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The Chequers Inn (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Old Dairy - Sun TopExceptional1
Old Dairy - Red TopExcellent2
Old Dairy - Copper TopExcellent3
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideGood1
Marston's - PedigreeGood1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good HeavensGood1
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Olde Trip Acceptable1
St Austell - TributeAcceptable1
Kent - CobnutAcceptable1
Wadworth - 6XNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Wadworth - Henry's Original IPANot Tried0
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled HenNot Tried0
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English) (use Banks's entry now please)Not Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Chequers Inn, Smarden, Kent

Visits Details

07 Feb 2015 (Wittenden)
Late afternoon on a grim February Saturday:a few in watching the Ireland/Italy match.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10ExcellentA good pint of this malty, nutty farmyard classic.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
07 Nov 2014 (Wittenden)
Friday evening:we'd come for a wake for an old friend.Lots of familiar faces in the original public bar of fond memory.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Heavens4.10GoodBit too malt led: never thought I'd write that...
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English) (use Banks's entry now please)4.10Not Tried
26 Dec 2013 (Wittenden)
Boxing Day lunchtime: a pre-prandial pint with my father in law.Filling up with drinkers and families.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80ExcellentA beer of great depth:luscious reassuring malt.
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
05 Oct 2013 (Wittenden)
Quiet mid evening on a warm October Saturday. A few reprobates sitting outside.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80GoodA best bitter with a depth to it. Good stuff
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
26 Mar 2013 (Wittenden)
Quiet late on a Tuesday evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Tribute4.20AcceptableWorkmanlike, but nothing special. What is it with Cornish beers-why fetch them all the way to Kent?
Wadworth - Henry's Original IPA3.60Not Tried
09 Feb 2013 (Wittenden)
Mid evening on a damp Saturday night.Pleasantly quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Marston's - Pedigree4.50GoodDecent pint of Ped. I don't really warm to this beer though.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
01 Feb 2013 (Wittenden)
Noon on a wet February Friday:my in-laws took us out for lunch.Some familiar faces getting stuck in for the afternoon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10GoodActually, this isn't half bad in a deep, malty way.
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Olde Trip 4.30AcceptableThe old boys were calling this "Old Tripe". For me, this was just a dull brown bitter.
25 Dec 2012 (Wittenden)
My in-laws would be spending Christmas night here-I'd come along to help with the arrangements:it would have been rude not to have had a pint on Christmas lunchtime.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10ExcellentBit more farmyard hops this time.
Wadworth - 6X4.10Not Tried
21 Dec 2012 (Wittenden)
Builders' time on the shortest day of the year.I met an old friend on the street outside:we had to go in for a quick pint.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10ExcellentGood example of this rich autumnal copper coloured ale. Smokey malt and crisp hops.
Wadworth - 6X4.10Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
25 Sep 2012 (Wittenden)
Quiet on a thundery Tuesday evening. I called in to make arrangements for our family Christmas. I know-too early!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Sun Top3.60ExceptionalDelectable ultra pale ale.Floral, melons.Made me think of Fremlins for some reason: had that indefinable quality that describes great beer.
Kent - Cobnut4.10AcceptableAustere:nutty with sharp hops.I think this was past its best,but unfortunately I've never had a beer from this brewery that I've really enjoyed.

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About The Chequers Inn

The pub sign. The Chequers Inn, Smarden, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent6
Good8
Acceptable14
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Smarden, Kent, TN27 8QA.

White weatherboarded pub in centre of the village. Pleasant beer garden at rear. Accommodation available. The old public bar is now a restaurant.

We have visited this pub 25 times, seen 28 different beers and tried 22 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN27 8QA