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The Bull Inn (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Pig & Porter - Pattern RecognitionExcellent2
Larkins - TraditionalExcellent3
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)Excellent5
Larkins - PorterGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire GoldNot Tried0
St Austell - TributeNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Bull Inn, Benenden, Kent

Visits Details

02 Mar 2019 (Wittenden)
Late Saturday afternoon.Steady wet trade.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Larkins - Traditional3.40ExcellentTrad as it should be: mellow toffee.Grand.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
22 Dec 2018 (Wittenden)
Late afternoon post dog walk: a few in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Larkins - Porter5.20GoodProbably not quite ready, a bit oily on the tongue. Still, great to find this iconic Kent beer here.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
10 Nov 2018 (Wittenden)
Dusk on a showery November Saturday afternoon.Busy with drinkers enjoying a pint.Funny to think that for the first two decades of my drinking career it would have been illegal at this hour.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80GoodHmm, seemed a bit 'Northern', not as open as I remember it.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire Gold4.10Not Tried
12 Aug 2018 (Wittenden)
Late afternoon post dog walk visit.I sat outside enjoying my beer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Larkins - Traditional3.40GoodNot as mellow as I've come to expect.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
09 Jun 2018 (Wittenden)
Late Saturday afternoon,building up for the evening's rush.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentTop notch.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire Gold4.10Not Tried
28 May 2018 (Wittenden)
Late afternoon on a sweltering Bank Holiday Monday. Several sitting outside.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80GoodInitially mellow,followed by the expected burst of hops.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire Gold4.10Not Tried
28 Apr 2018 (Wittenden)
Early evening:a good congregation of drinkers, much cask being consumed.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentCitrus for the soul.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
23 Mar 2018 (Wittenden)
Meal with the family in the bar.Lively mixed trade on a March Friday evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Larkins - Traditional3.40ExcellentA cracking pint of Traditional.The hoppiness of the previously consumed Hophead served to bring out the toffee and vanilla notes.Classic.
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentDoesn't seem to have suffered from the change of ownership,though there are many Sussex and Kent Pale Ales that give it a fair run for its money.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
02 Sep 2017 (Wittenden)
Saturday lunchtime:filling up rapidly with diners.I sat in the bay window watching the autumnal cloudscape.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Pig & Porter - Pattern Recognition4.20ExcellentHazy,raspberries,farmyard.Good stuff.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
12 Aug 2017 (Wittenden)
Late Saturday afternoon.A few in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Pig & Porter - Pattern Recognition4.20GoodPale gold.Coarse blackcurrant hops. Sweet malt.Bit of farmyard. Grew on me.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried

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About The Bull Inn

The pub sign. The Bull Inn, Benenden, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional12
Excellent43
Good19
Acceptable2
Poor3

Website.

The pub is found in Benenden, Kent, TN17 4DE.

The pub has 3 rooms (with a restaurant room to the side). The main bar area has an inglenook fire place and a large, seated, bay window. To the side is a slightly sunken room and behind that a small snug with its own bar. The pub has lots of oak and lots of character. The owner also owns the Kitty Fisher (formerly known as King William IV) across the other side of the green here.

We have visited this pub 56 times, seen 37 different beers and tried 24 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN17 4DE