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The Saxon Shore (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Caledonian - Chocolate DropExcellent1
Wantsum - Red RaddleExcellent1
Harviestoun - Old Engine Oil (superseded on draught by 4.5% version)Excellent1
Shepherd Neame - Stone Brewing California Double IPA Good2
Yo-Ho Brewing Company - Tokyo Black AleGood1
Sharp's - Eden AleGood1
Oakham - JHBGood1
Lymestone - Stone the CrowsAcceptable1
Wantsum - More's Head (previously 3.4%)Acceptable1
Greene King - Original Wexford (St. Patrick's)Acceptable1
Wantsum - HengistAcceptable1
Greene King - Abbot AleNot Tried0
Marston's - PedigreeNot Tried0
Batemans - Spring GoddessNot Tried0
Badger (Hall & Woodhouse) - Hopping HareNot Tried0
Marston's - Pedigree SixNot Tried0
Hook Norton - 303AD (aka Generation)Not Tried0
Ringwood - 78Not Tried0
Ecaussinnes - Cookie BeerNot Tried0
Browar Namyslow - Namyslow PlumNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Early BirdNot Tried0
Elgood's - Old WaggNot Tried0
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - SunchaserNot Tried0
Brains - The Rev James OriginalNot Tried0
Greene King - Abbot ReserveNot Tried0
Cains - BockNot Tried0
Greene King - IPANot Tried0
Marston's - Burton BitterNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles CountyNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Whitstable - Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Inveralmond - Lia FailNot Tried0
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - StormstayNot Tried0
Whitstable - Kentish ReserveNot Tried0
Wantsum - Turbulent PriestNot Tried0
Wantsum - Black PrinceNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - GenesisNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good HeavensNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good LordNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good SheppardNot Tried0
Greene King - YardbirdNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Saxon Shore, Herne Bay, Kent

