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Blacksmiths Arms (Ei Group (formerly Enterprise Inns))

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Robinsons - Trooper (superseded by 4.7% version)Excellent1
Black Sheep - Best BitterExcellent1
Long Man - American Pale AleExcellent1
My Generation (sub-brand of Black Sheep) - My GenerationExcellent1
Moorhouse's - First CutExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent2
Sharp's - Sea FuryGood1
Wadworth - Filthy ChuckerGood1
Adnams - LighthouseGood1
Camerons - Thirst BloodGood1
Wadworth - Dirty RuckerGood1
Fuller's - London PrideGood2
Black Sheep - Monty Python's Holy GrailGood1
Salopian - Shropshire GoldGood1
Bath Ales - Gem BitterGood1
Greene King - Morland Old Golden HenNot Tried0
Wychwood - Bah Humbug!Not Tried0
Purity - Pure UBUNot 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
Jennings - Cumberland AleNot Tried0
Dartmoor - Jail AleNot Tried0
Brains - The Rev James GoldNot Tried0
Wickwar - BOBNot Tried0
Hogs Back - "Farnham White"Not Tried0
Woodforde's - WherryNot Tried0
Theakston - Paradise AleNot Tried0
Butcombe - PopeNot Tried0
Hook Norton - FlagshipNot Tried0
Truman's - SwiftNot Tried0
Picture 1. Blacksmiths Arms, Willesborough, Kent

Visits Details

18 Oct 2017 (ChrisE)
Wednesday early evening and very busy. A good welcome from Dave the Landlord.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Camerons - Thirst Blood4.30Good
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Hook Norton - Flagship5.30Not Tried
Truman's - Swift3.90Not Tried
27 Sep 2017 (Graeme)
Quiet afternoon after WHH visit ..friendly service...5 real ales on
BeerABVScoreNotes
Black Sheep - Best Bitter3.80ExcellentLively amber caramel nose..fruity bite and classic bitter finish...head modest...perhaps more head would liven even morr
Theakston - Paradise Ale4.20Not TriedNot tried
Butcombe - Pope5.10Not TriedNot tried
12 Sep 2017 (ChrisE)
Early evening and an enjoyable visit. There was a real cider on handpump in addition to the beers listed below.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Moorhouse's - First Cut4.20Excellent
Black Sheep - Monty Python's Holy Grail4.00Good
Sharp's - Sea Fury5.00Good
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
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
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's Spring Sprinter4.00Not 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

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About the Blacksmiths Arms

The pub sign. Blacksmiths Arms, Willesborough, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent19
Good29
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 35 times, seen 81 different beers and tried 41 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN24 0NA