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The Bull Inn (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Pig & Porter - Pattern RecognitionExcellent2
Larkins - TraditionalExcellent3
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Excellent1
Dark Star - HopheadExcellent5
Kent - Black GoldExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Late RedNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Bull Inn, Benenden, Kent

Visits Details

28 Apr 2018 (Wittenden)
Early evening:a good congregation of drinkers, much cask being consumed.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead3.80ExcellentCitrus for the soul.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
23 Mar 2018 (Wittenden)
Meal with the family in the bar.Lively mixed trade on a March Friday evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Larkins - Traditional3.40ExcellentA cracking pint of Traditional.The hoppiness of the previously consumed Hophead served to bring out the toffee and vanilla notes.Classic.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80ExcellentDoesn't seem to have suffered from the change of ownership,though there are many Sussex and Kent Pale Ales that give it a fair run for its money.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
02 Sep 2017 (Wittenden)
Saturday lunchtime:filling up rapidly with diners.I sat in the bay window watching the autumnal cloudscape.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Pig & Porter - Pattern Recognition4.20ExcellentHazy,raspberries,farmyard.Good stuff.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
12 Aug 2017 (Wittenden)
Late Saturday afternoon.A few in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Pig & Porter - Pattern Recognition4.20GoodPale gold.Coarse blackcurrant hops. Sweet malt.Bit of farmyard. Grew on me.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
14 May 2017 (Wittenden)
We'd been a dog walk and visited an NGS Garden opening.The pub was packed to the gunnells with a very grand wedding party on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Larkins - Traditional3.40ExcellentA bit cold.Brittle,not chewy, toffee.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80GoodGood condition, a bit confined.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
15 Apr 2017 (Wittenden)
Early evening.Nursing a dog bite.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Black Gold4.00ExcellentLovely dry dark toasty black bitter.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
18 Feb 2017 (Wittenden)
Lunchtime;the pub was humming.I stood out on the verandah with my pint and took the air.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead3.80ExcellentPerhaps not my favourite session pale nowadays, but wonderfully reassuring.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
03 Dec 2016 (Wittenden)
Very quiet late afternoon after a dog walk. I was hoping the Old would be on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead3.80ExcellentBack at its citric best.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Late Red4.50Not TriedNot a substitute for .Harvey's Old
12 Nov 2016 (Wittenden)
Late afternoon after a wet dog walk. I sat by the fire with my first Harvey's Old of the season.Things don't get much better.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30ExcellentLovely dark grown up ardent beer.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
17 Sep 2016 (Wittenden)
Mid afternoon.I sat on the verandah with my Larkins and wondered about a Landrover that either was adorned with a wedding favour, or had been in the hedge.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Larkins - Traditional3.40GoodA touch on the ardent side, the toffee was struggling to get through.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried

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About The Bull Inn

The pub sign. The Bull Inn, Benenden, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional12
Excellent41
Good15
Acceptable2
Poor3

Website.

The pub is found in Benenden, Kent, TN17 4DE.

The pub has 3 rooms (with a restaurant room to the side). The main bar area has an inglenook fire place and a large, seated, bay window. To the side is a slightly sunken room and behind that a small snug with its own bar. The pub has lots of oak and lots of character. The owner also owns the Kitty Fisher (formerly known as King William IV) across the other side of the green here.

We have visited this pub 50 times, seen 34 different beers and tried 23 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN17 4DE