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Robin Hood And Little John

Posted by Waspie_Dwarf , in Good friends and jolly good c... 18 December 2006 · 141 views

If you are expecting an entry about English mythology then you will be disappointed.  The Robin Hood and Little John is far more important than that, it's a pub. To be more specific, it's one of my local pubs. To be more specific still, it is the best little pub in Bexley London Borough. That's not just my opinion, the certificates on the Wall from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) showing how may awards it has won back me up.

I love real ale and the RH&LJ always have a good selection. Just as importantly it is a friendly pub. Some pubs I have been too are very cliquish. If you aren't a regular you will tend to be ignored by the other customers and sometimes even the bar staff. That does not happen in the RH&LJ. I have never experienced any rudeness or obnoxious behaviour. I have seen people that have enjoyed a drink but I have never seen any real drunkenness. In my area this is a rare thing indeed.

It is also a pub where people understand bar etiquette. If you are standing at the bar with your drink and someone wants to be served you step away so the bar staff can see them. If someone has been waiting longer than you and the bar staff come to you first you point them in the right direction and say, "this gentleman/lady was here first". Everyone does that at the RH&LJ and it makes the experience so much more pleasant.

So why am I extolling the virtues of the RH&LJ? The reason is because I spent a very pleasant Saturday evening there with my friend Mike. This used to be our regular haunt, we would meet there on average every other week. Recently neither of us have been able to afford it so much. As a result it was something like 9 months since we met there. As well as being the best pub in my area it is also conveniently placed as it is almost exactly half way between Mike's and my house. It is about a 15 minute walk for both of us (actually a bit longer for me because I've only got short legs).

We started the night as we usually do, with a "Brakspear Bitter". This is one of the lower alcohol content beers at 3.4%. The Brakspear Brewery shut down in 2004 and this beer was nearly extinct. Fortunately the Wychwood Brewery (excellent beers) took over production and this beer survived.

We decided to have a second pint of this lovely stuff before moving on to the guest ale. The guest ale was "God's Wallop Christmas Ale". This was brewed by the Westerham Brewery, a Kentish brewer (Kent grows the best hops in the World. The fact that I was born in Kent doesn't make me biased... much). 4.3% ABV. This was a bit sharper in taste than the Brakspear. Mike didn't enjoy it much, I thought it was OK.

For our last pint of the evening we had an old favourite, "The Rev. James". This is a lovely beer, 4.5% ABV, brewed by the Welsh brewery Brains.

It won't be 9 months before I return for another pint or 4 with Mike.

There is only one problem with drinking at the Robin Hood and Little John. On the walk home I always get a Disney song from their version of Robin Hood lodged in my brain. You know the one, it starts:

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Robin Hood and Little John walking through the forest,
Those are the only words I know from the song and they go round and round my head until my brain hurts. Still it's worth it for the good beer and better company.

Waspie_Dwarf encourages sensible drinking. Do not drink and drive (you might spill your beer).




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