Food miles are still a hot topic for ethical consumers, but few consider the distance booze has travelled before it reaches the glass. At this spacious Blackheath microbrewery & restaurant, the answer is about 10 metres. A range of handcrafted beers is produced on-site in the gleaming stainless-steel vats to the right of the entrance, & delivered via a pipe directly to the pumps. Regular brews include pilsner, pale ale, black lager & wheat beer, & there’s usually a speciality or seasonal ale, too. Wood-fired pizzas, kilo pots of mussels (cooked five ways) & hearty sausages are among the beer-friendly food. Sadly, service in the restaurant area isn’t always snappy. When the weather’s sunny, pick up a five-litre party keg & decamp to the heath with a picnic.
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