Broadway Square, Bexleyheath Shopping Centre, 6 Market Place, Bexleyheath DA6 7DY
As I was otherwise engaged on the actual Burn's Night this year, MB and I decided to head to our local Wetherspoons to sample some haggis and single malt the following day. As we had missed our usual trip to the Robin Hood and Little John we had to find somewhere that still sold haggis - Wetherspoons have it on the menu for a week so, like last year, we headed there for our annual fix.
Tonight was rather fortuitous in other ways too as it was the start of yet another of their famous beer festivals. One look at the five or six ales on offer though meant I was limited to only a couple of them unfortunately, and one wasn't being offered on the beer festival night but was there for the Burn's Night celebrations. One had a coffee infusion, and as I have an intolerance to caffeine would not touch it. The others were all way over 4.5% and out of my league. This left me with a choice of the Burn's Night special brown ale and a hoppy golden ale.
The two beers I chose were actually very nice indeed, as was the Glenmorangie I supped with my haggis, tatties and neeps. MB and I decided that we should try to get back again before the end of the festival to see if we can sample a couple more of the beers on offer. Due to a major change in my life recently I can no longer get out during the week, so I am limited to weekend drinking, and only imbibing the lower alcohol content beers due to the running I do every Saturday and Sunday morning.
The evening in the Furze was very lively, with lots of youngsters in the bar enjoying themselves. It took MB and I over an hour to secure a table and then be bale to order our food, so we were both very hungry before it arrived.
Beers drunk on this visit:
1) Bow Bells (4.2%) - Truman's Brewery, Hackney Wick, London - a hoppy, citrusy golden ale
2) Robert Burns Brown Ale (4.2%) - Belhaven Brewery, Scotland - a very tasty traditional brown ale