Broadway Sq, 6 Market Place, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7DY
I usually attend at least one of Wetherspoon's International Beer Festivals at some point every year. I usually manage to get through around a dozen or so brews from the UK and around the world over a few visits to a number of their pubs. This year though, I have not managed to get to the pub chain more than just this once.
I like these beer festivals due to the great variety of ales on offer, and the great price they usually go for - £2.15 per pint on this visit. I usually meet up with my long-term friend and drinking buddy MB, and this time was no different.
Today was Halloween, and the Staff of the Furze Wren put in quite a bit of work to give the pub a festival feel; a few spooky decorations and the bar staff all got into the spirit (pun intended) of the event; one barmaid in particular sported a zombie look that would give the professional make-up artists in Hollywood a run for their money - she really did look scary, well done her for making a great effort.
MB was working late so we didn't meet until around 8:30pm but as the bar stays open until midnight, we still had plenty of time to have a leisurely drink and put the world to rights with our meandering conversations. We managed to sample four beers on this visit, as well as grab a bite to eat. Wetherspoon's pubs offer a reasonable fare with a great variety of choice at a reasonable price. They won't win any Michelin Stars for their fare, but it is good value and filling; MB opted for their chili dog and I went for a plain burger.
Beers drunk on this visit:
1) Festival Ale (4.5%) - Strathaven Brewery, Lanarkshire - a strong, flavoursome amber ale
2) Strange Brew (4.1%) - Twickenham Brewery, Twickenham - a dark golden, very hoppy ale
3) Owl & the Pussy Cat (4.5%) - Oakham Ales, Peterborough - a blonde looking flavoursome ale
4) Audit (6.2%) - Westerham Brewery, Westerham - a very strong bitter ale
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