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Rusty Bucket, Eltham, SE9

11 Court Yard
Phone: 02088504281

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Graham Coombs left this review about Rusty Bucket

Still much as in the previous review, this feels like a fairly average micropub-style shop conversion with no signs of being a former pub, and still with music playing and a dead TV screen. The one room has a bar in the corner and some board games for amusement. Four ales and a cider were on cask, plus a fair selection of craft and foreign keg and bottled stuff.

On 5th October 2019 - rating: 7
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Aqualung . left this review about Rusty Bucket

This place would appear to have chaanged considerably since 2012. It's now owned by an individual and is run largely along the lines of a micropub but as the external signage calls it a bar then it's obviously not a micropub. It does have music playing and a TV screen (turned off).
It's a rectangular room with a small bar counter at the rear left. There is a cool cellar from where the three cask ales were served. They also do a range of craft keg, various ciders and a large selection of bottles and cans. There are no fruit machines but given that the tiny JDW a few doors away has around five of them there is probably no demand.
The three cask ales were Brockley Pale, Wylam Galatia and Tiny Rebel Cwtch. I went for the Brockley Pale (£3.80) which was in good nick. The other two were both over £4.00.
I quite liked it here and would have given it an extra point if it had been a bit cheaper. It's well worth a look.

On 3rd September 2018 - rating: 7
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Roger Button left this review about The Crown

The current Crown pub dates from 1930 although there was a previous pub on site.

It is safe to say that the Crown has never enjoyed a glowing reputation even among Eltham’s poor selection of boozers and for many years the pub has been linked with the more undesirable element of Eltham’s drinking fraternity.

A hefty makeover 2 or 3 years ago has made the pub a little more presentable has not shaken off the pub’s overall poor reputation and my latest visit found the usual predictable shirtless f-worders hanging around the pool table which itself has been moved to a central position in the middle of the main bar making it the dominating feature. The general décor and furnishings are tidy enough although the section of high padded seating opposite the bar has had its tables removed to accommodate the pool table rendering them rather impractical unless you want to permanently clutch your drink. There is a small patio at the rear which doesn’t really offer much respite from the Jeremy Kyleness that permeates the building.

Needless to say, there are no surprises on the drink front and the 2 modern hand pumps I have yet to see in operation but then, as it is actually a Greene King pub, that’s hardly a great loss. Expect the usual run of standard lagers and kegs.

At a push I would say that there could be some potential for the place if it could attract a different standard of customer but trying to undo the years of tarnished reputation may be too much of big ask.

On 20th August 2012 - rating: 3
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