB.

In Station Approach right opposite Hayes railway station this family run micropub opened on Friday 20th July 2018 in former bank (and latterly accountant's office) premises. Real ales and cider/perry are sold on gravity dispense from a temperature controlled cellar room behind the bar counter. Smart d├ęcor in contemporary style with more floor space than some micropubs. Concentrates on Kentish made ales and ciders but does sell some wine and gins inevitably from elsewhere. Handily placed on several bus routes to and from Bromley.

We have visited this pub 5 times, seen 26 different beers and tried 6 of them.

Map location

Postcode: BR2 7EB