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The Eight Bells (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Batemans - Nøgne Ø Brewery Brown AleExcellent1
Old Dairy - Snow TopExcellent1
Wantsum - HengistExcellent1
G2 - Plough Excellent1
Acorn - HoptathlonExcellent1
Truman's - Allegra Ipanema Good1
Marston's - Zeunerts Brewery IPAGood1
Brecon - Modo's MiddenGood1
Mad Cat - Platinum Blonde (previously Meaney's Platinum Blonde Ale)Good1
Mad Cat - Golden India Pale Ale (previously Meaney's Golden India Pale Ale)Good1
Wantsum - Ravening WolfAcceptable1
Temperance Union - Ott SoftyPoor1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Not Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage DirectorsNot Tried0
Greene King - Abbot AleNot Tried0
Ringwood - FortyninerNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Saltaire - Cascade Pale AleNot Tried0
Whitstable - Pearl of KentNot Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Oxfordshire Ales - HibernationNot Tried0
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled HenNot Tried0
Adnams - ExplorerNot Tried0
Batemans - HookerNot Tried0
Marston's - Sweet ChariotNot Tried0
Banks's - Three Weavers / Golden Road California Session IPANot Tried0
Fuller's - London PrideNot Tried0
Banks's - Young Henrys Real AleNot Tried0
Banks's - Czech MateNot Tried0
Beer Studio (Hydes sub-brand) - Dark OdysseyNot Tried0
Elgood's - Plum PorterNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - IncubusNot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Weltons - Sun Sea & HopsNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Dorset Brewing Company - YachtsmanNot Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Wells Bombardier Burning GoldNot Tried0
Wibblers - SummertimeNot Tried0
Wantsum - Huell MelonNot Tried0
Caledonian - Deuchars IPANot Tried0
Hook Norton - Old HookyNot Tried0
Marston's - Old Empire IPANot Tried0
Cotswold Spring - OSM (Old Sodbury Mild)Not Tried0
Weltons - Hoppy ChristmasNot Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - Clootie DumplingNot Tried0
Weltons - Feast of StephenNot Tried0
Arkell's - Sir NoëlNot Tried0
Wantsum - Five Gold GrainsNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - SpitfireNot Tried0
Weltons - Old CockyNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Bishops FingerNot Tried0
Weltons - BroadwoodNot Tried0
Wantsum - Black PrinceNot Tried0
Wantsum - DynamoNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Eight Bells, Dover, Kent

Visits Details

16 Jun 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit. Packed with football on TV one good reason.
BeerABVScoreNotes
G2 - Plough 4.40ExcellentLovely dry bitterness
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Bishops Finger5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Weltons - Broadwood4.00Not Tried
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90Not Tried
Wantsum - Dynamo4.30Not Tried
02 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening and buzzin' although for many with meals in mind. A good welcome and goodbye.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Snow Top6.00ExcellentMadness at £2.25pp
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Marston's - Old Empire IPA5.70Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Weltons - Old Cocky4.30Not Tried
10 Dec 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. In several places tables lined up for Christmas meal does. Pub as near packed as would be comfortable. Sad to see local Time and Tide Brewery beers being sold in cans here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90Acceptable
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Weltons - Hoppy Christmas3.70Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Orkney (Sinclair) - Clootie Dumpling4.30Not Tried
Old Dairy - Snow Top6.00Not Tried
Weltons - Feast of Stephen3.80Not Tried
Arkell's - Sir Noël5.00Not Tried
Wantsum - Five Gold Grains5.00Not Tried
14 Aug 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Here for a late lunch at around 4pm having walked to Dover from Folkestone along the clifftops. Pub not busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Truman's - Allegra Ipanema 4.60GoodAn amber-coloured, hoppy, Pale Ale.
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50Not Tried
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Hook Norton - Old Hooky4.60Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Marston's - Old Empire IPA5.70Not Tried
Cotswold Spring - OSM (Old Sodbury Mild)3.90Not Tried
16 Jul 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Standard Wetherspoon experience for a quick late afternoon pint.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Acorn - Hoptathlon4.50ExcellentFirst Olympic ‘special’ beer of the season? Pale – hops, but well-balanced.
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Dorset Brewing Company - Yachtsman4.70Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Wells Bombardier Burning Gold4.10Not Tried
Wibblers - Summertime3.90Not Tried
Wantsum - Huell Melon4.10Not Tried
08 Aug 2015 (Alenomore)
5pm visit. Broke my journey to sit by the beach, which was very busy, in contrast to this place, which was very quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Temperance Union - Ott Softy1.00PoorOnly £1.80 a half!
22 Aug 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Last visit of the day - chance encounter with some fellows from my regular Dover drinking days.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brecon - Modo's Midden4.50GoodGood dry golden ale. Not sure what all the Discworld nonsense on the pumpclip is all about
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not TriedRan out as pint was poured
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Adnams - Explorer4.30Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Weltons - Sun Sea & Hops3.70Not Tried
08 Apr 2014 (HSB)
11:30 Arrived in Dover with 50 minutes to kill whilst waiting for friends so came here. Fairly busy, mainly coffee drinkers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Batemans - Nøgne Ø Brewery Brown Ale4.50Excellent
Marston's - Zeunerts Brewery IPA5.50Good
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Banks's - Young Henrys Real Ale4.00Not Tried
Banks's - Czech Mate4.40Not Tried
Beer Studio (Hydes sub-brand) - Dark Odyssey4.40Not Tried
Elgood's - Plum Porter4.50Not Tried
04 Feb 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening and still very busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mad Cat - Platinum Blonde (previously Meaney's Platinum Blonde Ale)4.20Good
Mad Cat - Golden India Pale Ale (previously Meaney's Golden India Pale Ale)4.20Good
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Adnams - Explorer4.30Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Batemans - Hooker4.50Not Tried
Marston's - Sweet Chariot4.80Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90Not Tried
Banks's - Three Weavers / Golden Road California Session IPA4.80Not Tried
09 Mar 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening. The busiest pub in Dover by far I should guess.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Hengist5.00Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Directors4.80Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Ringwood - Fortyniner4.90Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Saltaire - Cascade Pale Ale4.80Not Tried
Whitstable - Pearl of Kent4.50Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Oxfordshire Ales - Hibernation4.70Not Tried

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About The Eight Bells

The pub sign. The Eight Bells, Dover, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent7
Good8
Acceptable5
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Dover, Kent, CT16 1BZ.

Older style Wetherspoon's with lots of wood, split levels, alcoves etc. Good range of local and guest beers. 12 handpumps in 2 banks of 6.

We have visited this pub 19 times, seen 72 different beers and tried 19 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT16 1BZ