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Carpenters Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - ÜberHopExcellent1
Kent - Centennial 1918 2018Excellent1
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)Excellent1
Kent - Brewers ReserveExcellent1
Mobberley - Elysium Excellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsExcellent1
Hopdaemon - Green DaemonGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Good1
Hopdaemon - IncubusGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - WheelieGood1
Canterbury Brewers - German RedGood1
Hopdaemon - RedGood2
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Pardoner's AleAcceptable1
Kent - KGBAcceptable2
Rockin Robin - Reliant RobinAcceptable1
Rockin Robin - Robin RedbestAcceptable1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Miller's Ale (originally 4.5%)Not Tried0
Romney Marsh - Rye MildNot Tried0
Picture 1. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent
Picture 2. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent

Visits Details

30 Jan 2019 (Jack William)
Opening time - lovely sunset over the wintry pond opposite. A dozen or so regulars in by the time I left.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - ÜberHop5.20ExcellentReally like this.
Hopdaemon - Red4.20GoodGood body, smooth.
28 Nov 2018 (Jack William)
A miserable day for weather - but jolly banter, a coal fire and some roasted chestnuts at the Carpenters. Very pleasant. Colin, the landlord, tells us that the Rockin Robin brewery has closed down - tonight’s Reliant Robin one of the last barrels produced.
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00GoodFresh on to replace the HD Red.
Hopdaemon - Red4.20GoodVery smooth, full bodied ale in good condition.
Rockin Robin - Reliant Robin3.70AcceptableBit past its best. RIP
21 Sep 2018 (Jack William)
Early evening - filling up nicely with regulars and a couple of visitors from Holland.
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Excellent
Kent - KGB4.10PoorWell past its best - replacement offered without issue.
12 Sep 2018 (Jack William)
Evening for the monthly book club meeting in the snug - coal fire on the go for us.
Kent - Centennial 1918 20184.50ExcellentA very good pale ale from this consistently good brewer.
Rockin Robin - Robin Redbest4.00AcceptableA bit flat
31 Aug 2018 (Jack William)
Early evening - drinkers all outside -spread around the garden, the roadside bench and the duck pond opposite.
Mobberley - Elysium 4.70ExcellentTop quality IPA in very good nick.
Rockin Robin - Robin Redbest4.00Not Tried
08 Aug 2018 (Jack William)
Wednesday evening - a good crowd of locals and a visiting cycling group.
Kent - Brewers Reserve5.00ExcellentTop brew in good condition.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Wheelie4.00GoodA very pleasant pale ale. Special charity brew “raising money for Oasis” - I assume that’s something other than a Gallagher brothers’ reunion.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Not TriedBarrel just finished and replaced by a Gadd’s special.
26 Jun 2018 (Jack William)
Evening visit, a good crowd of regulars in. BEER FESTIVAL here this weekend starting Friday 29 June. The pub will be open all day from noon on all 3 days. Village fete on the green opposite on Friday evening.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70Excellent
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Pardoner's Ale3.80AcceptableA little hazy.
29 May 2018 (Jack William)
Early evening. A handful of regulars. Landlady preoccupied with posters for their beer festival at the end of June.
Kent - KGB4.10GoodNice, crisp bitterness.
Romney Marsh - Rye Mild3.20Not Tried
09 May 2018 (Jack William)
Evening, book club, a few in. New ale since Monday.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80GoodNice session ale.
Canterbury Brewers - German Red5.20GoodNew one for me - had the red rye bite and dry aftertaste.
Hopdaemon - Green Daemon5.00Not Tried
07 May 2018 (Jack William)
Good number of old and new faces on this glorious bank holiday Monday evening. The duck pond opposite was being enjoyed by a number of customers.
Hopdaemon - Green Daemon5.00Good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Miller's Ale (originally 4.5%)4.20Not Tried

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About the Carpenters Arms

The pub sign. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



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

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. Dover, Deal & Sandwich CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year 2015.

We have visited this pub 63 times, seen 100 different beers and tried 84 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT15 5AJ