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Louis Armstrong (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidExcellent3
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dragon's Blood ESBExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Festiv'AleExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Al Murray, The Pub Landlord's Beautiful British BeerGood1
Goacher's - Special House AleGood2
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPAGood3
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Not Tried0
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter AleNot Tried0
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish BitterNot Tried0
Picture 1. Louis Armstrong, Dover, Kent
Picture 2. Louis Armstrong, Dover, Kent

Visits Details

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
07 Feb 2014 (ChrisE)
I popped in for a pint after a visit to the White Cliffs Beer Festival, I had the pub to myself.
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Goacher's - Special House Ale3.80Not TriedBadged as Decca 50 years
07 Feb 2014 (Andrew)
One other in. Great pub interior. Lots of red leather and 1970's working man's club chairs. Lots of interesting music on the stereo.
Goacher's - Special House Ale3.80AcceptableBadged as Decca. Lacking a bit of condition, but drinkable.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
02 Nov 2013 (ChrisE)
Saturday afternoon and very quiet, for most of the time I was the only customer, but they were expecting a busy evening as the popular Dover Skiffle Band were playing there later on.
Goacher's - Special House Ale3.80ExcellentBadged as Decca 50 years.
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not 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 28 times, seen 39 different beers and tried 22 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT16 1RA