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Halfway House (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ilkley - Mary JaneExcellent1
Canterbury Brewers - Engenious StoutExcellent1
Rother Valley - SmildExcellent4
Dark Star - The Art of DarknessExcellent1
Dark Star - Espresso StoutExcellent1
Dark Star - American Pale AleExcellent1
Loddon - Gravesend Shrimpers BitterExcellent1
Salopian - Shropshire GoldExcellent1
Kent - Black GoldExcellent1
Tonbridge - Blonde AmbitionExcellent1
Goacher's - Crown Imperial StoutExcellent1
Dark Star - HopheadExcellent1
Rother Valley - MildExcellent1
Rother Valley - Golden Valley Wheat BeerExcellent1
Old Dairy - Silver TopExcellent1
Stonehenge - Sign of SpringExcellent1
Greene King - Tolly Cobbold Tolly English AleExcellent1
Long Man - Old Man Excellent1
Tonbridge - CoppernobExcellent2
Tonbridge - RusticExcellent2
Swan on the Green - CygnetExcellent1
Whitstable - Winkle PickerExcellent1
Skinner's - Betty Stogs BitterExcellent1
Dark Star - 80 ShillingExcellent1
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Horsham Best BitterGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Good1
Rother Valley - AllianceGood1
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Good1
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPAGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Good1
Old Dairy - Wild HopGood1
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter AleAcceptable1
Beer Rocks - ScaryAcceptable1
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterNot Tried0
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Red RiverNot Tried0
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Summer AleNot Tried0
Arundel - StrongholdNot Tried0
Nelson - Nelsons BloodNot Tried0
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Dartford WobblerNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Green DaemonNot Tried0
Nelson - Pieces of EightNot Tried0
Dark Star - OriginalNot Tried0
Hepworth - Prospect OrganicNot Tried0
Wantsum - 1381Not Tried0
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Royal Best BitterNot Tried0
1648 - Laughing FrogNot Tried0
Goacher's - Fine Light AleNot Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's SpecialNot Tried0
Westerham - Special Bitter Ale "1965"Not Tried0
Old Dairy - Gold TopNot Tried0
Goacher's - House BeerNot Tried0
Whitstable - East India Pale AleNot Tried0
Triple fff - Alton's PrideNot Tried0
Rother Valley - Level BestNot Tried0
Exmoor - GoldNot Tried0
Tring - Side Pocket for a ToadNot Tried0
Nelson - Friggin in the RigginNot Tried0
Goddards - Ale of WightNot Tried0
Dark Star - FestivalNot Tried0
Rudgate - Battle AxeNot Tried0
Stonehenge - PigswillNot Tried0
RCH - Hewish IPANot Tried0
RCH - PG SteamNot Tried0
Exmoor - AleNot Tried0
Tring - Jack O LegsNot Tried0
Moorhouse's - Premier Bitter (was 3.8%)Not Tried0
Whitstable - Native BitterNot Tried0
Whitstable - Bohemium LagerNot Tried0
Rother Valley - Copper AleNot Tried0
Nelson - Pursers Pussy PorterNot Tried0
Whitstable - Pearl of KentNot Tried0
Milk Street - The Usual (at one time 4.1%)Not Tried0
Rudgate - VikingNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Red TopNot Tried0
Goddards - ScrumdiggityNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Blue TopNot Tried0
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby MildNot Tried0
Dark Star - Partridge Best BitterNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Spring TopNot Tried0
Nelson - Admiral IPANot Tried0
Hastings - Hastings BlondeNot Tried0
Hastings - Hastings PorterNot Tried0
Sunny Republic - Beach BlondeNot Tried0
Hastings - HPANot Tried0
Hastings - Best BitterNot Tried0
Tonbridge - TraditionalNot Tried0
Rother Valley - Anniversary AleNot Tried0
Langham - Halfway to HeavenNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Winter SolaceNot Tried0
Picture 1. Halfway House, Brenchley, Kent

