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The Butchers Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Old Dairy - Über BrewExceptional2
Burning Sky - PlateauExcellent2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Excellent4
Old Dairy - Copper TopExcellent1
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Excellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dark ConspiracyExcellent1
Adnams - BroadsideGood1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESBGood4
Old Dairy - Über BrewGood1
Oakham - JHBGood1
Skinner's - Betty Stogs BitterNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Red TopNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Snow TopNot Tried0
Dark Star - SunburstNot Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent
Picture 2. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent

Visits Details

28 Oct 2018 (Dosser)
Big crowd in for such a small pub. First pint of real ale in 5 weeks!
Adnams - Broadside4.70Good
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Good
15 Sep 2018 (Jack William)
5 pm opening - relief staff on as Martyn is on his hols. Pleasant as always.
Oakham - JHB3.80Good
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50AcceptableHad a 1 litre takeaway in a plastic bottle - it didn’t travel that well.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
18 Jul 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit from minutes after opening. All seemed at peace here with massive gas main replacement works closing the side road and added roadworks traffic lights, plus a mandatory burst water main then some early doors customers wielding mobile phones. Usual argumentative banter seemed so very tame after all of that action.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40ExcellentBest beer of the evening, either first or second out of new cask
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50GoodNot the ESB of old
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50GoodAlways dependable. My compadre stuck on this one all through our stay
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not TriedRan out
Dark Star - Sunburst4.80Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
14 Jul 2018 (Andrew)
Charlie and I were on the bus home and he was very keen to visit the Butchers. We only had 30 mins before the next bus so we stood and talked to Martyn.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentCharlie thought this the best beer he'd had all night.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Sunburst4.80Not Tried
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
10 Apr 2018 (ChrisE)
Evening visit, Kevin the Pickle was covering for Martyn who is currently on holiday. A most enjoyable visit.
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80Not Tried
10 Apr 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Just after evening opening we were the first to arrive soon joined by many others. Kevin was at the helm as Martyn was off enjoying a well earned holiday.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Excellent
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80ExcellentSo this brewery can make decent beer after all!
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
Old Dairy - Snow Top6.00Not Tried
10 Mar 2018 (Andrew)
Busy. Martyn was on good form if a little 'tired' from the days activities :)
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Excellent
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
13 Jan 2018 (Wittenden)
My first visit here.I'd been seeing someone about a dog in the badlands of The Blean,so decided to look in.Noon on a bleak January Saturday:standing room only.Reminisced with the Guv about the glory days of the Smarden Bell.
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50ExcellentTop notch pale ale.Succulent malt and raspberries.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80Not Tried
12 Dec 2017 (Jack William)
Just after noon - first in and a nice welcome and interesting chat with Martyn.
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80ExceptionalSo much flavour and body for a session strength brew. Superb.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dark Conspiracy4.90ExcellentDelicious full-bodied winter warmer.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
12 Oct 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Early evening visit. We were of just 4 in until a party of a dozen arrived in one hit.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50ExcellentRather the old taste of ESB - tending toward barley wine type bitterness
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Good
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80GoodTasty but poured rather flat
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not TriedAlways popular here
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried

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About The Butchers Arms

The pub sign. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Herne, Kent, CT6 7HL.

In the middle of Herne village in Herne Street, once the Canterbury Beer Shop selling beer straight from the cask. It is now a pub (with the same owner as before) and still does off-sales which is fantastic! Voted CAMRA Kent Pub of the Year in 2008 and East Kent CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2009 (...and not surprisingly). Regarded universally as the first micropub, which has spawned many similar ventures in East Kent and throughout the UK. Real ales are kept on gravity dispense in a cold room to the right and you will view this when you walk through it to the unisex toilet at the rear. Displays a Micropub Association Certificate of Registration warranting, annually, that it adheres to the tenets and ethics of the Association's definition of a micropub. Since post-Covid re-opening in October 2021 now open 5-8 Tuesday to Saturday only.

We have visited this pub 370 times, seen 155 different beers and tried 127 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT6 7HL