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Larkins' Alehouse (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kent - Session PaleExceptional1
Larkins - TraditionalExcellent2
Kent - PorterExcellent1
Wantsum - Black PigExcellent1
Larkins - PorterExcellent1
Old Dairy - Uber BrewExcellent2
Holler Boys - Fog CutterGood1
Old Dairy - Snow TopGood1
Hop Fuzz - AdhoptionGood1
Long Man - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Truman's - ZephyrNot Tried0
Brumaison - GBNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Not Tried0
Three Legs - PaleNot Tried0
Rockin Robin - RPANot Tried0
Truman's - LazarusNot Tried0
Wantsum - ImperiumNot Tried0
Hop Fuzz - Northern StarNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - SkylarkingNot Tried0
Holler Boys - Heavy LiftingNot Tried0
Truman's - FirestarterNot Tried0
Four Candles - Magnum SessionNot Tried0
Rockin Robin - Blizzard of OzNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Pattern RecognitionNot Tried0
Three Legs - DarkNot Tried0
Picture 1. Larkins' Alehouse, Cranbrook, Kent
Linda Kilby

Visits Details

15 Feb 2018 (Wittenden)
Late afternoon, several in.
Hop Fuzz - Adhoption4.20GoodDark chestnut Best Bitter.Blackcurrants.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Three Legs - Dark4.50Not Tried
01 Feb 2018 (Wittenden)
Quiet for a fleeting Thursday visit.
Larkins - Traditional3.40ExcellentPretty much the best Trad I've had for a long time:delicious.
Larkins - Porter5.20Not Tried
Rockin Robin - Blizzard of Oz4.50Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Pattern Recognition4.20Not Tried
06 Jan 2018 (Wittenden)
Away with the messages on a dank January Saturday afternoon.My first pub of the year-no Dryjanuary malarkey for me.
Holler Boys - Fog Cutter4.50GoodA light session pale ale. Piney hops and an intriguing floral finish. Selling well today.
Larkins - Porter5.20Not Tried
Truman's - Firestarter4.20Not Tried
Four Candles - Magnum Session3.80Not Tried
23 Dec 2017 (Wittenden)
Noon on the last Saturday before Christmas. A few in.
Kent - Session Pale3.70ExceptionalSublime, in tiptop nick.Floral hops. Magic.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Holler Boys - Heavy Lifting4.20Not Tried
15 Dec 2017 (Wittenden)
Visited in the gloaming of a gloomy December afternoon.Empty save for one of the lady Guvs-(Tapster?) and her Dad. A lively conversation about micros and hops ensued.
Larkins - Porter5.20ExcellentMy first sighting of this iconic Porter this year.Roasty,bitter chocolate and mercifully no caramel.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Wantsum - Imperium4.00Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - Northern Star4.40Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Skylarking4.00Not Tried
02 Dec 2017 (Wittenden)
A few in on a gloomy December Saturday lunchtime.This little pub always seems to afford some interesting Kent beers.
Wantsum - Black Pig4.80ExcellentBible black 'Imperial Russian Porter'.Dry, dried fruit.Hadn't been greatly impressed by Wantsum Beers hithertofor:this is good stuff.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Rockin Robin - RPA3.90Not Tried
Truman's - Lazarus4.20Not Tried
25 Nov 2017 (Wittenden)
Sunset on an autumnal November Saturday.A fairly youthful custom;well I was the oldest there.
Kent - Porter5.50ExcellentTawny,dry and well bodied.Yum.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Long Man - American Pale Ale4.80Not Tried
Three Legs - Pale3.70Not Tried
11 Nov 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
The inevitable end of crawl late evening return visit. Less frenetic and good rapport with bar staff. The bus away leaves just up the road.
Old Dairy - Snow Top6.00GoodA nightcap brew
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Truman's - Zephyr4.40Not Tried
11 Nov 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Early evening visit. Full and was very noisy with so many hard surfaces to reflect sound. Nevertheless a very cosy well run friendly addition to Cranbrook's beer scene. The owner had a good chat with us about Micropubs in Kent and their successes and foibles.
Old Dairy - Uber Brew3.80Excellent
Larkins - Traditional3.40GoodLong time since I have any Larkins. This was rather bland but low abv may have contributed
Old Dairy - Snow Top6.00Not TriedFresh on to replace the Brumaison
Truman's - Zephyr4.40Not Tried
Brumaison - GB4.40Not TriedWanted to try but ran out before I could order
11 Nov 2017 (Wittenden)
Busy on a damp Saturday midday.All tables occupied:conversation ruled-perhaps a bit too much for this scribe!
Old Dairy - Uber Brew3.80ExcellentWell hopped, floral pale ale:could benefit from more assertive malt.A change from regular ODB fare.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Long Man - American Pale Ale4.80Not TriedNot heard this called 'Septic' before.Rhyming slang,innit?
Truman's - Zephyr4.40Not Tried
Brumaison - GB4.40Not Tried

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About the Larkins' Alehouse

The pub sign. Larkins' Alehouse, Cranbrook, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 3EB.

Long awaited micropub in a former florist's shop in the High Street. Long narrow room,with servery bar counter to the back. Beers served on gravity dispense from a cool room to the rear. Some tables and chairs to the front. Opened on Friday 6th October 2017. Unisex toilet.

We have visited this pub 12 times, seen 33 different beers and tried 11 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN17 3EB