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Jolly Drayman (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)Exceptional2
Whitstable - Cockle WarmerExcellent1
Kent - Beyond the PaleExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderExcellent1
St Austell - Proper JobExcellent1
Kent - Black GoldExcellent2
Fyne - AvalancheExcellent1
Hop Fuzz - VeteranExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dark ConspiracyExcellent1
Kent - EnigmaExcellent2
Froth Blowers - SPA AnthemGood1
Hook Norton - Old HookyGood1
Kent - PaleGood1
Billericay - Rhythm StickGood1
Jolly Drayman - Jolly Drayman Festival aleAcceptable1
St Austell - TributePoor1
Wantsum - Turbulent PriestNot Tried0
Wantsum - More's Head (previously 3.4%)Not Tried0
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Royal Best BitterNot Tried0
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Golden TicketNot Tried0
Wantsum - One Hop ClusterNot Tried0
Wantsum - Red RaddleNot Tried0
Wantsum - One Hop GreenNot Tried0
Brains - The Rev James OriginalNot Tried0
Weltons - Old HarryNot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Skinner's - Betty Stogs BitterNot Tried0
Isle of Purbeck - Studland Bay WreckedNot Tried0
Milton - NeroNot Tried0
Fuller's - Red FoxNot Tried0
Kent - ProhibitionNot Tried0
Picture 1. Jolly Drayman, Gravesend, Kent

Visits Details

01 Dec 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Busy in fact heaving as expected for this fine pub on a Saturday evening, I found a table in the lobby area which thankfully was a lot cooler compared to the heat and humidity around the main bar area.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Proper Job4.50ExcellentI think this is the first time I've tried the non bottled version - spot on nick and expected flavours minus the bottling carbonation.
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Fuller's - Red Fox4.30Not Tried
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
Kent - Prohibition4.80Not Tried
23 Jun 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit. Good, chatty, wise locals at the bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Billericay - Rhythm Stick4.80Good
Froth Blowers - SPA Anthem4.10Good
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
22 Nov 2014 (Magnus Greel)
Afternoon and fairly quiet
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Excellent
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Hook Norton - Old Hooky4.60Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
22 Nov 2014 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit and only a few other customers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hook Norton - Old Hooky4.60Good
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
09 Aug 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Very quiet but it is rather out of the town centre.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Tribute4.20PoorCould not make up my mind on this one but my post departure burp had acetic notes so suspect was past its best
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Brains - The Rev James Original4.50Not Tried
Weltons - Old Harry5.20Not Tried
11 Nov 2012 (Pedro)
Lunchtime to use up vouchers took Dosser along
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dark Conspiracy4.90Excellent
Whitstable - Cockle Warmer4.70Excellent
Kent - Black Gold4.00Excellent
Kent - Beyond the Pale5.40Excellent
Kent - Enigma5.50Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30Not Tried
Wantsum - Turbulent Priest4.40Not Tried
Wantsum - More's Head (previously 3.4%)3.50Not Tried
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Royal Best Bitter4.10Not Tried
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Golden Ticket5.00Not Tried
Wantsum - Red Raddle5.00Not Tried
Wantsum - One Hop Green4.50Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - Veteran4.20Not Tried
Jolly Drayman - Jolly Drayman Festival ale6.50Not Tried
11 Nov 2012 (Dosser)
End of the beer fest, Sunday lunchtime. About 20 beers not mentioned.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Enigma5.50Excellent
Jolly Drayman - Jolly Drayman Festival ale6.50Acceptable1 and a half litres of rum and kent porter went into each cask. Well over the top. Made for uncomfortable drinking with a sickly taste.
10 Nov 2012 (Pedro)
Evening for beer festival
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30Excellent
Kent - Black Gold4.00Excellent
Hop Fuzz - Veteran4.20Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dark Conspiracy4.90Not Tried
Whitstable - Cockle Warmer4.70Not Tried
Wantsum - Turbulent Priest4.40Not Tried
Wantsum - More's Head (previously 3.4%)3.50Not Tried
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Royal Best Bitter4.10Not Tried
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Golden Ticket5.00Not Tried
Kent - Beyond the Pale5.40Not Tried
Kent - Enigma5.50Not Tried
Wantsum - One Hop Cluster4.50Not Tried
Wantsum - Red Raddle5.00Not Tried
Jolly Drayman - Jolly Drayman Festival ale6.50Not Tried
14 Nov 2010 (ChrisE)
A busy Sunday evening, it was the last day of the pub's three day beer festival which would appear to have been very successful as many of the beers had sold out.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fyne - Avalanche4.50ExcellentDelicious straw coloured ale, with a hint of lemon and grapefruit.
Kent - Pale4.00GoodEasy drinking pale ale.
14 Aug 2010 (Magnus Greel)
Afternoon visit, a couple of others in. Quiet back street locals pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExceptionalEchoing ChrisE's description
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
Isle of Purbeck - Studland Bay Wrecked4.50Not Tried
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried

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About the Jolly Drayman

The pub sign. Jolly Drayman, Gravesend, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent12
Good4
Acceptable1
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Gravesend, Kent, DA12 1JA.

This is a ex Charrington's pub and hotel that was once part of Walker's Gravesend Brewery which ceased brewing in 1928. The brewery office can be seen on the opposite side of the road in Wellington Street. At one time a regular CAMRA Good Beer Guide entry - certainly featured in the first 25 editions consecutively. Low ceilinged single bar with 5 handpumps.

We have visited this pub 11 times, seen 31 different beers and tried 16 of them.

Map location

Postcode: DA12 1JA