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The Butchers Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Dark Star - HopheadExcellent4
Burning Sky - PlateauExcellent2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Excellent2
Fuller's - ESBGood2
Burning Sky - AuroraExceptional1
Gale's - Prize Old AleExceptional1
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Harvest AleExceptional1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 10Exceptional1
Austendyke Ales - Sheep MarketExcellent1
Old Dairy - Copper TopExcellent1
Old Dairy - Silver TopExcellent1
Adnams - Old AleGood1
Dark Star - RevelationGood1
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Dark Star - OriginalNot Tried0
Dark Star - SunburstNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Cattle ShedNot Tried0
Ossett - Silver KingNot Tried0
Titanic - Plum PorterNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent
Picture 2. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent

Visits Details

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
20 Sep 2015 (Jack William)
Lunchtime. My prediction of the 30k visit being here today was a bit premature (what has everyone been doing for the last few days?) 35 to go still - who will it be and where? A pleasure as always at the home of micropubs - had a good chat with a small CAMRA contingent from Essex.
Fuller's - ESB5.50Good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Ossett - Silver King4.30Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Original5.00Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
04 Sep 2015 (Mick)
Lunchtime. A couple of locals in, a good chat with Martyn and Kevin the Pickle.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40ExcellentGadds No 5 super.
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10ExcellentExcellent, smooth and well balanced.
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Old Dairy - Silver Top4.50Not Tried
03 Sep 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Martyn's 56th birthday so nibbles and cake as well as beer on offer.
Old Dairy - Silver Top4.50ExcellentOn the blackboard tonight as "Rev' Top" in honour of the barman subbing for the Guv tonight
Fuller's - ESB5.50Good
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
06 Aug 2015 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit, a group of four of us met here and stayed. Martyn was on top form and we talked about micropubs in beach huts and the problems being encountered by the people who are trying to open a micropub in Upminster.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Not Tried
18 Jul 2015 (Andrew)
Met Ian for a night on the beers! Drank Hop Head all night and lost count of how many. Good fun evening in the pub that gave birth to the Micropub revolution.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80ExcellentJolly nice stuff.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Dark Star - Sunburst4.80Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
18 Jul 2015 (Ian)
Where to start? Saturday evening session meeting up with Andrew. Martyn was a great host as usual, Sue from Ramsgate brewery turned up, a Liverpool/Deal party in a pink bus dropped in for a drink, there was a pub ticker from Lancaster talking about micropubs in Wigan, Glyn the Roof popped in to say he doesn't do guttering anymore and I ended up drinking some high end beers that could only have been purchased in this small ex butchers in the tiny village of Herne. Who cares that it takes me an hour each way to get here. It's the first and still the best.
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Harvest Ale11.50Exceptional2008 version, slight sourness, dry oloroso sherry. Unbelievable.
Gale's - Prize Old Ale9.00Exceptional2005 bottled version with the cork closure. Dark cherry and damson.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 1010.00ExceptionalDark chocolate, espresso coffee, great strong dark stout.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80ExcellentAs good as it gets these days. Light drinkable refreshing hoppy.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Dark Star - Sunburst4.80Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not 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 333 times, seen 141 different beers and tried 120 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT6 7HL