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The Man of Kent Ale House (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Cobnut Brown AleExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little CrackerExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Auburn GreenExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - EKG Green Hop PaleExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Friar's AleExcellent1
Goacher's - 1066 Old AleGood1
Hopdaemon - Green DaemonGood1
Tonbridge - Alsace GoldGood1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Merchant's AleGood1
Wantsum - One Hop MozaicGood1
Wantsum - GolgothaGood1
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Shatkora IPAGood1
Goacher's - Fine Light AleGood1
Brew Buddies - BB01 Best Bitter Challenger BobekGood1
Tonbridge - Ebony MoonGood2
Goacher's - Gold StarAcceptable3
Pig & Porter - Disgraceful BehaviourAcceptable1
Whitstable - Native BitterAcceptable1
Wantsum - One Hop BullionAcceptable1
Whitstable - East Kent GoldingsNot Tried0
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Evolution #12 Cocoa StoutNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - German Twin Hop Hallertau/MandarinaNot Tried0
Tonbridge - CoppernobNot Tried0
Musket - Matchlock MildNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - IncubusNot Tried0
Whitstable - Single Hop Brewers GoldNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 3Not Tried0
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Dartford WobblerNot Tried0
Whitstable - Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good HealthNot Tried0
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Red TopNot Tried0
Bexley - BOB (Bexley's Own Beer)Not Tried0
Whitstable - CitraNot Tried0
Kent - ZingiberNot Tried0
Goacher's - Real Mild AleNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPANot Tried0
Wantsum - More's Head (previously 3.4%)Not Tried0
Pig & Porter - Crab & WinkleNot Tried0
Kent - PaleNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop SaphirNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good HeavensNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Not Tried0
Tonbridge - TraditionalNot Tried0
Bexley - Black Prince PorterNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Oatmeal StoutNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop Mandarina BavariaNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Blonde AmbitionNot Tried0
Wantsum - Yellow TailNot Tried0
Wantsum - Black PrinceNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - GenesisNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Man of Kent Ale House, Rochester, Kent
Picture 2. The Man of Kent Ale House, Rochester, Kent

Visits Details

04 Jun 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Shatkora IPA5.50Good
Brew Buddies - BB01 Best Bitter Challenger Bobek4.30Good
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Wantsum - Yellow Tail4.50Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Genesis3.50Not Tried
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Evolution #12 Cocoa Stout4.70Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - German Twin Hop Hallertau/Mandarina4.20Not Tried
Musket - Matchlock Mild3.80Not Tried
13 Jan 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Superb trio playing, guitar, harmonica/drums and a lady singer whose comic and poetic lyrics and impish smile reminded me of a singing Pam Ayres.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little Cracker5.00ExcellentPity there was only time for one
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Merchant's Ale4.00Good
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Bexley - BOB (Bexley's Own Beer)4.20Not Tried
Bexley - Black Prince Porter4.60Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop Mandarina Bavaria4.70Not Tried
26 Aug 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. 20 minutes between trains. Superb folk duo playing.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70GoodDepending on your view not the best quicky pint or is the best quicky point! I was more than happy
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Tonbridge - Ebony Moon4.20Not Tried
Tonbridge - Coppernob3.80Not Tried
Kent - Zingiber4.10Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Heavens4.10Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Crab & Winkle3.00Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop Saphir4.60Not Tried
28 Jul 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until a minute or two before close. Quiet tonight - no live music and few customers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Good
Wantsum - One Hop Bullion4.50AcceptableTad warm
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Whitstable - Oyster Stout4.50Not Tried
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Dartford Wobbler4.30Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Health3.60Not Tried
Bexley - BOB (Bexley's Own Beer)4.20Not Tried
18 May 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. A continuous Kentish beer exhibition.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Good
Wantsum - One Hop Mozaic4.50Good
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 35.00Not Tried
Tonbridge - Ebony Moon4.20Not Tried
Tonbridge - Coppernob3.80Not Tried
Whitstable - Single Hop Brewers Gold4.40Not Tried
07 Apr 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close. Fantastic ukelele night again - all shapes and sizes and motifs - and that was just the ukeleles. How they make the last song "Show me the way to go home" last for so long I don't know.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Friar's Ale4.30ExcellentLovely traditional bitterness
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Cobnut Brown Ale4.90Excellent
Whitstable - Native Bitter3.70AcceptableA bit tired
Pig & Porter - Disgraceful Behaviour6.00AcceptableIn a pin on the counter top. Flat but full of intense coffee flavour and bitterness. Guv Heather suggested mixing it with the Gadds' Cobnut which I did and it made for an excellent blend
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Oatmeal Stout4.60Not Tried
Tonbridge - Blonde Ambition4.20Not Tried
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90Not Tried
Whitstable - East Kent Goldings4.40Not Tried
02 Apr 2015 (Dosser)
Few in
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Golgotha5.50GoodLittle too warm
Tonbridge - Ebony Moon4.20AcceptableDisappointing. Too warm and went off half way down.
16 Nov 2014 (Dosser)
Warm welcome. Lots of Kent beers on. Not a politician in sight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10GoodDidn't have the buttery taste of the Flower pot in recent weeks. Still wasn't of the high standard expected of this beer. Lost its way??
Tonbridge - Ebony Moon4.20GoodAngie felt this wasn't as good as in the Flower Pot yesterday, but still good. Possibly the first out of the cask.
15 Nov 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Lunchtime visit and we thought we were the only customers for a long time until somebody came in from the garden (the garden! It was pouring with rain) with two pint glasses to refill.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Auburn Green4.30ExcellentTasty reddish ale, the freshness of the green hops have mellowed somewhat by mid-November.
Hopdaemon - Green Daemon5.00Good
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Wantsum - More's Head (previously 3.4%)3.50Not Tried
Tonbridge - Ebony Moon4.20Not Tried
Kent - Pale4.00Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Heavens4.10Not Tried
Tonbridge - Traditional3.60Not Tried
15 Oct 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening with some Swale CAMRA types. The solo act tonight was a heady and manic mix of guitar, singing, humour, fancy dress and almost Shakespearian acting. Quite unique and all this in a veritable Kentish beers exhibition.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - EKG Green Hop Pale5.30ExcellentFirst rate with full body
Tonbridge - Alsace Gold4.00Good
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10PoorDid not taste right - swapped out with good grace and empathy
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 35.00Not Tried
Whitstable - Oyster Stout4.50Not Tried
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Red Top3.80Not Tried
Whitstable - Citra4.40Not Tried

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About The Man of Kent Ale House

The pub sign. The Man of Kent Ale House, Rochester, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional18
Excellent57
Good47
Acceptable23
Poor3

Website.

The pub is found in Rochester, Kent, ME1 1YN.

A true boozer in the Troy Town area of the City. Plenty of seating ranging from tables and chairs to leather sofas but all with a old feel to them. 11 handpumps selling mainly Kentish beers and a gaggle of ciders (in boxes on the counter top) too. The pub encourages live music sessions. Magnificent outside Style & Winch front fascia signing has survived. Closed for holidays until 3rd November 2022.

We have visited this pub 54 times, seen 177 different beers and tried 91 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME1 1YN