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

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)Good1
Butcombe - West CoastGood1
Larkins - PaleGood3
Mighty Oak - Saxon StrongAcceptable1
Palmers - 200 Premium AleExcellent2
Palmers - IPA (Best)Excellent6
Palmers - Tally Ho!Excellent3
Timothy Taylor - Knowle SpringAcceptable1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordGood1
Titanic - Plum PorterGood2
Westerham - Viceroy India Pale AleGood1
Dorking - DB Number OneNot Tried0
Dorking - Surrey XPA (was 3.8%)Not Tried0
Downton - CerberusNot Tried0
Greene King - AbbotNot Tried0
Hogs Back - Tongham TEA (previously T.E.A.)Not Tried0
Hop Back - CitraNot Tried0
Long Man - Best BitterNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - EvolveNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London PorterNot Tried0
Marston's - Courage Best Bitter (was brewed at Banks's for a while)Not Tried0
Marston's - PedigreeNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - The Old Man and The SeaNot Tried0
Pilgrim - Saracen StoutNot Tried0
Rooster's - This is EnglandNot Tried0
Salopian - Lemon DreamNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Night ShiftNot Tried0
Sambrook's - PomeloNot Tried0
Sambrook's - SidekickNot Tried0
Sambrook's - WandleNot Tried0
Theakston - Best BitterNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Easy Street PaleNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Old ChestnutNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Summer SunNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - The LightNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Wolf of the WoodsNot Tried0
Westerham - Light AleNot Tried0
Westerham - Summer PerleNot Tried0
Picture 1. Claret & Ale (formerly Claret Free House), Addiscombe, Greater London

Visits Details

12 Jul 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - Tally Ho!5.50Excellent4½* Near perfect and head and lacing until the end, to boot
Larkins - Pale4.20GoodI am beginning to prefer this to the ubiquitous Palmers IPA here
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Not Tried
Pilgrim - Saracen Stout4.50Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Summer Sun4.40Not Tried
Marston's - Courage Best Bitter (was brewed at Banks's for a while)4.00Not TriedBrewed at Marston's Burton-on-Trent or is it really. Anyway all Carlsberg now
05 Jul 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - Tally Ho!5.50ExcellentTally at its best
Larkins - Pale4.20ExcellentWith its unique twang
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Not Tried
Theakston - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
Sambrook's - Sidekick3.40Not Tried
28 Jun 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - Tally Ho!5.50ExcellentMade up for the relative disappointments of the other 2 beers tonight
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20GoodHad better, taste not balanced enough
Mighty Oak - Saxon Strong6.50AcceptableOK but lacking the bite expected of a 6.5%er. Not sure why this pub persists on selling one ale on gravity on the bar - always flatter and not as cool as from the cellar
Salopian - Lemon Dream4.50Not Tried
Sambrook's - Night Shift3.50Not Tried
Sambrook's - Pomelo5.20Not Tried
24 Jun 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Last knockings visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentSustaining the good form
Butcombe - West Coast4.60GoodGood try at a rather unexciting style
Sambrook's - Wandle3.80Not Tried
Dorking - Surrey XPA (was 3.8%)3.40Not Tried
Sambrook's - Night Shift3.50Not Tried
Westerham - Light Ale3.20Not Tried
21 Jun 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - 200 Premium Ale5.00ExcellentJust as it should be
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20GoodGood session opener
Mighty Oak - Saxon Strong6.50Not Tried
Sambrook's - Wandle3.80Not Tried
Dorking - Surrey XPA (was 3.8%)3.40Not Tried
Sambrook's - Night Shift3.50Not Tried
14 Jun 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Excellent4½* After what I thought was a quality lull from the brewery this was up there with the very best
Timothy Taylor - Knowle Spring4.20AcceptableGood on taste, little head or lacing
Westerham - Summer Perle3.80Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not TriedServed on gravity in a cask on the bar counter
Dorking - DB Number One4.20Not Tried
Mighty Oak - The Old Man and The Sea4.10Not Tried
07 Jun 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close. Few of the locals I converse with there for once.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentBack to form
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90ExcellentSpot on fruit / bitterness balance
Hogs Back - Tongham TEA (previously T.E.A.)4.20Not TriedIn a cask on counter top
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London Porter5.00Not Tried
Downton - Cerberus4.20Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Evolve4.10Not Tried
24 May 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close. At last full tram service operating again.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - 200 Premium Ale5.00ExcellentVery very fruity concoction, much more so that usual. Had to have two
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30GoodPretty much always reliable
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Not Tried
Dorking - DB Number One4.20Not Tried
Hop Back - Citra4.00Not TriedOn gravity dispense on bar counter top
Tonbridge - Old Chestnut4.40Not Tried
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

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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
Excellent225
Good83
Acceptable15
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. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2024.

We have visited this pub 154 times, seen 240 different beers and tried 71 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CR0 7AA