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Larkins' Alehouse (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Wantsum - Black PigExcellent1
Tonbridge - American PaleExcellent1
Old Dairy - Uber BrewExcellent2
Three Legs - DarkExcellent1
Kent - PorterExcellent1
Pig & Porter - Purest GreenGood1
Larkins - TraditionalGood1
Old Dairy - Snow TopGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 3Not Tried0
Titanic - Plum PorterNot Tried0
Truman's - RunnerNot Tried0
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Young's SpecialNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Red TopNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Silver TopNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Pardoner's AleNot Tried0
Long Man - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Truman's - ZephyrNot Tried0
Brumaison - GBNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Not Tried0
Three Legs - PaleNot Tried0
Kent - Session PaleNot Tried0
Rockin Robin - RPANot Tried0
Truman's - LazarusNot Tried0
Picture 1. Larkins' Alehouse, Cranbrook, Kent
Linda Kilby

Visits Details

02 Dec 2017 (Wittenden)
A few in on a gloomy December Saturday lunchtime.This little pub always seems to afford some interesting Kent beers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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!
BeerABVScoreNotes
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
21 Oct 2017 (Wittenden)
Lunchtime on a showery Saturday.A few in,some elderly gents and a young family with rough coated Jack Russell.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Tonbridge - American Pale5.00ExcellentThis has much improved since I first tried it.Succulent, oily hops.Hint of that trademark farmyard ethos.
Wells & Young's (Charles Wells now) - Young's Special4.50Not Tried
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80Not Tried
Old Dairy - Silver Top4.50Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Pardoner's Ale3.80Not Tried
07 Oct 2017 (Wittenden)
Saturday lunchtime.Cranbrook was 'en fete', celebrating Apple Day.Busy with drinkers wishing this new venture well. In addition to cask beers,Kentish cider and wines were available,together with some spirits.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Three Legs - Dark4.50ExcellentNudging 4.5.Lovely bible black coffee .
Pig & Porter - Purest Green5.20GoodEast Kent Goldings Green hop.Barley straw,thin marmalade. In plastic glasses because of the Apple Day frolics.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 35.00Not Tried
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Not Tried
Truman's - Runner4.00Not Tried

About the Larkins' Alehouse

The pub sign. Larkins' Alehouse, Cranbrook, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

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Website.

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 7 times, seen 23 different beers and tried 8 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN17 3EB