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Kings Head (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Partners - Triple HopExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Rye Pale AleExcellent1
Littlehampton (formerly called Anchor Springs) - Rip TideExcellent1
Harvey's - Southdown Harvest AleExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent1
Wantsum - Green Hop ChallengerExcellent1
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Quercus FoliumGood1
Freeminer - BitterGood1
Greene King - IPAGood1
Wantsum - 1381Good1
Tonbridge - TraditionalGood1
Cotleigh - Barn Owl BitterGood1
Skinner's - Cornish Knocker AleGood1
Goddards - Wight SquirrelGood1
Isfield - BitterAcceptable1
Hardys & Hansons (see now and use Greene King for new entries) - Olde Trip (reduced from 4.8%)Acceptable1
Wadworth - 6XNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Late RedNot Tried0
White Horse - Wayland SmithyNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterNot Tried0
Wantsum - Black PrinceNot Tried0
Greene King - XX Dark MildNot Tried0
Picture 1. Kings Head, Canterbury, Kent

Visits Details

29 Jul 2016 (Jack William)
Early evening. Pleasant after the Maidens.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cotleigh - Barn Owl Bitter4.50GoodSmooth and malty.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Greene King - XX Dark Mild3.00Not Tried
24 Jan 2016 (Jack William)
Early Sunday lunch - sprinkling of locals in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - 13813.80GoodA lovely, fresh citrus ale with a nice bite - made me long for Spring.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90Not Tried
03 Jan 2016 (Jack William)
Sunday lunchtime - a bar full of locals. Change of landlord about 4 weeks ago apparently - Mark - ex regular - good luck to him.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - IPA3.60GoodNew barrel.
Hardys & Hansons (see now and use Greene King for new entries) - Olde Trip (reduced from 4.8%)4.30AcceptableBland with little life.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
11 Jun 2015 (Jack William)
Busy with jolly locals.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Skinner's - Cornish Knocker Ale4.50Goodgood condition and full bodied - a little sweet of my liking though.
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Quercus Folium4.00GoodOnly a taster but it seemed interesting - very dry - disappointingly I believe that the Latin name just translates to "oak leaf" que sera sera.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
25 Dec 2014 (Jack William)
Lunchtime - busy - very festive
BeerABVScoreNotes
Littlehampton (formerly called Anchor Springs) - Rip Tide4.10ExcellentA ruby coloured beer - fruity.
Freeminer - Bitter4.00GoodPleasant enough if a little bland - hints of vanilla.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
23 Sep 2014 (Jack William)
Not a planned visit on a four pub Canterbury crawl tonight - but finished in the Cross Keys, Oaten Hill. No entry added for that pub as it is does not serve real ale. Disappointingly it was the liveliest and busiest of my 4 with plenty of twenty somethings who seemed oblivious to this major failing in a pub. After a half of fizzy cider I had to restore my faith and the King's Head didn't disappoint: busy and lively and a choice of four ales on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Southdown Harvest Ale5.00ExcellentNot as hoppy as expected from Harvey's but this really grew on me and I had to drag myself away. Mmm nice finish for a mid-week jaunt.
Wantsum - Green Hop Challenger4.50ExcellentI think it was this "green hop" - very good hoppy flavour and excellent condition.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
13 May 2014 (Jack William)
After work - a few in, nice welcome.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goddards - Wight Squirrel4.30GoodMalty, good condition - nutty flavour - or is that just auto suggestion from the name? Only a blind tasting will confirm.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
White Horse - Wayland Smithy4.40Not Tried
18 Jan 2014 (Jack William)
Lunchtime - good crowd of locals
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentPerfect condition - consistent very hoppy session beer
Tonbridge - Traditional3.60GoodPleasant enough, very drinkable.
Shepherd Neame - Late Red4.50Not Tried
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
13 Nov 2013 (Jack William)
evening - fairly busy
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Rye Pale Ale4.00Excellentvery good condition, exceedingly bitter but without any noticeable hoppiness which would have improved this in my view. Moorish though.
Isfield - Bitter3.70AcceptableGood condition - but not a recipe that appeals to me - slight soapiness I thought.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
18 Oct 2013 (Jack William)
Friday lunchtime - 1/2 dozen locals in just after noon. Needed a "decent pint" before going abroad on holiday.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Partners - Triple Hop4.20ExcellentVery well kept and full of hoppy flavour this American Pale Ale. First time I have come across an APA - I must get out more.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Wadworth - 6X4.10Not Tried

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About the Kings Head

The pub sign. Kings Head, Canterbury, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional3
Excellent10
Good22
Acceptable5
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3RY.

This is a traditional one room pub on Wincheap heading south out of the city. Central bar serves 2 areas. One has darts, bar billiards, Sky Sports on wall mounted flat screen TV and a fireplace, whilst on the other side of the bar are more tables and chairs. Hops decorate the wooden beams and bar. Four handpumps. Pumpclips behind the bar and on the wall are testament to the beers they've had on in the past but the range is far more limited of late. Bat and Trap and Darts leagues also feature.

We have visited this pub 30 times, seen 45 different beers and tried 28 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT1 3RY