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The Freed Man (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Brew Buddies - BB01 Best Bitter Challenger BobekExcellent1
Kent - Altered StatesExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Oatmeal StoutExcellent1
Durham - Black BishopExcellent1
Romney Marsh - Best BitterExcellent2
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop Azzaca RyeExcellent1
Adnams - Old AleExcellent1
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Excellent1
G2 - Otava IPAGood1
Rockin Robin - Reliant Robin (superseded by 3.7% version)Good1
Hellhound - Soul SurvivorGood1
Bank Top - Old SlapperGood1
Hop Fuzz - Bullion BombGood1
Elgood's - Golden NewtNot Tried0
Ripple Steam - Original Best BitterNot Tried0
Rockin Robin - Portly RobinNot Tried0
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's Winter WarmerNot Tried0
Kent - EnigmaNot Tried0
Hop Fuzz - FalloutNot Tried0
Brew Buddies - SH03 Single Hop EndeavourNot Tried0
Weltons - Topper MildNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Summer TopNot Tried0
Lytham - BumbleNot Tried0
Bank Top - BlondeNot Tried0
Ripple Steam - GoldNot Tried0
Brewster's - Rutterkin (superseded by 5% version)Not Tried0
Tillingbourne - Falls GoldNot Tried0
Cotleigh - Uncle Sam Hop BurstNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Freed Man, Walmer, Kent
Picture 2. The Freed Man, Walmer, Kent
Picture 3. The Freed Man, Walmer, Kent
Chris Excell

Visits Details

09 Jun 2017 (ChrisE)
Early afternoon visit and I would estimate that the pub was over half full. The bar staff confirmed that the guvnor here is planning to open another micropub in Cheriton, Kent.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Durham - Black Bishop5.50Excellent
Brewster's - Rutterkin (superseded by 5% version)4.60Not Tried
Tillingbourne - Falls Gold4.20Not Tried
Cotleigh - Uncle Sam Hop Burst4.30Not Tried
08 Sep 2016 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit, busy and welcoming.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Romney Marsh - Best Bitter4.00ExcellentA good tasty best bitter served on top form.
Bank Top - Blonde5.00Not Tried
Ripple Steam - Gold3.80Not Tried
04 Jun 2016 (Wittenden)
Early evening on a suddenly muggy June Saturday. Busy, with the contented hum of a relaxed congregation.Very pleasant after a busy day.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brew Buddies - BB01 Best Bitter Challenger Bobek4.30ExcellentWorkmanlike mid brown saloon bar stalwart.Toffee with a long hoppy finish.Unfined but not murksome. From a new -to- me Kent micro.
Weltons - Topper Mild4.00Not Tried
Old Dairy - Summer Top3.60Not Tried
Lytham - Bumble4.20Not Tried
29 May 2016 (Dosser)
First visit on the day of the Deal classic car show.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bank Top - Old Slapper4.20GoodWe liked the name of this beer. £1.70 a half so not that cheap compared to Thanet micros or the £2.50 a pint at the lifeboat beer stall where all beers were donated.
26 May 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. My first visit and we were lucky to get seats as the place was fast filling up by 6.30pm. One felt crowded out when ordering at the bar and everything was a bit too frenetic for me to feel relaxed.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Romney Marsh - Best Bitter4.00Good
Hellhound - Soul Survivor5.70GoodGood bittersweet balance
Hop Fuzz - Fallout3.60Not Tried
Brew Buddies - SH03 Single Hop Endeavour4.20Not Tried
12 Mar 2016 (ChrisE)
A group of us met here for a tour of Walmer and Deal pubs, rail replacement buses all the way between Folkestone and Ramsgate meant that I was very glad of a pint. The pub was busy and welcoming, one gentleman took advantage of the offer to purchase fish and chips from the nearby chippy and enjoy them with a pint in the pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Altered States4.70Excellent
G2 - Otava IPA4.40Good
Kent - Enigma5.50Not Tried
02 Feb 2016 (ChrisE)
Evening visit to meet up with a friend. A busy pub with a very enthusiastic girl serving behind the bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Adnams - Old Ale4.10ExcellentSuperb.
Hop Fuzz - Bullion Bomb5.00Good
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's Winter Warmer5.00Not Tried
28 Jan 2016 (ChrisE)
My second visit here, a good welcome and great atmosphere although my friend was not too happy about music being played in the background. The landlord told us that he had found the handpumps on ebay.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop Azzaca Rye5.00Excellent
Elgood's - Golden Newt4.10Not TriedPopular in here today.
Ripple Steam - Original Best Bitter4.10Not Tried
Rockin Robin - Portly Robin5.00Not Tried
22 Jan 2016 (ChrisE)
Two of us had been to visit a friend in a residential home and decided to see if this place had opened yet, some reports said it was opening today, and others suggested that it would be Saturday 23rd. Luckily we found the place open and full, most of the people were invited guests but other customers were welcome as well. It was interesting to note that the keg beer came from Keesmann in Bamburg along with a selection of bottled beers from various Bamberg breweries. I was particularly pleased to see the refurbished cash register style handpumps in use, pump clips are positioned above the pumps with the coming soon clips arranged to the right of the ones for beers on sale. HSB of this site informs that he knows of only two other examples of this type of engine still in use in the U.K. The Old Crown at Kelston and the George at Southwark although the latter may not be currently in use. There was a large model Fokker DVII biplane hanging from the ceiling (I think this may have previously been in the Deal Hoy, the landlord's previous pub) maritime flags on one wall, a whalebone and some mirrors which gave the place a good lived in atmosphere. The name of the pub reflects the fact that the owner is now free of tie.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Oatmeal Stout4.60ExcellentSuperb
Rockin Robin - Reliant Robin (superseded by 3.7% version)4.20GoodProbably the best selling cask ale at the time of my visit.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30Not Tried

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About The Freed Man

The pub sign. The Freed Man, Walmer, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

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Website.

The pub is found in Walmer, Kent, CT14 7NX.

End of terrace (once the Walmer Sub Post Office and latterly a former Solar Energy Equipment) shop conversion in Dover Road. A Micropub, which first opened to the general public on Saturday 23rd January 2016, with perhaps a fuller range of alcoholic products than the usual Micropub. Cask ales are served through an ancient refurbished 4-way cash-register style handpump beer engine. Has free Wifi and often plays recorded music.

We have visited this pub 19 times, seen 60 different beers and tried 30 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT14 7NX