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Barbers Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
West Berkshire - Swift Pale AleExcellent1
Mad Cat - Golden India Pale Ale (previously Meaney's Golden India Pale Ale)Excellent1
Cairngorm - StagGood2
Downton - Winter SolsticeGood1
Lymestone - Nose to the GrindstoneGood1
Hop Back - Crop CircleGood1
Westerham - Single Hop EpicGood1
Skinner's - Heligan HoneyGood1
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Quercus FoliumGood1
Sunny Republic - Full EnglishAcceptable1
Stonehenge - Spire AleAcceptable1
Bowman - Meon ValleyAcceptable1
Wantsum - FortitudePoor2
Skinner's - River CottageNot Tried0
Grainstore - Tupping AleNot Tried0
Milk Street - The Usual (at one time 4.1%)Not Tried0
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
Picture 1. Barbers Arms, Wye, Kent
Picture 2. Barbers Arms, Wye, Kent
Picture 3. Barbers Arms, Wye, Kent

Visits Details

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
28 Oct 2014 (ChrisE)
Evening visit for a Meet the Brewer evening with Mad Cat Brewery.
Mad Cat - Golden India Pale Ale (previously Meaney's Golden India Pale Ale)4.20ExcellentReally enjoyable, I consumed several pints of this.
Grainstore - Tupping Ale4.50Not Tried
Milk Street - The Usual (at one time 4.1%)4.40Not Tried
21 Jun 2014 (Jack William)
Sat late lunch very busy - shame they stop serving at 2.
West Berkshire - Swift Pale Ale3.80ExcellentTop class - full of hoppy flavour.
Hop Back - Crop Circle4.20GoodLast of the barrel - a bit lifeless but still very drinkable.
Cairngorm - Stag4.10Not Tried
Skinner's - River Cottage4.00Not 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 19 times, seen 38 different beers and tried 28 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN25 5DP