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Old Plantation (Freehouse)

We believe this building is NO LONGER a pub

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's BitterExcellent1
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Excellent2
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent8
Tonbridge - RusticGood1
Goacher's - Fine Light AleGood1
Fuller's - Jack FrostGood1
Whitstable - Native BitterGood1
Tonbridge - Alsace GoldGood1
Sharp's - Doom BarGood2
Musket - Muzzleloader (superseded by 4.5% version)Not Tried0
Picture 1. Old Plantation, Bearsted, Kent

Visits Details

31 Jan 2015 (ChrisE)
A chalked notice behind the bar on what was originally going to be the last session stated "This pub is not closing".
BeerABVScoreNotes
28 Jan 2015 (ChrisE)
Evening visit and a few regulars in. We sat by the log fire and enjoyed our beers. Unfortunately this pub will close at the end of this month.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Good
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodThis beer ran out.
24 Dec 2014 (ChrisE)
Evening visit until penultimate train home, the pub was busy with diners and a few locals enjoying the beers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Good
02 Aug 2014 (ChrisE)
Mid afternoon and just started raining. No food today which was disappointing. We had a few beers and a bag of crisps and then moved on when our seating area was required to make space for a band that were expected in a couple of hours time. A pity because I was looking forward to trying some muzzleloader.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Whitstable - Native Bitter3.70Good
Tonbridge - Alsace Gold4.00Good
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Musket - Muzzleloader (superseded by 4.5% version)5.00Not Tried
13 Dec 2013 (ChrisE)
Early Friday evening and busy with a party of diners and some regulars enjoying a few pints.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10ExcellentIn fine form
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Fuller's - Jack Frost4.50Good
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
28 Oct 2013 (ChrisE)
This pub is now free of tie and the prices have been reduced considerably as the tenants can buy direct from breweries of their choice. It closed for about three weeks and the locals lost their case for it to be listed as an Asset of Community Value so it was a welcome surprise to see it re-open under the same management as when the pub was owned by Enterprise Inns, lets hope that it is successful.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10ExcellentIn top form.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentIn very good condition.
07 Sep 2013 (ChrisE)
Late evening for a couple of swift ones before closing time, and catching the 00:15 train home.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentUnfortunately this ran out immediately after our beers were served.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Acceptable
29 Jun 2013 (ChrisE)
Evening visit for a Moroccan food event. A bright sunny day and Bearsted Carnival meant that the garden trade was busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentVery good Harvey's.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
08 Jan 2013 (Pedro)
Evening
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's Bitter3.70Excellent
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Good
05 Jan 2013 (Pedro)
Lunchtime
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's Bitter3.70Not Tried

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About the Old Plantation

The pub sign. Old Plantation, Bearsted, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent25
Good14
Acceptable3
Poor-

The pub is found in Bearsted, Kent, ME14 4BJ.

Quaint half timbered Grade II listed pub with a split level interior. Picturesque on the exterior and snug on the interior. An application to Maidstone Borough Council for Asset of Community Value status for this pub was turned down in mid 2013.

We have visited this pub 20 times, seen 20 different beers and tried 18 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME14 4BJ