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The Leading Light (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Wantsum - Red RaddleExcellent1
Wantsum - BouclierExcellent2
Wantsum - Yellow TailExcellent1
Westerham - Single Hop Hallertau TraditionExcellent1
Westerham - God's WallopGood1
Temperance Union - Vfm SoftyGood2
Hopdaemon - IncubusGood1
Wantsum - 1381Acceptable1
Adnams - ExplorerNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - YakimaNot Tried0
Wantsum - One Hop First GoldNot Tried0
Marston's - Irish Peated AleNot Tried0
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - O'Hara's JDW Irish RedNot Tried0
Greene King - Abbot AleNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidNot Tried0
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish BitterNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Summer TopNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Green DaemonNot Tried0
Hook Norton - Devils Backbone Four Point BlancNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Leading Light, Faversham, Kent

Visits Details

18 Jul 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening call.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - 13813.80AcceptableAn odd floral or perfumed smell and taste. Added lemonade to knock it down with
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Old Dairy - Summer Top3.60Not Tried
05 Jul 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Busiest of the Faversham pubs I visited.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Yellow Tail4.50ExcellentBest beer of the day, perhaps a tad colder than a purist would like but welcomely so on this balmy night
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Green Daemon5.00Not Tried
Hook Norton - Devils Backbone Four Point Blanc4.00Not Tried
01 Feb 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Brief late evening visit. More "Available soons" than one could poke a stick at.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Westerham - God's Wallop4.00GoodSharply bitter
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
12 Oct 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Brief visit for quick pint. Oddly not a single festival ale on sale but staff pointed to the 4 Kentish ales and said they were at festival prices.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Red Raddle5.00ExcellentBest beer of the evening. Great head, condition and flavour
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70Not Tried
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish Bitter3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Old Dairy - Summer Top3.60Not Tried
01 Oct 2016 (Magnus Greel)
Usual uninspiring Wetherspoons atmosphere. I've not listed all the beers available.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Good
18 Sep 2016 (Alenomore)
Here for the nearby, annual food festival. Late afternoon and very quiet today. Several Old Dairy beers spotted.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Temperance Union - Vfm Softy1.00Excellent
29 Aug 2016 (Alenomore)
16:00 visit and as busy as ever. The kindergarten towards the rear was not pleasant...
BeerABVScoreNotes
Temperance Union - Vfm Softy1.00Acceptable
24 Jul 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Nice and cool in here after a full day of sunshine stomping across Luddenham and Oare Marshes.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Westerham - Single Hop Hallertau Tradition4.00ExcellentI really liked this golden, crisp, beer with relatively subtle hops.
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
16 Mar 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. A re-visit as the Bouclier had been so good
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Bouclier4.50ExcellentSingle hop brew
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Explorer4.30Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Yakima4.00Not Tried
Wantsum - One Hop First Gold4.50Not Tried
Marston's - Irish Peated Ale4.30Not Tried
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - O'Hara's JDW Irish Red4.50Not Tried
16 Mar 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Bouclier4.50ExcellentFirst rate clarity, balance and taste
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Explorer4.30Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Yakima4.00Not Tried
Wantsum - One Hop First Gold4.50Not Tried
Marston's - Irish Peated Ale4.30Not Tried
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - O'Hara's JDW Irish Red4.50Not Tried

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About The Leading Light

The pub sign. The Leading Light, Faversham, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent13
Good10
Acceptable6
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Faversham, Kent, ME13 8NZ.

Lovely Art Deco building in Preston Street not far from the railway station and opened in 1997. The name of this Wetherspoon pub recalls Henry Wreight (pronounced rate), who was a 'leading light' in the development of Faversham in the 19th century. Great iron work and windows on the front. The wood/marble interior is stunning and gives a grandiose feel to the pub. Attractive patio garden to the rear. 12 handpumps in 2 banks each of 6. Raised seating area to one side of the main bar floor and a restaurant area to the rear.

We have visited this pub 29 times, seen 73 different beers and tried 24 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME13 8NZ