Sunday, 31 January 2016

Burns Night

The Robin Hood and Little John - Monday 25th January 2016

78 Lion Rd, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8PF
There is a little ritual MB and I have got ourselves into on the 25th of January each year. Being just after his birthday it is an ideal occasion for a second celebration and an excuse to drink more ale. We have taken a trip down to the Robin Hood and Little John every year for about the last 10-15 years on Burns Night to savour the wonderfully prepared haggis, tatties and neeps accompanied by one of the several whiskys on offer from the top shelf.

This is a pub we used to go to week-in-week-out for many a year until we both had a spate of unemployment which changed our priorities. After we both got back into gainful employment, we decided to spread our wings a little further afield to sample the delights of many of the other pubs in our area. The Robin Hood is still our default go-to pub though, as it offers six ales on the menu as well as one or two guest ales that change once every week or two.

This evening we were joined by MB's work friend M (cannot remember his surname - shameful of me). We were all at the birthday drink in the Dial Arch on Friday and we have all been to several beer festivals and pubs in recent years too. M had not sampled the delights of the Burns Night feast, so he joined us for a few ales and a chat.

Beers drunk on this visit :

1) Deuchars IPA (3.8%) - Caledonian Brewing Co, Edinburgh, Scotland - a session English Pale Ale
2) Grasshopper (3.8%) - Westerham Brewery, Westerham, Kent - a malty, full bodied bitter
3) Whitstable Bay (3.9%) - Faversham Steam Brewery (Shepherd Neame), Faversham, Kent - another session slightly bitter pale ale
4) Aberlour whisky (10yo) - Aberlour, Speyside, Scotland - a smooth, single malt


The pub was the least busy I have ever seen it on a Burns Night, but the haggis, tatties and neeps were served up just the same. A very welcome plateful on Scottish goodness, washed down with a fine whisky. What more could one want on a cold January evening to warm the cockles?

I am due to finish work again soon, so I think I may begin to visit a few more pubs with MB as our availability will overlap a lot more. The Robin Hood and Little John will be close to the top of the list of pubs to visit first.

Number of visits : 1st / dozens previously

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