Tuesday, 16 February 2016

The Wrong Un

The Wrong Un - Saturday 13th February

234-236 Broadway, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8AS

This used to be a very regular haunt for me. I have visited this pub with friends, family and often on my own when returning from a trip to the local shopping centre. However, over the last few years it has gone a bit downhill so I now prefer to frequent the Wetherspoons at the other end of the high street; The Furze Wren.

Today, however, there was a nice atmosphere in the pub. I got served at the bar quite quickly and was able to grab a booth to sit in to watch a bit of the rugby - the first half of the France vs Ireland 6 Nations match (I got home in time to catch the second half).

The reason for this visit was because the following day was St. Valentine's Day. I had bought my wife a lovely bunch of flowers but needed her to be out whilst I wrote the card and presented them nicely for her. I had just visited the physio for some remedial work on my ruined calves and was on my way home when I popped into a flower shop to grab the bouquet. As I knew she was taking my younger daughter to her swimming lesson that afternoon, I had a little time to kill.

I knew I could only fit in one pint, so I chose wisely. Usually I go for a weaker ale and then work my way up the alcohol strength so I can at least taste the next ale I drink without it going 'soapy'. This time I chose a lovely red ale brewed specially for Wetherspoons by Oscar Brandstrom from Sweden.

Beers drunk on this visit :

1) Nausta Lapland Red Ale (4.5%) - Wadworth Brewery, Devizes, Wiltshire - a spicy, fruity winter ale

Number of visits : 1st / dozens previous

A Haka outside the Bavarian Beerhouse

MB, SH and I decided to return to the Tower Hill Bavarian Beerhouse. I booked the table a few weeks in advance as I have heard (and seen) that it can get quite busy on a Friday Night. Unfortunately, some of SH's friends/neighbours had a few personal problems that meant he could not make it. So, I left work nice and early to get to our destination for 5pm.

The Cheshire Cheese - 5th February 2016
48 Crutched Friars, Tower Hill, London EC3N 2AP

(Un)fortunately I got to my destination too early and had around forty minutes to kill before our table became available. So I looked around for a pub to grab a swift half in before the main event.

This area of London is a bit off the beaten track for me usually, so I wanted to try somewhere to add to my tick list. The Cheshire Cheese wasn't a bad choice. It is definitely a pub for after work drinking judging by the suits in there. However, the TV screens all around and good choice of beer points towards a good bar to visit to watch the rugby - maybe I will suggest this another day for a meet up with my rugby chums.

Beers drunk on this visit :

1) Haka (5.2%) - Slater's Brewery, Stafford, Staffordshire - A strong, golden New Zealand Pale Ale

Number of visits : 1st

The Bavarian Beerhouse

9 Crutched Friars, London EC3N 2AU
I still arrived quite early at the Beerhaus, so I ordered up a pretzel and a half-litre of Erdinger Weissbier to sip whilst I waited for MB to arrive. I taunted SH with a photo of my freshly poured drink from my phone camera and read my latest book on the Kindle.

MB arrived a little later than expected due to the trains but he soon caught me up. We were going to have the full monty of a three course meal but the beer and chat took over. As we had spare spaces at our table and the place was packed, we offered our company to three young couples throughout the evening. We chatted to each in turn to be pleasant but mostly they had their own conversations to have. That said, we were treated to a vodka and sherbet shot by one couple from the East End and now Essex. This was a new experience for me; I have had schnapps and tequila slammers but I have never really slammed vodka. I necked the packet of strawberry sherbet and followed it swiftly with the vodka. It was a pleasant sensation that made a nice change from the beer. I doubt I would want more than one in an evening though.

Lina, our waitress, kept us well plied with Erdinger Weissbier throughout the evening but we only ordered the starter for our meal. I must admit though to being bloated on beer, so had no room for the Jaegerschnitzel I was going to order - maybe next time?

Beers drunk on this visit :
1) Weissbier (5.2%) - Erdinger Brewery, Erding, Germany - Cloudy, citrusy with a white fluffy head

Number of visits : 3rd at this location

A New (Cross Turnpike) Beginning

A Mini Pub Crawl in Welling - Tuesday 2nd February 2016

The Three Muskabeers from the Burn's Night decided on a rematch at the re-opening of the New Cross Turnpike in Welling - the next town up the line from our hometown of Bexleyheath. I have been to this pub on a few occasions previously but it was never really one of my favourites. That said, we three decided that we should show our support for the pub after the fire that gutted it last year.

The New Cross Tunrpike

55 Bellegrove Rd, Welling, Kent DA16 3PB

We arrived fairly late due to me not being able to get there until after work and my evening meal. The place was packed. It took almost forever to get served and the choice of ales available could be numbered on two fingers. They had plenty of pumps on saying "Available soon", but that didn't help at the moment of ordering. We all decided to go for a pint of Abbot as it is usually quite a good go to ale, but we were all sorely disappointed with it. What with the jostling crowds and lack of anywhere to sit, we decided to sup up and go to a pub we could rely on.

Beers drunk on this visit :

1) Abbot Ale (5%) - Greene King, Bury St Edmunds - a malty, hoppy blended strong ale

Number of Visits : 1st - a few previous

The Door Hinge

11 Welling High St, Welling, Kent DA16 1TR

The landlord knew exactly where we had come from as we wandered into this old favourite. We made our excuses on having to support the re-opening and ordered a pint that took us through 'til closing time. It was a quiet Tuesday night in the Door Hinge, but we had a good chat and decided on our next venue as we finished our pints.

Beers drunk on this visit :

1) RPA (3.9%) - Rockin' Robin Brewery, Maidstone, Kent - an Anglo-American red pale ale

Number of Visits : 2nd - a few previous

The Nags Head

37 Welling High St, Welling, Kent DA16 1TR

This is another pub that has recently had a make over. I went in here a few months before starting this blog when it had first been redone but I didn't like the atmosphere or lack of beers on tap at the time. However, this has all been remedied and there is now a small choice of ales as well as all the usual lagers etc. you normally find in a town centre pub. Luckily it was a Tuesday, so it was a quiet night and we could have a good talk over a few pints until closing time.

Beers drunk on this visit :

1) Old Speckled Hen (5.2%) - Morland Brewery, Abingdon, Oxfordshire - a strong, smooth malty amber ale

Number of Visits : 1st - a couple previous