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Red Lion (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Goacher's - Crown Imperial StoutExcellent2
Goacher's - Real Mild AleExcellent6
Goacher's - 1066 Old AleExcellent2
Rother Valley - Black OpsExcellent1
3 Piers - Chocolate PorterExcellent1
Brumaison - BBExcellent1
Rother Valley - Copper AleGood1
Dark Star - Session IPAGood1
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)Good4
Rother Valley - Level BestGood1
Milltown - Tigers TailNot Tried0
Goacher's - Silver StarNot Tried0
Weltons - Rampant RoosterNot Tried0
Winter's - Mr Winters Genetic CodeNot Tried0
Picture 1. Red Lion, Snargate, Kent
Picture 2. Red Lion, Snargate, Kent
Picture 3. Red Lion, Snargate, Kent

Visits Details

29 Feb 2020 (ChrisE)
We arrived at 3pm in a vintage bus and stayed for one hour. The locals welcomed us as we had arranged for the pub to stay open one hour longer than normal. Beers as already listed by others.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Good
29 Feb 2020 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon our group soon filled up the nooks and crannies of this superb pub, we caused much bemusement amongst the locals who really should be used to vintage buses of all varieties disgorging crowds of SAGA louts by now!!
BeerABVScoreNotes
3 Piers - Chocolate Porter4.90ExcellentSmooth creamy did what it said on the tin without the harsh bitter roasted malts hit
Rother Valley - Level Best4.00GoodSlightly hazy yet this beer did it's Level Best to please me...
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70Not Tried
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80Not Tried
Winter's - Mr Winters Genetic Code3.90Not Tried
29 Feb 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid afternoon bus vintage group visit, the locals were more than pleased to see an hour or so of extra lunchtime opening time today.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70ExcellentLovely woody old ale
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Rother Valley - Level Best4.00Not Tried
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80Not Tried
3 Piers - Chocolate Porter4.90Not Tried
Winter's - Mr Winters Genetic Code3.90Not Tried
16 Feb 2020 (ChrisE)
Sunday evening on a wet and windy day. We arrived for 7pm evening opening and were soon joined by another customer. A pleasant evening in a traditional pub with a nice log fire. We shared a packet of Jellyatrics between us.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Dark Star - Session IPA4.20Good
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80Not Tried
19 Dec 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Very pleasant evening's visit, gentle buzz of hushed conversation and landlady's banter too.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50ExcellentBest beer here tonight that I tried
Rother Valley - Copper Ale4.10Good
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80Acceptable
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
04 Jun 2019 (ChrisE)
We arrived at 7pm opening time and it only took a few minutes for the pub to get busy. A good atmosphere in here tonight in this wet let traditional pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40ExcellentVery good mild ale, my friend found a bit of hop leaf floating in his pint, he was not impressed but I was.
Brumaison - BB3.60ExcellentI have not seen this brewery's beers on sale before so I had to try one. I was very impressed, a full flavoured traditional bitter at 3.6% abv. superb.
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Not Tried
Weltons - Rampant Rooster5.00Not Tried
08 May 2019 (ChrisE)
Evening visit from 19:00 opening, although we were the first customers the bar soon became full. I purchased some instant raffle tickets and won some jelly babies, wine gums and a bottle of pear cider which had a list of ingredients on the label that will ensure that I don't drink it. Love the jelly babies though, a most enjoyable evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Rother Valley - Black Ops3.80ExcellentVery good dark ale, selling very well in here tonight.
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Good
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70Not Tried
Goacher's - Silver Star4.20Not Tried
13 Oct 2018 (ChrisE)
Saturday lunchtime and a very enjoyable visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40ExcellentIn good condition and selling very well in here today.
Milltown - Tigers Tail4.10Not Tried
18 Sep 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit, quite a lot of what Kate calls her Tuesday people were in residence. Nothing much changes so two replacement CAMRA branded magazine holders astounded a few.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80GoodOld cask
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80GoodNew cask. indistinguishable from the old one
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
29 Dec 2017 (ChrisE)
The full lunchtime session from 12:00 until 15:00 close, Kate apologized for only having three ales on as she had been busy over the festive period. A good chatty crowd in the bar made for a most enjoyable visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40ExcellentThe best Goacher's Mild that I have had for some time, I stayed on this until it ran out.
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70Excellent
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80Good

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About the Red Lion

The pub sign. Red Lion, Snargate, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional26
Excellent126
Good93
Acceptable48
Poor5

Website.

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

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! No card payments here, cash rules.

We have visited this pub 126 times, seen 196 different beers and tried 124 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN29 9UQ