Monday, 6 March 2017

The Hackney Carriage

The Hackney Carriage - Thursday 2nd March 2017

165 Station Rd, Sidcup DA15 7AA

MB and I fancied somewhere a little different this week, so I suggested one of the newish micropubs in Sidcup would be good for a visit. We were not to be disappointed with the choice of beers on offer, and the welcoming atmosphere. It was busy in here this evening, but not as rammed as it was on my first visit (although that was on a Saturday night).

There was a good choice of beers, and whilst in there one of the "coming soon" ales was put on. Unfortunately we were only able to sample three ales before closing time (around 9:30 for last orders and 10pm for drink up), but they were three very tasty ones. We decided not to eat this evening but the pub does offer a few bar snacks if so required.

The cider and wine lists both looked rather adventurous with several kegs/bottles of each listed on the menus. I may have to return here just for a wine or cider evening.

We had an early finish tonight due to the pub closing but for some reason I have been feeling a little under the weather recently and our trip to this little gem of a pub was of about the right length. Unfortunately, the final beer was a little rushed - the half-pint of Nelson's blood went to our heads a little due to it being drunk quite a bit quicker than we normally imbibe.

On that final note, my normal drinking rate is about a pint per hour or so, but I try not to drink more than 3 pints per session. So, if more than three beers are listed in one of my blog entries it is normally because one or more of the ales would have been half pints. Using the list below as an example, the first two drinks were pints and the final beer was a half. I also have a rule to only drink ales that are around 4.0% or less in pints and above that in half pints.

1) Two Horses (3.8%) - Firebird Brewing Co, Rudgwick, East Sussex - a session golden ale
2) Duck & Cover (4.0%) - Green Duck Brewery, Stourbridge, West Midlands - a session IPA
3) Nelson's Blood (6.0%) - Nelson Brewery, Chatham, Kent - a strong, easy drinking malty ale

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