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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!Excellent4
Titanic - Plum PorterExcellent2
Palmers - 200 Premium AleExcellent1
Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)Excellent1
Palmers - IPA (Best)Excellent10
High House Farm - Auld HempGood1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Pale BeautyNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Whitstable - Single Hop Huell MelonNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - May BeeNot Tried0
Windswept - WeizenNot Tried0
Constellation - DracoNot Tried0
Worsthorne - Blackthorne StoutNot Tried0
Bedlam - SmashNot Tried0
Cotleigh - AlbatrossNot Tried0
Skinner's - Betty Stogs BitterNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand BitterNot Tried0
Wantsum - JubileeNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesNot Tried0
Palmers - Dorset GoldNot Tried0
Bedlam - BenchmarkNot Tried0
Palmers - Copper AleNot Tried0
Long Man - Rising GiantNot Tried0
Dorking - Surrey XPANot Tried0
Sambrook's - SessionNot Tried0
Sambrook's - JunctionNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mr. SquirrelNot Tried0
Dorking - Pacific PaleNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - HoodwinkNot Tried0
St Austell - Proper JobNot Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
Itchen Valley - Itchen Valley Bitter (aka IVB)Not Tried0
Titsey - Gresham HopperNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale AleNot Tried0
Titsey - Leveson BuckNot Tried0

Visits Details

27 Jun 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. Serendipitously met two London Drinker magazine pioneers and had missed one of the early CAMRA HQ Chairmen by minutes too.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20GoodJust a tad off its best
Palmers - Copper Ale3.70Not Tried
Sambrook's - Junction4.50Not TriedCame on at last knockings
Titsey - Gresham Hopper3.70Not Tried
Dorking - Surrey XPA3.80Not Tried
Dorking - Pacific Pale4.40Not Tried
25 Jun 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. A number of empty tables tonight. Paul McCartney at Glastonbury live on the large TV, for a whistle and sing-a-long.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Excellent
Palmers - Tally Ho!5.50ExcellentIn lovely condition
Palmers - Dorset Gold4.50Not Tried
Palmers - Copper Ale3.70Not Tried
Dorking - Surrey XPA3.80Not Tried
Wantsum - Jubilee4.30Not Tried
11 Jun 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - 200 Premium Ale5.00ExcellentAn appropriate last pint nightcapper
Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)3.80Excellent
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Good
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
Constellation - Draco4.20Not Tried
Wantsum - Jubilee4.30Not Tried
04 Jun 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. An ale swiggers' paradise here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentPumpclip badged today as Jubilee IPA. Who needs much more than this as a daily ale
Palmers - Tally Ho!5.50ExcellentLovely nightcapper
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - May Bee4.30Not Tried
Constellation - Draco4.20Not Tried
Bedlam - Smash4.20Not Tried
30 Apr 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close. I could get hooked on the beer swilling, ale quality and atmosphere here and fast professional service.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentFirst rate
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Excellent4½* nearing perfection
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Titsey - Gresham Hopper3.70Not Tried
Titsey - Leveson Buck3.70Not Tried
23 Apr 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. This is a proper ale drinking haunt where excellent real ale is virtually always guaranteed. Worth the bus, tram journey.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentAt last found the Palmers certificate above the bar celebrating 1,000,000 pints of this ale sold here. I made my little contribution towards the second million
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Excellent4½* probably the best Plum Porter I have ever had
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
Sambrook's - Session3.40Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mr. Squirrel4.00Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Hoodwink5.30Not Tried
15 Mar 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. Good crowd in downing lots of real ale.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentSold by the gallon here
Palmers - Tally Ho!5.50Excellent4½* bordering on perfect
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand Bitter3.80Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Not Tried
Bedlam - Benchmark4.00Not Tried
Long Man - Rising Giant4.80Not Tried
14 Jan 2020 (ChrisE)
12:00 precisely but four others were alredy supping pints by the time that I arrived. A nice friendly pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Excellent
Palmers - Tally Ho!5.50Not Tried
12 Oct 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until midnight close. Some pretty brutal boxing bouts on TV.
BeerABVScoreNotes
High House Farm - Auld Hemp3.80GoodInteresting bitter flavours
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Acceptable
Windswept - Weizen5.20Not Tried
Worsthorne - Blackthorne Stout4.90Not Tried
Cotleigh - Albatross5.00Not Tried
25 Aug 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close. Mainly male clientele enjoying a superb beer venue.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentThe fact of the matter is .... who needs more than this mid brown English bitter for total happiness? Superb.
Palmers - Tally Ho!5.50ExcellentSuperb nightcap
Itchen Valley - Itchen Valley Bitter (aka IVB)3.90Not Tried
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Pale Beauty4.70Not Tried
Whitstable - Single Hop Huell Melon4.40Not Tried

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About the Claret & Ale (formerly Claret Free House)

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent25
Good5
Acceptable2
Poor-

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. 6 handpumps dispense the real ales and always at least 2 ciders served by a walk to the ground floor cellar. 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.

We have visited this pub 20 times, seen 69 different beers and tried 11 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CR0 7AA