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Claret & Ale (formerly Claret Free House) (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Palmers - Tally Ho!Excellent1
Ossett - Excelsius (was Excelsior)Excellent2
Otter - BitterExcellent1
Larkins - PorterExcellent1
Long Man - Old ManExcellent1
Palmers - IPA (Best)Good5
Long Man - Best BitterGood1
Larkins - PaleGood4
Westerham - Viceroy India Pale AleGood1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Honey DarkGood1
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)Good1
Malton - Yorkshire Pudding BeerAcceptable1
Palmers - Copper AleAcceptable1
Marston's - PedigreeAcceptable1
Titanic - Plum PorterAcceptable1
Westerham - Family StoutAcceptable1
Dorking - Black NoiseNot Tried0
Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)Not Tried0
Bowland - Boxer BlondeNot Tried0
Greene King - AbbotNot Tried0
Black Sheep - RespireNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Wolf of the WoodsNot Tried0
Dorking - Red India AleNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Easy Street PaleNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale AleNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - The LightNot Tried0
Exmoor - GoldNot Tried0
Wantsum - 1381Not Tried0
Wantsum - Black PrinceNot Tried0
Wantsum - Black PigNot Tried0
Theakston - Old PeculierNot Tried0
Rebellion - IPANot Tried0
Anarchy - Citra StarNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Rooster's - This is EnglandNot Tried0
Ossett - White RatNot Tried0
Bath Ales - Gem BitterNot Tried0
Long Man - Copper HopNot Tried0
Picture 1. Claret & Ale (formerly Claret Free House), Addiscombe, Greater London

Visits Details

10 May 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)4.00GoodGood condition but an unremarkable beer
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90AcceptableLast out of a cask served on gravity on bar counter. Obviously tired
Larkins - Pale4.20AcceptableNear end of cask. OK
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Not Tried
Tonbridge - Easy Street Pale3.90Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - The Light4.50Not Tried
30 Apr 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. Trams back running at last.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20GoodI must admit something has changed of late with IPA. A loss of most of its floral hop nose? Not pub's fault obviously!
Westerham - Viceroy India Pale Ale5.00GoodA powerful bitter in which one can feel its strength
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not TriedOn gravity dispense on bar counter top
Long Man - Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Wolf of the Woods4.70Not Tried
Rooster's - This is England3.80Not Tried
22 Apr 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20GoodAn OK condition half
Long Man - Best Bitter4.00GoodGood condition although a rather bland offering
Malton - Yorkshire Pudding Beer3.60AcceptableServed from a gravity tub on the bar counter. Real chore as rather tasteless and with a broken yeasty scummy head. There again what do Yorkshire Puddings actually taste of anyway in the flesh!
Long Man - Copper Hop4.20Not Tried
Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)3.80Not Tried
Rooster's - This is England3.80Not Tried
19 Apr 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Long Man - Old Man4.30ExcellentSpot on form - best of the evening here
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20GoodGood balance
Westerham - Family Stout4.50AcceptableRare to be on gravity dispense on the bar counter. A little bit flat
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Rooster's - This is England3.80Not Tried
Ossett - White Rat4.00Not Tried
12 Apr 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Larkins - Porter5.20ExcellentFirst rate in every way. Delicious
Larkins - Pale4.20ExcellentTastiest Larkins Pale I have had for a long time
Theakston - Old Peculier5.60Not Tried
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Not Tried
Rebellion - IPA3.70Not Tried
Anarchy - Citra Star4.10Not Tried
08 Apr 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close, a visit foreshortened by the Tramlink replacement bus going here stopping nowhere near the tramstop and I mean nowhere.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Otter - Bitter3.60ExcellentGood to try a basic session ale every so often
Ossett - Excelsius (was Excelsior)5.20GoodHolding up well after a few days on
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Not Tried
Wantsum - 13813.80Not Tried
Wantsum - Black Pig4.80Not Tried
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90Not Tried
05 Apr 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until midnight close. No trams here for a fortnight or so.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ossett - Excelsius (was Excelsior)5.20ExcellentA full bodied well bittered nightcap
Larkins - Pale4.20ExcellentVery well rounded
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20GoodMissing just a little in flavour
Exmoor - Gold4.50Not Tried
Wantsum - 13813.80Not Tried
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90Not Tried
08 Mar 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until midnight close. Very noisy inside with lots of raised voices competing.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20GoodPalmers IPA seems to have lost its hop nose and bitterness of late, making it often rather bland
Marston's - Pedigree4.50AcceptablePoured flattish, sure not the pub's fault at all, but multiple vigorous decantings between two pint glasses made for some head and life.
Palmers - Copper Ale3.70Not Tried
Dorking - Red India Ale5.00Not Tried
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
Dorking - Black Noise4.50Not Tried
06 Mar 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Honey Dark4.80GoodShared it to be a chaser for a bottle of Sambrook's Imperial Stout!
Palmers - Copper Ale3.70AcceptableRare for here, felt tired and bland
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Not Tried
Dorking - Black Noise4.50Not Tried
Bowland - Boxer Blonde4.00Not Tried
Black Sheep - Respire4.00Not Tried
01 Mar 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - Tally Ho!5.50ExcellentIn full flavoured form
Larkins - Pale4.20GoodDoes not always taste the same
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Not Tried
Bath Ales - Gem Bitter4.10Not Tried
Dorking - Black Noise4.50Not Tried
Bowland - Boxer Blonde4.00Not Tried

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About the Claret & Ale (formerly Claret Free House)

The pub sign. Claret & Ale (formerly Claret Free House), Addiscombe, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional5
Excellent215
Good78
Acceptable13
Poor1

The pub is found in Addiscombe, Greater London, CR0 7AA.

Small low ceilinged pub close to Addiscombe Tram Stop in Bingham Corner, Lower Addiscombe Road. This pub is a regular outlet for Palmers beers. In November 2012 Palmers awarded the pub a certificate for having sold a total of 1,000,000 pints of Palmers Best Bitter (IPA) exceeding any other of its free trade outlets and in later years further greatly exceeded here and similarly certificated with 1,250,000th in 2019. 6 handpumps dispense the real ales and always at least 2 ciders served by a walk to the ground floor cellar, the latter of late not being real ones however. Beers in the cellar and due to come on are listed on a wallboard. Changed hands in 2016 with slight change of name from Claret Free House to Claret & Ale but little else has changed. 6 handpumps. Regular winner of the local CAMRA branch Borough Pub of the Year award.

We have visited this pub 146 times, seen 226 different beers and tried 68 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CR0 7AA