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The Griffins Head (Shepherd Neame)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Lacons - LegacyGood1
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale Good1
Shepherd Neame - Late RedGood1
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterAcceptable3
Shepherd Neame - SpitfireAcceptable1
Shepherd Neame - Early BirdAcceptable2
Shepherd Neame - Best BitterAcceptable2
Shepherd Neame - Goldings (superseded by 4.1% version)Poor1
Picture 1. The Griffins Head, Chillenden, Kent

Visits Details

17 Mar 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Temporarily closed due to fire damage.
04 Apr 2014 (Brian)
Quite a few in late Friday afternoon / early evening. The beer quality here is excellent and having a guest on in a SN pub makes a difference.
Lacons - Legacy4.40GoodVery citrusy blond beer.
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale 3.90GoodReally nice, fresh, clean beer. Nothing too remarkable about it, but really nice nevertheless.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
09 Dec 2006 (Brian)
Walked down from the Fitzwalter's just as the sun was setting. Stood by the fire with the handfull of other customers.
Shepherd Neame - Late Red4.50GoodProbably my favourite Sheps beer. It has a depth of flavour with a sweet / spice mix.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70AcceptableSeemed a little thin. Clean enough but without any real character. This is a truly average pint.
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
20 Aug 2005 (Andrew)
It was late afternoon and the pub had a handful of people in. This is a lovely building with it's nooks and crannies and the garden is very pleasant too
Shepherd Neame - Goldings (superseded by 4.1% version)4.70PoorUmm... I should have known better. This was like warm soapy water into which someone had dunked a couple of hops
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
02 May 2005 (Ian)
Set in the heart of a small village full of cottages and period houses. Large half timbered building with 2 largish gardens and a barbecue hut outside for the weekends. Lovely pub in a lovely village. Owned by Shepherd Neame
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70AcceptableMid brown, Shep's yeasty nose, slight hops, some fruity malt, sweetish finish with some spicy hops
Shepherd Neame - Best Bitter4.10PoorMid brown, bit malty, bit thin, slightly apple aftertaste
Shepherd Neame - Early Bird4.30PoorPale brown. Slightly citric nose, bit thin, citric hoppy finish. Coming to the end of the season for this ale
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
02 May 2005 (Andrew)
Sat out in the garden on a hot Sunday afternoon. The inside of the pub was more or less empty but the garden and yard area were busy. There was also a burger hut open
Shepherd Neame - Best Bitter4.10AcceptableWell it tasted bitter, I'll give it that. ...but it also tasted like pubs smell the morning after
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70AcceptableHoppy? Slighly. Malty? Slightly. Have it again? No.
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20AcceptableI've never been a big fan of this beer but even so it wasn't up to its usual standard
Shepherd Neame - Early Bird4.30AcceptableAstringently hoppy but slighly tired. Good pale amber colour but I've had better pints of Early Bird this year

About The Griffins Head

The pub sign. The Griffins Head, Chillenden, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Chillenden, Kent, CT3 1PS.

An old oak beamed pub with good flagstone floors. It has 2 beer gardens and a small outside cookhouse from where you can buy burgers and the like. Children not admitted to the pub.

We have visited this pub 6 times, seen 8 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: CT3 1PS