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Red Lion (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Goacher's - 1066 Old AleExceptional1
Goacher's - Crown Imperial StoutExcellent1
Goacher's - Real Mild AleExcellent4
Rother Valley - Going ViralExcellent1
Wantsum - Ravening WolfExcellent1
Goacher's - Green HopExcellent2
Rother Valley - EbulemExcellent1
Goacher's - Fine Light AleGood3
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)Good3
Rother Valley - IgniteNot Tried0
Rother Valley - Blue Suede BoozeNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Pardoner's AleNot Tried0
Rother Valley - Brew 3700Not Tried0
Wantsum - Fortitude (was 4.2%)Not Tried0
Wantsum - Black PrinceNot Tried0
Rother Valley - BluesNot Tried0
Picture 1. Red Lion, Snargate, Kent
Picture 2. Red Lion, Snargate, Kent
Picture 3. Red Lion, Snargate, Kent

Visits Details

29 Feb 2024 (Andrew)
The ChrisE bus tour on what would have been his birthday. I'd not been here for 15+ years, and then I come twice in 30 days! Met for the first time, Dosser and Angie, and Pedro. Great pub.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70GoodA nice pint.
Rother Valley - Blues5.00Not Tried
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90Not Tried
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80Not TriedIan had this and it was in cracking form. I wish I'd have had it.
29 Feb 2024 (Dosser)
Chris Excels 19th birthday memorial bus trip with 39 chums on a single decker London bus. First stop is at Doris' 5 beers available.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70GoodCrisp, light ale.
06 Jan 2024 (Andrew)
First stop of the Ashford, Folkestone and Romney Marsh CAMRA mini bus tour. And a cracking tour it turned out to be. Doris' was quite busy given it's remote location. Lovely pub.
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70ExceptionalLovely and creamy. Goachers at its best
Wantsum - Fortitude (was 4.2%)4.60Not Tried
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90Not Tried
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80Not Tried
01 Dec 2022 (Magnus Greel)
We arrived 4 minutes past 18.00 opening and already a half dozen or so enjoying their beers. Friendly welcome as always but bringing the sad news of ChrisE's funeral arrangements added a rather sombre note to the evening.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70ExcellentIn superb condition 4.5 stars if this was an option.
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90ExcellentLight and subtle prune and figs earthy broth, delicious and dangerous given its unassuming ABV.
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Not Tried
14 Aug 2022 (Wittenden)
Early evening on a humid Sunday.My first visit for too long.A pleasant hum of conversation from an inner room.I sat in the old shop area.
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40GoodRefreshing on a hot day.Roasty with a pleasant astringency.
Rother Valley - Blue Suede Booze4.30Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Pardoner's Ale4.10Not Tried
Rother Valley - Brew 37003.70Not Tried
12 Jan 2022 (ChrisE)
Evening visit with good banter all round.
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80Good
Rother Valley - Ignite4.60Not Tried
02 Nov 2021 (ChrisE)
Evening visit just after 6pm opening time and already a few in. Good conversation all round. There was a beer from Tomos Watkin in addition to the beers listed but I can't remember the name of it.
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40ExcellentAs good as it gets.
Rother Valley - Ebulem4.50ExcellentA delicious porter with organic elderberries grown at the brewery.
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80Not Tried
03 Oct 2021 (Magnus Greel)
A dozen or so of us all piled off a restored East Kent Regent V in Sealink livery made for an incongruous sight for passers by. The pub opened an hour early for us at 17.00 so we enjoyed the exclusivity until booked opening time.
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80Good
Goacher's - Green Hop3.90Good
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
03 Oct 2021 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit for a private function. Many of our group had not been here before and all seemed to love it.
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80Excellent
Goacher's - Green Hop3.90Excellent
14 Sep 2021 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit, we stayed for a couple of hours. Doing a brisk trade with customers inside and outside in the fresh air.
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Rother Valley - Going Viral4.40ExcellentI have not seen this one before, a very nice red ale.

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About the Red Lion

The pub sign. Red Lion, Snargate, Kent

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The pub is found in Snargate, Kent, TN29 9UQ.

****RE-OPENED TUESDAY 1ST JUNE 2021 AND FROM 20TH JULY HOURS ARE 12-3, 6-9 TUESDAY TO SUNDAY ONLY (CLOSED MONDAY) (seating now inside and outside permitted) ***** One of the best pubs in England. It's in CAMRA's national pub inventory because it hasn't really changed much in the last 100 years. In fact in 2011 the Jemison family celebrated 100 years of running the pub. All beers are on gravity and Goacher's is a regular. It's locally known as Doris's after the last landlady. Before that it was Alf's. A 20 minute (no more no less) brisk walk from / to Appledore railway station. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2015. The handpumps atop the pewter bar counter were used once upon a time but not now. Extensive garden for fair-weather use. Regrettably Doris died in April 2016. The pub closed for some weeks as a result of the bereavement. Re-opened, hopefully forever, on Saturday 11th June 2016. Presume it will soon become known as Kate's! Card payments now accepted here.

We have visited this pub 138 times, seen 207 different beers and tried 128 of them.

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Postcode: TN29 9UQ