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

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Long Man - Old ManExcellent1
Otter - BitterExcellent1
Larkins - PorterExcellent1
Palmers - 200 Premium AleExcellent2
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)Good1
Titanic - Plum PorterGood2
Ossett - Excelsius (was Excelsior)Good1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordGood1
Long Man - Best BitterGood1
Larkins - PaleGood2
Westerham - Viceroy India Pale AleGood1
Palmers - IPA (Best)Good6
Westerham - Family StoutAcceptable1
Malton - Yorkshire Pudding BeerAcceptable1
Timothy Taylor - Knowle SpringAcceptable1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - The LightNot Tried0
Dorking - DB Number OneNot Tried0
Wantsum - 1381Not Tried0
Hop Back - CitraNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Old ChestnutNot Tried0
Wantsum - Black PigNot Tried0
Hogs Back - Tongham TEA (previously T.E.A.)Not Tried0
Wantsum - Black PrinceNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - London PorterNot Tried0
Theakston - Old PeculierNot Tried0
Downton - CerberusNot Tried0
Rebellion - IPA (was 3.7%)Not Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - EvolveNot Tried0
Anarchy - Citra StarNot Tried0
Westerham - Summer PerleNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurNot Tried0
Rooster's - This is EnglandNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - The Old Man and The SeaNot Tried0
Ossett - White RatNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Saxon StrongNot Tried0
Long Man - Copper HopNot Tried0
Sambrook's - WandleNot Tried0
Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)Not Tried0
Dorking - Surrey XPA (was 3.8%)Not Tried0
Greene King - AbbotNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Night ShiftNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Wolf of the WoodsNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Easy Street PaleNot Tried0
Picture 1. Claret & Ale (formerly Claret Free House), Addiscombe, Greater London

Visits Details

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
22 Apr 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20GoodAn OK condition half
Long Man - Best Bitter4.00GoodGood condition although a rather bland offering
Malton - Yorkshire Pudding Beer3.60AcceptableServed from a gravity tub on the bar counter. Real chore as rather tasteless and with a broken yeasty scummy head. There again what do Yorkshire Puddings actually taste of anyway in the flesh!
Long Man - Copper Hop4.20Not Tried
Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)3.80Not Tried
Rooster's - This is England3.80Not Tried
19 Apr 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Long Man - Old Man4.30ExcellentSpot on form - best of the evening here
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20GoodGood balance
Westerham - Family Stout4.50AcceptableRare to be on gravity dispense on the bar counter. A little bit flat
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Rooster's - This is England3.80Not Tried
Ossett - White Rat4.00Not Tried
12 Apr 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until midnight close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Larkins - Porter5.20ExcellentFirst rate in every way. Delicious
Larkins - Pale4.20ExcellentTastiest Larkins Pale I have had for a long time
Theakston - Old Peculier5.60Not Tried
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Not Tried
Rebellion - IPA (was 3.7%)3.40Not Tried
Anarchy - Citra Star4.10Not Tried
08 Apr 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit until close, a visit foreshortened by the Tramlink replacement bus going here stopping nowhere near the tramstop and I mean nowhere.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Otter - Bitter3.60ExcellentGood to try a basic session ale every so often
Ossett - Excelsius (was Excelsior)5.20GoodHolding up well after a few days on
Palmers - IPA (Best)4.20Not Tried
Wantsum - 13813.80Not Tried
Wantsum - Black Pig4.80Not Tried
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90Not 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
Excellent220
Good80
Acceptable14
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 150 times, seen 233 different beers and tried 69 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CR0 7AA