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Carpenters Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Rye Pale AleExcellent1
Kent - ProhibitionExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat AleExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsExcellent2
Kent - Craft PaleGood1
Rudgate - Ruby MildGood1
Kent - KGBGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Good3
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Green Hop AleGood1
Old Dairy - Summer TopGood1
Romney Marsh - American PaleAcceptable1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Acceptable1
Romney Marsh - Best BitterNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Miller's Ale (originally 4.5%)Not Tried0
Picture 1. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent
Picture 2. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent

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31 Dec 2020 (Jack William)
Takeaway at 1730. This little pub has persevered throughout the year and has been well supported. I think it will make it back to normal in 2021 unlike many others I fear.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80AcceptableBit weak to see off 2020 - but ok.
18 Dec 2020 (Jack William)
Takeaway of course - but managed to sup a pint with a local outside, well away from the pub whilst keeping socially distant. When will this nightmare end?
Kent - KGB4.10Good
27 Oct 2020 (Jack William)
Despite the rain and with darkening skies I cycled here for 5pm opening. Well worth it, a jolly gathering of locals. Appropriately my favourite pub for my 1400th entry.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Good
Kent - Craft Pale4.00Good
16 Oct 2020 (Jack William)
5 pm opening. Social distancing and table service now including 4 pint jugs. Half a dozen regulars in the first hour - jolly banter as usual.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Rye Pale Ale4.00ExcellentA superb straw coloured ale in sparkling condition.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Miller's Ale (originally 4.5%)4.20Not Tried
06 Oct 2020 (Jack William)
Final stop on my mini tour of East Kent. Just about at capacity for these challenging times.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Green Hop Ale4.30Good
Old Dairy - Summer Top3.60GoodSurprised to see this in October.
20 Aug 2020 (Jack William)
Early evening - about 3/4 through my day’s cycle. Well patronised again today. The lockdown hasn’t seem to have affected this pub too badly - but you can’t eat out to help out here - unless you want crisps, peanuts or twiglets. I settled for the exotic twiglets.
Kent - Prohibition4.80ExcellentDelicious.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30Not Tried
08 Jul 2020 (Jack William)
Back to 5pm opening and we are allowed inside, with number six restricted to less than 10. Almost feels normal. Excellent conversation.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70Excellent... this has now been nicknamed “4 S” - much easier to order after a few!
Rudgate - Ruby Mild4.40GoodSmoky
24 Jun 2020 (Jack William)
Takeaways are proving very successful here - the advertised one hour session being stretched to two now.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70ExcellentFresh barrel - superb.
Romney Marsh - American Pale5.00AcceptableLast on out.
Romney Marsh - Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
09 Jun 2020 (Jack William)
Another cycle for a Tuesday takeaway. The village green was sparsely occupied by a dozen or so socially distancing regulars. Delightful.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70Not TriedEnd of barrel - just missed it.
19 May 2020 (Jack William)
Takeaways for one hour a day. Worth a (28 mile) cycle to indulge. Doing a brisk trade and it was delightful to catch up with a few regulars - at a good distance - on the village green. Fortuitously I managed to come on a day when the barrels were being changed over so 2 ales. Bliss.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40ExcellentOne customer at a time - but I sat at the bar for a few minutes, chatted to the landlady, supped this delicious beer and felt that everything was alright with the world.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat Ale4.20ExcellentSo good in the May sunshine.

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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 85 times, seen 123 different beers and tried 103 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT15 5AJ