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The Man of Kent Ale House (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster StoutExceptional1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little CrackerExcellent1
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Excellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Merchant's AleGood1
Goacher's - Gold StarGood1
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Shatkora IPAGood1
Goacher's - Fine Light AleGood1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Best BitterGood1
Wantsum - GolgothaGood1
Brew Buddies - BB01 Best Bitter Challenger BobekGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Small Batch Dark AleGood1
No Frills Joe - No Frills #36 Amber Ale with Fuggle + B.GoldGood1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good LordGood1
Goacher's - 1066 Old AleGood2
No Frills Joe - #71 Citra + MosaicGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Good1
Wantsum - One Hop BullionAcceptable1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Goodness Gracious Me!Acceptable1
Musket - TriggerAcceptable1
No Frills Joe - Sour Yeast Simcoe HopPoor1
Goacher's - Real Mild AleNot Tried0
Whitstable - Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Dartford WobblerNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good HealthNot Tried0
Bexley - BOB (Bexley's Own Beer) Not Tried0
Tonbridge - Ebony MoonNot Tried0
Tonbridge - CoppernobNot Tried0
Kent - ZingiberNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPANot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good HeavensNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Crab & WinkleNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop SaphirNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Not Tried0
Bexley - Black Prince PorterNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop Mandarina BavariaNot Tried0
Wantsum - Yellow TailNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - GenesisNot Tried0
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Evolution #12 Cocoa StoutNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - German Twin Hop Hallertau/MandarinaNot Tried0
Musket - Matchlock MildNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsNot Tried0
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby MildNot Tried0
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - NeolithicNot Tried0
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - NeanderthalNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - SkylarkingNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Secrets We ShareNot Tried0
Whitstable - RenaissanceNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Fatal Flaw American AmberNot Tried0
Boutilliers - Green Hop KölschNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Knight's AleNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good LifeNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Sloe BlackNot Tried0
Wantsum - DynamoNot Tried0
Tonbridge - CountrymanNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Pardoner's AleNot Tried0
Whitstable - CentennialNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Host'sNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - All These VibesNot Tried0
Goacher's - Crown Imperial StoutNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's AleNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Stone FreeNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Man of Kent Ale House, Rochester, Kent
Picture 2. The Man of Kent Ale House, Rochester, Kent

