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Fordwich Arms (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Long Man - American Pale AleExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent1
Adnams - Ghost ShipGood1
Otter - AleGood4
Wadworth - Henry's Original IPAAcceptable1
Thwaites - Yule Love It!Acceptable1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordPoor1
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterNot Tried0
Wadworth - 6XNot Tried0
Badger (Hall & Woodhouse) - Flowers IPA (subsequently contract brewed at Brains)Not Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's SpecialNot Tried0
Badger (Hall & Woodhouse) - Flowers Original (subsequently contract brewed at Brains)Not Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Otter - BitterNot Tried0
Sharp's - AtlanticNot Tried0
Picture 1. Fordwich Arms, Fordwich, Kent
Picture 2. Fordwich Arms, Fordwich, Kent

Visits Details

10 Apr 2018 (ChrisE)
This pub has recently reopened after a refurbishment. The wallpaper and curtains have gone and the parquet flooring is now a light wood colour, it was rather dark before.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentVery good Harvey's.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Long Man - American Pale Ale4.80Not Tried
10 Apr 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Recently re-opened as a Gastropub am pleased to say my expectations of dread were unfounded, in fact IMO this place has improved including the beer choice, and the layout and furniture seemed the same as before.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Long Man - American Pale Ale4.80ExcellentZesty and refreshing yet mellow and very moorish
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30PoorToo sweet and cloying, thus changed with good grace for a 3.5* replacement.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
03 Oct 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon a few at the bar. More of a drinkers pub than a foody house.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Otter - Ale4.50Good
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Sharp's - Atlantic4.20Not Tried
13 Jun 2017 (Jack William)
Late lunchtime. Sat in the riverside patio area - idyllic. There is also a garden abutting the Stour.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50GoodBit warm.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Otter - Bitter3.60Not Tried
Sharp's - Atlantic4.20Not Tried
09 Jan 2016 (Jack William)
Mid Saturday evening - a bit livelier than the George & Dragon and considerably better value. Real fire on the go.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Thwaites - Yule Love It!4.00AcceptableReasonable flavour - but a little past its best condition I suspect - it is well into January after all for a festive ale.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Otter - Ale4.50Not Tried
02 Jun 2015 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit and only a few customers in the bar. The barman was very enthusiastic about the architecture of the building and we discussed the likelihood that it the main bar may have had a partition at one time. We noted that the place was spotlessly clean and all the brass and copper was highly polished. This pub is listed on the Camra heritage pubs site as being a pub with a regionally important historic interior.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Otter - Ale4.50Acceptable
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
25 Apr 2015 (Andrew)
I've not been here for years. Ian had a pint of Heineken because he'd been talking lots about a visit to Germany and was feeling lager-home-sick. Needless to say the Heineken wasn't up to much. He also spotted Bass Mild on keg so we had a half of that. Brilliant stuff; gassy, tinny water with a hint of burnt malt. It summed up the 70's beer scene for me (not that I was drinking in the 70's). All in all I enjoyed my visit here. With the 1970's sound track more or less matching my "best of the 70's" the place felt like a time travelers' convention.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Otter - Ale4.50GoodOaky.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
16 Mar 2015 (Jack William)
Quiet - dozen or so in but no-one at the bar - nice roaring log fire - lift musak - heavy with St Patrick's Day marketing - rather incongruous. Rather dull selection of beers - matched the ambience.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Otter - Ale4.50Acceptablenothing wrong with it - but nothing to commend it either.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
14 Feb 2009 (Blair)
Went for a walk around the woods and countryside, so obviously needed a pint afterwards. Lovely pub with an equally stunning interior and exterior. Matching wallpaper and curtains, felt like drinking in someones front room.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wadworth - Henry's Original IPA3.60AcceptableThis was pretty bland with just a little malt showing itself. Easy drinking but with very little to it.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Wadworth - 6X4.30Not Tried
Badger (Hall & Woodhouse) - Flowers Original (subsequently contract brewed at Brains)4.40Not Tried
19 Dec 2005 (Andrew)
Went for a staff Christmas lunch. The main bar room was fairlly busy and quite smokey but as we were eating we were sat in the rear room.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Wadworth - 6X4.30Not Tried
Badger (Hall & Woodhouse) - Flowers IPA (subsequently contract brewed at Brains)3.60Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's Special4.50Not Tried

About the Fordwich Arms

The pub sign. Fordwich Arms, Fordwich, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent2
Good3
Acceptable4
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Fordwich, Kent, CT2 0DB.

Situated by the Town Hall and next to the river this is a large roomed pub with a room at the back for food.

We have visited this pub 10 times, seen 16 different beers and tried 7 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT2 0DB