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Sissinghurst Castle Smallholders Fair (Beer Tent)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Old Dairy - Blue TopExceptional1
Dark Star - Over The MoonExceptional1
Tonbridge - Ebony MoonExceptional2
Dark Star - Summer MeltdownExcellent1
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Royal Best BitterExcellent1
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Sovereign BlondeExcellent1
Dark Star - Old Ale (aka Old Chestnut)Excellent1
Abigale - SamphireGood1
Old Dairy - Gold TopGood1
Old Dairy - Sun TopNot Tried0
Westerham - Special Bitter Ale "1965"Not Tried0
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish BitterNot Tried0
Westerham - Summer PerleNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Red TopNot Tried0

Visits Details

14 Aug 2011 (Wittenden)
Back here again- we were selling plants at the Fair. Tent very busy, and all beers sold out mid afternoon.
Old Dairy - Blue Top4.80ExceptionalA fine pint of this prize winning IPA. As Ed the brewer says, sometimes you want malt and hops,not uberhops. I could have drunk this all day.
Tonbridge - Ebony Moon4.20ExcellentAlmost as good as yesterday.My kind of beer-dark and luscious.
Old Dairy - Gold Top4.30Not Tried
Old Dairy - Sun Top3.60Not Tried
13 Aug 2011 (Wittenden)
Paul's Smallhythe Tavern up and running for another year.
Tonbridge - Ebony Moon4.20ExceptionalA lovely dark,malty bitterish porter. Great stuff
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Sovereign Blonde3.80ExcellentA pleasant crisp Golden. Decent hoppy session beer.
Abigale - Samphire4.10GoodA burnished coloured best bitter, with a seaweedy taste. Not really my cup of tea, but I enjoyed it.
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish Bitter3.80Not Tried
Westerham - Summer Perle3.80Not Tried
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80Not Tried
Old Dairy - Gold Top4.30Not Tried
Old Dairy - Sun Top3.60Not TriedSold out
22 Aug 2010 (Wittenden)
Interesting selection of Kent and Sussex beers. I haven't listed 'em all. as I was supposedly working on our stall.
Dark Star - Over The Moon3.80Exceptionala really complex tasty dark ale with a great degree of hops-is it a mild, or something on its own? Not too strong, and not as sweet as the colour might hint. Excellent
Dark Star - Old Ale (aka Old Chestnut)4.00ExcellentIt was raining, sales were slack:what better than a warming rich glass of what could become my favourite old ale. Roll on winter!
Dark Star - Summer Meltdown4.80ExcellentI love ginger in curries, perhaps not in beer. Good beer, but not really to my taste, but it did have the benefit of clearing the pallet!
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Royal Best Bitter4.10ExcellentAnother new one for me: I'd heard mixed views on this, but found it a perfectly acceptable Best Bitter-good dark amber colour, fruity and not too sweet. I could definately make this a regular.
Old Dairy - Gold Top4.30GoodMy first sight of this beer on draught. A clean tasting golden ale, with a slight "burnt" taste that I'd noticed in its bottled form
Westerham - Special Bitter Ale "1965"5.00Not Triedunfortunately this ran out before I could try it.

About the Sissinghurst Castle Smallholders Fair

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Sissinghurst, Kent, TN17 2AB.

Don't know if a beer tent is a fit subject for this site, but Paul put together an eclectic selection of beers from Old Dairy, Dark Star, Westerham and Royal Tunbridge Wells breweries.

We have visited this pub 3 times, seen 14 different beers and tried 9 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN17 2AB