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The Golding Hop (Free House)

We believe this building is NO LONGER a pub

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Adnams - Southwold BitterExceptional1
Daleside - Autumn LeavesExcellent1
Adnams - Ghost ShipExcellent1
Batemans - Summer SwallowExcellent1
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - FireflyGood1
Wychwood - Ushers 1824Acceptable1
Adnams - Sole StarAcceptable1
Woodforde's - WherryAcceptable1
Wadworth - Henry's Original IPAAcceptable1
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Golding Hop, Plaxtol, Kent

Visits Details

09 Nov 2014 (Jack William)
Passed this by chance on a cycle ride about 11:30 am - just had to wait until it opened. Perfectly unspoilt country pub with 3 ales straight from the barrel. Log fire and a steady stream of regulars in the first 20 mins - like a Sunday lunchtime used to be.
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50ExcellentGreat fresh hoppy top notes. Delicious.
Wadworth - Henry's Original IPA3.60Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
23 Sep 2012 (HSB)
Damp lunchtime. Pub welcoming.
Adnams - Sole Star2.70Acceptable
06 Aug 2011 (oz11)
Saturday lunchtime, a good bunch of friendly locals in. Prices from £2.60 to £2.70 a pint.
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70ExceptionalThe barrel was well tipped but this was the best Adnams I have had in many years. The dry hopping was more and more evident in each pint. Lovely stuff.
Batemans - Summer Swallow3.90ExcellentVery fresh on, but on the day the Adnams was the best.
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80AcceptablePast its best.
27 Jul 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Quiet inside but some sort of game going on in the garden attracting some attention.
Wychwood - Ushers 18243.60AcceptableSweetish and malty amber bitter with little hop character and a dryish finish. My score 14/20.
03 Oct 2009 (Pedro)
Afternoon visit
Daleside - Autumn Leaves3.40Excellent
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Firefly3.70Good
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
10 Feb 2007 (Andrew)
We sat in the raised area to the right of the bar. Only 2 other customers were in and they were standing at the bar watching the rugby.
Wadworth - Henry's Original IPA3.60AcceptableWeak pale brown bitter with some sulphur and sickly hops
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried

About The Golding Hop

The pub sign. The Golding Hop, Plaxtol, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Plaxtol, Kent, TN15 0PT.

Very attractive split level pub on the lane north of the village of Plaxtol, well signposted from the main road. The beers are served on gravity from the cask behind the bar. Rare outlet for 3-4 real cask ciders. There is a nice garden opposite with a play area for children. Exposed wood beams and whitewashed wall interior and a real fire in the main bar. Listen out for the fowl that inhabit the back garden. Closed in September 2016 and licence surrendered. Plans have been submitted to change use to a coffee shop.

We have visited this pub 6 times, seen 10 different beers and tried 9 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN15 0PT