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The Bouncing Barrel (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Shivering Sands - Ribersborg StoutExcellent1
Twisted Oak - Wild WoodExcellent1
Marble - Manchester BitterExcellent1
Oakham - JHBExcellent2
Hop Fuzz - APA American Pale AleGood1
Mad Cat - Crispin AleGood1
Kirkby Lonsdale - Black IPAGood1
Vocation - Bread & ButterGood1
Ilkley - Joshua JaneAcceptable1
Portobello - American Pale AleAcceptable1
Pig & Porter - Jumping FrogNot Tried0
Shivering Sands - Maunsell BitterNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Constellation - CapricornNot Tried0
Loddon - Gravesend Shrimpers BitterNot Tried0
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Dark MunroNot Tried0
Rudgate - York Chocolate StoutNot Tried0
Musket - Flintlock Best BitterNot Tried0
Four Candles - Triple Hop SessionNot Tried0
Twisted Oak - Slippery SlopeNot Tried0
Dartmoor - LegendNot Tried0
Timothy Taylor - Boltmaker (formerly Best Bitter)Not Tried0
High Weald - Charcoal BurnerNot Tried0
Big Hand - Super Tidy IPANot Tried0
Oakham - InfernoNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - Blue Sky DrinkingNot Tried0
Flying Monk - ElmersNot Tried0
Fixed Wheel - Blackheath StoutNot Tried0
Flying Monk - HabitNot Tried0
New Bristol - Bristol BitterNot Tried0
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Blue TopNot Tried0
Fyne - JarlNot Tried0
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Green Hop Challenger Pale AleNot Tried0
Bristol Beer Factory - FortitudeNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Not Tried0
Well Drawn - Brewers GoldNot Tried0
Romney Marsh - Amber AleNot Tried0
Brighton Bier - Saoirse India StoutNot Tried0
Wantsum - Montgomery (was SS Richard Montgomery)Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Bouncing Barrel, Herne Bay, Kent
Picture 2. The Bouncing Barrel, Herne Bay, Kent

Visits Details

05 Apr 2024 (Andrew)
Not too busy. Friendly pub.
Ilkley - Joshua Jane3.70AcceptableFlat, so not great but drinkable.
Fyne - Jarl3.80Not Tried
Bristol Beer Factory - Fortitude4.00Not Tried
Well Drawn - Brewers Gold4.10Not Tried
Brighton Bier - Saoirse India Stout4.80Not Tried
25 Mar 2024 (Andrew)
Early evening visit and only a handful in (and nearly as many dogs).
Vocation - Bread & Butter3.90GoodSurprisingly fruity with a low bitter finish. Pale gold in colour. Pleasant.
Arbor Ales - Blue Sky Drinking4.40Not Tried
Fixed Wheel - Blackheath Stout5.00Not Tried
New Bristol - Bristol Bitter4.00Not Tried
23 Jan 2024 (Magnus Greel)
Late afternoon not long after opening we had the place to ourselves for a short time.
Marble - Manchester Bitter4.20ExcellentSpeciality malt gives the deep golden colour and robust base, balanced by crisp bitterness and a floral, lemony aroma.
Timothy Taylor - Boltmaker (formerly Best Bitter)4.00Not Tried
Big Hand - Super Tidy IPA4.00Not Tried
10 Jan 2023 (Magnus Greel)
My first and most enjoyable visit, just a couple of others in so we all managed to find seats just before a few others arrived after. Curious and welcoming guv kept us entertained and it was a shame to leave to our next venue.
Twisted Oak - Wild Wood4.00ExcellentA bitter yet smooth and creamy flavour feast, superb!
Oakham - JHB3.80Not Tried
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Dark Munro4.00Not Tried
Musket - Flintlock Best Bitter4.20Not Tried
Twisted Oak - Slippery Slope5.30Not Tried
21 Jan 2022 (Jack William)
The owners are away so the regulars are having a beer festival! Busy just before 1. 10 ales on, first day.
Shivering Sands - Ribersborg Stout4.70ExcellentThe tasting notes were a bit OTT “A dark dry ale, 4 different malts, overtones of liquorice and charred toast with hints of lemongrass and pine needles.” Very good.
Hop Fuzz - APA American Pale Ale4.00Good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Not Tried
Romney Marsh - Amber Ale4.20Not Tried
Wantsum - Montgomery (was SS Richard Montgomery)4.00Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Jumping Frog4.20Not Tried
Shivering Sands - Maunsell Bitter4.00Not Tried
Constellation - Capricorn4.40Not Tried
03 Oct 2019 (Jack William)
Early lunchtime- just the guv and one other customer in. Like a library - phone and crossword occupying attentions. Lovely pint though.
Oakham - JHB3.80ExcellentA lovely pint in perfect condition.
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Blue Top4.80Not Tried
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Green Hop Challenger Pale Ale3.60Not Tried
17 May 2019 (Andrew)
We sat in a window seat. It was like being at the theatre.
Oakham - JHB3.80GoodNice and JHB-like.
Oakham - Inferno4.00Not Tried
Flying Monk - Elmers3.80Not Tried
Flying Monk - Habit4.20Not Tried
13 Dec 2018 (Jack William)
Afternoon - a good few in, very welcoming.
Portobello - American Pale Ale5.00AcceptableRather hazy and disappointingly lackin* in flavour for an APA.
Dartmoor - Legend4.40Not Tried
High Weald - Charcoal Burner4.30Not Tried
28 Oct 2018 (Dosser)
3 ales on, all 4% and under
Kirkby Lonsdale - Black IPA4.00Good
02 Dec 2017 (Andrew)
Mad Cat - Crispin Ale4.00Good
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Loddon - Gravesend Shrimpers Bitter4.10Not Tried
Rudgate - York Chocolate Stout5.00Not Tried
Four Candles - Triple Hop Session3.60Not Tried

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About The Bouncing Barrel

The pub sign. The Bouncing Barrel, Herne Bay, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5EA.

Located in a former care business office in Bank Street this latest addition to Kent's micropubs opened its doors at noon on Saturday 4th May 2013 in time to catch the May Day bank holiday traffic. Real ales, cider and wine sold - the casks can be viewed through a window. No bar so usually table service applies. Wall mounted bench seating on the sides with old electronics workshop benches as tables. Lower height bench seating in the window with little wooden ledges between seats for balancing one's glass. The large front window in an attractive lattice design. Externally the building has a first floor bay window overhanging the frontage. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2023.

We have visited this pub 30 times, seen 103 different beers and tried 39 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT6 5EA