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The Butchers Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Adnams - Tally-HoExcellent1
Oakham - CitraExcellent2
Adnams - The Rule of Twelfths (collaboration with Lost and Grounded)Excellent2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Excellent2
Old Dairy - Über BrewExcellent1
Old Dairy - Über BrewExcellent3
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster StoutExcellent1
Old Dairy - Copper TopExcellent5
Adnams - BroadsideGood1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESBGood2
Adnams - Sloe StormNot Tried0
Oakham - JHBNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent
Picture 2. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent

Visits Details

13 Feb 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Every seat taken and usual banter, venom and bull in barrel-loads.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster Stout6.20ExcellentGlorious, albeit I was rather rushed to finish it
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10ExcellentLots of zingy mouthfeel
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Oakham - JHB3.80Not TriedRan out
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
18 Dec 2019 (Jack William)
Lunchtime - nearly all seats occupied. Two guys on a pilgrimage from Blackpool where they are planning to open their own micropub in the new year. Martyn gave them a tour and some sage advice including “go for a soft opening”. Wise words.
Oakham - Citra4.20ExcellentSpot on.
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
07 Sep 2019 (ChrisE)
A lucky connection with a bus at Sturry meant that I arrived in Herne earlier than planned. I tried the door here although the pub appeared closed. I was lucky enough to be given a buckshee half pint before the pub closed for Martyn's sixtieth birthday celebrations in the nearby village hall which was my destination anyway.
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Excellent
21 May 2019 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit, a group of us chatted about the Castle pub in Oldham Street, Manchester.
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10ExcellentFresh cask to replace the Number 5.
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80Excellent
Adnams - The Rule of Twelfths (collaboration with Lost and Grounded)4.10Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not TriedThis ran out just before I was about to purchase one.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
16 May 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Early evening visit. Usual good arguments about whether blue is red.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40GoodGood English bitter
Adnams - The Rule of Twelfths (collaboration with Lost and Grounded)4.10GoodCask newly tapped, red rye ale
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80Not Tried
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 wasn’t disappointed.
Adnams - Tally-Ho7.00ExcellentAn absolutely delightful ale belying it’s strength.
Oakham - Citra4.20Good
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not TriedOn the board simply as “Cu Top” - 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.
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80Excellent
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10GoodMore cloying than crisp on the palate these days
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
13 Dec 2018 (Jack William)
Lunchtime visit - Martyn in good form.
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80ExcellentDelicious - especially on a clean palate just after noon.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - 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.
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!
Adnams - Broadside4.70Good
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Good

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About The Butchers Arms

The pub sign. The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



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 369 times, seen 155 different beers and tried 127 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT6 7HL