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Carpenters Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Skinner's - PorthlevenExcellent1
Heritage (formerly William Worthington Brewery) - St Modwen Golden AleExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little CrackerExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Summer's DayExcellent1
Kent - ProhibitionExcellent1
Long Man - Long Blonde Good1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Thomas Crampton Bicentennial Ale Good1
Fyne - HighlanderGood2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderGood2
Skinner's - LushingtonsGood1
Bragdy Twt Lol - GlogGood1
Long Man - American Pale AleGood1
Phipps NBC - Steam RollerAcceptable1
Spey Valley - David's Not So BitterAcceptable1
Rockin Robin - Blizzard of OzAcceptable1
Rockin Robin - Reliant Robin (superseded by 3.7% version)Acceptable1
Windsor & Eton - Windsor KnotAcceptable1
Orkney (Sinclair) - Red MacGregorNot Tried0
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - AragonNot Tried0
Georges - BroadswordNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Not Tried0
Dark Star - FestivalNot Tried0
Grainstore - Phipps NBC Red StarNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - UberhopNot Tried0
Picture 1. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent
Picture 2. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent

Visits Details

08 Feb 2017 (Jack William)
Beer o'clock swift one - ringing the changes again with the ale selection.
Kent - Prohibition4.80ExcellentVery good citrusy pint in excellent condition.
Grainstore - Phipps NBC Red Star3.80Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Uberhop5.20Not Tried
20 Jan 2017 (Jack William)
Beer o'clock 1 of 5 early doors.
Skinner's - Lushingtons4.20GoodLike this - even in midwinter.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Dark Star - Festival5.00Not TriedComing soon
12 Jan 2017 (Jack William)
Early evening - pouring rain and the threat of snow doesn't deter me from getting a decent pint after a week away. One other hardy soul in. Blazing fire. Promise of some Gadd's ÜberHop in the cellar.
Fyne - Highlander4.80GoodWell balanced amber ale in good nick.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30AcceptableNot at its best.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
22 Dec 2016 (Jack William)
Beer o'clock - last day at work before xmas so had to have a pitstop here. Handful of regulars in, nice.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little Cracker5.00ExcellentSo much better than the Robin - great depth and body.
Rockin Robin - Blizzard of Oz4.50AcceptableA fair "winter warmer" - but nothing special.
Orkney (Sinclair) - Red MacGregor4.00Not Tried
05 Dec 2016 (Jack William)
Monday beer o'clock (I like to vary it sometimes). A few in - we enjoyed the tasteless musical Santa-In-a- snowstorm bar display for nearly a minute. There is now a swearbox with a £1 fine for mentioning the 'B' work - "Breakwater". I fear that I have been partially responsible for this.
Skinner's - Porthleven4.80ExcellentDelicious. Pale, zingy, fresh - as it says on the pump clip.
Long Man - Long Blonde 3.80Good
25 Nov 2016 (Jack William)
Early evening. A few stalwarts in - talk of the new brewery - Breakwater - due to open soon in Dover.
Bragdy Twt Lol - Glog4.00GoodNice dryness, straight from the barrel.
Rockin Robin - Reliant Robin (superseded by 3.7% version)4.20AcceptableFresh on - pleasant enough, but rather plain.
Georges - Broadsword4.70Not TriedLast one out as I supped my Glog.
18 Nov 2016 (Jack William)
Beer o'clock - a few regulars in. The variety of ales continues to be impressive - only two or three at any one time - but an impressive range over time.
Fyne - Highlander4.80GoodA nutty, full bodied ale.
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Aragon4.70Not Tried
18 Oct 2016 (Jack William)
Swift one and a half before 6. Three regulars in and a visiting CAMRA scribe. First coal fire of the season on the go. New beers for me - they keep coming here.
Heritage (formerly William Worthington Brewery) - St Modwen Golden Ale4.10ExcellentA really nice hoppy note, with good body, in excellent condition.
Spey Valley - David's Not So Bitter4.40AcceptableA bit flat - getting toffee flavours.
12 Aug 2016 (Jack William)
Beer o'clock - entertainment provided outside by the local ducks playing "chicken" with the cars on the corner.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Summer's Day4.30ExcellentFresh on - a beautiful pint to be enjoyed in the sunshine.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30GoodA favourite with the locals - so much so that it came to an end within three days of going on apparently - but was swiftly replaced by Summer's Day.
Windsor & Eton - Windsor Knot4.00AcceptableHad been reduce to £2 a pint - had a sip - I'm guessing an "acquired taste" and no competition to the Gadd's.
Orkney (Sinclair) - Red MacGregor4.00Not Tried
31 Jul 2016 (Jack William)
Early evening - locals enjoying the sunshine on the bench outside - Chilli Farm festival packing up nearby. 2 weeks away and I have missed my "after work" venue. Nice to be back.
Long Man - American Pale Ale4.80Good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Thomas Crampton Bicentennial Ale 3.80GoodDelicious brown ale with a lovely dry finish.
Phipps NBC - Steam Roller4.40AcceptablePleasant enough, but a little lifeless.

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About the Carpenters Arms

The pub sign. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Coldred, Kent, CT15 5AJ.

A rare 2 bar survivor of a traditional village boozer with roaring fires when appropriate. This pub is listed in the CAMRA National Inventory of unspoilt pubs. The pub boasts three skittle teams using the outdoor skittle alley. The landlady, Daphne Fagg (85) had been running the pub for over forty years until she recently passed away and the pub is now run by her son Colin. The pub does not normally open at lunchtimes, except by prior arrangement. Real ales sold via three active handpumps and bartop casks on gravity stillage. Dover, Deal & Sandwich CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year 2015.

We have visited this pub 45 times, seen 77 different beers and tried 62 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT15 5AJ