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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Moorhouse's - Black Cat MildExcellent1
Wolf - Coyote BitterExcellent1
Bath Ales - Gem BitterGood1
Heritage (formerly William Worthington Brewery) - Mitchells & Butlers Blueberry flavoured aleGood1
Tonbridge - Ebony MoonGood1
Whitstable - East India Pale AleGood5
Nelson - Midshipman MildGood2
Triple fff - Stairway To HeavenGood1
Nelson - Dover PatrolAcceptable1
Larkins - Best BitterAcceptable1
Acorn - LightnessAcceptable1
Larkins - TraditionalNot Tried0
Westerham - Special Bitter Ale "1965"Not Tried0
Broughton - Bramling CrossNot Tried0
Cottage - Summer ConquestNot Tried0
Cairngorm - StagNot Tried0
Cottage - HRD RapideNot Tried0
Brewster's - WAGSNot Tried0
Westerham - Audit AleNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Riders on the StormNot Tried0
Ramsbury - Flint KnapperNot Tried0
Wolf - Wolf In Sheep's ClothingNot Tried0
Stonehenge - PigswillNot Tried0
Cottage - HMS VictoryNot Tried0
Triple fff - Alton's PrideNot Tried0
Westerham - British Bulldog "BB" (was 4.3%)Not Tried0
Loddon - Ferryman's GoldNot Tried0
Triple fff - StairwayNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Early BirdNot Tried0
Greene King - Alepril FoolNot Tried0
Hogs Back - Spring AleNot Tried0
Batemans - Willy's Crown JewelsNot Tried0
Picture 1. Rose & Crown, Halstead, Kent

Visits Details

11 May 2011 (ChrisE)
We arrived early evening on a Routemaster bus from Knockholt station. One bar was fairly full, but we had the other one to ourselves for about 90 minutes before returning on the 706 bus to Knockholt Railway Station.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Larkins - Best Bitter4.40Acceptable
Acorn - Lightness3.60AcceptableAdvertised as Acorn Lightness 9 gallon, I wondered whether somebody had written down exactly what it said on the cask label. A light hazy slightly sickly beer with a white head.
Nelson - Midshipman Mild4.00Poor
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Batemans - Willy's Crown Jewels4.20Not Tried
05 May 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
A pleasant evening spent here, arriving by open top bus. Efficient service and good food and beer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Nelson - Midshipman Mild4.00ExcellentGood chocolate and coffee malt flavours in this with a sweetish character. Drier finish. My score 16/20.
Tonbridge - Ebony Moon4.20GoodShown as 4.2% on pumpclip. A fairly hoppy and bitter porter with some malt character. Dryish and bitter finish. My score 15/20.
Nelson - Dover Patrol4.40AcceptableSomewhat reduced in strength, now at 4.4%. Dark brown and quite bitter for a mild, with the bitterenss coming from dark roast malts. The finish is fruity and a little sharp. My score 14/20.
03 May 2011 (Pedro)
Early evening - corrected date
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bath Ales - Gem Bitter4.10Good
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Early Bird4.30Not Tried
Greene King - Alepril Fool4.30Not Tried
Hogs Back - Spring Ale4.00Not Tried
Batemans - Willy's Crown Jewels4.20Not Tried
01 Feb 2011 (Pedro)
Evening
BeerABVScoreNotes
Heritage (formerly William Worthington Brewery) - Mitchells & Butlers Blueberry flavoured ale4.00Good
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Triple fff - Alton's Pride3.80Not Tried
Westerham - British Bulldog "BB" (was 4.3%)4.10Not Tried
Loddon - Ferryman's Gold4.40Not Tried
Triple fff - Stairway4.60Not Tried
08 Nov 2010 (Pedro)
Evening
BeerABVScoreNotes
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale4.10Good
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Ramsbury - Flint Knapper4.20Not Tried
Wolf - Wolf In Sheep's Clothing3.70Not Tried
Stonehenge - Pigswill4.00Not Tried
Cottage - HMS Victory4.70Not Tried
02 Aug 2010 (Pedro)
Afternoon visit - bare walls apparently some decoring due soon - very disappointed by beer standard !
BeerABVScoreNotes
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale4.10Acceptablemuch the worst I've had here ! wonder if the cellar skills have all left now !
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Moorhouse's - Black Cat Mild3.40Not Tried
Westerham - Audit Ale6.20Not Tried
Kelham Island - Riders on the Storm4.50Not Tried
19 Jun 2010 (Pedro)
Popped along for the local CAMRA runner-up Pub of the Year presentation, and also to show support for licencee Bob who has been told to leave by the end of the month. The locals have a petition by the dart-board, lots of names up already, please show your support !
BeerABVScoreNotes
Moorhouse's - Black Cat Mild3.40Excellent
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale4.10Excellent
Wolf - Coyote Bitter4.30Excellent
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Brewster's - WAGS4.80Not Tried
09 Nov 2009 (Pedro)
early evening, nice and warm inside as it was only 4.5 deg C outside !
BeerABVScoreNotes
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale4.10Excellent
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Moorhouse's - Black Cat Mild3.40Not Tried
Cairngorm - Stag4.10Not Tried
Cottage - HRD Rapide4.70Not Tried
29 Jul 2009 (Dubbel)
Said goodbye to a colleague with a boys' lunch trip to the Rose & Crown for some fresh Grimsby haddock. My plebeian chums drank Budweiser, Fosters and Kronenbourg respectively. At least one of us opted for the good stuff.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Triple fff - Stairway To Heaven4.30GoodWell balanced fruity bitter, pale chestnut in colour with enough of a hop bite on the tail. In good form.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Moorhouse's - Black Cat Mild3.40Not Tried
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Cottage - Summer Conquest4.00Not Tried
21 Jul 2009 (Dubbel)
Went on a fruitless trip to Sevenoaks with James T and thought it "rude not to" pop our heads round the door on the way back.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale4.10ExcellentHops abundant. Tangy, light & outrageously sessionable. A truly great beer on its day.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Moorhouse's - Black Cat Mild3.40Not Tried
Westerham - Special Bitter Ale "1965"5.00Not Tried
Broughton - Bramling Cross4.20Not TriedMy eyes lit up when I saw this on the board as we arrived. Sadly it came to an abrupt spluttering end as it was pulled.

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About the Rose & Crown

The pub sign. Rose & Crown, Halstead, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent21
Good18
Acceptable6
Poor2

Website.

The pub is found in Halstead, Kent, TN14 7EA.

A lovely Grade II listed flint building in Otford Lane, with 2 bars.

We have visited this pub 31 times, seen 92 different beers and tried 33 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN14 7EA