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Louis Armstrong (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Festiv'AleExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little CrackerExcellent1
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidExcellent3
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dragon's Blood ESBExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Al Murray, The Pub Landlord's Beautiful British BeerGood1
Hopdaemon - IncubusGood1
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPAGood3
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Good1
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter AleNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Not Tried0
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish BitterNot Tried0
Dark Star - Dark Star The OriginalNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderNot Tried0
Whitstable - Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Blue TopNot Tried0
Picture 1. Louis Armstrong, Dover, Kent
Picture 2. Louis Armstrong, Dover, Kent

Visits Details

04 Mar 2016 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit following a visit to the beer festival at the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club, the busiest that I have seen this pub for a long time. Jackie was sitting at the bar and we had a very good chat.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Good
Whitstable - Oyster Stout4.50Not Tried
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Blue Top4.80Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
17 Dec 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. A proper boozer. Inter-pub quiz in mid flow with the local CAMRA branch chairman as quizmaster.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little Cracker5.00Excellent
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50ExcellentBest Skrim I have had for a long time
Dark Star - Dark Star The Original5.00Not TriedRan out late evening
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30Not Tried
30 Oct 2015 (ChrisE)
Friday afternoon and unfortunately I was the only customer, this pub deserves to be a lot busier.
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
26 Aug 2015 (ChrisE)
Raining outside and only one other customer inside despite the ales being a bargain £2.50 per pint on Wednesdays. They were expecting to do about forty covers for the very good and cheap proper home cooked food later on, another Wednesday special in this pub.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Festiv'Ale3.80Excellent
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish Bitter3.80Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
11 Aug 2015 (Vacuous )
1000 pm and pub was empty. made a change from having to listen to the same old voices that inhabit the micros in these parts.
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70Excellentnicely kept. had a few
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
06 Jun 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening in a proper boozer. Local CAMRA chairman and I debated issues of local beer and pub import.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Al Murray, The Pub Landlord's Beautiful British Beer4.00GoodThe only deposit that I lost was £3.20 for a pint
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
15 May 2015 (Vacuous )
10pm visit. Band playing, pub fairly busy but prompt service nevertheless
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dragon's Blood ESB5.20ExcellentWeighty, malty thing with a powerful hop attack in time to stop it becoming annoyingly cloying. Evidence of alchol content apparent. Entertained my palate, so had a couple.
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70GoodAn unusually hoppy version of this beer, which is pretty hoppy anyway. No bad thing, but a bit much after the second one.
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
09 Dec 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. All external scaffolding now removed and a spruced up frontage met me, albeit in the dark. A small group and a pair in.
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50ExcellentBest Skrim I have had for absolute yonks. Great condition and distinctive bitter / yeasty balance
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
27 Aug 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Just a few at the bar. £2.50 per pint Wednesday real ale night.
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70ExcellentProves beer does not have to be overchilled. Best beer of Dover trip
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
03 Jun 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Like stepping back to the 70s.
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50AcceptableToo yeasty
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter Ale4.80Not Tried

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About the Louis Armstrong

The pub sign. Louis Armstrong, Dover, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Dover, Kent, CT16 1RA.

Originally called The Grapes, a former Bass Charrington house. I came here after its review in the Good Beer Guide said it was lively and had live bands on. It ticked one of those boxes. There was a band on and they were quite good, unfortunately there was nobody else in the pub! It was probably due to everyone being at Crabble Mill but it was a shame to see. This place had great beer, really friendly staff and the band were great guys too. 4 handpumps on the front bar counter. A small stage in the back for live jazz and other musical events. Nice etched windows on doors to ladies and gents toilets. In September 2012 the landlady here completed 50 years in situ - a momentous achievement these days. She unfortunately passed away in early 2019.

We have visited this pub 31 times, seen 44 different beers and tried 27 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT16 1RA