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The Bouncing Barrel (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Oatmeal StoutExceptional1
Sharp's - SpecialExcellent1
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's GoldExcellent1
Heineken - John Smith's Bitter (a.k.a. Cask and Original)Excellent1
Yeovil - Lynx WildcatGood1
Kent - ProhibitionGood1
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Good1
Yeovil - Star GazerGood1
Moorhouse's - Black Cat MildGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Summer's DayAcceptable1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Reeve's AleAcceptable1
Westerham - Finchcocks OriginalPoor1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Pardoner's Ale (superseded by 3.8% version)Not Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Not Tried0
Theakston - Old PeculierNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's AleNot Tried0
Lytham - BlondeNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - East Kent India Pale AleNot Tried0
Skinner's - Betty Stogs BitterNot Tried0
Mad Cat - Red AleNot Tried0
Goacher's - Silver StarNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - NightwatchmanNot Tried0
Dark Star - Partridge Best BitterNot Tried0
Southwark - Bankside BlondeNot Tried0
Oakham - JHBNot Tried0
Yeovil - Yolo #3Not Tried0
Sambrook's - WandleNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Brakeman American Brown AleNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - IncubusNot Tried0
Rother Valley - Black OpsNot Tried0
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Thieves 'N' FakirsNot Tried0
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Sun TopNot Tried0
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Copper TopNot Tried0
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Blue TopNot Tried0
Hop Fuzz - Martello (superseded by 4.4% then 4.5% versions)Not Tried0
Hop Fuzz - Yellow ZingerNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Bouncing Barrel, Herne Bay, Kent
Picture 2. The Bouncing Barrel, Herne Bay, Kent

Visits Details

09 Aug 2017 (Andrew)
Nice pub. A few in. There were 2 other beers on but I can't remember what they were.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Westerham - Finchcocks Original3.50PoorIt's hard to tell but I think this was on the turn. It had a faint smell of vinegar and wasn't great.
Rother Valley - Black Ops3.80Not Tried
07 Jul 2017 (Jack William)
Lunchtime - about a dozen in. Conversations flowing., nice atmosphere.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Summer's Day4.30AcceptableI'd fiorgotten that I'd had this recently and wasn't keen - expecting something a little lblonder and hoppierr. Rating also reflects that my pint was well short (I checked that it wasn't an oversize glass). Unusual in a micropub.
East London (ELB) - Nightwatchman4.50Not Tried
Southwark - Bankside Blonde3.80Not Tried
Yeovil - Yolo #34.20Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Brakeman American Brown Ale4.20Not Tried
27 Jan 2017 (Andrew)
Second stop in our micro tour of Herne Bay. Quite busy but we got a slot by the tap room.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Oatmeal Stout4.60ExceptionalAbsolutely lovely! Smooth and soft. Subtle milk chocolate with a very slight hint of sherbet.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Reeve's Ale4.10Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's Ale3.90Not Tried
Lytham - Blonde3.80Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - East Kent India Pale Ale6.50Not Tried
Mad Cat - Red Ale3.90Not Tried
29 Oct 2016 (Andrew)
About 8pm. Good few in. Black Cat mild hey. Top Nana!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Moorhouse's - Black Cat Mild3.40GoodNice.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Reeve's Ale4.10Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Pardoner's Ale (superseded by 3.8% version)4.10Not Tried
13 Aug 2016 (Andrew)
Pub number 2 of my mini Herne Bay odessy. Busy but I got a seat by a barrel. Landlord was friendly.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Yeovil - Star Gazer4.00GoodBrown bitter. Soft in mouth. Some tart red fruit
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Blue Top4.80Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - Martello (superseded by 4.4% then 4.5% versions)3.80Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - Yellow Zinger3.70Not Tried
04 Jun 2016 (Jack William)
MId Saturady afternoon - well patronised - over 20 in. Comfottable place.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Prohibition4.80GoodI really like this APA - just on, perhaps a little prematurely - as it was rather hazy.
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Thieves 'N' Fakirs4.30Not Tried
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Sun Top3.60Not Tried
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
12 Nov 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Yeovil - Lynx Wildcat4.30Good
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Sambrook's - Wandle3.80Not Tried
03 Sep 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Unplanned visit after my planned Triangle bus ran early. Only customer upon arrival and one there when I left.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Heineken - John Smith's Bitter (a.k.a. Cask and Original)3.80ExcellentThe blackboard said only Taddy Special which is a non-existent beer. Close examination of the cask label found John Smith's Bitter. A rare beer darn sarf even more so on gravity dispense
Goacher's - Silver Star4.20Not Tried
Dark Star - Partridge Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
23 Oct 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. A group of kilted, be-sporranned customers were outside. My colleague and I had a heated conversation about the spelling of Peculier.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's Gold4.00ExcellentRight temperature, good head and condition
Theakston - Old Peculier5.60Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
26 May 2014 (Baymart)
Friendly company
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sharp's - Special5.00Excellentdarkish, fruity, malt - a well kept beer
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70GoodOrange fruity golden ale
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Reeve's Ale4.10Acceptable

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About The Bouncing Barrel

The pub sign. The Bouncing Barrel, Herne Bay, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional9
Excellent15
Good16
Acceptable4
Poor2

Website.

The pub is found in Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5EA.

Located in a former care business office in Bank Street this latest addition to Kent's micropubs opened its doors at noon on Saturday 4th May 2013 in time to catch the May Day bank holiday traffic. Real ales, cider and wine sold - the casks can be viewed through a window. No bar so usually table service applies. Wall mounted bench seating on the sides with old electronics workshop benches as tables. Lower height bench seating in the window with little wooden ledges between seats for balancing one's glass. The large front window in an attractive lattice design. Externally the building has a first floor bay window overhanging the frontage. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2023.

We have visited this pub 30 times, seen 103 different beers and tried 39 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT6 5EA