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The Butchers Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)Excellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Excellent3
Old Dairy - Über BrewExcellent1
Old Dairy - Über BrewExcellent3
Adnams - Tally-HoExcellent1
Oakham - CitraGood1
Oakham - JHBGood1
Adnams - BroadsideGood1
Old Dairy - Copper TopGood3
Fuller's - ESBGood4
Burning Sky - PlateauGood1
Old Dairy - Snow TopNot Tried0
Dark Star - SunburstNot Tried0
Adnams - Sloe StormNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Über BrewNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent
Picture 2. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent

Visits Details

29 Jan 2019 (Jack William)
I had been away in the Caribbean for over a week and was in desperate need of a decent pint. I wasnít disappointed.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Adnams - Tally-Ho7.00ExcellentAn absolutely delightful ale belying itís strength.
Oakham - Citra4.20Good
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not TriedOn the board simply as ďCu TopĒ - I think Martyn delights in making life difficult for the occasional drinker (there were no brewery names on the blackboard either).
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80Not Tried
13 Dec 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Early evening visit. A local made his first visit here whilst we were there, he was obviously aghast at what he had found.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80Excellent
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10GoodMore cloying than crisp on the palate these days
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
13 Dec 2018 (Jack William)
Lunchtime visit - Martyn in good form.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80ExcellentDelicious - especially on a clean palate just after noon.
Fuller's - ESB5.50GoodNew barrel, a bit sweet after the Uber.
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Good
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
24 Nov 2018 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit, quiet at first but full by afternoon closing. Much excitement about pickle night this evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Excellent
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80Excellent
Adnams - Sloe Storm4.00Not TriedJust a taster, not for me.
28 Oct 2018 (Dosser)
Big crowd in for such a small pub. First pint of real ale in 5 weeks!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Adnams - Broadside4.70Good
Fuller's - ESB5.50Good
15 Sep 2018 (Jack William)
5 pm opening - relief staff on as Martyn is on his hols. Pleasant as always.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - JHB3.80Good
Fuller's - ESB5.50AcceptableHad a 1 litre takeaway in a plastic bottle - it didnít travel that well.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
18 Jul 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit from minutes after opening. All seemed at peace here with massive gas main replacement works closing the side road and added roadworks traffic lights, plus a mandatory burst water main then some early doors customers wielding mobile phones. Usual argumentative banter seemed so very tame after all of that action.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40ExcellentBest beer of the evening, either first or second out of new cask
Fuller's - ESB5.50GoodNot the ESB of old
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50GoodAlways dependable. My compadre stuck on this one all through our stay
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not TriedRan out
Dark Star - Sunburst4.80Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
14 Jul 2018 (Andrew)
Charlie and I were on the bus home and he was very keen to visit the Butchers. We only had 30 mins before the next bus so we stood and talked to Martyn.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentCharlie thought this the best beer he'd had all night.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Sunburst4.80Not Tried
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
10 Apr 2018 (ChrisE)
Evening visit, Kevin the Pickle was covering for Martyn who is currently on holiday. A most enjoyable visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80Not Tried
10 Apr 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Just after evening opening we were the first to arrive soon joined by many others. Kevin was at the helm as Martyn was off enjoying a well earned holiday.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Excellent
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80ExcellentSo this brewery can make decent beer after all!
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
Old Dairy - Snow Top6.00Not Tried

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About The Butchers Arms

The pub sign. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional233
Excellent402
Good86
Acceptable14
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Herne, Kent, CT6 7HL.

Once the Canterbury Beer Shop selling beer straight from the cask. It is now a pub (with the same owner as before) and still does off-sales which is fantastic! Voted CAMRA Kent Pub of the Year in 2008 and East Kent CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2009 (...and not surprisingly). Regarded universally as the first Micropub, which has spawned many similar ventures in East Kent and throughout the UK. Real ales are kept on gravity dispense in a cold room to the right and you will view this when you walk through it to the unisex toilet at the rear. Displays a Micropub Association Certificate of Registration warranting, annually, that it adheres to the tenets and ethics of the Association's definition of a Micropub.

We have visited this pub 364 times, seen 153 different beers and tried 125 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT6 7HL