Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Wetherspoon's Real Ale Festival Day 11

Another day another trek to find more beers on the Wetherspoon's Real Ale Festival list. This time MB and I decided to try further afield in the hope that we could track down those last few elusive ales. Alas, a flood in Crayford and the distances involved at the behest of public transport meant we were limited to two pubs in the end instead of the three we hoped to get around.

The Great Harry - Saturday 22nd October 2016

79 Wellington St, Woolwich, London SE18 6PQ
I have not been out for a drink in this part of Woolwich for a long time. I have been to the Dial Arch on a couple of occasions but not actually along the main high street area. Again, this is a large pub that seems to cater well for families. From the decor, it is hard to believe it burned down only a few years back. I am glad to see it back up and running and full of customers.

Beers drunk on this visit: 3 of those we had already tried previously including the Deuchars Imperial, the Kentish Saison and another that I forgot to make a note of.

The Flying Boat
36-42 Spital St, Dartford, Kent DA1 2DT
I have seen this building in many guises over the years. A Wetherspoon's pub is its best incarnation though. The evening was going fine until our journey down here - a major flooding event in Crayford meant that buses were on a long diversion and thus we missed out on getting to one more pub. We were also unable to get any Festival ales as they were all "finished". Oh well. We decided to go for the Rockin Robin brewery ales instead. Unfortunately, a fight in the pub (the first I have seen in over three decades in a pub) marred things a little, but I have to take my hat off to the security staff, they stepped in very quickly and stopped the fracas from becoming worse than it actually was.

Beers drunk on this visit:

1) Blizzard of Oz (4.5%) - Rockin Robin Brewery, Maidstone, Kent - a rich, dark, traditional winter warmer
2) Really Rockin (5%) - Rockin Robin Brewery, Maidstone, Kent - a dry, hoppy English Pale Ale

This was the last day of the Festival. Unfortunately, we were unable to get to sample the delights of all the ales on offer. Better luck next time when they run their next one in the New Year.

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