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Carpenters Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Loddon - Gravesend Shrimpers BitterExcellent1
Dark Star - HopheadExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Summer's DayExcellent1
Dark Star - RevelationExcellent1
Skinner's - PorthlevenExcellent1
Kent - ProhibitionExcellent1
Phipps NBC - Midsummer MeadowExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Green and Gold Excellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat AleGood2
Milestone - Rich RubyGood1
Kelham Island - Easy RiderGood1
Romney Marsh - Rye MildGood1
Burton Bridge - Bridge BitterGood1
Romney Marsh - Amber AleGood2
Brentwood - Shrimpers Gravesend Pale AleGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Good1
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)Good1
Stonehenge - Sign of SpringAcceptable1
Long Man - Long Blonde Acceptable1
Arbor Ales - Blue Sky Drinking Acceptable1
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 Nov 2017 (Jack William)
Evening for the Literary Society meeting (book club). The pub was packed - over 20 in - lovely atmosphere.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Milestone - Rich Ruby4.50Good
Romney Marsh - Rye Mild3.20GoodAquired taste - but very pleasant in the end with the rye bite.
20 Oct 2017 (Jack William)
Early evening. Fire in the snug. A few familiar faces.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Green and Gold 4.80ExcellentMarked up as 5.2% perhaps a bit more poke for the 2017 brew? Very nice - I fancied that I tasted molasses.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
13 Sep 2017 (Jack William)
Over for the book club tonight. Jolly load of locals.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Revelation5.70ExcellentThis really packs a punch of flavour.
Brentwood - Shrimpers Gravesend Pale Ale4.00GoodA lovely light hoppy brew.
24 Jul 2017 (Jack William)
Monday evening - cycled here to listen to a couple of the locals read their own poetry - very good; culture in one bar and plenty of good conversation in the other.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Loddon - Gravesend Shrimpers Bitter4.10ExcellentA very tasty pale ale.
Burton Bridge - Bridge Bitter4.20Good
30 Jun 2017 (Jack William)
Arrived just before 5 for the beer festival. The village fete setting up opposite. A handful in the bar to start with but by 6 it was heaving inside and out with live music on the doorstep. Six beers on to start with and a further six to come on over the next two days.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead3.80ExcellentSpot on.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Summer's Day4.30ExcellentA fairly dark amber ale, full of flavour. Surprising name given the colour.
Skinner's - Porthleven4.80ExcellentGood strong flavours, great condition.
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)4.00GoodVery pleasant.
Long Man - Long Blonde 3.80AcceptableI usually really like this - but it tasted rather bland after the others.
Arbor Ales - Blue Sky Drinking 4.40AcceptableOk - but didn't really grab me.
24 May 2017 (Jack William)
Early evening - my first English pint for more than 10 days. (Have been in Russia - but can't yet add my lone entry - waiting for Russia to be added as a country!) Lots of locals enjoying the sunshine.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Phipps NBC - Midsummer Meadow3.90ExcellentLovely - just suited the early evening sunshine perfectly.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat Ale4.20AcceptableEnd of the barrel.
07 May 2017 (Jack William)
Sunday evening 1850 - told off for arriving early while,the vacuuming was being done - but got served anyway. My first ever visit on a Sunday- didn't realise they had kept quaint opening times on the sabbath. Gradually filled up to about 15 in the next hour. Jolly banter.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Romney Marsh - Amber Ale4.40Good
Stonehenge - Sign of Spring4.60AcceptableBright green - bit flat unfortunately.
27 Apr 2017 (Jack William)
Last chance for an after-work drink here as I retire tomorrow. Friendly faces and good banter as usual. I consider myself a regular here - but not a local. My test is that you can only be a local if you can walk to the pub from your house - I intend to rectify that next month!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kelham Island - Easy Rider4.30GoodI'm getting a hint of peach and a good after-bite. The locals aren't keen on it but I like it.
Romney Marsh - Amber Ale4.40Good
27 Mar 2017 (Jack William)
Early evening - just the three of us but talk of advanced calculus and auctions of Victoria sponges accompanied our supping nonetheless.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat Ale4.20ExcellentTo match the evening sunlight streaming in through the open door.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Good
08 Feb 2017 (Jack William)
Beer o'clock swift one - ringing the changes again with the ale selection.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Prohibition4.80ExcellentVery good citrusy pint in excellent condition.
Grainstore - Phipps NBC Red Star3.80Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Uberhop5.20Not Tried

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About the Carpenters Arms

The pub sign. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

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Exceptional-
Excellent30
Good40
Acceptable17
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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 44 times, seen 76 different beers and tried 61 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT15 5AJ