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The Northern Seaman (Freehouse)

We believe this pub is CLOSED

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Milestone - Pekko Cask BeerExcellent1
Whitstable - East India Pale AleExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - East Kent Green Hop Collaboration (with Wantsum, Canterbury Brewers, Canterbury Ales, Goody)Good1
Range Ales - Black OpsAcceptable1
Range Ales - Spring LoadedAcceptable1
Range Ales - CQB (Close Quarter Battle)Poor1
Range Ales - Golden ShotNot Tried0
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Thieves 'n' FakirsNot Tried0
G2 - Otava IPANot Tried0
G2 - Vela BlondeNot Tried0
G2 - CruxNot Tried0
Range Ales - Double TapNot Tried0
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Country WobblerNot Tried0
Milestone - IPANot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Green and Gold Not Tried0
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - South IslandNot Tried0
True North (originally contract brewed at Welbeck Abbey) - Best BitterNot Tried0
G2 - NebulaNot Tried0
Ashover - LiquoriceNot Tried0
Rockin Robin - Reckless RobinNot Tried0
Rockin Robin - Robin RedbestNot Tried0
Rockin Robin - Blizzard of OzNot Tried0

Visits Details

12 Nov 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Brief evening visit after an overlong stay in The Flippin' Frog nearby.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Range Ales - Black Ops4.80AcceptableBlack IPA with all the flavour but as flat as a pancake so lacked that essential enticing mouthfeel
Rockin Robin - Reckless Robin4.50Not Tried
Rockin Robin - Robin Redbest4.00Not Tried
Rockin Robin - Blizzard of Oz4.50Not Tried
Range Ales - Double Tap4.10Not Tried
Range Ales - Golden Shot3.70Not Tried
20 Oct 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit with a welcome from several sniffing dogs.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Milestone - Pekko Cask Beer3.90ExcellentDry floral bitterness
True North (originally contract brewed at Welbeck Abbey) - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
Range Ales - CQB (Close Quarter Battle)4.00Not Tried
Range Ales - Black Ops4.80Not Tried
G2 - Nebula3.20Not Tried
Ashover - Liquorice5.00Not Tried
06 Oct 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until late. Quick look at the cellar stillage, a temperature controlled cellar room up stairs at the rear.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - East Kent Green Hop Collaboration (with Wantsum, Canterbury Brewers, Canterbury Ales, Goody)5.00GoodClear as a bell
Milestone - IPA4.80Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Green and Gold 4.80Not Tried
Range Ales - Double Tap4.10Not Tried
Range Ales - Golden Shot3.70Not Tried
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - South Island4.20Not Tried
19 Aug 2016 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit, or it would have been had the pub been open. A note on the door said that the pub would open at 4pm due to a new baby. I went to the nearby Britannia thinking about my old friend Roger who would have been going on about whether the sign should have said "Owing to" instead of "Due to".
BeerABVScoreNotes
13 Aug 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Well inhabited tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Range Ales - CQB (Close Quarter Battle)4.00PoorApparently only available here. Flat, no head, very hazy, good job it was chilled
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Thieves 'n' Fakirs4.30Not Tried
G2 - Otava IPA4.40Not Tried
G2 - Vela Blonde4.20Not Tried
G2 - Crux4.80Not Tried
Range Ales - Double Tap4.10Not Tried
Range Ales - Golden Shot3.70Not Tried
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Country Wobbler4.80Not Tried
28 Jul 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until late. A really young nenthusiastic lot running this house, which hits all the right Micropub spots. The Guv told me of another one planned in Rochester and one in Chatham too.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale4.10ExcellentIn very good nick
Range Ales - Spring Loaded4.40AcceptableHad a very acute sharp bitterness
Range Ales - Golden Shot3.70Not Tried

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About The Northern Seaman

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent4
Good5
Acceptable4
Poor3

Website.

The pub is found in Rochester, Kent, ME1 1DJ.

Micropub at the Chatham end of Rochester High Street, a shop conversion from former Montys fish and chip shop. Bar floor is on two levels with a bar counter on the lower floor. Cask ales and real ciders are sold on gravity dispense, served from stillage in a temperature controlled cellar room up 2 steps from the bar. Initially opened on TENs but full licence valid from 29th July 2016. Majors on Kentish ales and ciders and other products. Nautical images adorn the walls. Weekend live music. Plans are well advanced to introduce a brewery into the basement in 2018. *** Temporarily closed in June / July 2018 for major refurbishment and addition of a brewery into the basement.

We have visited this pub 16 times, seen 49 different beers and tried 15 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME1 1DJ