Crayford’s micropub The Penny Farthing sells its 1,000th cask of ale

PUBLISHED: 11:45 02 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:28 02 June 2017

The ales board at The Penny Farthing

The ales board at The Penny Farthing


It’s also been crowned CAMRA Bexley’s Pub of the Year for the third year running

Inside the micropubInside the micropub

A micropub in Crayford spent yesterday celebrating after selling its 1,000th cask within two and a half years of opening.

The Penny Farthing, owned and run by Beverley and Bob Baldwin, opened in September 2014 and sells ales supplied by local microbrewers and wholesalers.

Mrs Baldwin, said: “We’re all very excited, especially looking at how far we’ve come in such a short space of time. We really have our brewers to thank for producing the ales, and our customers to thank for drinking them.

“You get around 70 pints from one cask, and because we’re so specialised in what we sell, this really is a big deal.

Customers enjoying the sunshine and celebrationsCustomers enjoying the sunshine and celebrations

“We used an ale called Motueka Pale Ale brewed by Bexley Brewery for our 1,000 cask, as the brewery started around the same time as us, and we thought it’d be nice to share the moment and stay local.”

Micropubs serve ale straight from the cask, as it’s not hand pulled. Customers can see into the cold room, where the casks are stored, through a window and watch the pair just turn the tap and pour straight into glasses.

“I don’t think we need to change a thing to get the same result within the next two and a half year,” added Mrs Baldwin. “It works, so why change it. We have regular, as well as visiting customers, and they love this environment. The micropub has no music, no food - apart from pork pies and crisps, and customers are only allowed to use their phones if in silent mode. If they ring, they have to give us £1 which we then donate to the RNLI. We’ve actually raised quite a lot of money through this idea.”

This year comes with a double celebration for the micropub, as they’ve recently been awarded as the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) Pub of the Year, for the borough of Bexley, for the third year running.

Mrs Baldwin, commented: “We’re going to the regional finals. In 2015 we got third there, and last year we got joint second, so fingers crossed for this year. It’s been really amazing.”

The micropub does also serve a selection of ciders and wines, prosecco and soft drinks.

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