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Sawyers (formerly Barbers Arms) (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hopdaemon - Session AleGood1
Lymestone - Nose to the GrindstoneGood1
Westerham - Single Hop EpicGood1
Skinner's - Heligan HoneyGood1
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Quercus FoliumGood1
Cairngorm - StagGood2
Burton Bridge - XL BitterAcceptable1
Stonehenge - Spire AleAcceptable1
Bowman - Meon Valley BitterAcceptable1
Wantsum - FortitudePoor2
Rudgate - Brass Monkey PalePoor1
Dark Star - SunburstNot Tried0
White Horse - Village IdiotNot Tried0
Portobello - Snow FlakeNot Tried0
Westerham - Finchcocks OriginalNot Tried0
Skinner's - Betty Stogs BitterNot Tried0
Blindmans - Beer GogglesNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - IncubusNot Tried0
Picture 1. Sawyers (formerly Barbers Arms), Wye, Kent
Picture 2. Sawyers (formerly Barbers Arms), Wye, Kent
Picture 3. Sawyers (formerly Barbers Arms), Wye, Kent

Visits Details

28 Sep 2019 (Jack William)
Lunchtime- my first visit since the change of owner and name. Very friendly, the barber’s chair near the bar was exceptionallly comfortable.
Hopdaemon - Session Ale3.80Good
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
22 Feb 2018 (ChrisE)
Very quiet for a Thursday evening. We discussed the high prices that people are paying for Betamax video recorders.
Burton Bridge - XL Bitter4.00AcceptableBright but lacking condition.
22 Feb 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Mid evening friendly welcome a few others in. My first visit here and I liked it, cosy comfortable atmosphere we sat round the bar and chatted to the landlord.
Rudgate - Brass Monkey Pale3.80PoorNot quite to my taste, salty smoky meaty flavour hmm...
Burton Bridge - XL Bitter4.00Not Tried
Blindmans - Beer Goggles4.20Not Tried
06 Oct 2017 (ChrisE)
Friday soon after opening time, primarily to get information to update What Pub but also to have a beer. Quite busy and more coming in as I left, two people that I have not met before were working behind the bar and they seemed very keen on their beers.
Bowman - Meon Valley Bitter3.90Acceptable
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
03 Oct 2017 (Jack William)
Lunchtime about 1. Opening times listed on as 12-2 on Tuesdays, but it was closed. Only opens Sat and Sun for lunchtime now.
17 Aug 2016 (ChrisE)
I had been here about ten minutes after the advertised opening time only to find it closed, I returned about 30 minutes later to find it still closed but I sat on the bench outside for a few minutes and the landlord turned up and opened the pub. We chatted about his plans to open another micropub in Charing which (if change of use is granted) will be called the Bookmakers Arms as Charing holds Point to Point races.
Westerham - Single Hop Epic4.50GoodSingle hop beer. A pleasant fruity ale.
Westerham - Finchcocks Original3.50Not Tried
24 Dec 2015 (Andrew)
Third pub of the evening. We got a seat. Interesting pub with a leg of ham hanging by the bar off which meat was being cut.
Lymestone - Nose to the Grindstone4.30GoodGood condition. Bit bready.
White Horse - Village Idiot4.10Not Tried
Portobello - Snow Flake4.70Not Tried
31 Jul 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. A double-header venue (The Tickled Trout the other) for our monthly Friday Evening Group, of which I was the last to arrive. Cooled jackets used on the casks rather than a temperature controlled cellar room which I think is a big mistake for beer care and serving.
Cairngorm - Stag4.10AcceptableGood taste but as good as flat
Wantsum - Fortitude4.20PoorFlat and a chore to drink yet for some inexplicable reason I had a second
Dark Star - Sunburst4.80Not Tried
31 Jul 2015 (ChrisE)
The pub opened up early for us at 5pm, we sat at the large table by the window and enjoyed a few beers before heading off the Tickled Trout. A fair number of locals took advantage of the early opening and the pub was busy by the time we left.
Cairngorm - Stag4.10Good
Wantsum - Fortitude4.20Poor
Dark Star - Sunburst4.80Not Tried
12 Jun 2015 (Jack William)
about 7 pm - I was the only customer but it got busier and, as is the norm with micropubs, I engaged in enjoyable conversation with a number of others. The landlord is organising a beer festival on the village green in a couple of weeks time.
Skinner's - Heligan Honey4.20Good
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Quercus Folium4.00GoodNice body
Stonehenge - Spire Ale3.80AcceptableRather flat and not much flavour.

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About the Sawyers (formerly Barbers Arms)

The pub sign. Sawyers (formerly Barbers Arms), Wye, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Wye, Kent, TN25 5DP.

In Bridge Street, first opened its doors as a micropub over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend 2013 with the evening session on Friday 31st May. The proprietor was Graham Austen, a cabinet maker who had fought objections from some villagers to obtain planning permission and change of use from being a hairdresser's salon. Located at the village end of Bridge Street this one roomer is entered up several steps. As Barbers Arms it was bare boarded with a bar counter, the beer was kept (jacket cooled) in a back room stillaged for gravity dispense on racking made of builders' scaffolding. Large front window made up of individual panes. Bench seating - one of which has its back made of beer cask staves. Unisex toilet at back of building. Was then sister pub to Bookmakers Arms at Charing. Closed in early February 2019 with a Facebook post explaining why: 18 February at 02:11 Thank you to everyone who has supported the Barbers Arms over the past five and a half years. We are very sad that we were forced to close a bar which meant so much to us and many others; we had some fantastic times! Unfortunately the landlord wanted the property back to run his own venture, so we had no choice but to close. We hope to see some of you in the sister micro pub The Bookmakers Arms in Charing, which has the same great vibe as The Barbers. Reopened as Sawyers on 5th April 2019 saying it was a proper pub not a micropub, still selling Kentish real ales.

We have visited this pub 22 times, seen 43 different beers and tried 31 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN25 5DP