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Simple Simon's (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hogs Back - Winter AleExceptional1
Surrey Hills - Albury RubyExcellent1
Hopdaemon - CuckooExcellent4
Hopdaemon - IncubusExcellent1
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPAGood2
Weltons - Sussex PrideAcceptable1
Theakston - Old PeculierNot Tried0
Hogs Back - Hop Garden GoldNot Tried0
House Beer - Simple Simon'sNot Tried0
Greene King - IPANot Tried0
Marston's - BassNot Tried0
Hogs Back - T.E.A.Not Tried0
Weltons - Old CockyNot Tried0
Weltons - Horsham BitterNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidNot Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)Not Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Wells Bombardier (now superseded by 4.1% version)Not Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's London Special (was Special)Not Tried0
Picture 1. Simple Simon's, Canterbury, Kent

Visits Details

02 May 2008 (Andrew)
Popped in for a quick half with Adrian. It was fairly empty and the main room had a man painting up signs. I noticed that one of the pumps had an Incubus clip turned round. It'll be interesting to see whether any guests are on in the coming weeks.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Weltons - Sussex Pride4.00AcceptableServed perfectly well, just not my kind of beer. Brown-black colour with a slightly burnt earthy flavour
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)3.70Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's London Special (was Special)4.50Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Wells Bombardier (now superseded by 4.1% version)4.30Not Tried
23 Apr 2008 (Andrew)
Came for a quick half at lunchtime. Apart from a family having a meal and 1 other customer at the bar it was empty. The pub doesn't seem to have changed very much since Young's took over apart from the Young's Bitter and Bombadier at the bar. The landlord was friendly and when the Golden Braid went off half way through pouring it he recommended the Incubus.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00ExcellentI think this was near the bottom of the barrel but it was lovely. Plenty of Hopdaemon flavours with a stronger hop malt bite to it than usual.
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70Not TriedWent off as I ordered it
Weltons - Sussex Pride4.00Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)3.70Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Wells Bombardier (now superseded by 4.1% version)4.30Not Tried
Weltons - Horsham Bitter3.80Not Tried
18 Apr 2008 (Andrew)
Came at lunchtime with Adrain for a last drink before it changes hands. We were too late. A hand-written sign on the door said it was closed until 6pm and the place was full of workmen.
BeerABVScoreNotes
15 Apr 2008 (Brian)
Had to get my hair cut so dropped in for one at about 3pm. Must have missed A&A. Big news though, the barman told me that the pub is to be sold to Young's and they take over next week. GAH!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Cuckoo3.80ExcellentThis was better than at the weekend. Softer, with more fruit and balance.
Weltons - Horsham Bitter3.80Not Tried
Weltons - Old Cocky4.30Not Tried
15 Apr 2008 (Andrew)
Having seen Ian's visit describing a new Hopdaemon beer and then Brian's visit about a misguided tourist I had to come didn't I? I Sat outside with Adrian and enjoyed the sun. Great pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Cuckoo3.80ExcellentExcellent mid brown pint pint. Oak-smoke aroma with an earthy slightly marmite bite with lots of nuttyness. Hints of vanilla and strawberry hiding away there too. Top beer.
Weltons - Horsham Bitter3.80Not Tried
Weltons - Old Cocky4.30Not Tried
13 Apr 2008 (Ian)
Sunday lunchtime early, and not overly busy. Nice place to have a drink and a read of the paper.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Cuckoo3.80ExcellentCopper/amber with lasting beige head. Bit choccy on the malts, quite earthy hop becomes quite sharp on the finish. Good hop malt balance. The sweetish malts really help to balance the increasingly stinging hop. A new Hopdaemon beer? and a bit of a winner too. Lots of flavour for a 3.8% beer.
Marston's - Bass4.40Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
12 Apr 2008 (Brian)
Fairly quiet for a Saturday afternoon. Had a quick chat with a tourist who was on a Canterbury real ale pub crawl. Somebody had apparenty told him that the Three Tuns was worth a visit, I laughed and pointed him in the direction of the Bell and Crown as he felt the Phoenix and the Kings Head were too far to walk in his condition.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Cuckoo3.80GoodDarker brown than the Skrimshander, thin white head. Again a bit cold. Nice balance of malt and hop. Could of had a few of these.
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50GoodClear, mid brown/golden. Thin, bubbly disappearing head. A touch too cold to begin with, but a good fruit/malt balance. A bit watery in the mouth and missing the sweet floral notes it used to have.
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Marston's - Bass4.40Not Tried
Weltons - Old Cocky4.30Not Tried
23 Feb 2008 (Andrew)
It was busy so Ian and I sat by the fire and got toasty warm. This is an excellent pub. As we left, Jazz Notes started setting up.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50AcceptableThis wasn't off but it certainly didn't taste like Skrimshander. I don't know if it was bottom of the barrel but it tasted like a cross between Skrimshander and Old Peculier. Shame as Skrimshander's usually lovely
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Marston's - Bass4.40Not Tried
Hogs Back - T.E.A.4.20Not Tried
Surrey Hills - Albury Ruby4.60Not Tried
House Beer - Simple Simon's3.20Not Tried
23 Feb 2008 (Ian)
Pub number 3 on the Canters canter. Boy, that fire can get hot!!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Surrey Hills - Albury Ruby4.60ExcellentVery deep ruby with lasting beige head. Looks in cracking condition, and it is. Charcoal roast and lots of choc on the aroma. Great condition in mouth. Lovely mouthfeel. Good dark fruits and choc and this wide deep mouthfeel.
09 Feb 2008 (Blair)
Popped in for a pint before getting the train home. Pretty quiet inside, but it was a lovely day so everyone was sat in the beer garden.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hogs Back - Winter Ale4.40ExceptionalStunning pint. Very deep ruby colour with thin dark beige head. Shame I only had time for 1.
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Theakston - Old Peculier5.60Not Tried
Hogs Back - Hop Garden Gold4.40Not Tried
House Beer - Simple Simon's3.20Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried

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About the Simple Simon's

The pub sign. Simple Simon's, Canterbury, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional3
Excellent34
Good26
Acceptable29
Poor5

The pub is found in Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AG.

Old building with a lovely bricked garden.

We have visited this pub 48 times, seen 67 different beers and tried 47 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT1 2AG