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Blakes of Dover (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Weltons - Marathon StoutExcellent1
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Golden WobblerExcellent1
Weltons - Green Wood GoatExcellent1
Wantsum - Montgomery (was SS Richard Montgomery)Excellent1
Adnams - BroadsideGood1
Adnams - Ghost ShipGood1
Adnams - Old AleGood1
Wantsum - 1381Good1
Breakwater - Samphire GoldGood1
Wantsum - 5 Gold GrainsGood1
Parkway (formerly Glastonbury Ales) - I'm a Talking ParrotAcceptable1
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Blakes BitterAcceptable1
Wantsum - More’s HeadUndrinkable1
Adnams - LighthouseNot Tried0
Weltons - Winter HeatNot Tried0
Whitstable - Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Weltons - Ace AleNot Tried0
Breakwater - Cow JuiceNot Tried0
Picture 1. Blakes of Dover, Dover, Kent

Visits Details

15 Dec 2023 (Jack William)
Reunion meeting with some ex-colleagues for a session of liar dice. Spent a very enjoyable 3 hours or so losing £1.80. Good lunch, beer ok. We sat in the restaurant- the downstairs bar was busy all afternoon.
Wantsum - 13813.80GoodBadged as Blakes Bitter. Good session ale.
Wantsum - 5 Gold Grains5.00GoodGood body, a little sweet for my taste however.
26 Mar 2022 (Jack William)
Stop 5, last. All 9 of us still going early evening from a noon start. A thoroughly enjoyable day. Much reminiscing for some in this bar, a new treat for a couple of others. Blakey’s Bitter was also on - a 3.8% offering now brewed by Wantsum for them.
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Good
05 Jul 2021 (Jack William)
Mid afternoon on a Monday - just two other customers in. The bar area is much as it has been for decades, dark and moody with bank notes from around the world pinned along the ceiling beams - the garden has been expanded with a large stone barbecue, brightly coloured picnic tables and a covered area with soft seats. The toilets have had a serious upgrade since I was last here.
Wantsum - Montgomery (was SS Richard Montgomery)4.00ExcellentSuper beer in top nick.
Wantsum - More’s Head3.70UndrinkableThis was sour. After I struggled through the top half inch in 10 minutes the barman changed it for a Montgomery. Both Wantsum beers had apparently been tapped at the same time.
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
21 Feb 2020 (Jack William)
Afternoon, quiet. First time that I have notice that the old stillage ex The New Mogul is no longer in place. The garden has a large covered area with soft seats now.
Parkway (formerly Glastonbury Ales) - I'm a Talking Parrot3.80AcceptableA bit ordinary.
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Blakes Bitter3.70Not Tried
19 Apr 2018 (Jack William)
Evening visit with some ex-colleagues. We sat in the newly refurbished garden in the sunshine. Quite busy inside as well.
Breakwater - Samphire Gold4.20GoodAfter returning the first one out as cloudy and a but whiffy the next three went down a treat.
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Blakes Bitter3.70Not Tried
Breakwater - Cow Juice4.20Not Tried
17 Jan 2017 (Jack William)
Early evening waiting for my fish and chips to be cooked next door (not recommended). Nice ambience - freebie snacks on the bar. One other beer on tap from Cottage.
Adnams - Old Ale4.10GoodA lovely smooth, dark brew.
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Blakes Bitter3.70Not Tried
28 Aug 2015 (Jack William)
swift one after work - comfortable
Adnams - Broadside4.70Good
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Blakes Bitter3.70Not Tried
08 Aug 2015 (ChrisE)
Just a very quick visit as a group of people sitting at the big table were talking very loudly.
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Blakes Bitter3.70AcceptableA house beer, I thought it looked straw coloured in the lighting conditions in the bar but described as amber coloured on the clip.
Whitstable - Oyster Stout4.50Not TriedOn gravity dispense.
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
Weltons - Ace Ale3.70Not Tried
16 Feb 2015 (Jack William)
After work - very quiet. The micro pub boom in Dover is taking a toll here according to the staff.
Weltons - Green Wood Goat4.20ExcellentStraight from the barrel - amber, dry - very nice "golden wheat beer with toasted oats"
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
Weltons - Winter Heat4.90Not Triedmay not have been this beer - I noted it as "winter warmer" - but didn't note the ABV
05 Jan 2015 (Jack William)
It's Monday, it's January, it's 5 PM - handful in all the same, pleasant.
Weltons - Marathon Stout5.00ExcellentDark, sweet and comforting - like a Winters morning when you can have a lie-in.
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Golden Wobbler4.10ExcellentLight and refreshing - like a summers evening - lifted the spirits.
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried

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About the Blakes of Dover

The pub sign. Blakes of Dover, Dover, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Dover, Kent, CT16 1PJ.

In Castle Street, a basement bar with a mixture of gravity and handpump beer dispense. Many of the locals from The Mogul have transferred here and the beer shows the same mix of micros. At one time the old cask stillage from The Mogul was in use here. Restaurant at ground floor and accommodation on upper floors.

We have visited this pub 47 times, seen 101 different beers and tried 64 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT16 1PJ