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Red Lion (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Romney Marsh - Cinque PorterExcellent1
Goacher's - Real Mild AleGood3
Whitstable - Single Hop ChinookGood1
Goacher's - 1066 Old AleGood2
Westerham - God's WallopGood1
Romney Marsh - Amber AleGood1
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)Good4
Reedley Hallows - Filly Close Blonde Good1
Goacher's - Fine Light AleGood2
Goacher's - Crown Imperial StoutAcceptable2
Goacher's - Gold StarNot Tried0
Whitstable - Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Bank Top - Sweeney'sNot Tried0
Northumberland - Wacky DracyNot Tried0
Colchester - MetropolisNot Tried0
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale (now use separate 3.4% entry)Not Tried0
Weltons - Feast of StephenNot Tried0
Picture 1. Red Lion, Snargate, Kent
Picture 2. Red Lion, Snargate, Kent
Picture 3. Red Lion, Snargate, Kent

Visits Details

18 Dec 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Car park and pub packed to the gunnels following a carol service in the church opposite reminding us all of the close link twixt church and imbibation since ancient times. The main bar was furnace hot but I seemed to douse the fire somewhat by burning some damp out of date railway timetables.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Good
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70AcceptablePre-warned it was running out. On the second pint (the last out of the cask) Kate observed my glass had a "white gathering" at the bottom so I did not drink with my eyes
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80Acceptable
Weltons - Feast of Stephen3.80Not Tried
25 Sep 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Rare Sunday evening trip here prompted by offer of a lift. Just two or three locals in so felt so like the Red Lion on a mid-weekday evening 35 years ago except no Percy with his torch.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Good
Reedley Hallows - Filly Close Blonde 3.90GoodUnusual beer for these parts
19 Jul 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening from on the dot of opening time. Our group eventually met up despite railway delays in all directions, followed by a serendipitous arrival of a couple we know of old. The PCC was meeting in the right hand room to swell numbers. Bar was cool as expected of an ancient building. There was talk of a virus locally killing pet rabbits as well as wild ones with the pub garden having seen several kits dead recently with no signs of damage or attack.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80ExcellentIn absolutely fine form
Romney Marsh - Amber Ale4.40GoodGood lip bitterness
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
28 Jun 2016 (ChrisE)
12:00 at opening time. Just time for one pint before moving on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Romney Marsh - Cinque Porter4.20Excellent
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
24 May 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Lunchtime in the garden after Doris's funeral service and interring in St Dunstan's Church opposite the pub. A very well attended wake and a chance to exchange many tales. The weather could hardly have been finer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80Good
29 Feb 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Early afternoon visit as 2nd stop on a leap year birthday bash bus trip for ChrisE. Usually closed on a Monday but a roaring fire for us which I unfortunately ended up sitting in front of. Like old times but not really old times when there was never more than a couple of locals and some railwaymen from London ever in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70GoodSurprisingly cool on gravity in an open fire-lit room
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Acceptable
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80Not Tried
Whitstable - Single Hop Chinook4.40Not Tried
29 Feb 2016 (HSB)
13:10 Second stop of the day. I tucked myself away in my favourite seat, the bench under the window.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Good
Whitstable - Single Hop Chinook4.40GoodNot as hoppy as some single hop Chinooks can be.
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50AcceptableNearly at the end, not a lot of condition but tasty.
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80Not Tried
29 Feb 2016 (Ian)
Second stop on Chris Excell birthday bus bash. Open specifically for us. Goachers beers on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80Good
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Not Tried
Whitstable - Single Hop Chinook4.40Not TriedClear gold lasting white head. Light hoppy. Some decent hops. Bit of bitterness good condition.
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale (now use separate 3.4% entry)3.60Not Tried
10 Dec 2015 (ChrisE)
I arrived by the daily bus at 13:39. I ordered a pint of mild, one sip and I knew straight away that my pint of mild was in fact 1066 Old Ale which turned out to be a bargain for the price of a mild. The ladies in the pub were busy talking about the problems that dogs can have with their rear ends whilst the men were discussing various things ranging from Maltese buses to Hawker Siddley aircraft and OO guage locomotives. A thoroughly enjoyable session which I had to leave in order to walk to Brenzett and catch the fast bus to the Blacksmiths Arms at Willesborough.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70Excellent
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40GoodKate gave me a taster for comparative purposes.
Westerham - God's Wallop4.00Good
01 Nov 2015 (Alenomore)
A fresh and foggy morning on the Marsh but sunny later. We cycled from Ham Street bootfair, arriving well before opening time. A post Halloween crowd of Sunday regulars soon arrived after 12, and other passing trade too, no doubt attracted, by the selection of carved pumpkins on the front bench. Kate mentioned a packed Halloween party had all three rooms plus outside, in use on the night. In the guess the weight competition,the heaviest carved pumpkin, came in at a hefty 53kg, the declaration being announced by Doris, holding court, as usual, in the corner. Extra seasonal ales on plus two quality Ciders.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Whitstable - Oyster Stout4.50Not Tried
Bank Top - Sweeney's3.80Not Tried
Northumberland - Wacky Dracy4.00Not Tried
Colchester - Metropolis3.90Not Tried
Romney Marsh - Cinque Porter4.20Not Tried

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About the Red Lion

The pub sign. Red Lion, Snargate, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional26
Excellent122
Good90
Acceptable48
Poor5

Website.

The pub is found in Snargate, Kent, TN29 9UQ.

One of the best pubs in England. It's in CAMRA's national pub inventory because it hasn't really changed much in the last 100 years. In fact in 2011 the Jemison family celebrated 100 years of running the pub. All beers are on gravity and Goacher's is a regular. It's locally known as Doris's after the last landlady. Before that it was Alf's. A 20 minute (no more no less) brisk walk from / to Appledore railway station. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2015. The handpumps atop the pewter bar counter were used once upon a time but not now. Extensive garden for fair-weather use. Regrettably Doris died in April 2016. The pub closed for some weeks as a result of the bereavement. Re-opened, hopefully forever, on Saturday 11th June 2016. Presume it will soon become known as Kate's.

We have visited this pub 122 times, seen 192 different beers and tried 121 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN29 9UQ