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The Golden Lion Hotel (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Beartown - Santa's Extra ClawsExceptional1
Adnams - ExplorerExcellent1
Palm - Steenbrugge BlondExcellent1
Saltaire - Cascade Pale AleExcellent1
Flack Manor - Flack CatcherExcellent1
Cairngorm - Red MountainGood1
Wantsum - DynamoGood1
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Tiger Triple GoldGood1
Wantsum - Miller's MirthGood1
Wantsum - Black PrinceGood1
Beartown - Black BearGood1
Exe Valley - Mr. Sheppard's CrookAcceptable1
Wadworth - Young Master Summer of 1842 Session India Pale AlePoor1
Greene King - Abbot AleNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Inveralmond - Duncan's IPANot Tried0
Lancaster - PearlNot Tried0
Cotleigh - BuzzardNot Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Wells Bombardier Glorious EnglishNot Tried0
Caledonian - Merman XXXNot Tried0
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Terra FirmaNot Tried0
Bath Ales - Hefeweizen HareNot Tried0
Adnams - Avery 3 Point 5 Session AleNot Tried0
Roosters - FranklinNot Tried0
St Peter's - Fruit Beer GrapefruitNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Oakham - InfernoNot Tried0
Cotleigh - Uncle Sam Hop BurstNot Tried0
Inveralmond - Rascal London Porter (Inspiration Series #3)Not Tried0
Roosters - YPA (Yorkshire Pale Ale)Not Tried0
Loddon - Forbury Lion Strong I.P.A.Not Tried0
Goldmark - Liquid GoldNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Pale RiderNot Tried0
Wantsum - Black PigNot Tried0
Wychwood - Hobgoblin GoldNot Tried0

Visits Details

14 May 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit before launching for the station.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Miller's Mirth4.20GoodFresh tasting and refreshingly cool
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Kelham Island - Pale Rider5.20Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Wantsum - Black Pig4.80Not Tried
Wychwood - Hobgoblin Gold4.20Not Tried
Wantsum - Dynamo4.30Not Tried
17 Aug 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit mainly to use the cashback card facility but it was havoc at the bar despite 5 staff being behind it. Thursday madness!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Dynamo4.30Good
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Roosters - YPA (Yorkshire Pale Ale)4.10Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Loddon - Forbury Lion Strong I.P.A.5.50Not Tried
Goldmark - Liquid Gold4.00Not Tried
28 Jul 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening, a visit opportuned by railway disruptions.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wadworth - Young Master Summer of 1842 Session India Pale Ale5.00PoorTasted OKish but off putting as it was cloudier than a fine mix of cirrus, cumulus, nimbus and stratus. Staff showed no interest in taking it off sale when this was highlighted just saying the cask was newly on
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Oakham - Inferno4.00Not Tried
Cotleigh - Uncle Sam Hop Burst4.30Not Tried
Inveralmond - Rascal London Porter (Inspiration Series #3)5.60Not Tried
21 Apr 2015 (Dosser)
Sunny afternoon. Good choices and guest ale prices lower than the gloombar on offer
BeerABVScoreNotes
Beartown - Black Bear5.00GoodStarted off very well but....
Exe Valley - Mr. Sheppard's Crook4.70AcceptableNot very exciting
16 Oct 2014 (Dosser)
A few festival ales on this lunchtime
BeerABVScoreNotes
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Tiger Triple Gold5.00GoodFestival ale.
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90Good
27 Apr 2014 (Dosser)
Full pub at 12am. Just had coffee.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried£2,40 a pint
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not TriedAll guests and Ruddles seemed to be £1.99, so a good value pub
22 Dec 2012 (Alenomore)
11:45 visit. First call on todays "jolly" to Historic Rochester. Always much nicer in Rochester outside of all the annual festival razzmatazz. Steady crowd here with some good ales on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Beartown - Santa's Extra Claws5.20ExceptionalWhat a cracker. A seasonal spiced delight. Went back for a full pint of this treat!
Saltaire - Cascade Pale Ale4.80ExcellentA Top Ale.
Flack Manor - Flack Catcher4.40ExcellentCalled Flack Catcher, tastes like a genuine Belgium Saison ale. Lovely.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
25 Oct 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Last visit of the evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palm - Steenbrugge Blond6.00ExcellentDistinctive Belgian taste and deceptive as to its strength
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Terra Firma4.50Not Tried
Bath Ales - Hefeweizen Hare4.70Not Tried
Adnams - Avery 3 Point 5 Session Ale3.50Not Tried
Roosters - Franklin4.30Not Tried
St Peter's - Fruit Beer Grapefruit4.70Not Tried
09 Aug 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening whistlestop.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Adnams - Explorer4.30ExcellentEnjoyable - pretty faultless
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not TriedRan out as I ordered
Cotleigh - Buzzard4.80Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Wells Bombardier Glorious English4.10Not Tried
Caledonian - Merman XXX4.80Not TriedRan out when the customer before me was ordering
22 Apr 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Quick visit before catching train home after an evening in Rochester. Still quite busy at 2325 hours.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cairngorm - Red Mountain4.20GoodTop up given with good grace and a scowl
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Inveralmond - Duncan's IPA4.40Not Tried
Lancaster - Pearl3.80Not Tried

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About The Golden Lion Hotel

The pub sign. The Golden Lion Hotel, Rochester, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional3
Excellent5
Good8
Acceptable5
Poor1

Website.

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

Wetherspoon pub in the High Street of Rochester. Much as you would expect from a Wetherspoon's, a dining area and a bar with 10 handpumps. Modified to add some letting rooms in late 2015.

We have visited this pub 15 times, seen 59 different beers and tried 22 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME1 1EL