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The Bull Inn (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kent - Black GoldExcellent1
Dark Star - HopheadExcellent5
Harveys - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Excellent1
Larkins - TraditionalGood4
Adnams - Ghost ShipGood1
Shepherd Neame - Christmas AlePoor1
Harveys - IPANot Tried0
Harveys - Sussex Best BitterNot Tried0
Harveys - Sussex Best BitterNot Tried0
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Harveys - Sussex Best BitterNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Samuel Adams Blonde AmbitionNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Late RedNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Bull Inn, Benenden, Kent

Visits Details

15 Apr 2017 (Wittenden)
Early evening.Nursing a dog bite.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Black Gold4.00ExcellentLovely dry dark toasty black bitter.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Harveys - 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
Harveys - 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
Harveys - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30ExcellentLovely dark grown up ardent beer.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Harveys - 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.
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
28 May 2016 (Wittenden)
Late afternoon after a busy day.I sat vacantly in the verandah.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Larkins - Traditional3.40ExcellentAt first I wasn't too sure:seems much hoppier than last time,but then a burst of summer herbs. Different,less toffee, but still Larkins.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Samuel Adams Blonde Ambition4.50Not Tried
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
19 Dec 2015 (Wittenden)
Crowded on a very mild December Saturday lunchtime.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Larkins - Traditional3.40GoodEarthy and toffeeish, grand.
Shepherd Neame - Christmas Ale5.00PoorOdd slate grey colour,some undefined spice.Thin and dry. Not to my taste.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
27 Sep 2015 (Jack William)
Evening - very quiet - but pleasantly so.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Good
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Good
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
05 Sep 2015 (Wittenden)
Saturday evening:lively with the cricketers celebrating a successful season and buzzing with diners and drinkers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead3.80ExcellentTransendental
Larkins - Traditional3.40GoodEarthy,more hops than toffee.
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
18 Jul 2015 (Wittenden)
Lunchtime on a sunny Saturday.Fairly quiet:most people sitting outside.I was in search of cherries from the fruit corner at Goddard's Green.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead3.80ExcellentNettley hops,unimpeacheable on a summer's day.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Harveys - IPA3.50Not Tried
Harveys - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried

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About The Bull Inn

The pub sign. The Bull Inn, Benenden, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional12
Excellent36
Good13
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 45 times, seen 33 different beers and tried 22 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN17 4DE