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The Butchers Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Old Dairy - Copper TopGood3
Adnams - BroadsideExcellent2
Burning Sky - PlateauExcellent2
Dark Star - HopheadExcellent2
Dark Star - Hophead DryExcellent2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Good2
Hope - SX PaleExcellent1
Oakham - JHBExcellent1
Old Dairy - Silver TopExcellent1
Hopdaemon - RedGood1
Oakham - CitraGood1
Old Dairy - Gold TopGood1
Adnams - Old AleNot Tried0
Adnams - Wild HopNot Tried0
Deverell's - DarksideNot Tried0
Fuller's - ESBNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Maldon GoldNot Tried0
Oakham - Bishops FarewellNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent
Picture 2. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent

Visits Details

22 Apr 2017 (Andrew)
Ian and I walked down from the First and Last and managed to get a seat. Martyn was ill unfortunately; it isn't the same without him!
Oakham - JHB3.80ExcellentRefreshingly good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60Not Tried
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
16 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening trip. A few in but usual good banter.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Good
Oakham - Citra4.20Good
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
18 Feb 2017 (Andrew)
Great as always although by this stage of the night I probably wasn't entirely coherent. There was also a 5.2% beer called Silver Ho which was a mix of Silver Top and Tally Ho!
Hope - SX Pale3.90Excellent
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
15 Dec 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. A churn of customers as we sat there. Guv not in top form with toothache following bouts of virus and gout.
Old Dairy - Silver Top4.50ExcellentHead, condition, temperature all right so bliss
Hopdaemon - Red4.20GoodGood condition but not to my taste
Mighty Oak - Maldon Gold3.80Not Tried
Adnams - Wild Hop4.80Not Tried
24 Aug 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Bus from outside Parkerville to front door of Butchers with maximum of 15 yards of walking. Quiet tonight but a former pub licensee from London told us a thing or two about the foibles of Pubcos.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Good
Old Dairy - Gold Top4.30Good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
08 Jul 2016 (Andrew)
The chaps from work eventually phoned me as I was on the bus from the Two Smoking Barrels. I met them in the Butchers! Good fun.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80ExcellentHad a few of these!
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Old Dairy - Gold Top4.30Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
06 Jul 2016 (ChrisE)
Early doors before 12:00 and the full session until just after official closing for the afternoon. A very good conversation with Martyn on various subjects to do with beer, pubs and campaigning.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Excellent
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Excellent
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
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!

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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 346 times, seen 147 different beers and tried 123 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT6 7HL