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Red Lion (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Merchant's AleExceptional1
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby MildExcellent1
Goacher's - Real Mild AleExcellent4
Goacher's - 1066 Old AleExcellent4
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Bavarian RedExcellent1
Romney Marsh - Amber AleGood1
Reedley Hallows - Filly Close Blonde Good1
Romney Marsh - Rye MildGood1
Goacher's - Fine Light AleGood1
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)Good7
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Reeve's AleGood1
Weltons - Feast of StephenNot Tried0
Reedley Hallows - Old Laund BitterNot Tried0
Westerham - Finchcocks OriginalNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat AleNot Tried0
Rother Valley - NIPA (Northiam Imperial Pale Ale)Not Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Goodness Gracious Me!Not Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Evening Not Tried0
Tonbridge - CountrymanNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Summer Session Pale AleNot Tried0
Milltown - Tigers TailNot Tried0
Picture 1. Red Lion, Snargate, Kent
Picture 2. Red Lion, Snargate, Kent
Picture 3. Red Lion, Snargate, Kent

Visits Details

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
24 Jun 2017 (ChrisE)
I walked along the road from the bus stop at Brenzett and arrived here about ten minutes before opening time, I was number four in the queue outside the door. About a dozen or so outside by the time the door opened punctually at 12:00 and very busy by the time I left about 90 minutes later. Needless to say it was the day of the pub's annual beer festival. It was good to see a lot of familiar faces here today.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Merchant's Ale4.00Exceptional
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby Mild3.80Excellent
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80Excellent
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Bavarian Red4.90Excellent
Romney Marsh - Rye Mild3.20Good
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat Ale4.20Not Tried
Rother Valley - NIPA (Northiam Imperial Pale Ale)5.00Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Goodness Gracious Me!4.80Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Evening 3.40Not Tried
Tonbridge - Countryman4.00Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Summer Session Pale Ale3.60Not Tried
04 May 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening from opening time to last train. Like old times with just regulars coming and going, a Trebor mint loving donkey braying loudly in the field opposite and the landlady in top form. Tonight even drivers gave us safe clearance on the dark walk back.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70ExcellentAllegedly near the end of the cask but enough for us in near perfect condition
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Reeve's Ale4.10GoodCopper coloured bitter in good condition
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Westerham - Finchcocks Original3.50Not Tried
19 Feb 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Just a handful of locals and long-distance regulars in. Humour ruled tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70ExcellentNew cask was nice and cool having come out of the cellar room earlier today
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80Good
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
27 Dec 2016 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit and absolutely full, a good mix of familiar and new faces. It seemed odd to see gleaming Rolls Royce cars parked outside this basic old fashioned boozer with outside toilets, and fantastic to see people of all ages and backgrounds enjoying beer together,
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Good
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70Not Tried
Reedley Hallows - Old Laund Bitter3.60Not Tried
18 Dec 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Car park and pub packed to the gunnels following a carol service in the church opposite reminding us all of the close link twixt church and imbibation since ancient times. The main bar was furnace hot but I seemed to douse the fire somewhat by burning some damp out of date railway timetables.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Good
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70AcceptablePre-warned it was running out. On the second pint (the last out of the cask) Kate observed my glass had a "white gathering" at the bottom so I did not drink with my eyes
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80Acceptable
Weltons - Feast of Stephen3.80Not Tried
25 Sep 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Rare Sunday evening trip here prompted by offer of a lift. Just two or three locals in so felt so like the Red Lion on a mid-weekday evening 35 years ago except no Percy with his torch.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Good
Reedley Hallows - Filly Close Blonde 3.90GoodUnusual beer for these parts
19 Jul 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening from on the dot of opening time. Our group eventually met up despite railway delays in all directions, followed by a serendipitous arrival of a couple we know of old. The PCC was meeting in the right hand room to swell numbers. Bar was cool as expected of an ancient building. There was talk of a virus locally killing pet rabbits as well as wild ones with the pub garden having seen several kits dead recently with no signs of damage or attack.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80ExcellentIn absolutely fine form
Romney Marsh - Amber Ale4.40GoodGood lip bitterness
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried

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About the Red Lion

The pub sign. Red Lion, Snargate, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional26
Excellent118
Good88
Acceptable47
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.

We have visited this pub 119 times, seen 188 different beers and tried 118 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN29 9UQ