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The Lanes (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Papa JrExcellent1
Musket - TriggerExcellent1
Goacher's - Crown Imperial StoutExcellent1
Kent - ProhibitionExcellent2
Whitstable - Single Hop ErnestExcellent1
Brumaison - 1770 London PorterExcellent1
Musket - Matchlock MildExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Excellent1
Musket - Flash in the Pan (Kentish Green-Hopped Ale)Excellent2
Brumaison - BullionExcellent2
Kent - PaleExcellent2
Northdown - Pale Ale MaryExcellent2
Iron Pier - Rosherville RedExcellent1
Northdown - Merry MargateGood1
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Bombay SocialGood1
Romney Marsh - Amber AleGood1
Tonbridge - Golden RuleGood1
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - Hockley SoulGood1
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - Folkestone BestGood1
Pitchfork (a brand of Epic Beers) - FrogbitGood1
Goacher's - 1066 Old AleNot Tried0
Hop Fuzz - MartelloNot Tried0
Hop Fuzz - BlacksmithNot Tried0
Romney Marsh - Marsh MellowNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Velvet RavenNot Tried0
Whitstable - Native BitterNot Tried0
Whitstable - Kentish ReserveNot Tried0
Musket - MuzzleloaderNot Tried0
Tonbridge - TraditionalNot Tried0
Brumaison - BeulterNot Tried0
Pitchfork (a brand of Epic Beers) - Hewish RubyNot Tried0
Pitchfork (a brand of Epic Beers) - PG SteamNot Tried0
Northdown - He-BruNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Sky Without SunNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Copper TopNot Tried0
Kent - CobnutNot Tried0
Musket - Ball PullerNot Tried0
Northdown - Brewsters BullionsNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - 500 GoldNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - KHBB Kentish House Best BitterNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Lanes, Dover, Kent
Picture 2. The Lanes, Dover, Kent

