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The Freed Man (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Dark Star - HopheadExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Oatmeal StoutExcellent1
Rockin Robin - Reliant Robin (superseded by 3.7% version)Good1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Freed Man, Walmer, Kent
Picture 2. The Freed Man, Walmer, Kent
Chris Excell

Visits Details

22 Jan 2016 (ChrisE)
Two of us had been to visit a friend in a residential home and decided to see if this place had opened yet, some reports said it was opening today, and others suggested that it would be Saturday 23rd. Luckily we found the place open and full, most of the people were invited guests but other customers were welcome as well. It was interesting to note that the keg beer came from Keesmann in Bamburg along with a selection of bottled beers from various Bamberg breweries. I was particularly pleased to see the refurbished cash register style handpumps in use, pump clips are positioned above the pumps with the coming soon clips arranged to the right of the ones for beers on sale. HSB of this site informs that he knows of only two other examples of this type of engine still in use in the U.K. The Old Crown at Kelston and the George at Southwark although the latter may not be currently in use. There was a large model Fokker DVII biplane hanging from the ceiling (I think this may have previously been in the Deal Hoy, the landlord's previous pub) maritime flags on one wall, a whalebone and some mirrors which gave the place a good lived in atmosphere. The name of the pub reflects the fact that the owner is now free of tie.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Oatmeal Stout4.60ExcellentSuperb
Rockin Robin - Reliant Robin (superseded by 3.7% version)4.20GoodProbably the best selling cask ale at the time of my visit.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30Not Tried

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About The Freed Man

The pub sign. The Freed Man, Walmer, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

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Exceptional-
Excellent10
Good6
Acceptable-
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Walmer, Kent, CT14 7NX.

End of terrace (once the Walmer Sub Post Office and latterly a former Solar Energy Equipment) shop conversion in Dover Road. A Micropub, which first opened to the general public on Saturday 23rd January 2016, with perhaps a fuller range of alcoholic products than the usual Micropub. Cask ales are served through an ancient refurbished 4-way cash-register style handpump beer engine. Has free Wifi and often plays recorded music.

We have visited this pub 11 times, seen 35 different beers and tried 15 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT14 7NX