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The Firkin Alehouse (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Iron Pier - Bullion IPAExcellent1
Burning Sky - AuroraExcellent1
Kent - Tropic AleExcellent1
Kent - Comfortably PlumExcellent2
Kent - PaleExcellent1
Bristol Beer Factory - NotoriousExcellent1
Kent - ChinookExcellent1
Kent - Session PaleExcellent2
Stewart - Session PorterExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 3Good1
Arbor Ales - Talus in WonderlandGood1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Tropical SwanGood1
Iron Pier - Session IPAGood1
Oakham - Darker DaysGood1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - RuinGood1
Bristol Beer Factory - RewindGood1
Ilkley - Ruby JaneNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Rye Pale AleNot Tried0
Iron Pier - BitterNot Tried0
Iron Pier - Krpan & Lemondrop Joined at the HopNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Brother RabbitNot Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
Wiper and True - Milkshake StoutNot Tried0
Saltaire - Triple Choc (was Triple Chocoholic)Not Tried0
Blue Monkey - BG SipsNot Tried0
Iron Pier - Admiral & Amarillo Joined at the HopNot Tried0
Kent - Mad CowNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Firkin Alehouse, Folkestone, Kent
Picture 2. The Firkin Alehouse, Folkestone, Kent
Picture 3. The Firkin Alehouse, Folkestone, Kent
Michael Croxford. Photos are of the original site, not the newer one after the move.

Visits Details

28 Feb 2022 (Dosser)
3 beers on. Different clientele to the Sam peto. 3 ales on. Lots of cans.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Ruin5.00GoodSo medicinal. Sort of flavour that shouldn't be in a beer. Good but not my sort of beer. Off to Thornbridge next week so see what their beers are like in Derbyshire. £3.80 a pint.
13 Jan 2022 (Jack William)
Bus-pass, 2nd Thursday outing. We swelled the customer numbers by 450%. Excellent, beers albeit three of a similar nature - but well varied in strength. An excellent session with a very pleasant and helpful young lady putting up with us all.
Burning Sky - Aurora5.60ExcellentAs good as the rest - with a bit more punch.
Kent - Tropic Ale4.90ExcellentCouldn’t fault it.
Bristol Beer Factory - Notorious3.80ExcellentA perfect start.
Kent - Mad Cow7.40Not TriedOn keg - went down well with our octogenarian.
07 Dec 2021 (Jack William)
To Folkestone with a couple of friends to tick a couple of places off my wish list. Dived in here first form the bus station to get out of the rain.
Kent - Session Pale3.70ExcellentThree perfect pints for us.
Saltaire - Triple Choc (was Triple Chocoholic)4.80Not Tried
Blue Monkey - BG Sips4.00Not Tried
Iron Pier - Admiral & Amarillo Joined at the Hop3.80Not Tried
14 Oct 2021 (Jack William)
Lunchtime- very pleasant session for the 2nd Thursday bus-pass group. 6 of us today. Small, homemade pies are now offered at just £3 each. Went down well.
Kent - Comfortably Plum4.90ExcellentOn keg. Silky smooth - a very good little chaser for the three paler pints.
Kent - Chinook4.50ExcellentSparklingly clear and absolutely delicious.
Bristol Beer Factory - Rewind4.20Good
Arbor Ales - Talus in Wonderland4.50GoodBilled as hazy - but I would call it murky. Despite this a very fruity, moorish pint.
05 Sep 2021 (ChrisE)
Sunday afternoon, I sat on the seats in the bay window, it was impossible to read the chalkboard menu so I had one beer and moved on. I think three cask ales were on offer.
Kent - Comfortably Plum4.90GoodCertainly not excrptional.
29 Feb 2020 (Magnus Greel)
Final venue for today's tour, standing room only at first until the crowds dissipated thus we purloined tables as and when became available.
Iron Pier - Session IPA4.20GoodBalanced aroma and flavour with a clean finish
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Brother Rabbit4.00Not Tried
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Wiper and True - Milkshake Stout4.50Not Tried
13 Feb 2020 (Jack William)
Early doors - nicely busy. Toasted sarnies for lunch cheerfully delivered by the nearby sandwich shop.
Stewart - Session Porter4.20ExcellentVery good, rich chocolatey porter.
Iron Pier - Bullion IPA5.00ExcellentVery nice, dry IPA.
Kent - Session Pale3.70GoodConsistent high quality.
07 Dec 2019 (Archie14)
Quite but definitely the best pub on our visit.
Kent - Pale4.00ExcellentDelicious floral notes for this classic pale.
Iron Pier - Bitter4.00Not Tried
Iron Pier - Krpan & Lemondrop Joined at the Hop3.80Not Tried
31 Oct 2019 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit and just two other customers in.
Oakham - Darker Days4.80GoodNice to see a dark beer from Oakham.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Rye Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
30 Jul 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 9pm close. A dramatically different place to its previous incarnation and if I can put my finger on it I think it is because the Guv no longer circulates with at seat service but is ensconced behind a bar counter. Desperately needs some sound baffling provision as it is as echoey as a railway waiting room.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 35.00Good
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Tropical Swan3.50GoodNot as citrussy as I feared, very refreshing actually
Ilkley - Ruby Jane4.00Not Tried

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About The Firkin Alehouse

The pub sign. The Firkin Alehouse, Folkestone, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2AZ.

Micropub close to Folkestone bus station which opened in November 2012, no music or slot machines and the use of mobile phones is banned with a fine imposed for disturbing the peace. Same level gravity stillage for real ales and ciders from a separate temperature controlled cellar room. Usually at seat service. In its original location had an impressive pumpclip display of beers sold to date in the unisex toilet all laid out by brewery! Ashford, Folkestone & Romney Marsh CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year 2014. Moved overnight 24/25 September 2017 from 18 to 20 Cheriton Place into new premises and now with a bar counter to obtain service.

We have visited this pub 106 times, seen 216 different beers and tried 146 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT20 2AZ