Hassrale Trips: Xmas 1990

Date: Thursday 20th December 1990

Once again HASSRALE is able to offer members the chance to escape the dreary pre-Christmas rounds of office parties, golf club socials etc. If you are free on the night of the 20th why not come and join us on this tour which includes some splendid drinking emporia and a wide variety of cask conditioned ales. The assembly point is:

1. The Bell, Webber St. [depart approx 6.30]

Beers: Charrington, Draught Bass

Popular side-street local with long narrow bar. Sports a huge Draught Bass mirror coveted by at least one member of the survey team, as well as some interesting photographs of SE1 as it once was. Resident parakeet(?) Should have some food available.

2. Flowers of the Forest, Westminster Bridge Road [7.10]

Beers: Courage Best, Directors, J Smith's Yorkshire Bitter

Lively multi-bar local formerly called the Oxford Arms. Reincarnated earlier this year following the closure of the original FOTF, in the Blackfriars Road, presumably for demolition. Such is progress. Some food may be available. Should members feel the need for something more substantial, English, Turkish, Italian and Chinese food is available in nearby London Road.

3. St. George's Tavern, Lambeth Road [7.50]

Beers: Brakspears's Bitter, Marston's Pedigree

Basic 2-bar pub outside the RC Cathedral. Good jukebox; darts in public bar, subject to rearranging furniture. State of tune of the piano yet to be determined! Good value selection of sandwiches etc. available to order.

4. Pineapple, Hercules Road [8.30]

Beers: Marston's Pedigree, Greene King Abbott, Young's Bitter and for some reason Courage Best

2-bar ex-Ind Coope pub which now boasts a modern interior and a CD jukebox. We could try the right hand bar, which tends to be less crowded.

5. Spanish Patriot, The Cut [9.10]

Beers: Wethered's Bitter, Flowers Old Original

No apologies for choosing a pub from the Whitbread stable on this occasion - the other alternatives were all visited and deemed unacceptable because of noise, clientele, crappy beer etc. This is at least a good, honest boozer, serves a reasonable pint and has a dartboard.

6. Wellington Tavern, Waterloo Road

Beers: King & Barnes Sussex and Festive, Arkell's Best Bitter, Young's Special and Bitter, green King Abbott, Ruddles County and, dammit Webster's Yorkshire Bitter

Huge ex-Watney house well known to most HASSRALE members. Pin-table, darts etc. available if you know where to look. Reasonably comfortable and very handy for Waterloo BR and underground, also buses to Elephant and castle.

Survey Team: John Carter (for it is he), Ann Harper, Mick Norman, Reg Wright

Date of survey: 23 November 1990

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