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The Bowl Inn (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hopdaemon - IncubusExcellent4
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish BitterExcellent1
Old Dairy - Red TopExcellent2
Old Dairy - Silver TopExcellent1
Hop Fuzz - 1914 Lest We ForgetGood1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - GenesisGood3
Old Dairy - Up & UdderGood1
Old Dairy - AK 1911Good1
Mad Cat - Jet Black Stout (previously Meaney's Jet Black Stout)Good1
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPAGood2
Whitstable - CentennialGood1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good HeavensGood1
Westerham - British Bulldog "BB" (was 4.3%)Not Tried0
Old Dairy - Blue TopNot Tried0
Whitstable - Native BitterNot Tried0
Westerham - Bonfire BitterNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Bowl Inn, Hastingleigh, Kent
Picture 2. The Bowl Inn, Hastingleigh, Kent

Visits Details

23 Nov 2014 (Mick)
A dark, wet and bleak Sunday afternoon but warm and friendly in here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00ExcellentSuper pint of this dark ale.
Old Dairy - Up & Udder4.00GoodAverage copper bitter.
Westerham - Bonfire Bitter4.00Not Tried
02 Feb 2014 (Mick)
Typical Sunday lunchtime. Ron in good form
BeerABVScoreNotes
Whitstable - Centennial4.40GoodPale gold, nice, would have liked a bit more hop.
Hop Fuzz - 1914 Lest We Forget4.50GoodPump clip says it's a mild but it is a bit more than that. Solid malt rich and a touch sweet, but nicely so.
Whitstable - Native Bitter3.70Not Tried
11 Jan 2014 (ChrisE)
Mid-day and the first pub on a tour with a mini-bus. Ron was on fine form and made us very welcome. The pub soon became quite busy with a good mix of clientele.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Genesis3.50ExcellentThe best of this beer that I have had so far.
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Good
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
11 Jan 2014 (Ian)
Saturday lunchtime. Poty tour. Good atmosphere. Ron in good form as usual.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00GoodGood condition just a little muddy on the flavours
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50GoodDecent orange fruit
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Genesis3.50GoodGood low abv session bitter. Some malt toffee and faint pepper hop on the finish
05 Jan 2014 (Mick)
Busy Sunday lunch time. Always enjoyable here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - AK 19114.00GoodNice pale copper bitter, good malt and spicy hops
Mad Cat - Jet Black Stout (previously Meaney's Jet Black Stout)4.50GoodNice medium bodied stout.
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80Not Tried
23 Jun 2013 (Mick)
Busy Sunday afternoon then later just us in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00ExcellentNice malty bitter with just enough hops to make it perfect.
Old Dairy - Blue Top4.80Not Tried
21 Apr 2013 (Mick)
Quite Sunday lunch time, good banter with the locals.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80ExcellentRich malt with some hops, very nice
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Genesis3.50GoodGood standard brown bitter, good session beer.
Old Dairy - Silver Top4.50Not Tried
07 Apr 2013 (Mick)
Sat by the fire with the spring sun (finally) shining through the window.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Silver Top4.50ExcellentNice beer stout or porter? not sure but good roast notes and a touch of sharpness. Nice
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Heavens4.10GoodOK but no real character, a little lacklustre.
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Genesis3.50Not Tried
30 Mar 2013 (Andrew)
The pub was packed. We later found out that this was in part due to a nearby birthday party coming in. Great pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80GoodA good simple sweet malt session bitter
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Old Dairy - Silver Top4.50Not Tried
17 Mar 2013 (Mick)
Busy Sunday lunchtime, cold and wet outside we sat by the fire and enjoyed our beers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00ExcellentSuper pint of this dark complex beer.
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish Bitter3.80ExcellentNice, good malt and hops, good mouth feel. A good honest bitter. citrus and pepper.
Westerham - British Bulldog "BB" (was 4.3%)4.10Not Tried

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About The Bowl Inn

The pub sign. The Bowl Inn, Hastingleigh, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional4
Excellent53
Good26
Acceptable3
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Hastingleigh, Kent, TN25 5HU.

A well proportioned 2 room pub with a long garden at the rear. The smaller of the 2 rooms is taken up with a pool table whilst the other room is larger and L-Shaped. The floors are bare board and the furniture is eclectic. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2017, 2018, 2019 and again in 2022.

We have visited this pub 51 times, seen 49 different beers and tried 34 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN25 5HU