If Stevenage needs an advertising slogan, they could do better than “Mrs RM preferred you to an evening in Bexleyheath“. “Last tick in Greater London, you’ll never sing that !” counters The Bex.
An expensive tick, but relatively quick from Stevenage with the bonus of a stop in London Bridge on the return. Which pub will I do there, I wonder ?
It was only 4 months since my last visit to Bexleyheath, when the “controversial” micro Kentish Belle finally made the Guide with its feast of exciting cask and craft.
Oddly, it only lasted a year, and in its place comes the Volunteer, appropriately a community pub.
So what’s replacing one of London’s premier ale shrines in South-East London, then ?
Yippee ! The battle is won. Proper beer has kicked out the craft etc etc etc.
The Volunteer is a Proper Pub, too, with bench seating,
“Africa” by Toto, and the boxing on the telly.
It’s the sort of pub that doesn’t get in the GBG, we’re told. Listen to the noise (press play);
And I must be honest, as you know.
And I must, in honesty, tell you that I failed once again to capture the remarkable vibrancy of Bexleyheath on a Saturday night, though this picture of the train into London Bridge may give you some idea.
No, that’s not fair. The lasses who jumped on at Welling were all talking crow’s feet, dimple surgery and DBL. No, I don’t wish to know what DBL is.