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Barbers Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Cairngorm - StagGood2
Downton - Winter SolsticeGood1
Lymestone - Nose to the GrindstoneGood1
Westerham - Single Hop EpicGood1
Skinner's - Heligan HoneyGood1
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Quercus FoliumGood1
Burton Bridge - XL BitterAcceptable1
Sunny Republic - Full EnglishAcceptable1
Stonehenge - Spire AleAcceptable1
Bowman - Meon ValleyAcceptable1
Rudgate - Brass Monkey PalePoor1
Wantsum - FortitudePoor2
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - FireflyNot Tried0
Dark Star - SunburstNot Tried0
White Horse - Village IdiotNot Tried0
Portobello - Snow FlakeNot Tried0
Westerham - Finchcocks OriginalNot Tried0
Skinner's - Betty Stogs BitterNot Tried0
Blindmans - Beer GogglesNot Tried0
Picture 1. Barbers Arms, Wye, Kent
Picture 2. Barbers Arms, Wye, Kent
Picture 3. Barbers Arms, Wye, Kent

Visits Details

22 Feb 2018 (ChrisE)
Very quiet for a Thursday evening. We discussed the high prices that people are paying for Betamax video recorders.
Burton Bridge - XL Bitter4.00AcceptableBright but lacking condition.
22 Feb 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Mid evening friendly welcome a few others in. My first visit here and I liked it, cosy comfortable atmosphere we sat round the bar and chatted to the landlord.
Rudgate - Brass Monkey Pale3.80PoorNot quite to my taste, salty smoky meaty flavour hmm...
Burton Bridge - XL Bitter4.00Not Tried
Blindmans - Beer Goggles4.20Not Tried
06 Oct 2017 (ChrisE)
Friday soon after opening time, primarily to get information to update What Pub but also to have a beer. Quite busy and more coming in as I left, two people that I have not met before were working behind the bar and they seemed very keen on their beers.
Bowman - Meon Valley3.90Acceptable
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
03 Oct 2017 (Jack William)
Lunchtime about 1. Opening times listed on as 12-2 on Tuesdays, but it was closed. Only opens Sat and Sun for lunchtime now.
17 Aug 2016 (ChrisE)
I had been here about ten minutes after the advertised opening time only to find it closed, I returned about 30 minutes later to find it still closed but I sat on the bench outside for a few minutes and the landlord turned up and opened the pub. We chatted about his plans to open another micropub in Charing which (if change of use is granted) will be called the Bookmakers Arms as Charing holds Point to Point races.
Westerham - Single Hop Epic4.50GoodSingle hop beer. A pleasant fruity ale.
Westerham - Finchcocks Original3.50Not Tried
24 Dec 2015 (Andrew)
Third pub of the evening. We got a seat. Interesting pub with a leg of ham hanging by the bar off which meat was being cut.
Lymestone - Nose to the Grindstone4.30GoodGood condition. Bit bready.
White Horse - Village Idiot4.10Not Tried
Portobello - Snow Flake4.70Not Tried
31 Jul 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. A double-header venue (The Tickled Trout the other) for our monthly Friday Evening Group, of which I was the last to arrive. Cooled jackets used on the casks rather than a temperature controlled cellar room which I think is a big mistake for beer care and serving.
Cairngorm - Stag4.10AcceptableGood taste but as good as flat
Wantsum - Fortitude4.20PoorFlat and a chore to drink yet for some inexplicable reason I had a second
Dark Star - Sunburst4.80Not Tried
31 Jul 2015 (ChrisE)
The pub opened up early for us at 5pm, we sat at the large table by the window and enjoyed a few beers before heading off the Tickled Trout. A fair number of locals took advantage of the early opening and the pub was busy by the time we left.
Cairngorm - Stag4.10Good
Wantsum - Fortitude4.20Poor
Dark Star - Sunburst4.80Not Tried
12 Jun 2015 (Jack William)
about 7 pm - I was the only customer but it got busier and, as is the norm with micropubs, I engaged in enjoyable conversation with a number of others. The landlord is organising a beer festival on the village green in a couple of weeks time.
Skinner's - Heligan Honey4.20Good
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Quercus Folium4.00GoodNice body
Stonehenge - Spire Ale3.80AcceptableRather flat and not much flavour.
27 Dec 2014 (Andrew)
A handful in, all standing around the bar. Nice friendly feel to the place.
Downton - Winter Solstice4.60GoodGood condition. Roast beef. Swedes. French mustard. Quiet drinkable.
Sunny Republic - Full English4.10AcceptableNo condition but nice toffee and turkish delight.
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Firefly3.70Not Tried

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About the Barbers Arms

The pub sign. Barbers Arms, Wye, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Wye, Kent, TN25 5DP.

Another East Kent Micropub - this one opened its doors over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend 2013 with the evening session on Friday 31st May. The proprietor is Graham Austen, a cabinet maker who has fought objections from some villagers to obtain planning permission and change of use from being a hairdresser's salon. Located at the village end of Bridge Street this one roomer is entered up several steps. Bare boarded with a bar counter, the beer is kept (jacket cooled) in a back room stillaged for gravity dispense on racking made of builders' scaffolding. Large front window made up of individual panes. Bench seating - one of which has its back made of beer cask staves. Unisex toilet at back of building. Sells real ales, ciders and wines. Sister pub to Bookmakers Arms at Charing.

We have visited this pub 21 times, seen 41 different beers and tried 30 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN25 5DP