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The Lobster Pot (Punch Taverns)

We believe this building is NO LONGER a pub

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - StormstayExceptional1
Woodforde's - WherryExcellent1
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Excellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent1
Wantsum - 1381Excellent1
St Austell - TributeExcellent2
Timothy Taylor - LandlordExcellent5
Sharp's - Doom BarGood1
Wolf - Granny Wouldn't Like It !!!Good1
Elgood's - Black Dog MildGood1
Hop Back - Summer LightningNot Tried0
Caledonian - Deuchars IPANot Tried0
Goacher's - Gold StarNot Tried0
Jennings - Cumberland AleNot Tried0
Triple fff - Alton's PrideNot Tried0
Skinner's - Betty Stogs BitterNot Tried0
Skinner's - Cornish Knocker AleNot Tried0
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - FireflyNot Tried0
Rudgate - Battle AxeNot Tried0
Princetown - Best Bitter (aka Dartmoor IPA)Not Tried0
Wantsum - Dynamo (superseded by 4.3% version)Not Tried0
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin IPA (was Ruby Beer, was Hobgoblin)Not Tried0
St Austell - Dartmoor Best Bitter (previously 3.9%)Not Tried0
Black Sheep - Best BitterNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Lobster Pot, West Malling, Kent

Visits Details

27 Feb 2011 (Pedro)
lunchtime
BeerABVScoreNotes
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Excellent
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Black Sheep - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
25 Feb 2011 (Hopmonster)
Re-opening party after internal refurbishment. Had to stand outside as no room inside. Bar is smaller and another hand pump has disappeared. Now just three. This pub used to be famous for its range of real ale.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Excellent2nd barrel of the evening. Much better.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00GoodAlright.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30PoorLast of the barrel I think.
St Austell - Dartmoor Best Bitter (previously 3.9%)3.50Not Tried
20 Feb 2011 (Hopmonster)
Pub closed for major refurbishment - Re-Opening with a big party on 25th February at 7pm
BeerABVScoreNotes
21 Dec 2010 (Hopmonster)
Disappointly only two handpumps with real beer available. Sadly no sign of any Christmas beers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
St Austell - Dartmoor Best Bitter (previously 3.9%)3.50Not Tried
14 Dec 2010 (Hopmonster)
Quiet late-evening visit
BeerABVScoreNotes
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Excellent
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not TriedWent off shortly after we arrive. More in the cellar but hardly worth putting on a new barrel at 10:55.
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
St Austell - Dartmoor Best Bitter (previously 3.9%)3.50Not Tried
05 Dec 2010 (Hopmonster)
A quiet Sunday evening visit
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Tribute4.20Excellent
29 Nov 2010 (Hopmonster)
Evening visit after the Christmas Lights went on. Place was packed and very jolly. I was sorry to see that two beer engines seem to have disappeared since last time I was here, so just four on now.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Exceptional
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Excellent
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
St Austell - Dartmoor Best Bitter (previously 3.9%)3.50Not Tried
30 Oct 2010 (Pedro)
Lunchtime
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Tribute4.20Excellent
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin IPA (was Ruby Beer, was Hobgoblin)4.50Not Tried
Princetown - Best Bitter (aka Dartmoor IPA)4.00Not Tried
28 Aug 2010 (Pedro)
Afternoon quick visit
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Stormstay5.00Exceptional
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Excellent
Wantsum - 13813.80Excellent
27 Aug 2010 (Pedro)
Evening start to beer festival - interesting festival prices, buy a £3 voucher for 2 halves or a £7 voucher for 5 halves !
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wolf - Granny Wouldn't Like It !!!4.80Good
Elgood's - Black Dog Mild3.60Good
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Not Tried
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
Triple fff - Alton's Pride3.80Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
Skinner's - Cornish Knocker Ale4.50Not Tried
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Firefly3.70Not Tried
Rudgate - Battle Axe4.20Not Tried
Princetown - Best Bitter (aka Dartmoor IPA)4.00Not Tried
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Stormstay5.00Not Tried
Wantsum - 13813.80Not Tried
Wantsum - Dynamo (superseded by 4.3% version)4.60Not Tried

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About The Lobster Pot

The pub sign. The Lobster Pot, West Malling, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent18
Good16
Acceptable3
Poor2

The pub is found in West Malling, Kent, ME19 6JU.

4 room corner pub/bar off the High Street on the way to/from the railway station. Two rooms shared by a central bar with a smaller room at the side. There is also an upstairs “lounge”. 3 hand pumps. Closed and substantial building works taking place winter 2016/7 - future as a pub seems uncertain.

We have visited this pub 25 times, seen 56 different beers and tried 27 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME19 6JU