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The Eight Bells (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Old Dairy - Snow TopExcellent1
G2 - Plough Excellent1
Acorn - HoptathlonExcellent1
Adnams - Bodebrown Brewery Cerveja Curitiba Brazilian Pale AleExcellent1
Brecon - Modo's MiddenGood1
Adnams - Shingle ShellsGood1
Truman's - Allegra Ipanema Good1
Green Jack - TrawlerboysAcceptable1
Old Dairy - Blue TopAcceptable1
Wantsum - Ravening WolfAcceptable1
Temperance Union - Ott SoftyPoor1
Hopdaemon - IncubusNot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Greene King - Abbot AleNot Tried0
Adnams - ExplorerNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Weltons - Sun Sea & HopsNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Dorset Brewing Company - YachtsmanNot Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Wells Bombardier Burning GoldNot Tried0
Wibblers - SummertimeNot Tried0
Wantsum - Huell MelonNot Tried0
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled HenNot Tried0
Caledonian - Deuchars IPANot Tried0
Hook Norton - Old HookyNot Tried0
Marston's - Old Empire IPANot Tried0
Cotswold Spring - OSM (Old Sodbury Mild)Not Tried0
Weltons - Hoppy ChristmasNot Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - Clootie DumplingNot Tried0
Weltons - Feast of StephenNot Tried0
Arkell's - Sir NoëlNot Tried0
Wantsum - Five Gold GrainsNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - SpitfireNot Tried0
Weltons - Old CockyNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Bishops FingerNot Tried0
Weltons - BroadwoodNot Tried0
Wantsum - Black PrinceNot Tried0
Wantsum - DynamoNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidNot Tried0
Weltons - HeatwaveNot Tried0
Boss - Brave American IPANot Tried0
Greene King - Hopportunity KnocksNot Tried0
St Peter's - ConkeredNot Tried0
Wickwar - A Christmas Tall TaleNot Tried0
B&T (Banks & Taylor) - Shefford Old Strong (SOS)Not Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsNot Tried0
Flack Manor - Flack CatcherNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Eight Bells, Dover, Kent

Visits Details

12 Jan 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Obviously the busiest pub in Dover.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Green Jack - Trawlerboys4.60AcceptableI detected a souring of taste, not right
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
B&T (Banks & Taylor) - Shefford Old Strong (SOS)5.00Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70Not Tried
Flack Manor - Flack Catcher4.40Not Tried
27 Dec 2018 (Jack William)
Mid afternoon- pleasantly busy. Didn’t note all beers on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Adnams - Bodebrown Brewery Cerveja Curitiba Brazilian Pale Ale5.00ExcellentExcellent pint.
Adnams - Shingle Shells3.90Good
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Wickwar - A Christmas Tall Tale4.50Not Tried
14 Sep 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Always thriving, easily the busiest pub in Dover.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Blue Top4.80AcceptableDifficulty pulling through, barmaid suspected end of cask. Overly malty and yeasty. Did not enjoy
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Weltons - Heatwave4.60Not Tried
Boss - Brave American IPA5.50Not Tried
Greene King - Hopportunity Knocks4.20Not TriedI closely scanned the pumpclip. Not a mention of Greene King nor indeed is any brewing provenance shown. Should be prosecuted
St Peter's - Conkered4.20Not Tried
16 Jun 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit. Packed with football on TV one good reason.
BeerABVScoreNotes
G2 - Plough 4.40ExcellentLovely dry bitterness
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Bishops Finger5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Weltons - Broadwood4.00Not Tried
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90Not Tried
Wantsum - Dynamo4.30Not Tried
02 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening and buzzin' although for many with meals in mind. A good welcome and goodbye.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Snow Top6.00ExcellentMadness at £2.25pp
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Marston's - Old Empire IPA5.70Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Weltons - Old Cocky4.30Not Tried
10 Dec 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. In several places tables lined up for Christmas meal does. Pub as near packed as would be comfortable. Sad to see local Time and Tide Brewery beers being sold in cans here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90Acceptable
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Weltons - Hoppy Christmas3.70Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Orkney (Sinclair) - Clootie Dumpling4.30Not Tried
Old Dairy - Snow Top6.00Not Tried
Weltons - Feast of Stephen3.80Not Tried
Arkell's - Sir Noël5.00Not Tried
Wantsum - Five Gold Grains5.00Not Tried
14 Aug 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Here for a late lunch at around 4pm having walked to Dover from Folkestone along the clifftops. Pub not busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Truman's - Allegra Ipanema 4.60GoodAn amber-coloured, hoppy, Pale Ale.
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50Not Tried
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Hook Norton - Old Hooky4.60Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Marston's - Old Empire IPA5.70Not Tried
Cotswold Spring - OSM (Old Sodbury Mild)3.90Not Tried
16 Jul 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Standard Wetherspoon experience for a quick late afternoon pint.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Acorn - Hoptathlon4.50ExcellentFirst Olympic ‘special’ beer of the season? Pale – hops, but well-balanced.
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Dorset Brewing Company - Yachtsman4.70Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Wells Bombardier Burning Gold4.10Not Tried
Wibblers - Summertime3.90Not Tried
Wantsum - Huell Melon4.10Not Tried
08 Aug 2015 (Alenomore)
5pm visit. Broke my journey to sit by the beach, which was very busy, in contrast to this place, which was very quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Temperance Union - Ott Softy1.00PoorOnly £1.80 a half!
22 Aug 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Last visit of the day - chance encounter with some fellows from my regular Dover drinking days.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brecon - Modo's Midden4.50GoodGood dry golden ale. Not sure what all the Discworld nonsense on the pumpclip is all about
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not TriedRan out as pint was poured
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Adnams - Explorer4.30Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Weltons - Sun Sea & Hops3.70Not Tried

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About The Eight Bells

The pub sign. The Eight Bells, Dover, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent8
Good9
Acceptable7
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Dover, Kent, CT16 1BZ.

Older style Wetherspoon's with lots of wood, split levels, alcoves etc. Good range of local and guest beers. 12 handpumps in 2 banks of 6.

We have visited this pub 22 times, seen 85 different beers and tried 23 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT16 1BZ