Visits Details

27 May 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit. Only a few stragglers in suggesting a tiredness, bound of the end of the bank holiday.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Small Batch Dark Ale3.90GoodBetter if had been cooled just a tad more
No Frills Joe - #71 Citra + Mosaic3.00GoodNicely balanced 2 hopper
No Frills Joe - Sour Yeast Simcoe Hop4.80PoorI have reconsidered this beer and concluded it was poor not because it was sour. Little condition
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's Ale3.90Not Tried
Tonbridge - Coppernob3.80Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Stone Free4.30Not Tried
15 Feb 2019 (Andrew)
I've not been here for years but I was travelling back from London and just jumped off the train at Rochester. The pub is much as I recall - a real community boozer. I was hoping for more Goachers on but only the one. Gareth and I sat in the back of the pub and ended up talking to a couple of locals who were impressed we'd made the effort to come.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80GoodNice to find a Gadds on.
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10GoodNever been my favourite Goachers, but a Goachers none the less.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Best Bitter3.70GoodNice earthy light brown bitter
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Pardoner's Ale3.80Not Tried
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Neolithic4.10Not Tried
Whitstable - Centennial4.40Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Host's5.20Not Tried
Pig & Porter - All These Vibes5.30Not Tried
14 May 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10.30pm close. Quietest I have known it, damn Mondays, but probably good for my mood.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70AcceptableAha - in a pin on the counter top, tilted a bit but how far? The Guv doused the towels on top with some water when I showed interest. Came out pretty end of cask but still full on with its woody flavours and no off tsstes. Given a discount for it being near the end, nice honest touch
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Goodness Gracious Me!4.80AcceptableSlight haze
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Knight's Ale4.60Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Life3.90Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Sloe Black5.10Not Tried
Wantsum - Dynamo4.30Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Skylarking4.00Not Tried
Tonbridge - Countryman4.00Not Tried
19 Dec 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until just before 11pm close. Welcome sound of music as I approached and packed with a Christmas carol and folk group evening. After the music came the trays of warmed mince pies and stollen cake slices. No room for supper when I eventually got home.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Golgotha5.50Good
No Frills Joe - No Frills #36 Amber Ale with Fuggle + B.Gold4.20GoodMy first experience of this local new brewery. Middle of the road beer, not to upset anyone
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Tonbridge - Coppernob3.80Not TriedRan out
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Heavens4.10Not Tried
Whitstable - Renaissance3.80Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Fatal Flaw American Amber4.50Not Tried
Boutilliers - Green Hop Kölsch5.20Not Tried
01 Nov 2017 (ChrisE)
Superb. Warm and welcoming, just two or three beers on when we arrived as lines were being cleaned. All pumps were in use by the time we left to catch a bus to Maidstone. The vast majority of beers here are unfined at the request of the landlady with most small brewers happy to oblige.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster Stout6.20Exceptional
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
03 Aug 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit, lively folk band playing. Pretty warm and airless inside as it was packed.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Lord5.00Good
Musket - Trigger3.60AcceptableDisappointing, very little body
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not TriedNew cask came on late in the day
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70Not Tried
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby Mild3.80Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Genesis3.50Not Tried
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Neolithic4.10Not TriedClip said "Brewed in Kent" but am pretty sure last I heard was being brewed at Leatherbritches, Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Neanderthal4.40Not TriedClip said "Brewed in Kent" but am pretty sure last I heard was being brewed at Leatherbritches, Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire
Pig & Porter - Skylarking4.00Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Secrets We Share5.20Not Tried
04 Jun 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Shatkora IPA5.50Good
Brew Buddies - BB01 Best Bitter Challenger Bobek4.30Good
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Wantsum - Yellow Tail4.50Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Genesis3.50Not Tried
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Evolution #12 Cocoa Stout4.70Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - German Twin Hop Hallertau/Mandarina4.20Not Tried
Musket - Matchlock Mild3.80Not Tried
13 Jan 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Superb trio playing, guitar, harmonica/drums and a lady singer whose comic and poetic lyrics and impish smile reminded me of a singing Pam Ayres.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little Cracker5.00ExcellentPity there was only time for one
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Merchant's Ale4.00Good
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Bexley - BOB (Bexley's Own Beer) 4.20Not Tried
Bexley - Black Prince Porter4.60Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop Mandarina Bavaria4.70Not Tried
26 Aug 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. 20 minutes between trains. Superb folk duo playing.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70GoodDepending on your view not the best quicky pint or is the best quicky point! I was more than happy
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Tonbridge - Ebony Moon4.20Not Tried
Tonbridge - Coppernob3.80Not Tried
Kent - Zingiber4.10Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Heavens4.10Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Crab & Winkle3.00Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop Saphir4.60Not Tried
28 Jul 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until a minute or two before close. Quiet tonight - no live music and few customers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Good
Wantsum - One Hop Bullion4.50AcceptableTad warm
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Whitstable - Oyster Stout4.50Not Tried
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Dartford Wobbler4.30Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Health3.60Not Tried
Bexley - BOB (Bexley's Own Beer) 4.20Not Tried

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About The Man of Kent Ale House

The pub sign. The Man of Kent Ale House, Rochester, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional18
Excellent54
Good42
Acceptable23
Poor3

Website.

The pub is found in Rochester, Kent, ME1 1YN.

A true boozer in the Troy Town area of the City. Plenty of seating ranging from tables and chairs to leather sofas but all with a old feel to them. 11 handpumps selling mainly Kentish beers and a gaggle of ciders (in boxes on the counter top) too. The pub encourages live music sessions.

We have visited this pub 50 times, seen 161 different beers and tried 86 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME1 1YN