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Claret & Ale (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Whitstable - Kentish ReserveExcellent1
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Excellent1
Palmers - IPA (Best)Excellent9
Palmers - Tally Ho!Excellent2
Dark Star - Coconut PorterExcellent1
High House Farm - Auld HempGood1
Palmers - 200 Premium AleGood1
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Hole HeartedNot Tried0
Dark Star - OriginalNot Tried0
Green Jack - Trawlerboys Best BitterNot Tried0
Dorking - Red India AleNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - Brewers GoldNot Tried0
Dark Star - Espresso StoutNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Redwood Colorado American IPANot Tried0
Magpie - Monty's FirkinNot Tried0
Amber Ales - Chocolate Orange StoutNot Tried0
Moncada - Notting Hill AmberNot Tried0
Dark Star - FestivalNot Tried0
Muirhouse - Stumbling AboutNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Whitstable - Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Triple fff - MoondanceNot Tried0
Dorking - DB Winter RubyNot Tried0
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Poachers MoonNot Tried0
RCH - Steam LoversNot Tried0
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Kings IPANot Tried0
Pilgrim - Luperc AliaNot Tried0
Westerham - God's WallopNot Tried0
Itchen Valley - Itchen Valley Bitter (aka IVB)Not Tried0
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale AleNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Pale BeautyNot Tried0
Whitstable - Single Hop Huell MelonNot Tried0
Windswept - WeizenNot Tried0
Worsthorne - Blackthorne StoutNot Tried0
Cotleigh - AlbatrossNot Tried0

Visits Details

14 Jan 2020 (ChrisE)
12:00 precisely but four others were alredy supping pints by the time that I arrived. A nice friendly pub.
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.
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.
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
07 Feb 2015 (ChrisE)
Late afternoon on a Saturday and fairly busy. Just time for a quick pint before heading off to a nearby party. I have not attempted to list all the beers that were on offer.
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Good
Westerham - God's Wallop4.00Not Tried
28 Feb 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. A drinking chum, Parrot, had walked in before me off the same tram.
Whitstable - Kentish Reserve5.00Excellent
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Acceptable
Palmers - 200 Premium Ale5.00Not Tried
RCH - Steam Lovers4.70Not Tried
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Kings IPA5.20Not Tried
Pilgrim - Luperc Alia4.80Not Tried
01 Feb 2014 (ChrisE)
Late afternoon pint whilst on my way to a party. A fair crowd in and sport on the television, which was not obtrusive. A really good atmosphere.
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentA good traditional bitter in superb condition.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Whitstable - Oyster Stout4.50Not Tried
Triple fff - Moondance4.20Not Tried
Dorking - DB Winter Ruby5.20Not Tried
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Poachers Moon4.10Not Tried
10 Jan 2014 (ChrisE)
Very busy indeed, a group of us met up here for the evening and made it even busier.
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentSells very well in here.
Dark Star - Coconut Porter5.00Excellent
Palmers - 200 Premium Ale5.00Good
Palmers - Tally Ho!5.50Not Tried
Dark Star - Festival5.00Not Tried
Muirhouse - Stumbling About5.20Not Tried
29 Aug 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until the final bell tolled. Top notch fast and friendly service for local and stranger alike.
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentA simple formula from Palmers - make the imbiber want another and ............
Palmers - Tally Ho!5.50ExcellentNightcap - tongue rasping bitterness then Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Whitstable - Kentish Reserve5.00Not Tried
Magpie - Monty's Firkin4.60Not Tried
Amber Ales - Chocolate Orange Stout4.00Not Tried
Moncada - Notting Hill Amber4.90Not Tried
05 Feb 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Stayed longer than intended after a heavy Chinese eat as much in Croydon centre.
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExceptionalSimply 5 star can say no more
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Brewers Gold4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Espresso Stout4.20Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Redwood Colorado American IPA5.40Not Tried
09 Jun 2012 (oz11)
Late afternoon after Beckenham beer fest, killing time until train from Croydon. Busy, people watching the Euro football.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Excellent
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Hole Hearted4.70Not Tried
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Not Tried
Dark Star - Original5.00Not Tried
Green Jack - Trawlerboys Best Bitter4.60Not Tried
Dorking - Red India Ale5.00Not Tried

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About the Claret & Ale

Summary of Beer Scores


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

Small low ceilinged pub close to Addiscombe Tram Stop. In the CAMRA GBG for 2013 which is its 25th consecutive year of inclusion. 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.

We have visited this pub 13 times, seen 46 different beers and tried 9 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CR0 7AA