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Fitzwalter Arms (Shepherd Neame)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Shepherd Neame - Amber AleExcellent1
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterGood5
Shepherd Neame - Spooks AleExcellent2
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale AleAcceptable2
Shepherd Neame - Whitstable Bay Pale AleGood1
Picture 1. Fitzwalter Arms, Goodnestone, Kent

Visits Details

21 Jan 2024 (Jack William)
Lunchtime. Kitchen closed for a fortnight so only a few drinkers in. The tenancy changed hands last year. Friendly bartender, two log fires on the go. Masterbrew at a very reasonable £4.20 a pint.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70ExcellentThis was in top condition.
08 Jan 2023 (Jack William)
Sunday lunchtime meeting for our cycling group. Rather lacklustre today - the kitchen was not open for some reason so just a few drinkers in. The log fire in the main bar area was barely alight - warmest place was the toilet! Despite the Shep’s tie this is a lovely rural venue - I hope it survives.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Good
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale3.90Not Tried
19 Dec 2021 (Jack William)
Very welcoming festive feel with a big log fire. Just after noon on a cold, grey, damp,Sunday. Half a dozen intrepid old cyclists in (including me). A few early locals in. I seem to be revisiting pubs from my distant past this month. No longer a bar billiards table here and the barperson told me that the Sheps lease ends in 2024 and the property will revert to the adjacent Fitzwalter estate.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale4.00GoodTop condition- very good after the Masterbrew.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70PoorBit of a twang.
22 Feb 2015 (Wittenden)
Snowdrop Day at the Gardens.Flying visit to get away from the wind. Late lunchtime:busy with drinkers and lunchers. I think there's a new Guv since last time.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale3.90AcceptableFused, with sweeter notes predominating.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
23 Feb 2014 (Wittenden)
My annual flying visit:fire in the hearth,companionable groups of drinkers on a sunny but windy Sunday afternoon.Unfortunately, the IPA clip was reversed.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale3.90AcceptableInitially pleasantly hoppy,but a metallic tang developed.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
24 Feb 2013 (Wittenden)
A quick pint to warm up:We'd been selling plants up the lane, and it was freezing. The bar was empty, a few folk enjoying lunch in another room.Had a chat with the new landlord:he's making it more of a village local, again.Glad to see a bar billiards table.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Amber Ale4.50ExcellentI hadn't had this before:tastey malts with intriguing farmyard hops, without the astringency of Master Brew. Dark amber. Reaffirms my faith in Sheps.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
04 Oct 2012 (HSB)
Excellent rural pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Spooks Ale4.70Good
04 Oct 2012 (ChrisE)
My first visit here since Shepherd Neame took over this pub. I really like this pub and I recalled past times when we used to trek across fields to get to this pub. The food offering here is Czech or Polish so that seems a good reason to return.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Spooks Ale4.70Excellent
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
20 Feb 2011 (Wittenden)
We'd been at a plant fair at the Big House in the February mirk, and my feet were frozen: a brisk march to the Fitz' was indicated. A group of locals and their dogs in the public bar-diners in the saloon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70ExcellentMaster Brew isn't always my ideal beer,but this time it was really fresh, with a resinous quality that lifted the wintry gloom.
09 Dec 2006 (Brian)
This pub has changed hands recently and the dining area looks to have been revamped. However, the drinking area has remained as it was.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70GoodGood pint of masterbrew, but unfortunatley this was the only beer on. Well served though and not unpleasant.

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About the Fitzwalter Arms

The pub sign. Fitzwalter Arms, Goodnestone, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent4
Good5
Acceptable2
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Goodnestone, Kent, CT3 1PJ.

Pretty three roomed pub next to the church. The main bar is rustic with a side bar. The main side room is well upholstered and has a view over the churchyard. The pub has a chalk cellar.

We have visited this pub 11 times, seen 6 different beers and tried 5 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT3 1PJ