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The Butchers Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Dark Star - HopheadExcellent6
Old Dairy - Copper TopExcellent3
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Harvest AleExceptional2
Adnams - BroadsideExcellent2
Kent - Session PaleExcellent2
Old Dairy - Snow TopExcellent2
Gale's - Prize Old AleExceptional1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 10Exceptional1
Mighty Oak - The Ruby OneExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Excellent1
Time and Tide - Spratwaffler Pale AleGood1
Adnams - Southwold BitterAcceptable1
Turners - Ruby MildAcceptable1
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Dark Star - SunburstNot Tried0
Fuller's - ESBNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - BlackbirdNot Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
Titanic - Plum PorterNot Tried0
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish BitterNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent
Picture 2. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent

Visits Details

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
26 Jun 2015 (Mick)
First in at lunchtime, nice to be back at my old local. A good chat with Martyn about pubs and beer.
Adnams - Broadside4.70ExcellentSuperb pint of this dark rich beer.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Excellentwonderful,light and hoppy.
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Blackbird4.00Not Tried
02 Jun 2015 (ChrisE)
Just after mid day, initially we were the only customers but regulars and their dogs soon filled the place. I had a good chat with Martyn about micropubs in Worthing.
Mighty Oak - The Ruby One4.10ExcellentA new beer for me, as its name implies it is a ruby coloured ale. Very tasty.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
06 May 2015 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit, just a few in. We had a good chat with Martyn. I did not make a note of all the beers on offer.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Excellent
28 Mar 2015 (Andrew)
The almighty Butchers Arms. Sat chatting with Martyn about the future of beer. Doesn't get much more serious than that.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80ExceptionalMartyn. Hophead. Umm, you do the maths.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
22 Dec 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening on a day when not usually open. Mrs Miggins's large pork and large game pies were being traded in volume for take home gorging.
Old Dairy - Snow Top6.00Excellent2nd one much better mouthfeel
Kent - Session Pale3.70Excellent
Old Dairy - Snow Top6.00Good1st one was a tad metallic
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70AcceptableNot impressed, quite flat
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish Bitter3.80Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
23 Oct 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close. Never known so few in, one customer when we arrived and he left soon afterwards (nothing we said I hope). Good chance to talk Micropubs and people gossip with Gavin.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Excellent
Adnams - Broadside4.70ExcellentGavin cajoled me to try this beer which I normally avoid. This was in excellent condition but still more malty than I really like
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Excellent
Kent - Session Pale3.70Excellent
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
21 Aug 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Not overcrowded tonight. We had some good beer, cheese, nuts, pickles, wallies and banter.
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Harvest Ale11.50ExceptionalJust a sip taster but lethal and just potentially moreish
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Excellent
Time and Tide - Spratwaffler Pale Ale3.70Good
Turners - Ruby Mild4.60Acceptable
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not 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 326 times, seen 135 different beers and tried 116 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT6 7HL