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Carpenters Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kentish BestExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Oatmeal PaleExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsExcellent1
Kent - Black GoldExcellent2
Hopdaemon - Green DaemonGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Good1
Romney Marsh - Amber AleGood1
Romney Marsh - Best BitterGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderGood2
Old Dairy - Copper TopAcceptable1
Romney Marsh - Marsh MellowAcceptable1
Old Dairy - Red TopNot Tried0
Romney Marsh - Session IPANot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPANot Tried0
Kent - PaleNot Tried0
Picture 1. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent
Picture 2. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent

Visits Details

12 Jan 2022 (Jack William)
Book club evening. Jolly collection of regulars. Roaring coal fire. I finished the evening with a can of Gadd’s no. 11 (1.2%). A lot of discussion about whether anyone could drink 11 pints of this in a session, and if they did would they be drunk?
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30Good
Romney Marsh - Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
04 Jan 2022 (Jack William)
Early evening - I had arranged to meet Colin, the semi-retired landlord for some more background information about the pub. I’m attempting to write a pub history of this little gem. Good chat about old “characters” - most of it unpublishable! A few regulars in.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Good
Kent - Pale4.00Not Tried
15 Dec 2021 (Jack William)
December book club - nibbles and good conversation as always here.
Kent - Black Gold4.00ExcellentWent surprisingly well with the blue cheese.
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
23 Oct 2021 (Jack William)
Early Saturday evening - I joined a horseshoe of regulars around the bar and open fire for talk about films, skittles and unblocking village drains. Excellent.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kentish Best3.70ExcellentCanterbury Ales have improved considerably in recent months in my view.
Kent - Black Gold4.00Good
24 Sep 2021 (Jack William)
Another pub in Green Hop week - another barrel waiting to go on. No matter, good banter with a lot of familiar faces in the early evening sunshine.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30Good
Romney Marsh - Session IPA3.80Not Tried
14 Aug 2021 (Jack William)
Leisurely cycle via the country roads from Denton. Here for 5 pm opening. The local walking group turned up shortly after. Nice.
Romney Marsh - Amber Ale4.40GoodMuch better than the Mellow.
Romney Marsh - Marsh Mellow3.60AcceptableMellow by name, mellow by strength and flavour. If I was being less kind I’d say insipid.
05 Jul 2021 (Jack William)
My cycling destination of the day. Met up with a couple of old friends at 5. Colin is back behind the bar while his daughter quarantines so service was pleasantly sedate! Unfortunately just the one ale on after a busy weekend apparently.
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10AcceptableThink it was this beer - Colin didn’t seem sure!
11 Jun 2021 (Jack William)
Beer o’clock, 14 mile hot cycle. The beer went down very well.
Hopdaemon - Green Daemon5.00Good
Romney Marsh - Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
11 May 2021 (Jack William)
Ideal place for a pint stop after a 44 mile ride via Hythe, Folkestone and Dover. Early evening - two tables of locals in fine form.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70ExcellentTop Gadds offering.
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80Not TriedLooked a bit cloudy - but was being avidly supped by some.
27 Apr 2021 (Jack William)
Cycled over for 5pm opening. Soon busy with regulars. Good banter.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Oatmeal Pale4.50ExcellentA superb pint - unusual combination of oatmeal in a pale ale - works very well.
Romney Marsh - Best Bitter4.00Good

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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.

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

We have visited this pub 96 times, seen 129 different beers and tried 109 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT15 5AJ