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The Little Gem (Goacher's)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Goacher's - Fine Light AleExcellent4
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Excellent4
Goacher's - Crown Imperial StoutExcellent3
Kelham Island - Easy RiderExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood1
Gale's - Trafalgar AleGood1
Smiles - HeritageGood1
Goacher's - Real Mild AleGood1
Batemans - Middle WicketAcceptable1
Adnams - RegattaPoor1
JW Lees (see also Lees) - ScorcherNot Tried0
Skinner's - Heligan HoneyNot Tried0
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Special (was Special)Not Tried0
Goacher's - Silver StarNot Tried0
Goacher's - Gold StarNot Tried0
Goacher's - 1066 Old AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Little Gem, Aylesford, Kent
Picture 2. The Little Gem, Aylesford, Kent
Exterior not recorded, interior Tim Hamilton.

Visits Details

01 Apr 2022 (ChrisE)
Two of us came here to visit whilst this village still has a bus service,the current hourly bus service is under threat. Awful weather outside meant that the wind occasionally blew the main door open. Good service and a good mix of customers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40GoodOn gravity dispense.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70Not TriedSelling well today. My fried tried this and she said it was superb.
17 Mar 2022 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit with a group of friends who had not been here before and were most impressed. There is some concern about the future of the 155 bus that currently serves this pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70Not Tried
03 Jan 2022 (Magnus Greel)
Not been here for over 25 years and I'd forgotten what it was like but the new owner has done a superb restoration hence it was a pleasure to embrace to atmosphere with friendly locals and a pint or 4!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Not Tried
03 Jan 2022 (ChrisE)
Early afternoon visit and a superb atmosphere. We decided to miss our planned bus and wait two hours for the next one.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70ExcellentWe had several of these, some towards the end of the cask and a fresh one from a new cask when that ran out. All excellent.
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not TriedProving very popular here today.
04 Nov 2021 (ChrisE)
Lunch time visit, we sat upstairs and sampled a few beers in delightful surroundings.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Excellent
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
11 Sep 2021 (ChrisE)
Saturday lunch time and a good crowd in. We stayed longer than originally intended owing to two buses in a row on the hourly 155 service being cancelled because of a serious road traffic accident causing significant delays.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
31 Jul 2021 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit after a 15 minutes walk from the station in the gloaming. Just a few in including voices from the upper balcony. Friendly barmaid made everyone feel welcome. A most worthwhile visit. Outside pavement drinkers ushered inside at 9.30 per pub's licence conditions.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70ExcellentOn handpump, a great opener in peak form
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10ExcellentFrom gravity cask on bar back shelf. The grail, the mid brown English bitter I had sought all week
Goacher's - Silver Star4.20Not TriedOn a gravity cask
28 Jun 2021 (ChrisE)
Reopened today after about eleven years closure. Most enjoable.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
15 May 2010 (Pedro)
Evening visit
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly 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-
Excellent12
Good4
Acceptable1
Poor1

Website.

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

In High Street and just as the name suggests, this is a little gem. The third of Goacher's tied houses. Two room pub with main room and bar on ground floor and split level balcony upper room with view over the ground floor. Lots of exposed original wood beams and white washed walls. Sadly closed in 2010 and all thought was lost but Goacher's Brewery has purchased and refurbished the venue with a re-opening date of Monday 28th June 2021. Real ales served through 2 handpumps on the bar counter and from 2 or 3 chilled casks on gravity dispense on the bar back.

We have visited this pub 10 times, seen 16 different beers and tried 10 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME20 7AX