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The Butchers Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Burning Sky - PlateauExcellent3
Old Dairy - Copper TopGood3
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Good3
Adnams - BroadsideExcellent2
Dark Star - Hophead DryExcellent2
Adnams - Old AleGood2
Burning Sky - AuroraExceptional1
Austendyke Ales - Sheep MarketExcellent1
Fuller's - ESBExcellent1
Old Dairy - Silver TopExcellent1
Dark Star - HopheadGood1
Dark Star - RevelationGood1
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Dark Star - OriginalNot Tried0
Deverell's - DarksideNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Cattle ShedNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Gold TopNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 3Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent
Picture 2. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent

Visits Details

05 May 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit from shortly after opening time. Just the two of us in for much of the time so a great opportunity for us to joust with Martin over Micropubs, breweries and beers.
Dark Star - Hophead Dry3.80ExcellentExcess bitterness from the dry hopping
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Acceptable
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Deverell's - Darkside4.80Not TriedTaster but not to my style
16 Feb 2016 (Mick)
Chatted to Martyn about beer, brewers, CAMRA and SIBA. Also drank excellent beer.
Adnams - Broadside4.70ExcellentPerfect pint to finish on.
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10ExcellentSuperb condition, dark and full bodied.
Dark Star - Hophead Dry3.80ExcellentFirst try of this, very nice.
Adnams - Old Ale4.10Not Tried
Old Dairy - Gold Top4.30Not Tried
28 Jan 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close. The other two customers left just after we arrived. One other customer came in with a dog that investigated all corners, perhaps bemused by the fermenting beer smells. Good chat with the Guv, lots of gossip on existing and proposed Micropubs.
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10ExcellentNew sweeter recipe perhaps?
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Good
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not TriedPriced at £3.33 - half the price of the devil!
16 Jan 2016 (Andrew)
Last stop in my random bus pub tour. Sat and talked to Martyn untill the bus was due.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40ExcellentNot usually my favourite of Gadds beers but this was in excellent condition and went down a treat.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 35.00Not Tried
31 Dec 2015 (Jack William)
Lunctime - jolly banter ongoing.
Adnams - Old Ale4.10AcceptableDisappointing, ok condition but rather tasteless for an old ale.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
20 Dec 2015 (Dosser)
Maidstone camra in. Well just Jeff Tucker plus one so we joined our old colleague. Martin a fountain of camra knowledge. Ifyour local sells these beers better than the Butchers you are drinking in a top pub.
Adnams - Broadside4.70ExcellentWhat the wetherspoons pubs selling this can aspire to
Fuller's - ESB5.50ExcellentA quality pint at £3.75.
Old Dairy - Silver Top4.50ExcellentQuality beer
24 Nov 2015 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit to celebrate the pub's tenth birthday. The landlord of the Priors Oven at Spalding was busy cleaning the windows and then struggling to get the boards back in place afterwards and his wife produced some very nice food. He had also brought down some ale from his brewery, Austendyke Ales which went down very well.
Burning Sky - Aurora5.60Exceptional
Austendyke Ales - Sheep Market4.00ExcellentVery good crisp golden ale.
12 Nov 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Not too crowded. Usual banter across the benches and with the Guv.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Good
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Good
Adnams - Old Ale4.10Good
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
06 Oct 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Much talk about Micropub development, theory and practice. I hold a purist's view which excludes some currently given the tag.
Dark Star - Revelation5.70GoodFresh cask, first pints out
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not TriedOrdered but the Guv offered a taster first for a second opinion, the sale did not proceed
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
25 Sep 2015 (Andrew)
Martyn had let me know that Burning Sky Plateau was on so I got a (late running!) bus and spent an hour in the Butchers talking to Martyn and drinking Plateau. Although brief, it was great fun.
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50ExceptionalTop stuff. It's like a better version of Dark Star Hop Head (but then it was brewed by the former Dark Star brewer!)
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Original5.00Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not Tried
Old Dairy - Cattle Shed4.50Not Tried

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About The Butchers Arms

The pub sign. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Herne, Kent, CT6 7HL.

Once the Canterbury Beer Shop selling beer straight from the cask. It is now a pub (with the same owner as before) and still does off-sales which is fantastic! Voted CAMRA Kent Pub of the Year in 2008 and East Kent CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2009 (...and not surprisingly). Regarded universally as the first Micropub, which has spawned many similar ventures in East Kent and throughout the UK. Real ales are kept on gravity dispense in a cold room to the right and you will view this when you walk through it to the unisex toilet at the rear. Displays a Micropub Association Certificate of Registration warranting, annually, that it adheres to the tenets and ethics of the Association's definition of a Micropub.

We have visited this pub 339 times, seen 144 different beers and tried 121 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT6 7HL