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The Wheel Alehouse (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Dry Irish StoutExcellent1
Kent - CobnutExcellent1
Canterbury Brewers - Little Red RyeExcellent1
Canterbury Brewers - Diamond JimExcellent1
Triple fff - Comfortably NumbExcellent1
Great Corby (formerly Cumberland) - Corby AleExcellent1
Springhead - Roaring MegGood1
Empire - RobohopGood1
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Devon DarknessGood1
Isla Vale Alesmiths - Bosuns BestGood2
Exeter - County BestGood1
Old Bear - Airedale PaleAcceptable1
Loddon - Forbury Lion Strong I.P.A.Acceptable1
Dark Star - Summer MeltdownNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Bring Me SunshineNot Tried0
Titanic - Night to RememberNot Tried0
Rudgate - Hagars MashNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - OktoberfestNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Red BaronNot Tried0
Box Steam - Tunnel VisionNot Tried0
Otley - OxymoronNot Tried0
Wantsum - Miller's MirthNot Tried0
Hop Stuff - FusilierNot Tried0
Cottage - Rocket AleNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Summertime BluesNot Tried0
North Yorkshire - Fools GoldNot Tried0
Maxim - The Great EscapeNot Tried0
Partners - BlondeNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Wheel Alehouse, Birchington-on-Sea, Kent
Picture 2. The Wheel Alehouse, Birchington-on-Sea, Kent

Visits Details

29 Oct 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. First visit for a long time. Good to see Dosser on CAMRA mag Ale of Thanet distribution duty. He gave me some to take to my next stop. A local gave me accurate bus information too to get to Westbrook.
Springhead - Roaring Meg5.50Good
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Devon Darkness4.20Good
Partners - Blonde3.90Not Tried
29 Oct 2015 (Dosser)
Delivering Ales of the unexpected, and who would be in there delivering hundreds of beer magazines from infinity and beyond but Phil Pirrip. Usual beery chat and he was off like a brides nightie to get a few more pubs in before the last train to oblivion..
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Dry Irish Stout4.20ExcellentFine pint. Most enjoyable.
19 Mar 2015 (Dosser)
First visit to this micro pub. Opening time 12am, but there were a few in at 11.50
Loddon - Forbury Lion Strong I.P.A.5.50AcceptableNot too exciting. Flattish.
06 Jan 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close.
Triple fff - Comfortably Numb5.00ExcellentSpot on, dry and moreish
Isla Vale Alesmiths - Bosuns Best4.20AcceptableThe brewery now has pumpclips and a full range of 8 are exhibited on the wall
North Yorkshire - Fools Gold4.60Not Tried
Maxim - The Great Escape4.00Not Tried
20 Aug 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Guv Alan in dock having lost the top of one finger but he was here "seeing how things were going".
Isla Vale Alesmiths - Bosuns Best4.20ExcellentA small scale outfit brewing in Margate. Beer named after the Guv's dog - the beer description on the blackboard had been altered to say Best Biter! This was very good indeed with fruity oily hop bitterness
Cottage - Rocket Ale4.20Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Summertime Blues3.90Not Tried
31 May 2014 (Ian)
Bizarrely a trombone player outside the pub with the door open on a hot day and passing shoppers dancing on the pavement. Nice nautical themed pub
Empire - Robohop4.00GoodLemon lime pale gold citrus hoppy beer.
Old Bear - Airedale Pale3.90AcceptableOk golden ale some fruit salad flavour
Wantsum - Miller's Mirth4.20Not Tried
Hop Stuff - Fusilier4.30Not Tried
06 Feb 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Guv Alan on evening off. Wet and windy evening made this an even better oasis. All beers £3 pp regardless of strength.
Great Corby (formerly Cumberland) - Corby Ale3.80Excellent
Exeter - County Best4.60Good
Box Steam - Tunnel Vision4.20Not Tried
Otley - Oxymoron5.50Not Tried
13 Nov 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Despite being on a week of holiday Alan, Guv, was here "quality controlling" his product. Such dedication.
Canterbury Brewers - Diamond Jim4.90Excellent
Canterbury Brewers - Little Red Rye4.50Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Oktoberfest3.90Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Red Baron4.50Not Tried
10 Nov 2013 (Stephen Harris)
A satisfying afternoon pint towards the end of a country walk from Herne Bay. Pleasant little pub, I was pleased to find it open.
Canterbury Brewers - Little Red Rye4.50ExcellentA very tasty pint, served here in perfect condition.
Titanic - Night to Remember4.30Not Tried
Rudgate - Hagars Mash4.00Not Tried
06 Jul 2013 (John B)
Final stop on the tour
Kent - Cobnut4.10Excellent
Dark Star - Summer Meltdown4.80Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Little Red Rye4.50Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Bring Me Sunshine3.70Not Tried

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About The Wheel Alehouse

The pub sign. The Wheel Alehouse, Birchington-on-Sea, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Birchington-on-Sea, Kent, CT7 9RA.

Shop conversion pub which opened on 11th March 2013. Larger than recent Micropub openings and sells Guinness Surger with an at the bar ultra-sonic processor. Nautical theming with ship models, ornamental ships' wheels and knots / maps / charts. A shop conversion located in the main shopping street Station Road - most recently Cake Art which was a cake decoration shop and prior to that was a dog parlour. A small bar counter faces the entrance and behind that is a door leading to a temperature controlled stillage room with 6 casks on gravity ready or waiting. Real ales, ciders, red / white / rose wines, canned Guinness Surger and limited spirits on sale including local real ales and ciders. Furnishings consist of 2 long bench seats in the front window, high cask on end tables and high chairs at the front and normal height tables and chairs towards the rear. Several seats at the bar counter. There is a steep flight of stairs at the back leading up to a large non-barred area with further normal height tables and chairs and the toilets.

We have visited this pub 23 times, seen 58 different beers and tried 29 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT7 9RA