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Claret & Ale (formerly Claret Free House) (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Whitstable - Kentish ReserveExcellent1
Palmers - Tally Ho!Excellent3
Titanic - Plum PorterExcellent2
Palmers - IPA (Best)Excellent10
High House Farm - Auld HempGood1
Dorking - DB Winter RubyNot Tried0
Bedlam - BenchmarkNot Tried0
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Poachers MoonNot Tried0
Long Man - Rising GiantNot Tried0
Sambrook's - SessionNot Tried0
Palmers - 200 Premium AleNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mr. SquirrelNot Tried0
RCH - Steam LoversNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - HoodwinkNot Tried0
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Kings IPANot Tried0
St Austell - Proper JobNot Tried0
Pilgrim - Luperc AliaNot Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
Westerham - God's WallopNot Tried0
Titsey - Gresham HopperNot Tried0
Itchen Valley - Itchen Valley Bitter (aka IVB)Not Tried0
Titsey - Leveson BuckNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale AleNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Pale BeautyNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - May BeeNot Tried0
Whitstable - Single Hop Huell MelonNot Tried0
Constellation - DracoNot Tried0
Windswept - WeizenNot Tried0
Bedlam - SmashNot Tried0
Worsthorne - Blackthorne StoutNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Cotleigh - AlbatrossNot Tried0
Whitstable - Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand BitterNot Tried0
Triple fff - MoondanceNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesNot Tried0

Visits Details

04 Jun 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. An ale swiggers' paradise here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentPumpclip badged today as Jubilee IPA. Who needs much more than this as a daily ale
Palmers - Tally Ho!5.50ExcellentLovely nightcapper
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - May Bee4.30Not Tried
Constellation - Draco4.20Not Tried
Bedlam - Smash4.20Not Tried
30 Apr 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close. I could get hooked on the beer swilling, ale quality and atmosphere here and fast professional service.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentFirst rate
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Excellent4½* nearing perfection
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Titsey - Gresham Hopper3.70Not Tried
Titsey - Leveson Buck3.70Not Tried
23 Apr 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. This is a proper ale drinking haunt where excellent real ale is virtually always guaranteed. Worth the bus, tram journey.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentAt last found the Palmers certificate above the bar celebrating 1,000,000 pints of this ale sold here. I made my little contribution towards the second million
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Excellent4½* probably the best Plum Porter I have ever had
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
Sambrook's - Session3.40Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mr. Squirrel4.00Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Hoodwink5.30Not Tried
15 Mar 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. Good crowd in downing lots of real ale.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentSold by the gallon here
Palmers - Tally Ho!5.50Excellent4½* bordering on perfect
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand Bitter3.80Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Not Tried
Bedlam - Benchmark4.00Not Tried
Long Man - Rising Giant4.80Not Tried
14 Jan 2020 (ChrisE)
12:00 precisely but four others were alredy supping pints by the time that I arrived. A nice friendly pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Excellent
Palmers - Tally Ho!5.50Not Tried
12 Oct 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until midnight close. Some pretty brutal boxing bouts on TV.
BeerABVScoreNotes
High House Farm - Auld Hemp3.80GoodInteresting bitter flavours
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Acceptable
Windswept - Weizen5.20Not Tried
Worsthorne - Blackthorne Stout4.90Not Tried
Cotleigh - Albatross5.00Not Tried
25 Aug 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Mainly male clientele enjoying a superb beer venue.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentThe fact of the matter is .... who needs more than this mid brown English bitter for total happiness? Superb.
Palmers - Tally Ho!5.50ExcellentSuperb nightcap
Itchen Valley - Itchen Valley Bitter (aka IVB)3.90Not Tried
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Pale Beauty4.70Not Tried
Whitstable - Single Hop Huell Melon4.40Not Tried
07 Feb 2015 (ChrisE)
Late afternoon on a Saturday and fairly busy. Just time for a quick pint before heading off to a nearby party. I have not attempted to list all the beers that were on offer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Good
Westerham - God's Wallop4.00Not Tried
28 Feb 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. A drinking chum, Parrot, had walked in before me off the same tram.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Whitstable - Kentish Reserve5.00Excellent
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Acceptable
Palmers - 200 Premium Ale5.00Not Tried
RCH - Steam Lovers4.70Not Tried
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Kings IPA5.20Not Tried
Pilgrim - Luperc Alia4.80Not Tried
01 Feb 2014 (ChrisE)
Late afternoon pint whilst on my way to a party. A fair crowd in and sport on the television, which was not obtrusive. A really good atmosphere.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentA good traditional bitter in superb condition.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Whitstable - Oyster Stout4.50Not Tried
Triple fff - Moondance4.20Not Tried
Dorking - DB Winter Ruby5.20Not Tried
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Poachers Moon4.10Not Tried

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About the Claret & Ale (formerly Claret Free House)

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent38
Good6
Acceptable2
Poor-

The pub is found in Addiscombe, Greater London, CR0 7AA.

Small low ceilinged pub close to Addiscombe Tram Stop in Bingham Corner, Lower Addiscombe Road. This pub is a regular outlet for Palmers beers. In November 2012 Palmers awarded the pub a certificate for having sold a total of 1,000,000 pints of Palmers Best Bitter (IPA) exceeding any other of its free trade outlets and in later years further greatly exceeded here. 6 handpumps dispense the real ales and always at least 2 ciders served by a walk to the ground floor cellar. Beers in the cellar and due to come on are listed on a wallboard. Changed hands in 2016 with slight change of name from Claret Free House to Claret & Ale but little else has changed. 6 handpumps.

We have visited this pub 27 times, seen 87 different beers and tried 13 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CR0 7AA