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

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Wantsum - ImperiumExcellent2
Hop Back - Entire StoutExcellent1
Palmers - IPA (Best)Excellent10
Palmers - 200 Premium AleExcellent3
Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)Excellent1
Palmers - Tally Ho!Excellent3
Titsey - Gower WolfNot Tried0
Tonbridge - CoppernobNot Tried0
Titsey - Leveson BuckNot Tried0
Surrey Hills - Greensand IPANot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand BitterNot Tried0
Downton - Downton DreamNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's HSBNot Tried0
Butcombe - Original Not Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Red SkyNot Tried0
Skinner's - Betty Stogs BitterNot Tried0
Hogs Back - T.E.A.Not Tried0
Constellation - DracoNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Red Dawn MildNot Tried0
Wantsum - JubileeNot Tried0
Hogs Back - Surrey NirvanaNot Tried0
Palmers - Dorset GoldNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London PorterNot Tried0
Palmers - Copper AleNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Golden RuleNot Tried0
Dorking - Surrey XPANot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mr. SquirrelNot Tried0
Sambrook's - JunctionNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Easy Street PaleNot Tried0
Titsey - Gresham HopperNot Tried0
Wantsum - Black PrinceNot Tried0
Dorking - Pacific PaleNot Tried0
Tonbridge - RusticNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Smiler's AleNot Tried0
Downton - ElderquadNot Tried0

Visits Details

05 Aug 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentFast selling and always reliable
Hop Back - Entire Stout4.50ExcellentHeld head and lacing throughout
Wantsum - Imperium4.00Not Tried
Tonbridge - Coppernob3.80Not Tried
Surrey Hills - Greensand IPA4.60Not Tried
Downton - Downton Dream4.80Not Tried
29 Jul 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentAs consistent as ever
Palmers - 200 Premium Ale5.00ExcellentGreat contrast to the IPA being so much drier
Palmers - 200 Premium Ale5.00GoodVery last pint of cask and not quite the excellence of the previous one, but the barman had offered me to have it or not
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90Not Tried
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Not Tried
Downton - Elderquad4.00Not Tried
23 Jul 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentAs it should be
Wantsum - Imperium4.00ExcellentSome pubs seem to muck up Wantsum, not here though
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London Porter5.00Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Red Dawn Mild3.70Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mr. Squirrel4.00Not Tried
Tonbridge - Easy Street Pale3.90Not Tried
19 Jul 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close. The cold blowers were effective tonight giving me a dry brow.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentLovely
Wantsum - Imperium4.00ExcellentNot in the same class as Palmers but excellent condition
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London Porter5.00Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Red Dawn Mild3.70Not Tried
Tonbridge - Golden Rule3.50Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mr. Squirrel4.00Not Tried
16 Jul 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close. Looked more on lager tonight than ale.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentPredictably excellent
Palmers - Tally Ho!5.50ExcellentPerhaps rather woodier than usual
Hogs Back - T.E.A.4.20Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Red Dawn Mild3.70Not Tried
Hogs Back - Surrey Nirvana4.00Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Red Sky4.10Not Tried
09 Jul 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close. A safe haven from the madness of murk haze beers and lemon juice so called beers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentWhat the doctor ordered, basic mid brown bitter
Palmers - Tally Ho!5.50ExcellentA slightly sweet one to follow Palmers IPA
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Grandstand Bitter3.80Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried
Butcombe - Original 4.00Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Red Sky4.10Not Tried
02 Jul 2022 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20ExcellentExactly as it should be
Sambrook's - Junction4.50Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Smiler's Ale4.80Not Tried
Titsey - Gower Wolf4.00Not Tried
Titsey - Leveson Buck3.70Not Tried
Dorking - Pacific Pale4.40Not Tried
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

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About the Claret & Ale (formerly Claret Free House)

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent38
Good6
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 and in later years further greatly exceeded here. 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 27 times, seen 87 different beers and tried 13 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CR0 7AA