MB and I have had a little tradition dating back about 20 years or so that we visit the Robin Hood and Little John pub for a few beers; haggis, tatties and neeps; and a whiskey to wash it down on Burns Night. There are a few reasons for this; MB's birthday is very close to this date, he can trace his ancestors back to the poet himself and the pub is a fantastic venue for just such an evening.
The Robin Hood and Little John
78 Lion Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8PF
This evening was no different other than we were joined by the other MB from the usual three muskabeers team we form to visit beer festivals and partake of pub crawls.
We arrived at 8:30pm and grabbed a pint before sitting down at one of the back tables. The reason we didn't prop the bar up for any longer is that I had undergone some physiotherapy for my legs and back earlier that afternoon and they were hurting like crazy.
It was a little quiet in there this evening (last year was the same too, but most other years it is heaving) so we were able to grab that table and have a good conversation over a few beers and some lovely food prepared by the landlady. The beer selection has changed over the last few years, as old favourites have come and gone only to be replaced by other stalwart ales. The latest list is not as strong alcoholically as the previous year's list, but I am happy with that - many are around or below the magic 4% mark with only one at 4.5%. The guest ales were also around the 4% mark too (but one was not due in for a few days).
Beers drunk on this visit :
1) Flying Scotsman (4%) - Caledonian Brewing Co, Edinburgh, Scotland - a rich, full flavoured bitter
2) Whitstable Bay (3.9%) - Faversham Steam Brewery (Shepherd Neame), Faversham, Kent - a light, fruity pale ale
3) Bexley's Own Beer (4.2%) - Bexley Brewery, Bexley, Kent - a subtle, smooth bitter/sweet pale ale