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

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Larkins - PaleGood5
Palmers - IPA (Best)Good4
Titanic - Cherry PorterExcellent2
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter AleExcellent2
Hogs Back - Tongham TEA (previously T.E.A.)Excellent1
Palmers - Tally Ho!Excellent1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordExcellent1
Westerham - Audit AleExcellent1
Westerham - GodswallopExcellent1
Batemans - HookerGood1
Bowland - Pheasant PluckerGood1
Ossett - White RatAcceptable1
Palmers - 200 Premium AleAcceptable1
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Bath Ales - Gem BitterNot Tried0
Bowland - Boxer BlondeNot Tried0
Brains - SANot Tried0
Brew York - Fennec BlondeNot Tried0
Dorking - Aldhurst OriginalNot Tried0
Dorking - Black NoiseNot Tried0
Dorking - DB Number OneNot Tried0
Exmoor - GoldNot Tried0
Greene King - AbbotNot Tried0
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled HenNot Tried0
Leeds - BestNot Tried0
Leeds - Leeds BestNot Tried0
Ringwood - RazorbackNot Tried0
Robinsons - Hop & UnderNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Bishops FingerNot Tried0
St Austell - AnthemNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand BitterNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - The Importance OfNot Tried0
Wadworth - Dirty RuckerNot Tried0
Westerham - God's WallopNot Tried0
Westerham - Spirit of Kent XXX Pale AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. Claret & Ale (formerly Claret Free House), Addiscombe, Greater London

Visits Details

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
27 Feb 2024 (Magnus Greel)
Smoking was still allowed in pubs when I last came here thus I distinctly remember the air was so thick with smoke you could've cut through it with a knife in this hermetically sealed stuffy pub. Not this time on a late afternoon fairly busy with folk enjoying their beers. Reminds me of a northern working mans club in the style of Phoenix Nights!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20GoodSweet salty syrupy ale.
Bowland - Pheasant Plucker3.70GoodPiney with a honey sweetness.
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Palmers - 200 Premium Ale5.00Not Tried
Dorking - DB Number One4.20Not Tried
Westerham - God's Wallop4.00Not Tried
23 Feb 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Titanic - Cherry Porter4.90ExcellentGood nightcap
Westerham - Godswallop5.00ExcellentStrong dark ale
Shepherd Neame - Bishops Finger5.00Not TriedRan out
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Not Tried
Leeds - Leeds Best4.30Not Tried
Bowland - Pheasant Plucker3.70Not Tried
16 Feb 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter Ale4.80ExcellentStill in fine form after several days
Larkins - Pale4.20ExcellentBest of this ale I have had in a long time
Batemans - Hooker4.50GoodFlorally hopped
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50Not Tried
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Not Tried
Wadworth - Dirty Rucker3.90Not Tried
14 Feb 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close after a Tramlink part bus journey.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter Ale4.80ExcellentIn fine form
Titanic - Cherry Porter4.90GoodGood with bitterness overriding the fruitiness
Palmers - 200 Premium Ale5.00AcceptableProbably last out of the cask
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Not Tried
Batemans - Hooker4.50Not Tried
Wadworth - Dirty Rucker3.90Not TriedCame on late on
St Austell - Anthem3.80Not TriedCame on late on
07 Feb 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Westerham - Audit Ale6.20ExcellentA heady brew and excellent enough to have a second one without hesitation
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20GoodGood but not up to scratch. Overfobbed on pouring and fresh on mouthfeel
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand Bitter3.80Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Not Tried
Westerham - Spirit of Kent XXX Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Robinsons - Hop & Under4.20Not Tried
30 Jan 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30ExcellentNo doubt as Landlord should be
Larkins - Pale4.20ExcellentPale recipe tweaked I wonder
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Not Tried
Ringwood - Razorback3.80Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - The Importance Of4.20Not Tried
26 Jan 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ossett - White Rat4.00AcceptableAwful. A murky mess. No idea what it was or was supposed to be. Fortunately no off flavours
Brains - SA4.20Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Not Tried
Palmers - Tally Ho!5.50Not TriedSpot on, fresh on tonight and and very well balanced
Leeds - Best4.30Not Tried
24 Jan 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20GoodHad much better. This had a rather scummy broken yeasty head
Larkins - Pale4.20GoodGood enough
Brains - SA4.20Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Exmoor - Gold4.50Not Tried
Brew York - Fennec Blonde3.40Not Tried
19 Jan 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentAs consistently expected
Hogs Back - Tongham TEA (previously T.E.A.)4.20ExcellentBitterness came through more than the sweetness of old in this brew
Larkins - Pale4.20GoodGood but some sort of twang with Larkins Pale as often experienced
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Bowland - Pheasant Plucker3.70Not Tried
Dorking - Aldhurst Original3.50Not 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
Excellent209
Good68
Acceptable7
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 137 times, seen 217 different beers and tried 63 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CR0 7AA