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The Duck (Free House)

We believe this pub is CLOSED

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Tonbridge - RusticExcellent1
Adnams - Ghost ShipExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood1
Northdown - Papworth Victory Best BitterGood1
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Copper TopGood1
Curious (formerly Chapel Down Winery) - Curious IPA (keg)Good1
Tonbridge - TraditionalGood1
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Blue TopGood2
Whitstable - Pearl of KentGood1
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Red TopAcceptable1
Breakwater - Samphire GoldPoor1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good King WenceslasNot Tried0
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Blonde AmbitionNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Duck, Pett Bottom, Kent

Visits Details

22 Jan 2023 (Andrew)
We came for a walk around the lanes and ended up here. Very busy with a large group of either farmers or people on a shoot - couldn't tell which. Friendly staff doing a great job juggling lots of orders.
Curious (formerly Chapel Down Winery) - Curious IPA (keg)5.60GoodCold fizzy citrus beer
26 Oct 2019 (Jack William)
Early lunchtime. My first visit since it reopened. Very similar layout to before - log fire on the go. Just one couple having an early lunch. Everything looks right in this pub - but it always seems to lack atmosphere. Shame.
Northdown - Papworth Victory Best Bitter4.20GoodStraight from the cask - an interesting bitter with quite a sharp bite.
20 Jul 2019 (Magnus Greel)
Mid to late afternoon fairly quiet just a few groups in the extensive beer garden here.
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Red Top3.80AcceptableWarm sweet and cloying
Breakwater - Samphire Gold4.20PoorMalty flat warm and lifeless made this hard to finish
01 Oct 2017 (Jack William)
Closed. Notice in window - "please bear with us while we refurbish the pub".
06 Dec 2015 (Andrew)
Our traditional Christmas walk goes from Lower Hardres to the Duck and back. This is a very friendly pub. It was busy with lots of people eating and drinking but the land lady went out of her way to find us a seat. Great pub.
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00ExcellentOn gravity. Really good dark malty bitter.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not TriedJane had this and it was great. On gravity too
Tonbridge - Blonde Ambition4.20Not Tried
28 Apr 2015 (Jack William)
Early Tuesday evening - quite busy with diners with a quite nice buzz. Beer straight from the cask - but only one ale ready (3 max, plus a cider). Nice to see this rather remote pub open - it has a bit of a chequered past in recent years. Current opening times: Tue to Fri 1200 to 1500 and 1730 to 2300 Sat 1200 to 2300 Sun 1200 to 2100 Closed Monday
Tonbridge - Traditional3.60GoodGravity fed - Good malt/hop balance - session ale.
24 Nov 2013 (Andrew)
I watched On Her Majesty's Secret Service yesterday and it put me in mind of The Duck Inn with its Fleming connection. We arived about 12:30 and the friendly owners engineered us a seat by the fire. The rest of the pub started filling up with diners rapidly.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodOn form. Gravity served
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Copper Top4.10GoodGravity served and perhaps lacking a touch of condition but still good
14 Feb 2013 (Mick)
After a successful visit last week I thought I would take another look. Very food biased but with good ale on gravity who cares?
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50ExcellentVery nice, not to sure to start but it quickly grew on me. Unmistakeably Adnams, yeasty, peppery with a long finish. Gravity serving suits this beer.
Whitstable - Pearl of Kent4.50Not Tried
09 Feb 2013 (Mick)
Noticed that Andrew had been here and found some real ale so decided to take a look.
Whitstable - Pearl of Kent4.50GoodOK, nothing spectacular, good hops.
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Blue Top4.80GoodNice enough,on gravity, a bit tired perhaps.
05 Jan 2013 (Andrew)
We walked from Lower Hardres to Pett Bottom. Lots of nice silver birches to be seen and ploughed fields too. Nice pub. Nice real fire. Nice to see 2 Kent micro's on gravity.
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Blue Top4.80AcceptablePerfectly drinkable but lacking condition
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good King Wenceslas4.80Not Tried

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About The Duck

The pub sign. The Duck, Pett Bottom, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Pett Bottom, Kent, CT4 5PB.

Once Ian Fleming's local pub. The interior is split into a long front bar with a more restauranty room at the end. Closed September 2023 claiming rising costs.

We have visited this pub 15 times, seen 43 different beers and tried 19 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT4 5PB