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The Blacksmiths Arms (Ei Group (formerly Enterprise Inns))

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent2
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent1
Sambrook's - WandleExcellent1
Robinsons - Trooper (superseded by 4.7% version)Excellent1
Robinsons - Hop GunExcellent1
Long Man - American Pale AleExcellent1
My Generation (sub-brand of Black Sheep) - My GenerationExcellent1
Purity - Pure GoldExcellent1
Purity - Pure UBUGood1
Bath Ales - Gem BitterGood1
Wadworth - Filthy ChuckerGood1
Adnams - LighthouseGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood1
Wadworth - Dirty RuckerGood1
Salopian - Shropshire GoldGood1
Fuller's - London PrideAcceptable3
Black Sheep - Monty Python's Holy GrailAcceptable1
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Wadworth - HorizonNot Tried0
Brains - The Rev James OriginalNot Tried0
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Courage Best BitterNot Tried0
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - BitterNot Tried0
Greene King - Morland Old Golden HenNot Tried0
Wychwood - Bah Humbug!Not Tried0
Sharp's - AtlanticNot Tried0
Hop Back - Summer LightningNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Bishops FingerNot Tried0
Loddon - HullabalooNot Tried0
Fuller's - Gale's Spring SprinterNot Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterNot Tried0
Jennings - Cumberland AleNot Tried0
Dartmoor - Jail AleNot Tried0
Brains - The Rev James GoldNot Tried0
Wickwar - BOBNot Tried0
Hogs Back - "Farnham White"Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Blacksmiths Arms, Willesborough, Kent

Visits Details

11 Aug 2017 (ChrisE)
Friday evening and doing a good trade.
BeerABVScoreNotes
My Generation (sub-brand of Black Sheep) - My Generation4.20ExcellentLight straw coloured pale ale.
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Wickwar - BOB4.00Not Tried
Hogs Back - "Farnham White"4.00Not Tried
20 Jul 2017 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit, I had a chat with someone at the bar whose hobby was visiting micropubs.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Good
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
Dartmoor - Jail Ale4.80Not Tried
Brains - The Rev James Gold4.10Not Tried
19 Jun 2017 (ChrisE)
Busy as usual, I had a quick chat with Dave the landlord about various closed pubs in the area.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Bishops Finger5.00Not Tried
Loddon - Hullabaloo4.20Not Tried
Sharp's - Atlantic4.20Not Tried
31 May 2017 (Jason)
Mid afternoon and busy around the bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wadworth - Filthy Chucker3.80GoodMalty toffee and cloying.
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's Spring Sprinter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
13 Feb 2017 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit with a few locals at the bar discussing cars, one of them asked another "Is yours a Mercedes or a Merc?"
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Salopian - Shropshire Gold3.80Good
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
06 Feb 2017 (Jason)
Late afternoon relaxed and pleasant atmosphere with a handful of drinkers in. Pub number 2 of our crawl of Ashford's better peripheral pubs.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Long Man - American Pale Ale4.80ExcellentWheaty with a hint of citrus. Nice.
Fuller's - London Pride4.10GoodNot as sweet as expected.
Wadworth - Dirty Rucker3.90GoodMalty and rather bland.
Purity - Pure UBU4.50Not Tried
Sharp's - Atlantic4.20Not Tried
19 Dec 2016 (Jason)
Late afternoon to mid evening, busy as expected with groups of festive diners and drinker's around the bar area.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Robinsons - Trooper (superseded by 4.7% version)4.80ExcellentDeep golden ale with a subtle hint of lemon with flavours of Bobek, Goldings and Cascade hops. Nice.
Bath Ales - Gem Bitter4.10GoodA rich aroma of hops and a long, deep, bittersweet finish.
Fuller's - London Pride4.10AcceptableLacking its expected sweetness
Greene King - Morland Old Golden Hen4.10Not Tried
Wychwood - Bah Humbug!4.30Not Tried
07 Nov 2016 (Jason)
Early evening a a dozen or so around the bar, no diners as yet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentExactly what I expected. Top condition.
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Acceptable
Black Sheep - Monty Python's Holy Grail4.00AcceptableFruity with a hint of honey and a peppery finish.
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - Bitter3.40Not Tried
07 Sep 2016 (Jason)
Early evening standing room only at the bar. No diners in at present. Pleased to see a more exciting beer range than the last pubs I've visited.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sambrook's - Wandle3.80ExcellentDry hoppy refreshing. Much more to my taste.
Robinsons - Hop Gun4.00ExcellentMore wheaty rather than the expected hoppy hit.
Purity - Pure UBU4.50GoodToo sweet caramel and malt.
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
26 May 2016 (ChrisE)
Early evening and buzzing. A good well run pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Purity - Pure Gold3.80Excellent
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Wadworth - Horizon4.00Not Tried
Brains - The Rev James Original4.50Not Tried

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About The Blacksmiths Arms

The pub sign. The Blacksmiths Arms, Willesborough, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent17
Good26
Acceptable7
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Willesborough, Kent, TN24 0NA.

Lovely low ceilinged old pub, in a pretty part of Willesborough, not far from William Harvey Hospital. Central dark wood bar serves large single room. Large fireplace to one side. Original wood beams add character. Quirky split level garden at rear. Cosy pub with 5 handpumps.

We have visited this pub 32 times, seen 73 different beers and tried 37 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN24 0NA