Hassrale Trips: SE1 Christmas Trip

Date: Thursday 21st December 1989

As many of you probably realise, it's Christmas and time for all non-satiated - or even satiated (whatever that means) - members to have a drink and maintain the Hassrale tradition started circa 1492 BC of a trip round SE1 pubs. Sorry, but there is some walking to do on the night. Leaving times are in brackets []

1. Bunch of Grapes - St Thomas' Street [18:15]

Beers:- Braksprears Bitter, Youngs Bitter, Draught Bass

Fairly traditional local close to Guy's. New territory so far as HASSRALE is concerned (we think), the pub has an interesting frieze of grapes incorporated into the bar surround. Its walls feature maps of wine growing regions and theatre paraphenelia

2. Ye Old Bridge House - Tower Bridge Road [19:00]

Beers:- Adnams Tally Ho (beware OG 1075), Brains Skull Attack, Bridge Bermondsey Bitter, Bridge 007, Kings & Barnes Susses Bitter

Home brew pub with upstairs and downstairs bars. Suggest we stick to the downstairs bar which offers friendly service and a convivial atmosphere, although the wooden beams seemed a little suspect. Excellent music (The Who) when surveyed

3. Anchor Tap - Horselydown Lane [19:45]

Beers:- Samuel Smiths Old Brewery Bitter

The former Courage Brewery Tap now offering something rather more palatable! Only the upstairs bars (there are 3) are likely to be open despite the time of year. Traditional decor and bar fittings but the ambience was marred by the Kylie Minogue type music. Mercifully this was fairly subdued and we may be luckier on the night. Extensive range of food available.

4. Horseshoe - Melior Street [20:30]

Beers:- Felinfoel Double Dragon, Draught Bass, Courage Best, Fullers London Pride

Tardis like pub with horseshoe shaped bar (oddly enough!). A complete suprise to one of the survey team in terms of location, rangel of beers and the friendly welcome we received. But the other member of the team remembers the Horseshoe as a favourite haunt of HASSRALE during its very early days. Does anyone else?

NB Although not shown on the map, there is a short cut between here and the next pub. Proceed down Kirby Grove and through the park. Two UFOs were spotted at this stage - the aforementioned Tally Ho cannot be cited as responsible since only one member of the survey team indulged.

5. Leather Exchange - Leather Market Street [21:15]

Beers:- Fullers Chiswick Bitter, London Pride and ESB

Members will remember this as the site of the 1987 Christmas party. good value local with limited range of snacks available

6. Trinity Arms - Swan Street [22:00]

Beers:- Banks & Taylor SOS and Shefford Bitter

Ex-Courage house with two bars. one seems to be the domain of American pool players, so we will therefore gather in the other - entrance in Swan Street. Another traditional local which has managed to escape the ravages of brewery architects. it is hoped that the piano has been tuned since HASSRALE's last visit (and that the pianist has taken a few lessons).

7. Ship - Borough High Street

Beers:- Fullers Chiswick Bitter, London Pride and ESB

Another ex-Courage house which has stood empty for some years before being re-opened as a free house and then sold to Fullers. HASSRALE members will need no further introduction to this popular pub. Some food should be available

Surveys Details: Team - John Carter, Mick Norman, Date of survey 7th December 1989

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