Visits Details

07 Nov 2019 (Jack William)
Mid afternoon - hardly a spare seat in the bar. I met up with a couple of long-term Dover drinkers that Iíve not seen in a while - good chat.
Kent - Pale4.00Good
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - Hockley Soul4.20Good
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - Folkestone Best4.00Good
Tonbridge - Golden Rule3.50Not Tried
Brumaison - Beulter4.60Not Tried
31 Oct 2019 (Jack William)
Afternoon visit before my train. Quiet but a good chat with Keith and Debbie. The topic of leaplings came up and they mentioned a rather nice chap that sometimes comes in who is a leapling. Our very own ChrisE.
Brumaison - 1770 London Porter4.70ExcellentJust a taster - very decent with oatmeal notes. Debbie phoned the brewer to ask about the name - 1770 was the year the beer hydrometer was invented apparently and also Beethovenís birthday.
Brumaison - Bullion4.50ExcellentVery good, full-bodied IPA.
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Bombay Social3.80Good
Musket - Muzzleloader4.50Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - KHBB Kentish House Best Bitter3.70Not Tried
24 Oct 2019 (Jack William)
Afternoon visit. Interesting ale selection and a comfortable atmosphere as usual.
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Papa Jr4.40ExcellentVery good, fruity APA.
Kent - Cobnut4.10Not Tried
Musket - Ball Puller4.00Not Tried
Northdown - Brewsters Bullions5.00Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - 500 Gold4.00Not Tried
03 Oct 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid afternoon visit for a 73rd birthday do. A great venue where you can be absolutely certain to get top notch condition ale every trip.
Kent - Prohibition4.80ExcellentTop notch, rather sour bittering
Northdown - Pale Ale Mary4.00ExcellentA really refreshing first one of the day
Musket - Flash in the Pan (Kentish Green-Hopped Ale)4.00GoodVery harsh raw green hopped bitterness
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
Musket - Matchlock Mild3.80Not Tried
03 Oct 2019 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon and venue for RWC's 73rd birthday, friendly welcome from the guv who was expecting us, one other chap present however our group of 3 were soon joined by 5 others, including Phillip Pirrip - and it's daylight still!
Musket - Matchlock Mild3.80ExcellentA smooth easy drinking mild in superb condition
Musket - Flash in the Pan (Kentish Green-Hopped Ale)4.00ExcellentGrassy spicy and full hop bitterness
Kent - Prohibition4.80GoodDidn't meet my expectations for an APA - lacking flavour and bite
Northdown - Pale Ale Mary4.00GoodNot to my taste as rather resinous
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
31 Aug 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid to late evening visit. Such a welcoming house.
Pitchfork (a brand of Epic Beers) - Frogbit4.40GoodVery last out of the cask then it ran out. Nowt wrong with it and nice and mellow with malts coming through nicely
Northdown - Merry Margate3.80Good
Pitchfork (a brand of Epic Beers) - PG Steam4.00Not Tried
Northdown - He-Bru4.80Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Sky Without Sun4.50Not TriedNew cask on as I left
Pitchfork (a brand of Epic Beers) - Hewish Ruby4.00Not Tried
23 Aug 2019 (Jack William)
Mid afternoon - relaxed atmosphere.
Brumaison - Bullion4.50ExcellentVery good.
Tonbridge - Golden Rule3.50GoodSmooth.
Tonbridge - Traditional3.60Not Tried
Brumaison - Beulter4.60Not Tried
Pitchfork (a brand of Epic Beers) - Hewish Ruby4.00Not Tried
23 Jul 2019 (Jack William)
Early lunchtime. A few regular faces in. Such well kept beer here. Both my pints were sparklingly clear, at a perfect temperature with plenty of life.
Musket - Trigger3.60ExcellentLight and refreshing pale ale - just the ticket with the outside temperature edging towards 30.
Whitstable - Single Hop Ernest4.40ExcellentAnother pale ale - but with some complex flavours.
Whitstable - Native Bitter3.70Not Tried
Whitstable - Kentish Reserve5.00Not Tried
Musket - Muzzleloader4.50Not Tried
01 Jun 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
An hour's evening visit until late. A rare occasion and credit to the Guvs' cellarmanship but I have marked all 3 ales I had as 4½* for temperature, condition, mouthfeel, the lot.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Excellent4½* Gadds' 7 at its very best
Kent - Pale4.00Excellent4½* A beer rarely messed up by pubs but this was just so easily downable, a pity in fact that I had to rush it due to time
Iron Pier - Rosherville Red4.80Excellent4½* Even for a beer style I don't particularly like this was superbly crisp and bitter
Romney Marsh - Marsh Mellow3.60Not Tried
Tonbridge - Velvet Raven5.20Not Tried
11 May 2019 (ChrisE)
Two visits today, one early afternoon and again for a quick half pint before catching my train home. The Lanes were on holiday so the pub was being run by their daughter and son-in-law. I met some of the local Camra branch and a former work colleague whilst I was in here.
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Romney Marsh - Amber Ale4.40Good
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - Martello3.80Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - Blacksmith4.20Not Tried

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About The Lanes

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Dover, Kent, CT17 9AQ.

Street corner Micropub on Worthington Street, located in what was previously Maxwell's Amusements Arcade, which opened on 19th December 2014, a day after full planning permission was granted by Dover District Council - now that is some logistical achievement. Comfortably furnished and carpeted with real ales and ciders served on gravity dispense on 3 level stillage from a temperature controlled cellar room which has a viewing window in the bar. Mix of high tables / stools, settees / low tables plus wall shelves for vertical drinking. Lined glasses in use. 2017 and 2018 local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year. CAMRA East Kent Pub of the Year 2017 and 2018. CAMRA Kent Pub of the Year 2018. CLOSED Sundays.

We have visited this pub 77 times, seen 207 different beers and tried 103 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT17 9AQ