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The Windmill (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Goacher's - Crown Imperial StoutExcellent1
Kent - Session PaleExcellent1
Hastings - Hastings BlondeExcellent1
Whitstable - Native BitterExcellent1
Kent - Black GoldExcellent1
Long Man - Copper HopExcellent1
Goacher's - Fine Light AleExcellent1
Rockin Robin - Hoppin RobinExcellent1
Hastings - Hastings PorterExcellent1
Dark Star - OriginalExcellent2
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Kings Old AleExcellent1
Larkins - TraditionalExcellent4
Surrey Hills - Gilt ComplexExcellent1
Hopdaemon - Over the TopExcellent1
360° - West Coast IPAGood1
Burning Sky - PlateauAcceptable2
Westerham - God's Wallop (see now 4% entry)Not Tried0
Whitstable - Kentish ReserveNot Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Dark Star - Partridge Best BitterNot Tried0
Long Man - Best BitterNot Tried0
Sambrook's - JunctionNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale AleNot Tried0
Adnams - Shingle ShellsNot Tried0
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Not Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Brighton Bier - South Coast IPANot Tried0
Whitstable - Pearl of KentNot Tried0
Box Steam - Tunnel VisionNot Tried0
Lymestone - Ein SteinNot Tried0
Long Man - Long Blonde Not Tried0
Sambrook's - Lavender Hill (originally exclusively for Nicholson's)Not Tried0
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Lost KingdomNot Tried0
Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Windmill, Sevenoaks Weald, Kent

Visits Details

04 Nov 2014 (thebrewingman)
Tuesday evening. A good mix of diners and drinkers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Rockin Robin - Hoppin Robin3.70ExcellentDrinking well.
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Kings Old Ale4.50ExcellentA really tasty pint although one of my party did not agree with me.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Lost Kingdom5.20Not Tried
Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)3.80Not Tried
23 Aug 2014 (ChrisE)
Another web site stated that this pub opens at 10:00 on Saturdays, it does not so we sat on a bench on the village green for about 30 minutes until 12:00 opening. A very enjoyable visit with friendly management and staff.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Black Gold4.00ExcellentA superb tasty black ale, I had two of these.
Larkins - Traditional3.40AcceptableA bit disappointing.
Lymestone - Ein Stein5.00Not Tried
Sambrook's - Junction4.50Not Tried
Long Man - Long Blonde 3.80Not Tried
Sambrook's - Lavender Hill (originally exclusively for Nicholson's)4.50Not Tried
16 Aug 2014 (thebrewingman)
Early evening. A few drinkers before the diners arrive. There were apologies because the Larkins handpump had failed and I forgot the fifth beer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Surrey Hills - Gilt Complex4.60Excellent
Kent - Session Pale3.70Excellent
Box Steam - Tunnel Vision4.20Not Tried
Whitstable - Native Bitter3.70Not Tried
01 Jul 2014 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit, I had never been here before and made the mistake of alighting from the bus at Windmill Lane, which is a very long way from Windmill Road. The bar was fairly quiet but there were people eating in a separate area of the pub, and several enjoying beer and sandwiches in the garden. One of the two barmen on duty was very enthusiastic about beer. The prices were good for the area (£3.40 for Larkins)and I was especially pleased that both my pints and my half pint were served in lined oversize glasses.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Larkins - Traditional3.40ExcellentA good start to the day.
Hastings - Hastings Porter4.50ExcellentVery good, but unfortunately I only had time for a half pint.
360° - West Coast IPA5.60GoodVery well kept pint but not up to my expectations for an American style IPA.
Whitstable - Native Bitter3.70Not Tried
Whitstable - Pearl of Kent4.50Not Tried
04 Jun 2014 (thebrewingman)
Busy Wednesday lunchtime, but they managed to find a table for the two of us. Food was excellent as usual. Three courses for £13.90.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Original5.00ExcellentSuperb.
Hastings - Hastings Blonde3.90ExcellentReplaced the Plateau and I was brought a taster to apologise for the condition of the Plateau. After this it would have been rude not to have a half.
Long Man - Copper Hop4.20ExcellentIn excellent condition.
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50UndrinkableI had the last of the barrel which was murky and sour. This was replaced straightaway with the Long Man Copper.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Long Man - Best Bitter4.00Not TriedBut my wife enjoyed three halves.
Brighton Bier - South Coast IPA5.00Not Tried
11 Apr 2014 (thebrewingman)
Friday lunchtime visit to the newly announced West Kent CAMRA Pub of the Year 2014. Everything about this pub says "we look after the customer". Good food at sensible prices, over sized glasses so you always get a pint, proper glasses for half pints (and thirds) so those who are beer "challenged" don't have to drink out of hotel toothbrush glasses, a careful consideration of the types of real ale available so most style tastes are catered for - I could go on. I would also like to add I have no connection with the owners.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50ExcellentI had a pint from the end of a barrel which was not top form. It was replaced immediately with one from the next barrel in the cellar whilst the line was cleaned.
Hopdaemon - Over the Top5.20Excellent
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Not Tried
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Brighton Bier - South Coast IPA5.00Not Tried
07 Dec 2013 (thebrewingman)
Early evening. Tables laid up for diners but they moved the cutlery for three old soaks to have a beer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Larkins - Traditional3.40ExcellentOn good form.
Whitstable - Kentish Reserve5.00Not Tried
Sambrook's - Junction4.50Not Tried
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
Long Man - Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Shingle Shells3.90Not Tried
10 Nov 2013 (thebrewingman)
Sunday lunchtime and I had not booked but they managed to find a table for two. Very busy with diners and also a group of Sunday lunchtime drinkers. Very efficient service and a good selection of local ales and ciders.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Dark Star - Original5.00Excellent
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Dark Star - Partridge Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Long Man - Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
13 Jan 2013 (thebrewingman)
Sunday lunchtime and most tables reserved for diners although there were some available for the casual caller. There were several locals drinking in the bar area and it felt like a real community pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Larkins - Traditional3.40ExcellentA superb bitter when in good condition like here.
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50ExcellentIn tip top condition.
Whitstable - Native Bitter3.70ExcellentNew barrel on so in excellent condition.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Westerham - God's Wallop (see now 4% entry)4.50Not Tried
Whitstable - Kentish Reserve5.00Not Tried

About The Windmill

The pub sign. The Windmill, Sevenoaks Weald, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

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Excellent18
Good1
Acceptable1
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Website.

The pub is found in Sevenoaks Weald, Kent, TN14 6PN.

Recently refurbished Victorian village pub. Multi-roomed with lots of brewing artifacts including a large collection of water jugs. 6 handpumps, all in use, with a policy of stocking mainly local ales. Excellent food menu. 2014 CAMRA West Kent Branch Pub of the Year and subsequently 2014 CAMRA Kent Pub of the Year. In November 2014 selected as one of the last 4 in the CAMRA National 2014 PoTY competition. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2015 and again in 2016.

We have visited this pub 9 times, seen 34 different beers and tried 16 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN14 6PN