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Carpenters Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsExcellent2
Old Dairy - Blue TopExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Green Hop Ale 2019Excellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly English Wheat AleExcellent2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Excellent2
Breakwater - Castle on the HillGood1
Hopdaemon - 1719Good3
Kent - Green DwarfGood1
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Good1
Rudgate - Ruby MildGood1
Old Dairy - Über BrewGood1
Old Dairy - Green Hop Fuggle Bitter (2019)Good1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little CrackerGood1
Romney Marsh - American PaleAcceptable1
Romney Marsh - Best BitterAcceptable2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Not Tried0
Old Dairy - Copper TopNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Friar's AleNot 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

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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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

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About the Carpenters Arms

The pub sign. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent47
Good82
Acceptable24
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. Dover, Deal & Sandwich CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year 2015.

We have visited this pub 79 times, seen 119 different beers and tried 99 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT15 5AJ