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Carpenters Arms (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kent - KGBExcellent1
Bellfield - Lawless Village IPAExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Luverlee JuberleeExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 3Excellent1
Hopdaemon - Session AleExcellent1
Old Dairy - Copper TopExcellent1
Hopdaemon - IncubusGood1
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPAGood1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Olicana Good2
Romney Marsh - American PaleGood1
Salopian - Sunlit UplandsGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat AleGood1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's AleGood1
Old Dairy - Red TopGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderGood1
Kent - ZingiberGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Acceptable1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsAcceptable1
Romney Marsh - Marsh SunsetNot Tried0
Old Dairy - JubileeNot Tried0
Romney Marsh - Best BitterNot Tried0
Kent - Black GoldNot Tried0
Picture 1. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent
Picture 2. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent

Visits Details

10 Aug 2022 (Jack William)
Evening for the book club, confessed I hadn’t been able to get through Pride and Prejudice, I was not the only one. Good crowd of regulars plus some newbies I think. Nice to see.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Excellent
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50GoodGood but rather on the sweet side for me.
03 Aug 2022 (Jack William)
Back to regular haunt. Early evening, mainly regulars in. Bumped into a neighbour (we live within 200 yards of each other, 14 miles away) - said he’d been coming here for over 40 years - never seen him in before.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80GoodTop condition.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70AcceptableA little lifeless.
25 Jun 2022 (Jack William)
Mid afternoon on the middle day of the Carpenters beer festival. A good mix of locals and visitors spreading out onto the village green. Excellent session. 7 ales on with some more in the wings apparently.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 35.00ExcellentAt its best. Such body.
Bellfield - Lawless Village IPA4.50ExcellentTravels well.
Kent - Zingiber4.10GoodOf course it is good - it’s Kent. Just a hint of ginger.
Salopian - Sunlit Uplands4.10Good
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Romney Marsh - Marsh Sunset4.80Not Tried
Old Dairy - Jubilee4.00Not Tried
08 Jun 2022 (Jack William)
June book club meet. A regular face asked me if I was Jack from the Pubs and Beer site, and what a good site it is. So come on Pete - sign up and start contributing, it’s fun and free and great to look back on your old entries and see your own map of pubs visited.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Luverlee Juberlee3.90ExcellentWell rounded, top condition.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat Ale4.20Good
Kent - Black Gold4.00Not Tried
11 May 2022 (Jack William)
Early evening - book club. Pub was thriving with locals, book club irregulars, a couple of other cyclists and a family of 3 Ukrainians who are being housed by one of the regulars. A couple of dogs milling around also - I love this place. Romney Marsh Sunset also on at 4.8% - very good dark ale.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Olicana 4.00Good
03 May 2022 (Jack William)
Early doors. Cold but a brief sunny spell so we sat outside and pondered the low level of the pond due to the recent lack of rainfall.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Good
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Olicana 4.00GoodVery pleasant oatmeal pale.
28 Mar 2022 (Jack William)
Early doors (15 mins after 1700 opening) - I was ready for a pint after a 20 mile ride - Colin was not ready to serve though - coal fire needing to be revived from last night. Very good pint, and half a dozen regulars in by the time I left at 1800.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Session Ale3.80ExcellentSuperb pint for a 3.8. Getting good reviews all round.
Kent - Black Gold4.00Not Tried
20 Feb 2022 (Jack William)
My first Sunday afternoon visit to this pub. Jolly crowd of locals that waxed and waned over a couple of hours.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's Ale3.90GoodFull bodied Amber ale in good nick.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80AcceptableRather bland. One of Gadd’s weakest, a while since I had this. Underwhelmed.
01 Feb 2022 (Jack William)
Early evening - good group of regulars in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - KGB4.10ExcellentA superb pint.
Romney Marsh - American Pale5.00Good
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?
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30Good
Romney Marsh - Best Bitter4.00Not Tried

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About the Carpenters Arms

The pub sign. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent60
Good104
Acceptable29
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 105 times, seen 139 different beers and tried 118 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT15 5AJ