Visits Details

11 Aug 2013 (Alenomore)
13:00 visit. Came to sunny Herne Bay for the well attended annual bus rally (again!). Busy on dining here but some good ales noted.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Whitstable - Kentish Reserve5.00Not Tried
Wantsum - Turbulent Priest4.40Not Tried
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Genesis3.50Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Heavens4.10Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Lord5.00Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Sheppard4.50Not Tried
Greene King - Yardbird4.00Not Tried
12 Aug 2012 (Alenomore)
15:30 visit. Fairly busy, inside and out, as was most of Herne Bay today. Half decent ale range on too.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Red Raddle5.00ExcellentA new ale for me. Very good taste too at this abv.
Whitstable - Oyster Stout4.50Not Tried
Inveralmond - Lia Fail4.70Not Tried
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Stormstay5.00Not Tried
31 Jul 2011 (Andrew)
Man Herne Bay was packed. Whilst the family went to the play ground opposite I popped in for a very swift half.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - More's Head (previously 3.4%)3.50AcceptableHint of Wantsum flavour coming though but probably a little tired.
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
25 Jun 2011 (Andrew)
Went to the Harvester for dinner (I know how to live) but it was very busy so we came here instead (see I told you I know how to live). The front of the pub was quite busy as it overlooks the sea but the back was nice and quiet so we sat there. Quick service too.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Hengist5.00AcceptablePale gold. A bit hazy. Smoky, bit of perspex, strong grassy hop finish
Lymestone - Stone the Crows5.40AcceptableBlack. Roasted caramel, hint of tar. No real condition.
Greene King - Ruddles County4.30Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
14 Mar 2009 (Andrew)
I originally went into the Prince of Wales but it was packed with Man U and Liverpool fans plus it still hasn't got the Early Bird on. So I decided to go to the Saxon Shore which meant I had to walk through town and along the sea front. I past the usual crowd of bikers, blokes eating pies, kid's larking about and dazed looking tourists wondering how the hell they ended up here. The Saxon Shore wasn't too busy, perhaps because they weren't showing the football. I stood at the bar and ordered Saltaire's Titus Black. Of course it wasn't on was it? Nope, it had an annoying "coming soon" label that I hadn't spotted. So I had the JHB. I only had 10 minutes so 10 minutes after walking in I swilled down the last 2 inchs and left.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - JHB3.80GoodWhen she poured it the colour amazed me. Looked like a vampire had got there first; a paler beer I've not seen since Ventor's White Spirt. Anyway it tasted good; very quaffable. Quite citrus-hoppy but in the pantheon of citrus hoppy beers it's at the bottom of the mountain staring up longingly at Dark Star's Hophead.
Greene King - Ruddles County4.30Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
18 Apr 2008 (Blair)
Needed a quick pint while waiting for my friends to arrive on the train. This is the only place in Herne Bay I could think of to get a pint of ale. Usual spoons clientele, friendly staff. No problems.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sharp's - Eden Ale4.40GoodVery cold but nice hoppy aroma and biscuity malt flavours. Pretty good actually.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Marston's - Burton Bitter3.80Not Tried
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
12 Apr 2008 (Ian)
Set right on the seafront in Herne Bay, it's a relatively small Spoons with different seating areas. Fine. Here with Martin, Andrew and Charlie for their birthdays.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Stone Brewing California Double IPA 7.00ExcellentNot quite got the aroma, but just so drinkable. I love it.
12 Apr 2008 (Andrew)
Here with Ian, Martin and Charlie. Not overly busy for a late Saturday afternoon. Got some food and had a beer festival beer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Yo-Ho Brewing Company - Tokyo Black Ale5.00GoodBlack beer with a thin head. Burnt malt with a hint of whiskey. Bit of bitter chocolate there too.
Shepherd Neame - Early Bird4.30Not Tried
Elgood's - Old Wagg4.00Not Tried
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Sunchaser4.00Not Tried
Brains - The Rev James Original4.50Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Reserve6.50Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Stone Brewing California Double IPA 7.00Not TriedHad a sip of Ian's. Drinkable ...just about.
Cains - Bock4.50Not Tried
06 Apr 2008 (Andrew)
Jane's obsession with Wether-burgers continued. Not very busy which is a crime given how good their beer festival is.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harviestoun - Old Engine Oil (superseded on draught by 4.5% version)6.00ExcellentBlack beer. Roasted malt and mildly acrid burnt finish with some milky undertones.
Caledonian - Chocolate Drop3.80ExcellentBlack beer with soft mouth feel. Sweet coco-powder flavours with very low hop-rate.
Shepherd Neame - Stone Brewing California Double IPA 7.00AcceptableCointreau and BOLS Parfait Amour flavours domintated. Drinking this reminded me of the last time I hit the cocktail cabinet. Eventually I got used to the taste but as a beer it's madness in a glass.
Hook Norton - 303AD (aka Generation)4.00Not Tried
Yo-Ho Brewing Company - Tokyo Black Ale5.00Not Tried
Ringwood - 784.20Not Tried
Ecaussinnes - Cookie Beer5.00Not Tried
Browar Namyslow - Namyslow Plum4.00Not Tried
29 Mar 2008 (Andrew)
Jane fancied a burger so he we are. Quite busy but then I don't tend to go out on Saturdays in Herne Bay so I don't know what it's usually like.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Original Wexford (St. Patrick's)4.90AcceptableI didn't like this. Brown bitter with a taste of hoegaarden. Malty with herbyheathery hops. Served fine but not a nice beer in my opinion.
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
Batemans - Spring Goddess4.20Not Tried
Badger (Hall & Woodhouse) - Hopping Hare4.40Not Tried
Marston's - Pedigree Six6.00Not Tried

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About The Saxon Shore

The pub sign. The Saxon Shore, Herne Bay, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent8
Good13
Acceptable8
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5JQ.

By Wetherspoon standards this is quite a small pub with a meandering layout. Situated on the sea front it has good views out to sea. The southeast coastline of England was once known as the Saxon Shore, from the military forts built along it during the late Roman occupation. Today, the Saxon Shore footpath passes along Central Parade and has given its name to this Wetherspoon pub.

We have visited this pub 26 times, seen 71 different beers and tried 28 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT6 5JQ