Visits Details

04 Jan 2016 (Wittenden)
A wet January Monday lunchtime,allegedly the nation's first day at work.After doing some, we met the rest of the family in an upper room, and watched the antics of a man fettling a wickerwork horse in the garden.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00ExcellentOn gravity. Good dark best bitter:blackberries.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
Langham - Halfway to Heaven3.50Not Tried
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter Ale4.80Not Tried
Tonbridge - Winter Solace4.80Not Tried
01 Sep 2013 (Wittenden)
Early evening, fleeting visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Rother Valley - Smild3.80ExcellentDark, dry mild with a fair amount of hops.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
Tonbridge - Coppernob3.80Not Tried
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter Ale4.80Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Engenious Stout4.20Not Tried
23 Aug 2013 (thebrewingman)
First day of their Bank Holiday Weekend Beer Festival. Sixty beers on the card. I have only listed the five I tried today.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Salopian - Shropshire Gold3.80Excellent
Rother Valley - Golden Valley Wheat Beer4.20Excellent
Long Man - Old Man 4.30Excellent
Dark Star - 80 Shilling4.80Excellent
Canterbury Brewers - Engenious Stout4.20ExcellentA super stout, nice and dry.
25 May 2013 (oz11)
Afternoon visit for the start of the Bank Holiday beer festival. Every beer I tried was in great nick.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Excellent
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Excellent
Stonehenge - Sign of Spring4.60Excellent
Whitstable - Winkle Picker4.50Excellent
Ilkley - Mary Jane3.50Excellent
Tonbridge - Blonde Ambition4.20Excellent
Old Dairy - Silver Top4.50Excellent
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Excellent
Dark Star - The Art of Darkness3.50Excellent
Rother Valley - Alliance4.20Good
Old Dairy - Wild Hop4.00Good
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Not Tried
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Triple fff - Alton's Pride3.80Not Tried
Rother Valley - Level Best4.00Not Tried
Exmoor - Gold4.50Not Tried
Tring - Side Pocket for a Toad3.60Not Tried
Nelson - Friggin in the Riggin4.70Not Tried
Goddards - Ale of Wight3.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Festival5.00Not Tried
Rudgate - Battle Axe4.20Not Tried
Stonehenge - Pigswill4.00Not Tried
RCH - Hewish IPA3.60Not Tried
RCH - PG Steam3.90Not Tried
Exmoor - Ale3.80Not Tried
Tring - Jack O Legs4.20Not Tried
Moorhouse's - Premier Bitter (was 3.8%)3.70Not Tried
Whitstable - Native Bitter3.70Not Tried
Whitstable - Bohemium Lager4.90Not Tried
Nelson - Pieces of Eight3.80Not Tried
Rother Valley - Copper Ale4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - Original5.00Not Tried
Nelson - Pursers Pussy Porter4.80Not Tried
Whitstable - Pearl of Kent4.50Not Tried
Milk Street - The Usual (at one time 4.1%)4.40Not Tried
Rudgate - Viking3.80Not Tried
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80Not Tried
Goddards - Scrumdiggity4.00Not Tried
Old Dairy - Blue Top4.80Not Tried
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby Mild3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Partridge Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Tonbridge - Coppernob3.80Not Tried
Old Dairy - Spring Top4.00Not Tried
Nelson - Admiral IPA4.00Not Tried
Hastings - Hastings Blonde3.90Not Tried
Hastings - Hastings Porter4.50Not Tried
Sunny Republic - Beach Blonde3.70Not Tried
Hastings - HPA4.70Not Tried
Hastings - Best Bitter4.10Not Tried
Tonbridge - Traditional3.60Not Tried
Rother Valley - Anniversary Ale4.40Not TriedBrewed to mark the brewery's 20th anniversary.
24 Apr 2013 (ChrisE)
Lunch time visit, and it was good to see a fair number of people sitting at the bar drinking in a fairly isolated rural pub. Definitely a pub with food rather than a restaurant with a bar. People seemed to be surprised to discover that we had managed to get there on a bus, even though it drops you right outside the pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Excellent
Rother Valley - Smild3.80Good
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter Ale4.80Acceptable
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Goacher's - House Beer3.80Not Tried
Greene King - Tolly Cobbold Tolly English Ale2.80Not TriedA fair price at £2 per pint.
12 Jan 2013 (Pedro)
Lunchtime
BeerABVScoreNotes
Loddon - Gravesend Shrimpers Bitter4.10Excellent
Rother Valley - Mild3.60Excellent
Tonbridge - Coppernob3.80Excellent
Greene King - Tolly Cobbold Tolly English Ale2.80Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Westerham - Special Bitter Ale "1965"5.00Not Tried
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's Special4.50Not Tried
Old Dairy - Gold Top4.30Not Tried
08 Nov 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Special occasion for me as I attend my 1000th Thursday evening mild drinkers event. Arrived in style by Routemaster bus.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Rother Valley - Smild3.80ExcellentSo good, drank this all evening, on top form as ever. My score 16/20.
07 Oct 2012 (Wittenden)
Lunchtime on a sunny October Sunday. We sat in the adults Garden, and discussed how it could be floristically enhanced. I was told that they are all snobs in Brenchley-everyone seemed very friendly today!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Tonbridge - Coppernob3.80ExcellentAromatic amber session beer:some hedgerow fruits, a long bitter finish. I could get used to this.
Beer Rocks - Scary4.40AcceptablePale 'n' hoppyish. Some haze. Can't find out much about this brewery.Some sources point to North Yorkshire, some to Wales. OK pint.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not TriedI was sorely tempted
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's Special4.50Not Tried
Rother Valley - Mild3.60Not Tried
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter Ale4.80Not Tried
30 Sep 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Post sunday lunch and a few diners still in plus a handful of locals.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Rother Valley - Smild3.80ExcellentGood as ever with a good mix of caramel and chocolate malt and low hop rate. My score 16/20.
27 Aug 2012 (oz11)
Festival of Kent & Sussex beers. 50 beers on the list, by Monday we were down to about half that number, with many of those being finished during the afternoon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Swan on the Green - Cygnet4.20ExcellentListed as 4.2%
Dark Star - Espresso Stout4.20Excellent
Kent - Black Gold4.00Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Good
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Good
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Horsham Best Bitter3.80Good
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Good
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60Not Tried
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Red River4.80Not Tried
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Summer Ale4.00Not Tried
Arundel - Stronghold4.70Not Tried
Nelson - Nelsons Blood6.00Not Tried
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Dartford Wobbler4.30Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Green Daemon5.00Not Tried
Nelson - Pieces of Eight3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Original5.00Not Tried
Hepworth - Prospect Organic4.50Not Tried
Wantsum - 13813.80Not Tried
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Royal Best Bitter4.10Not Tried
1648 - Laughing Frog5.20Not Tried

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About the Halfway House

The pub sign. Halfway House, Brenchley, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional4
Excellent71
Good24
Acceptable10
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Brenchley, Kent, TN12 7AX.

This is a beautiful pub set in the heart of the Garden of England. Winner of the CAMRA Kent Pub of the Year in 2006. It has a multi-room interior with lots or wooden beams, wood floors and furniture. This is how you would expect a country pub to be, full of nooks and crannies. All real ale is served on gravity from casks behind the single wooden bar. There is a large garden at the rear. Runner up CAMRA Kent Pub of the Year 2012.

We have visited this pub 38 times, seen 159 different beers and tried 75 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN12 7AX