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The Butchers Arms (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Old Dairy - Über BrewExceptional1
Old Dairy - Silver TopExcellent1
Old Dairy - Copper TopExcellent1
Old Dairy - Über BrewExcellent3
Hope - SX PaleExcellent1
Old Dairy - Green Hop (2017 with Challenger)Excellent1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESBExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dark ConspiracyExcellent1
Oakham - JHBExcellent2
Hopdaemon - RedGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Good3
Oakham - CitraGood1
Mighty Oak - Maldon GoldNot Tried0
Adnams - Wild HopNot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Oakham - Bishops FarewellNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Skinner's - Betty Stogs BitterNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - UberNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent
Picture 2. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent

Visits Details

12 Dec 2017 (Jack William)
Just after noon - first in and a nice welcome and interesting chat with Martyn.
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80ExceptionalSo much flavour and body for a session strength brew. Superb.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dark Conspiracy4.90ExcellentDelicious full-bodied winter warmer.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
12 Oct 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Early evening visit. We were of just 4 in until a party of a dozen arrived in one hit.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50ExcellentRather the old taste of ESB - tending toward barley wine type bitterness
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Good
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80GoodTasty but poured rather flat
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not TriedAlways popular here
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
03 Oct 2017 (Magnus Greel)
A minute or two before opening we were the first to arrive for RWC's 71st, soon to be joined by our host and a dozen or so invitees, including a few locals made for a very cosy and enjoyable lunchtime session.
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80ExcellentFull bodied and full of flavour for a session beer with a strong floral aroma.
Old Dairy - Green Hop (2017 with Challenger)4.00ExcellentWhat's going on, another OD brew bursting with flavour? Superb!
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
17 Aug 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Lunchtime and first stop on our way to Herne Bay. We decided to stay longer than planned as it would have been rude not to. Two other gentlemen plus another two joined us in the convivial atmosphere as always.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40ExcellentRich, full bodied and flavoursome hence stayed on this.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Uber3.80Not Tried
21 Jul 2017 (Andrew)
A swift visit after the Kent Beer Festival. Martyn was on good form and told me all about the Micropub guide book.
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80ExceptionalThis was top stuff!
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
01 Jul 2017 (ChrisE)
Saturday just after the evening opening time, I had a good chat with Martyn before the pub got busy.
Oakham - JHB3.80Excellent
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Excellent
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
22 Apr 2017 (Andrew)
Ian and I walked down from the First and Last and managed to get a seat. Martyn was ill unfortunately; it isn't the same without him!
Oakham - JHB3.80ExcellentRefreshingly good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60Not Tried
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
16 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening trip. A few in but usual good banter.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Good
Oakham - Citra4.20Good
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
18 Feb 2017 (Andrew)
Great as always although by this stage of the night I probably wasn't entirely coherent. There was also a 5.2% beer called Silver Ho which was a mix of Silver Top and Tally Ho!
Hope - SX Pale3.90Excellent
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
15 Dec 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. A churn of customers as we sat there. Guv not in top form with toothache following bouts of virus and gout.
Old Dairy - Silver Top4.50ExcellentHead, condition, temperature all right so bliss
Hopdaemon - Red4.20GoodGood condition but not to my taste
Mighty Oak - Maldon Gold3.80Not Tried
Adnams - Wild Hop4.80Not Tried

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About The Butchers Arms

The pub sign. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Herne, Kent, CT6 7HL.

In the middle of Herne village in Herne Street, once the Canterbury Beer Shop selling beer straight from the cask. It is now a pub (with the same owner as before) and still does off-sales which is fantastic! Voted CAMRA Kent Pub of the Year in 2008 and East Kent CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2009 (...and not surprisingly). Regarded universally as the first micropub, which has spawned many similar ventures in East Kent and throughout the UK. Real ales are kept on gravity dispense in a cold room to the right and you will view this when you walk through it to the unisex toilet at the rear. Displays a Micropub Association Certificate of Registration warranting, annually, that it adheres to the tenets and ethics of the Association's definition of a micropub. Since post-Covid re-opening in October 2021 now open 5-8 Tuesday to Friday only.

We have visited this pub 372 times, seen 156 different beers and tried 128 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT6 7HL