Sidcup pub named London Pub of the Year

PUBLISHED: 09:06 23 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:06 23 January 2018

The Broken Drum in Blackfen

The Broken Drum in Blackfen


The Broken Drum micropub in Sidcup has been named the best pub in London in 2018.

The award was presented to owner Andy Wheeler, by the society for the Preservation of Beers in the Wood (SPBW) on Saturday.

Having first opened for business back in April 2005 in Blackfen, The Broken Drum in Westwood Lane took its name from an inn in Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ novels, and is a micropub.

Judges visited a number of pubs voted for by SPBW members, and The Broken Drum impressed them with the quality of the beers, the friendly service and the fact that it is a genuine community pub.

Micropubs foster an atmosphere of community and conversation, where use of phones is frowned upon.

And as variety is the spice of life, owner Andy is happy to constantly rotate his offering of beers from a selection of more than 200.

Mr Wheeler, a former computer programmer, said: “With the number of micropubs in London rapidly growing, winning this award, along with the awards we already have from the Campaign for Real Ale, is a huge compliment.

“I am honoured.”

The Broken Drum has a unique place in history as the opening stop on London’s first ever micropub crawl.

Starting at the award-winning public house, those wishing to complete the challenge board a 132 bus to The Long Pond in Westmount Road after enjoying their selected real ales at The Broken Drum.

From the Long Pond, a B16 bus takes revellers to The Door Hinge in Welling High Street before a 96 to Crayford sees drinkers complete the social occasion at The Penny Farthing in Waterside.

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