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The Little Gem (Freehouse)

We believe this pub is CLOSED

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kelham Island - Easy RiderExcellent1
Gale's - Trafalgar AleGood1
Smiles - HeritageGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood1
Batemans - Middle WicketAcceptable1
Adnams - RegattaPoor1
JW Lees (see also Lees) - ScorcherNot Tried0
Skinner's - Heligan HoneyNot Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's London Special (was Special)Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Little Gem, Aylesford, Kent

Visits Details

15 May 2010 (Pedro)
Evening visit
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's London Special (was Special)4.50Not Tried
20 Aug 2005 (Ian)
Excellent little pub at the heart of the village in more ways than one. Very busy on this weekend due to their summer beer festival with up to 7 beers on at any one time and also a bikers festival taking place just outside the town. Excellent plentiful value for money food and beer kept in good condition. Definitely will come back again, it is about a 20 minute cycle ride from Maidstone East.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kelham Island - Easy Rider4.30ExcellentPale gold, thin white head. Typical blond citrus hoppy beer, bit soapy to start and apparently on the way out according to the barman, but I thought this was excellent. Nice gooseberry, grapefruit and nettle hop aromas with more floral hop later. Excellent, with some yeast in the aroma too
Gale's - Trafalgar Ale4.20GoodCopper brown colour with lasting beige head. Good hoppy best bitter with some caramel/toffee flavour. Very drinkable. Nice malt nose and good balanced session beer
Smiles - Heritage5.20GoodRuby coloured. Rich malt flavour with plums and strawberries on the aroma. Sweetish but pleasant. Good ruby beer with some chocolate and bitterish hops on the end with more strawberry fruit. Nice
Batemans - Middle Wicket4.20AcceptableCopper colour. Apple, floral hop aroma with more green apple in the mouth, some herb. Refreshing with good yeasty flavours
Adnams - Regatta4.30PoorGolden ale. Thin white head which goes quickly. some hop/yeast aroma, thin in mouth, yeast floral hop finish, some orange fruit and citric hop flavours but served too cold and overall a little thin
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Scorcher4.00Not Tried
Skinner's - Heligan Honey4.20Not Tried

About The Little Gem

The pub sign. The Little Gem, Aylesford, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent1
Good3
Acceptable1
Poor1

The pub is found in Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7AX.

Just as the name suggests, this is a little gem. Taken over by the present landlord and landlady in April 2005 this is a small pub in the High Street full of character. Two room pub with main room and bar on ground floor and split level upper room with view over the ground floor. Lots of exposed original wood beams and white washed walls. Friendly atmosphere and 6 beer engines on the bar. SADLY CLOSED IN 2010 AND HAS BECOME NEGLECTED WITH SOME DILAPIDATION. Good news! - after 8 years of closure a buyer has now applied for a premises licence to re-open the pub, so at autumn 2018 there is some optimism in the air. Alleged in summer 2019 that Goacher's Brewery has purchased and will open the pub.

We have visited this pub twice, seen 9 different beers and tried 6 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME20 7AX