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Carpenters Arms (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kent - Black GoldExcellent2
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kentish BestExcellent1
Hopdaemon - Session AleExcellent1
Kent - KGBExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Olicana Good2
Romney Marsh - American PaleGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderGood2
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's AleGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Good1
Hopdaemon - IncubusGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Acceptable1
Romney Marsh - Session IPANot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPANot Tried0
Kent - PaleNot Tried0
Romney Marsh - Best BitterNot Tried0
Picture 1. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent
Picture 2. Carpenters Arms, Coldred, Kent

Visits Details

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30Good
Romney Marsh - Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
04 Jan 2022 (Jack William)
Early evening - I had arranged to meet Colin, the semi-retired landlord for some more background information about the pub. I’m attempting to write a pub history of this little gem. Good chat about old “characters” - most of it unpublishable! A few regulars in.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Good
Kent - Pale4.00Not Tried
15 Dec 2021 (Jack William)
December book club - nibbles and good conversation as always here.
Kent - Black Gold4.00ExcellentWent surprisingly well with the blue cheese.
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
23 Oct 2021 (Jack William)
Early Saturday evening - I joined a horseshoe of regulars around the bar and open fire for talk about films, skittles and unblocking village drains. Excellent.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kentish Best3.70ExcellentCanterbury Ales have improved considerably in recent months in my view.
Kent - Black Gold4.00Good
24 Sep 2021 (Jack William)
Another pub in Green Hop week - another barrel waiting to go on. No matter, good banter with a lot of familiar faces in the early evening sunshine.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30Good
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



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 101 times, seen 132 different beers and tried 112 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT15 5AJ