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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) - Green Hop AleGood1
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Good1
Hopdaemon - 1719Good2
Kent - ProhibitionExcellent1
Old Dairy - Über BrewGood1
Old Dairy - Blue TopExcellent1
Old Dairy - Summer TopGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat AleExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little CrackerGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Excellent2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Rye Pale AleExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsExcellent2
Romney Marsh - American PaleAcceptable1
Romney Marsh - Best BitterAcceptable1
Rudgate - Ruby MildGood1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Miller's Ale (originally 4.5%)Not Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderNot Tried0
Picture 1. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent
Picture 2. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent

Visits Details

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.
24 Dec 2019 (Jack William)
Evening, getting busy for the carol concert on the green opposite. Merry Christmas all.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little Cracker5.00Good
Hopdaemon - 17193.90Good
11 Dec 2019 (Jack William)
Evening- busy with the monthly book club meeting. Festive stuff in the bar.
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Good
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80Good
27 Oct 2019 (Jack William)
Another all-day Sunday opening - this time, on the 300th day of the year, to celebrate the tri-centenary of the pub. Lots of regulars and locals bringing nibbles. Free glass of bubbly. May it last another 300 years.
Old Dairy - Blue Top4.80ExcellentLovely pint.
Hopdaemon - 17193.90Good
Romney Marsh - Best Bitter4.00AcceptableRather ordinary.

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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 82 times, seen 122 different beers and tried 102 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT15 5AJ