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Carpenters Arms (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Romney Marsh - Marsh MidnightExcellent1
Kent - Starry NightExcellent1
Long Man - Old ManExcellent2
Kent - Christmas SessionExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - NZ PaleExcellent1
Romney Marsh - MurmurationGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Good1
Romney Marsh - Amber AleGood2
Kent - Ēostre Good1
Kent - Swing LowGood1
Long Man - Best BitterGood1
Kent - Black GoldGood1
Kent - Session PaleGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seashore BluesAcceptable1
Romney Marsh - Marsh GoldAcceptable1
Long Man - Long BlondeAcceptable1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's AleNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Friar's AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent
Picture 2. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent

Visits Details

08 May 2024 (Jack William)
Busy Book Club meeting (as mentioned in the GBG). Plenty of other locals in as well.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - NZ Pale3.80Excellent4.1 version
Romney Marsh - Amber Ale4.20Good
24 Apr 2024 (Jack William)
Evening, pond meeting. Good crowd in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30ExcellentSpot on.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Friar's Ale4.30Not Tried
03 Apr 2024 (Jack William)
Evening, pond project meeting. Pub buzzing with regulars. I took away two seed potatoes and a black sack - “heaviest sack” competition that will end in September! There is always something going on here, and it’s often quite unusual.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Long Man - Old Man4.30ExcellentSuperb dark beer, full bodied and a creamy head. Proving very popular.
Kent - Ēostre 4.20Good“Citrusy Easter special” and it was. The “E” on the badge was a lower case ē.
13 Mar 2024 (Jack William)
Wednesday evening. Coldred Pond project meeting and the gloriously titled Coldred Literary Society (or Book Club) monthly meet. Huge Easter Eggs raffle dominating the back bar, new beer engine working well, loads of regulars filling up the main bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Long Man - Old Man4.30ExcellentReplaced the Gadd’s. Superb winter warmer.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40GoodLast one out the barrel, on the new pump, very drinkable.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's Ale3.90Not Tried
23 Feb 2024 (Jack William)
Friday evening - very busy. A new beer engine has been installed, not yet in service.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Black Gold4.00Good
Long Man - Long Blonde3.80AcceptableLast one on the old beer engine.
14 Feb 2024 (Jack William)
Evening book club meet. Quieter here tonight for a Wednesday - perhaps not the most glamorous venue for a romantic Valentine’s night out.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Swing Low4.00Good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seashore Blues4.00AcceptableFound this to be rather lacking in flavour and body for a Gadd’s ale.
17 Jan 2024 (Jack William)
Mid-evening book club meeting. Lots of lively banter in both bars. Ringing the changes on the ale selection as usual. Pub is back open on its regular hours I believe.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Starry Night4.20ExcellentNew barrel - despite its Christmassy theme and very drinkable.
Romney Marsh - Murmuration4.00Good
10 Jan 2024 (Jack William)
So the pub was scheduled to be closed for a fortnight from January 1st but local Nick has stepped in to open it a few times. I got word that it would open tonight and duly made my pilgrimage. 8 locals in the first two hours, eclectic conversation as usual. Next opening is Sunday lunchtime (14th Jan) and then back to regular hours from Tuesday 16th.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Long Man - Best Bitter4.00Good
Romney Marsh - Marsh Gold4.10AcceptableNot really at its best - possibly suffering from the intermittent opening hours at present.
22 Dec 2023 (Jack William)
Early evening. Lots of locals in. Good time, although sad to report that the pub will be closed for a fortnight from January 1 due to illness of Colin, Rachael’s octogenarian dad and relief barman. I hope that this wonderful, family run business can weather the latest challenge.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Christmas Session3.70ExcellentBrewers doing pale Xmas specials! Whatever next?
Romney Marsh - Amber Ale4.20Good
27 Oct 2023 (Jack William)
Last chance this year for a cycle in the light - first one in just after 5 - it filled up gradually with regulars. This basic pub just works so well.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Romney Marsh - Marsh Midnight4.50ExcellentSuperb darker ale.
Kent - Session Pale3.70Good

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About the Carpenters Arms

The pub sign. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent80
Good127
Acceptable37
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Coldred, Kent, CT15 5AJ.

In The Green, a rare 2 bar survivor of a traditional village boozer with roaring fires when appropriate. This pub is listed in the CAMRA National Inventory of unspoilt pubs. The pub boasts three skittle teams using the outdoor skittle alley. The landlady, Daphne Fagg (85) had been running the pub for over forty years until she recently passed away and the pub is now run by her son Colin. The pub does not normally open at lunchtimes, except by prior arrangement. Real ales sold via three active handpumps and bartop casks on gravity stillage. Deal, Dover & Sandwich CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year 2015.

We have visited this pub 131 times, seen 162 different beers and tried 140 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT15 5AJ