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The Butchers Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kent - Session PaleExcellent8
Adnams - BroadsideExcellent5
Fuller's - ESBExcellent2
Old Dairy - Copper TopExcellent2
Time and Tide - Spratwaffler PaleExcellent2
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Harvest AleExceptional1
Old Dairy - Blue TopExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Excellent1
Time and Tide - Smugglers StoutExcellent1
Turners - East Sussex BitterExcellent1
Hopdaemon - IncubusGood1
Old Dairy - Copper HopperGood1
Turners - Ruby MildAcceptable1
Adnams - Topaz GoldNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent
Picture 2. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent

Visits Details

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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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 Pale3.70Good
Turners - Ruby Mild4.60Acceptable
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
07 Aug 2014 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime with a group of friends, I sat in the corner and read the book on boring postcards. Various breweries seemed to be turning up with supplies at frequent intervals and I began to wonder if there would be room for it all in the pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Session Pale3.70ExcellentAs its name suggests, a good session ale.
Turners - East Sussex Bitter3.90ExcellentDark in colour, I think this cask was even darker than usual. A good traditional bitter/brown ale.
24 Jul 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. The usual good but unwinnable adversarial banter.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Blue Top4.80ExcellentFine full bodied form
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Good
Kent - Session Pale3.70AcceptableSeemed a bit fresh
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
05 Jul 2014 (Mick)
First in at 18-00. Soon became busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Adnams - Broadside4.70ExcellentA favourite beer in excellent condition. |Full bodied and rich.
Kent - Session Pale3.70GoodNice pint of this pale hoppy beer.
Old Dairy - Copper Hopper4.10GoodAnother nice pint, malty and well balanced.
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
Adnams - Topaz Gold4.00Not Tried
21 Jun 2014 (Mick)
Early Saturday evening, busy as always.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Adnams - Broadside4.70ExcellentI love this dark beer.
Kent - Session Pale3.70ExcellentPerhaps better than Wednesday, Very good condition.
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
21 Jun 2014 (Dosser)
After 2 previous visits found it open! Tiny bar with 24 inside and out- I managed to count them! Very friendly pub with good atmosphere.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's - ESB5.50Excellent
Kent - Session Pale3.70Excellent
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
19 Jun 2014 (Mick)
First in lunchtime, soon became busy. Chatted to Martyn about micropubs, beers, brewers and the GBBF. Splendid lunch session.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Adnams - Broadside4.70ExcellentA long time favourite and served here in excellent condition.
Kent - Session Pale3.70ExcellentA super pint of this pale hoppy beer, super condition.
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
05 Apr 2014 (Mick)
Like I had never been away, all the old locals in. Splendid evening
BeerABVScoreNotes
Adnams - Broadside4.70ExceptionalAmazing, absolutely superb, possibly the best pint(s) of broadside I have had.
Time and Tide - Spratwaffler Pale3.70ExcellentSuper hops, with an excellent finish.
Time and Tide - Smugglers Stout5.20ExcellentEverything a stout should be.
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
08 Mar 2014 (Jack William)
Late lunchtime - packed, must have been nearly twenty in. Good buzz.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Session Pale3.70ExcellentBright and lively - well named.
Fuller's - ESB5.50GoodNot quite in top condition - but very acceptable none the less.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not 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

 Total
Exceptional225
Excellent353
Good61
Acceptable10
Poor-

Website.

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 318 times, seen 128 different beers and tried 113 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT6 7HL