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Blakes of Dover (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Adnams - Mosaic Pale AleExceptional1
Adnams - Old AleExcellent1
Nobby's - Vicar's CockExcellent1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - GenesisExcellent1
Weltons - BroadwoodExcellent1
Arkwright's - InspiredExcellent1
Colchester - Jack Spitty's Smuggler's AleExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Excellent1
Worsthorne - FoxstonesGood1
Wentworth - Imperial AleGood1
Altarnum (formerly Penpont) - An HowlNot Tried0
Tring - Side Pocket for a ToadNot Tried0
Tring - Mansion MildNot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
1648 - SignatureNot Tried0
Bank Top - Dark MildNot Tried0
Privateer Beers - PatriotNot Tried0
Adnams - LighthouseNot Tried0
Blackhill - TilleyNot Tried0
Abigale - NailbourneNot Tried0
Cottage - Christmas CrackerNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Host's Ale (superseded by 5.2% version)Not Tried0
Arkwright's - Trouble At MillNot Tried0
Adnams - Sole StarNot Tried0
RCH - PG SteamNot Tried0
Bank Top - Half NelsonNot Tried0
Nottingham - Rock BitterNot Tried0
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale (or EIPA)Not Tried0
Cottage - Lord NelsonNot Tried0
Picture 1. Blakes of Dover, Dover, Kent

Visits Details

08 Aug 2014 (Jack William)
Early evening - small number of regulars - usual friendly welcome. 2 other beers on but didn't note them.
Colchester - Jack Spitty's Smuggler's Ale4.00Excellentreally good condition - fresh and hoppy - I could have stayed all night ...
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
24 Jun 2014 (Jack William)
Back to the work local after being on my travels last week - early Tues evening - only four or five in - but warm welcome as always.
Weltons - Broadwood4.00ExcellentFirst pint a little hazy but this was swapped immediately by the landlady without me asking. A sign of a good ale pub. Great body with an excellent bitter hoppiness that made you want go on supping.
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
Privateer Beers - Patriot3.90Not Tried
Blackhill - Tilley3.90Not Tried
30 May 2014 (Jack William)
early evening, a handful in, good ambience
Adnams - Mosaic Pale Ale4.10ExceptionalIn excellent condition; never tried this before - just bringing the pint to my mouth told me it would be good - and it didn't disappoint - luscious grapefruit, elderflower hoppiness. Delightful.
1648 - Signature4.40Not Tried
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
20 Nov 2013 (Jack William)
Early evening - half a dozen or so locals - good atmosphere and banter.
Nobby's - Vicar's Cock4.40ExcellentExcellent straw coloured ale - a real treat
Tring - Side Pocket for a Toad3.60Not Tried
Tring - Mansion Mild3.70Not Tried
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
02 Nov 2013 (ChrisE)
A good crowd of regular customers in attendance.
Adnams - Old Ale4.10ExcellentDelicious
Nottingham - Rock Bitter3.80Not Tried
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale (or EIPA)4.10Not Tried
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
Cottage - Lord Nelson4.20Not Tried
Altarnum (formerly Penpont) - An Howl5.60Not Tried
14 Aug 2013 (Jack William)
Early evening - couple of locals - good banter
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80ExcellentStraight from the stillage - straight down the neck - very good.
29 Jun 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Crowded with a bus party towards the end of their drinking day! Martin Prime, a local, gave a chance to catch up on local news.
Arkwright's - Inspired4.50ExcellentSeems to have superceded the 4.1% version
RCH - PG Steam3.90Not Tried
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
Bank Top - Half Nelson4.10Not TriedOn the gravity stillage
09 Mar 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Wentworth - Imperial Ale3.80Good
Bank Top - Dark Mild4.00Not TriedOn gravity stillage - looked well chocked
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
Arkwright's - Trouble At Mill4.10Not TriedOn gravity stillage
Adnams - Sole Star2.70Not Tried
01 Jan 2013 (thebrewingman)
New Year's Day lunchtime. The third pub visited and the first we found open. First drink was on the house. A very kind gesture.
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Genesis3.50ExcellentA good quaffable ale.
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
Cottage - Christmas Cracker4.50Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Host's Ale (superseded by 5.2% version)4.70Not Tried
22 Sep 2012 (Alenomore)
13:00 visit. Not in the 2013 gbg, but been in 16 times previously in 1993-5/7-2001/3/6-12. Still a top place for Real Ale and value food.
Worsthorne - Foxstones3.90GoodI come to Dover, first time in 18 months, and find a new ale! Top class too.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Bank Top - Dark Mild4.00Not TriedOn the stillage in here.
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
Abigale - Nailbourne4.50Not Tried

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About the Blakes of Dover

The pub sign. Blakes of Dover, Dover, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Dover, Kent, CT16 1PJ.

In Castle Street, a basement bar with a mixture of gravity and handpump beer dispense. Many of the locals from The Mogul have transferred here and the beer shows the same mix of micros. At one time the old cask stillage from The Mogul was in use here. Restaurant at ground floor and accommodation on upper floors.

We have visited this pub 46 times, seen 99 different beers and tried 62 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT16 1PJ