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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
Nottingham - DreadnoughtExcellent1
Adnams - Bodebrown Brewery Cerveja Curitiba Brazilian Pale AleExcellent1
Wantsum - 1381Good1
Adnams - Shingle ShellsGood1
Park - IsabellaGood1
Wantsum - Ravening WolfGood2
Green Jack - TrawlerboysAcceptable1
Wantsum - HengistAcceptable1
Old Dairy - Blue TopAcceptable1
Greene King - Abbot AleNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Weltons - Hoppy ChristmasNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - Clootie DumplingNot Tried0
Weltons - Feast of StephenNot Tried0
Arkell's - Sir NoëlNot Tried0
Wantsum - Five Gold GrainsNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)Not Tried0
Marston's - Old Empire IPANot 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's) - Shefford Old Strong (SOS)Not Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsNot Tried0
Flack Manor - Flack CatcherNot Tried0
Banks's - Yazoo Hop Perfect IPANot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Stairway To HeavenNot Tried0
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - FireflyNot Tried0
JW Lees (see also Lees) - True FaithNot Tried0
Grainstore - Ten FiftyNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Eight Bells, Dover, Kent

Visits Details

21 Feb 2020 (Jack William)
Start of a crawl in Dover with my daughter. We are a bit before noon so pop into Wetherspoons to start - it seems like a time-warp - more like a Friday evening than 11:45. Nearly all tables occupied, more people in here than the entire high street. They start partying early in Dover.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - 13813.80Good
Park - Isabella4.20GoodA very acceptable brown ale.
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Grainstore - Ten Fifty5.00Not Tried
03 Oct 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Clearly meal time for hungry Dover folk.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Nottingham - Dreadnought4.50ExcellentLovely subtle orange citrus flavours
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Stairway To Heaven5.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Firefly3.70Not Tried
JW Lees (see also Lees) - True Faith4.20Not Tried
31 Aug 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Packed - this place must suck the life out of other local pubs.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Hengist5.00AcceptableHouston, we have a problem comes to mind. Not the first odd Wantsum beer I have encountered recently. This had an overly zingy tang and was hazy. Production problem somewhere?
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
Old Dairy - Blue Top4.80Not Tried
Banks's - Yazoo Hop Perfect IPA4.80Not Tried
16 Aug 2019 (Dosser)
Visit to Dover castle but so wet and windy we left quickly to come here. 8 guests and fullish on a Friday pm. Nice fish and chips 2 quid cheaper then ramsgate.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90GoodA good pint but I'm used to getting this in exceptional form in ramsgit. At 2.15 can't complain!
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 - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)4.20Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - 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. Didnít 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 - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)4.20Not 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

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About The Eight Bells

The pub sign. The Eight Bells, Dover, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent9
Good12
Acceptable8
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 26 times, seen 92 different beers and tried 26 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT16 1BZ