8 Pickford Lane, Bexleyheath, Kent DA7 4QWAgain, like with the Halfway House yesterday evening, I visited this micropub on opening night. I have walked past the site of this pub every morning for the last 7 or 8 months and not noticed it was there! Goes to show the vegetative state I am in on my way to and from work in the mornings and early evenings. Still, on Friday morning I finally noticed the pub and took a quick peek inside. I also took a quick preview on my way home from work on Friday evening to see a private party in full swing. I was looking forward to visiting two micropubs this weekend.
I tried to take a picure of each of the micropubs before entering them but for some reason the phone camera would not work properly - it took the photos, displayed them on screen, but when I tried to call them up from my gallery the photos were just black. Oh well, I will figure out what happened another time and try to get non-copyrighted images for the blog going forward (although the images I use on my site are in no way meant to infringe upon any asserted rights of the owners - they are merely to illustrate and advertise some great venues and beers).
Anyway, back to the evening. The pub was packed when I got there but not as shoulder-to-shoulder packed as the Halfway House. There were probably just as many people in there but this micropub seems a little larger on the inside. I also got a completely different vibe from this one as I entered - it felt more welcoming as there was not a raucous noise going on, more a hubub of friendly banter. Again, though, there was a great mix of people.
From what I could see, the decor is plain and the tables and chairs modern and very functional, although they were normal sized tables and chairs in contrast to the taller ones I commented on in the last post. The bar was well-attended by staff, who were very friendly and also very busy. Service was quick despite it being very busy in there and also, despite the crush at the bar, there was only good natured banter and politeness from the patrons.
The beers on offer were extensive; the beer board had eight or nine ales advertised, but by the end of the evening all bar two or three had been scrubbed off the chalkboard! There was a great choice of strengths, styles and breweries on offer, as well as bottled Belgian beers and other craft beers in cans kept in a well-stocked fridge. I noticed some people drinking wine and other drinks too, so most tastes are catered for.
One thing that really stood out for me though was that beers were being sold in 1/3, 2/3 and full pint glasses. The 2/3 size seemed very popular, and indeed I stuck to that format all evening. It seemed a comfortable size for a beer and it meant that the last dregs in the glass were not warmed up by the time they were drunk. This for me is a major selling point of this micropub, as well as the close proximity to Bexleyheath railway station and two bus stops (literally a few seconds walk from either) - it is a very easy pub to get to.
Beers drunk on this visit:
1) Due to my camera not working I was unable to make a note of the red ale I drunk (3.8%)
2) Hengist (5.0%) - Wantsum Brewery, Canterbury, Kent - a strong golden ale
3) American Pale Ale (3.8%) - Howling Hops Brewery, East London - a fruity, well-balanced ale