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The Haywain (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Goacher's - Fine Light AleExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Excellent2
Dark Star - Summer MeltdownExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Friar's AleExcellent1
Shivering Sands - Jolly Boys Ale-TingExcellent1
West Berkshire - Swift Pale AleGood1
Ripple Steam - Milk StoutGood1
Hopdaemon - IncubusGood3
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideGood1
Musket - Flintlock Best BitterGood2
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good LifeGood1
Skinner's - Betty Stogs BitterGood1
Theakston - Old PeculierGood1
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Good1
Adnams - Fat SpratGood1
Whitstable - Oyster StoutAcceptable1
Old Dairy - Red TopAcceptable1
Westerham - Finchcocks OriginalAcceptable1
Ripple Steam - Original Best BitterNot Tried0
Oxfordshire Ales - Bull'oxNot Tried0
Goacher's - Gold StarNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPANot Tried0
Oxfordshire Ales - Oxford BestNot Tried0
Rudgate - Ruby MildNot Tried0
Theakston - Royal SaluteNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop SaphirNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 3Not Tried0
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English) (use Eagle entry now please)Not Tried0
Marston's - PedigreeNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Not Tried0
St Austell - TributeNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterNot Tried0
West Berkshire - Good Old (or Ordinary) BoyNot Tried0
Dark Star - Espresso StoutNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderNot Tried0
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Gravesend GuzzlerNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Green DaemonNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsNot Tried0
Skinner's - Ginger TosserNot Tried0
Whitstable - Winkle PickerNot Tried0
Irving - Frigate Golden BitterNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Common ConspiracyNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good HealthNot Tried0
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Kentish BestNot Tried0
Rockin Robin - Reckless RobinNot Tried0
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Royal Best BitterNot Tried0
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Neanderthal (superseded by 4.4% version)Not Tried0
Royal Tunbridge Wells - DipperNot Tried0
Musket - Fife & Drum Golden AleNot Tried0
Abigale - BramlingNot Tried0
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - CavedwellerNot Tried0
Goacher's - Real Mild AleNot Tried0
Abigale - NailbourneNot Tried0
Rockin Robin - Robin RedbestNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Haywain, Bramling, Kent

Visits Details

30 Dec 2021 (Jack William)
Lunchtime, cycle meet. A good number of mature customers providing a most satisfactory ambience.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70ExcellentCouldn’t fault this.
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Good
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
28 Oct 2021 (Jack William)
Lunchtime for a Potterers cycle club rendezvous. The pub was busy with plenty of drinkers and some eaters - very nice to see.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shivering Sands - Jolly Boys Ale-Ting4.00ExcellentA new brew for me - delicious.
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Good
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
10 Jun 2021 (Jack William)
Thursday lunchtime - pleased to see the pub doing well. Missed their recent beer festival unfortunately - it apparently was very successful. Must try harder next year. Only 2 ales on I think - Gadds was so good I stayed on it.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40ExcellentPerfect after a warm, dry cycle.
15 Apr 2021 (Jack William)
Back again with the “bus pass” group. Excellent service, well sheltered outdoor space. A very good session - this is what we have been missing.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00ExcellentSuperb condition.
Musket - Flintlock Best Bitter4.20Good
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
13 Aug 2020 (Jack William)
Lunchtime. Our monthly micropub group decided a bigger pub may be better this month. We weren’t disappointed. Plenty of tables and three covered areas in the garden including an outside bar. Two beers straight from the barrel outside and remarkably cool considering the ambient temperature- some cunning plumbing working well.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Good
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Good
25 Feb 2020 (ChrisE)
My first visit here, I had been meaning to come to this pub for a long time as it has very good reports. A really good boozer doing a brisk lunchtime trade with both food and wet trade. Well worth the effort of coming here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Excellent
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Not Tried
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
15 Apr 2017 (Jack William)
Easter Saturday evening - very busy. A lot of diners.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Adnams - Fat Sprat3.80GoodPunching above its weight on the flavour. Nice.
Westerham - Finchcocks Original3.50AcceptablePleasant enough.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
23 May 2015 (Brian)
Beer festival weekend, Saturday afternoon visit. The tent in the garden was more or less full by the time we left, good to see this fest getting more popular. Good beer line up and unobtrusive live music.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Summer Meltdown4.80ExcellentReally fresh orangey bitter
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Friar's Ale4.30ExcellentBadged as Friars IPA. Really good golden IPA. Good condition.
Theakston - Old Peculier5.60GoodMore an ale for the winter months. Good but not the best I've ever had. No rum and raisin, more bitter than usual.
Musket - Flintlock Best Bitter4.20GoodGood, inoffensive, not too memorable.
Whitstable - Oyster Stout4.50AcceptableNot so great, lacking condition and a touch sour
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70Not Tried
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Rudgate - Ruby Mild4.40Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Green Daemon5.00Not Tried
Skinner's - Ginger Tosser3.80Not Tried
Irving - Frigate Golden Bitter3.80Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Health3.60Not Tried
Rockin Robin - Reckless Robin4.50Not Tried
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Neanderthal (superseded by 4.4% version)4.60Not Tried
Adnams - Fat Sprat3.80Not Tried
Musket - Fife & Drum Golden Ale3.80Not Tried
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Cavedweller5.80Not Tried
Rockin Robin - Robin Redbest4.00Not Tried
Oxfordshire Ales - Bull'ox4.50Not Tried
Oxfordshire Ales - Oxford Best3.90Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop Saphir4.60Not Tried
07 Sep 2013 (HSB)
12:30 Lunch stop with the family. First visit for me. My idea of a typical Kent pub, hops around the bar and Bat & Trap played in the garden. Very welcoming Landlord.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Life3.90Good
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80AcceptableI think Old Dairy beers have really gone down hill. Perhaps they should concentrate on their core range.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English) (use Eagle entry now please)4.10Not Tried
02 Jun 2012 (Andrew)
Caught the bus from Canterbury and arrived about 3pm I guess. Went into the pub and nearly literally bumped into Brian (who I'd kind of guessed might be there). Really good beer festival this one. Oversized glasses and generous measures.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10GoodA good half of the Dark
West Berkshire - Swift Pale Ale3.80GoodStarted off with a weird "ham and mustard crisps" flavour but it grew on me. Nice
Ripple Steam - Milk Stout3.50GoodSweet, black, slightly sour/tart. Nice
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Rudgate - Ruby Mild4.40Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 35.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Whitstable - Oyster Stout4.50Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
West Berkshire - Good Old (or Ordinary) Boy4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Espresso Stout4.20Not Tried
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Gravesend Guzzler3.70Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70Not Tried
Whitstable - Winkle Picker4.50Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Common Conspiracy4.80Not Tried
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Kentish Best4.00Not Tried
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Royal Best Bitter4.10Not Tried
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Dipper3.70Not Tried
Abigale - Bramling4.10Not Tried
Abigale - Nailbourne4.50Not Tried
Ripple Steam - Original Best Bitter4.10Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
Theakston - Royal Salute5.00Not Tried

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About The Haywain

The pub sign. The Haywain, Bramling, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional3
Excellent20
Good30
Acceptable9
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Bramling, Kent, CT3 1NB.

In Canterbury Road, a country pub which features hanging hop bines and a cosy snug. Several letting rooms in the recently refurbished coach house. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2020.

We have visited this pub 18 times, seen 105 different beers and tried 49 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT3 1NB