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The Golden Lion Hotel (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kent - MosaicExcellent1
Mauldons - Blackberry PorterExcellent1
Whitstable - Pearl of KentGood1
Wantsum - DynamoGood1
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Tiger Triple GoldGood1
Wantsum - Miller's MirthGood1
Wantsum - Black PrinceGood1
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Black BearGood1
Exe Valley - Mr. Sheppard's CrookAcceptable1
Kent - Session PaleAcceptable1
Wadworth - Young Master Summer of 1842 Session India Pale AlePoor1
Greene King - Abbot AleNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Oakham - InfernoNot Tried0
Cotleigh - Uncle Sam Hop BurstNot Tried0
Inveralmond - Rascal London Porter (Inspiration Series #3)Not Tried0
Rooster's - YPA (Yorkshire Pale Ale)Not Tried0
Loddon - Forbury Lion Strong I.P.A.Not Tried0
Goldmark - Liquid GoldNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Pale RiderNot Tried0
Wantsum - Black PigNot Tried0
Banks's - Wychwood Hobgoblin GoldNot Tried0
Salopian - Hop TwisterNot Tried0
Ossett - ExcelsiorNot Tried0
Daleside - Morocco AleNot Tried0
Brewster's - Brewer's DozenNot Tried0
Coach House - Post Horn (or Posthorn Premium)Not Tried0
Kent - Black GoldNot Tried0
Westerham - British BulldogNot Tried0
Ringwood - Old ThumperNot Tried0
Elgood's - Mamma Meerkat! The MovieNot Tried0

Visits Details

24 Jun 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Monday lunchtime for a late breakfast and a pint. I moved from my first seat when I realised it was taking the full force of an icy air-conditioning blast.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Whitstable - Pearl of Kent4.50GoodA dry, balanced Golden Ale.
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not TriedDoes anybody ever drink this stuff?
Elgood's - Mamma Meerkat! The Movie3.70Not Tried
14 Jun 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Seems easy to be invisible at the bar here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Session Pale3.70AcceptableFlat scummy head so suspect was far too fresh
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Ringwood - Old Thumper5.10Not Tried
27 May 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Brief late evening half.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Mosaic4.50ExcellentBest beer of the evening, fresh,clean and hoppy
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Coach House - Post Horn (or Posthorn Premium)5.00Not Tried
Kent - Black Gold4.00Not Tried
Westerham - British Bulldog4.10Not Tried
26 Oct 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit, rude not to have a quick half on a rush to the railway station.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mauldons - Blackberry Porter4.80ExcellentRich with blackberry fruit flavour
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Salopian - Hop Twister4.50Not Tried
Ossett - Excelsior5.20Not Tried
Daleside - Morocco Ale5.50Not Tried
Brewster's - Brewer's Dozen5.50Not Tried
14 May 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit before launching for the station.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Miller's Mirth4.20GoodFresh tasting and refreshingly cool
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Kelham Island - Pale Rider5.20Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Wantsum - Black Pig4.80Not Tried
Banks's - Wychwood Hobgoblin Gold4.20Not Tried
Wantsum - Dynamo4.30Not Tried
17 Aug 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit mainly to use the cashback card facility but it was havoc at the bar despite 5 staff being behind it. Thursday madness!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Dynamo4.30Good
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Rooster's - YPA (Yorkshire Pale Ale)4.10Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Loddon - Forbury Lion Strong I.P.A.5.50Not Tried
Goldmark - Liquid Gold4.00Not Tried
28 Jul 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening, a visit opportuned by railway disruptions.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wadworth - Young Master Summer of 1842 Session India Pale Ale5.00PoorTasted OKish but off putting as it was cloudier than a fine mix of cirrus, cumulus, nimbus and stratus. Staff showed no interest in taking it off sale when this was highlighted just saying the cask was newly on
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Oakham - Inferno4.00Not Tried
Cotleigh - Uncle Sam Hop Burst4.30Not Tried
Inveralmond - Rascal London Porter (Inspiration Series #3)5.60Not Tried
21 Apr 2015 (Dosser)
Sunny afternoon. Good choices and guest ale prices lower than the gloombar on offer
BeerABVScoreNotes
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Black Bear5.00GoodStarted off very well but....
Exe Valley - Mr. Sheppard's Crook4.70AcceptableNot very exciting
16 Oct 2014 (Dosser)
A few festival ales on this lunchtime
BeerABVScoreNotes
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Tiger Triple Gold5.00GoodFestival ale.
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90Good
27 Apr 2014 (Dosser)
Full pub at 12am. Just had coffee.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried£2,40 a pint
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not TriedAll guests and Ruddles seemed to be £1.99, so a good value pub

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About The Golden Lion Hotel

The pub sign. The Golden Lion Hotel, Rochester, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional3
Excellent7
Good9
Acceptable6
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Rochester, Kent, ME1 1EL.

Wetherspoon pub in the High Street of Rochester. Much as you would expect from a Wetherspoon's, a dining area and a bar with 10 handpumps. Modified to add some letting rooms in late 2015.

We have visited this pub 19 times, seen 72 different beers and tried 26 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME1 1EL