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Carpenters Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hopdaemon - 1719Good3
Romney Marsh - Best BitterAcceptable3
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat AleExcellent2
Old Dairy - Blue TopExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Green Hop Ale 2019Excellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Excellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Summer's DayExcellent1
Breakwater - Castle on the HillGood1
Breakwater - KashmirGood1
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Good1
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidGood1
Kent - Green DwarfGood1
Oakham - CitraGood1
Old Dairy - Über BrewGood1
Old Dairy - Green Hop Fuggle Bitter (2019)Good1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - HPA Hoppy Pale AleGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little CrackerGood1
Romney Marsh - American PaleGood1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Friar's AleNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Copper TopNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Not Tried0
Romney Marsh - Modern BritishNot Tried0
Romney Marsh - Session IPANot Tried0
Picture 1. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent
Picture 2. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent

Visits Details

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.
06 Oct 2019 (Jack William)
Mid-afternoon. An unusual all-day opening to celebrate green hops. Free snacks and a good gathering of regulars and not-so-regulars.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Green Hop Ale 20194.80ExcellentLovely.
Kent - Green Dwarf3.70GoodVery good flavour, a bit lacking in body. But no doubt a very good session ale.
Old Dairy - Green Hop Fuggle Bitter (2019)4.20GoodQuite sweet and a surprisingly amber colour., grew on me as the pint progressed.
21 Sep 2019 (Jack William)
Early evening - the Coldred Produce Show is being prepared in the main bar - much activity around the marrows, potatoes, roses and other home-grown produce plus cakes, a photography section and a category for up-cycling.
Breakwater - Castle on the Hill4.40Good
Romney Marsh - Best Bitter4.00AcceptableNot at its best.
28 Jun 2019 (Jack William)
Early evening, village fete opposite, brass band, beer festival and 300th anniversary of the pub. Very busy.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat Ale4.20GoodOne of two Gadd’s beers outside, hence a little warm - but fresh and tasty.
Hopdaemon - 17193.90GoodSpecial brew to commemorate the pub’s 300th anniversary. Nicely balanced amber ale.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Friar's Ale4.30Not Tried
Romney Marsh - Modern British3.80Not Tried
Romney Marsh - Session IPA3.80Not Tried
18 Jun 2019 (Jack William)
Nice to go away - but also nice to get back “where everybody knows your name”. Good crowd of regulars in.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Summer's Day4.30ExcellentSpot on.
Romney Marsh - Best Bitter4.00Good
30 May 2019 (Jack William)
Timed my cycle to sample three ales as the Gadd’s ran out just after my pint. Lively banter with the regulars as usual - one told me that he was off to see Afghanistan play Australia in “Brizzle” - I thought it was a wind-up, but apparently it was true - World Cup cricket in Bristol.
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70GoodFresh on and very pleasing.
Romney Marsh - American Pale5.00GoodYum.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - HPA Hoppy Pale Ale3.60GoodVery tasty - especially for a 3.6
01 May 2019 (Jack William)
Early doors - soon filled up nicely with locals - plus a German lady walker who was made welcome and included in the conversations.
Oakham - Citra4.20GoodFresh barrel, slightly hazy - but popular and going down very easily.
Breakwater - Kashmir4.70Good

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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 76 times, seen 119 different beers and tried 99 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT15 5AJ