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Blacksmiths Arms (Ei Group (formerly Enterprise Inns))

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
My Generation (sub-brand of Black Sheep) - My GenerationExcellent1
Long Man - Long Blonde Excellent1
Moorhouse's - First CutExcellent1
Camerons - A-hop-alypse NowExcellent2
Black Sheep - Best BitterExcellent1
Adnams - LighthouseGood1
Robinsons - OverhangGood1
Camerons - Thirst BloodGood1
Butcombe - HakaGood1
Black Sheep - Monty Python's Holy GrailGood1
Sharp's - Sea FuryGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood2
Fuller's - London PrideAcceptable1
Shepherd Neame - Bishops FingerNot Tried0
Loddon - HullabalooNot Tried0
Sharp's - AtlanticNot Tried0
Jennings - Cumberland AleNot Tried0
Dartmoor - Jail AleNot Tried0
Brains - The Rev James GoldNot Tried0
Hop Back - Summer LightningNot 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
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterNot Tried0
Purity - Pure UBUNot Tried0
Caledonian - Poltergeist PorterNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Sharp's - Sea Fury (superseded by 5% version)Not Tried0
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Picture 1. Blacksmiths Arms, Willesborough, Kent

Visits Details

16 Jan 2018 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit and quite busy. There was lots of free food on offer which was left over from a buffet earlier in the day.
Camerons - A-hop-alypse Now4.30ExcellentTop condition and very enjoyable.
Robinsons - Overhang4.10GoodO.K. but not to my taste.
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
15 Jan 2018 (Jason)
Mid afternoon and fairly busy with drinkers, small as the world is I'd arranged to meet up with my retired mate and there was another already in here so we had a good old days reminiscing session.
Camerons - A-hop-alypse Now4.30ExcellentFruity light and moorish with a banana twang, superb hence stayed with this for the rest of the session.
Fuller's - London Pride4.10AcceptableI had two pints if this and both failed expectations to what I'd expect had I'd been in a Fuller's house.
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Robinsons - Overhang4.10Not Tried
15 Nov 2017 (Jason)
Lunchtime and fairly quiet with a few diners arriving during our stay. Pleasant atmosphere with calming background music and a silent TV
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Butcombe - Haka4.50GoodFresh and spicy with a strong hop aroma and flavour.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not TriedHope to see this as a regular here.
Long Man - Long Blonde 3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Sea Fury (superseded by 5% version)3.70Not Tried
02 Nov 2017 (Jason)
Early evening and busy around the bar, no diners present as yet. Great atmosphere as always here with soft lighting and background music
Long Man - Long Blonde 3.80ExcellentSuperb condition but bizarre at it sounds very salty.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Purity - Pure UBU4.50Not Tried
Caledonian - Poltergeist Porter4.00Not Tried
18 Oct 2017 (ChrisE)
Wednesday early evening and very busy. A good welcome from Dave the Landlord.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

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About the Blacksmiths Arms

The pub sign. Blacksmiths Arms, Willesborough, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



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 39 times, seen 87 different beers and tried 45 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN24 0NA