Tuesday, 16 February 2016

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

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