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The Bowl Inn (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Breakwater - Handpicked GreenExcellent1
Rockin Robin - RPAExcellent1
Old Dairy - Red TopExcellent1
Hopdaemon - IncubusExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderExcellent1
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidExcellent1
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale (or EIPA)Excellent1
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPAExcellent2
Rockin Robin - Robin RedbestGood1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - GenesisGood1
Old Dairy - Up & UdderGood1
Romney Marsh - Best BitterGood1
Tonbridge - CoppernobGood1
Romney Marsh - Marsh MellowGood1
Ripple Steam - Classic IPAGood1
Westerham - Bonfire BitterNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Sun TopNot Tried0
Hop Fuzz - Yellow Zinger (superseded by 3.7% version)Not Tried0
Hop Fuzz - EnglishNot Tried0
Ripple Steam - Original Best BitterNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Not Tried0
Hop Fuzz - TomahawkNot Tried0
Bexley - Golden AcreNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Bowl Inn, Hastingleigh, Kent
Picture 2. The Bowl Inn, Hastingleigh, Kent

Visits Details

28 Sep 2019 (Jack William)
Early lunchtime a few locals in. My first visit here for decades. Very impressed with the decor and surprisingly a coal fire already. The landlady was interested in the green hop festival but has a house rule to only use Kent breweries.
Breakwater - Handpicked Green4.00ExcellentMarked up as 4.2% (2019 strength?).
Bexley - Golden Acre4.00Not Tried
20 Jul 2019 (Magnus Greel)
Second pub on our tour on this busy Saturday lunchtime with mostly families and noisy young children which rather spoilt the ambience of this delightful usually quiet and peaceful village pub.
Romney Marsh - Best Bitter4.00GoodTraditional malty copper coloured bitter
Romney Marsh - Marsh Mellow3.60GoodA lighter slightly sweeter version of the Best Bitter
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70Not Tried
31 Jul 2016 (Mick)
To long since I have been here. Excellent beer and company.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30ExcellentSpot on condition.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - Tomahawk5.00Not Tried
03 Jun 2016 (ChrisE)
A very interesting visit as usual. Ron showed us his newly acquired Harley Davidson motor cycle and a rare Breeds of Hastings brewery badge, Breeds ceased brewing in 1931 when they were taken over by George Beer & Rigden of Faversham.
Rockin Robin - RPA3.90Excellent
Rockin Robin - Robin Redbest4.00Good
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
14 Feb 2016 (Mick)
Sunday lunchtime, usual regulars in.
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale (or EIPA)4.10ExcellentVery nice top condition, excellent IPA.
Ripple Steam - Classic IPA4.50GoodNice IPA
Ripple Steam - Original Best Bitter4.10Not Tried
16 Jan 2016 (Wittenden)
Sat by the fire on a bright but cold January Saturday midday.Very welcoming:the pub soon filled up.
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70ExcellentGreat condition.Pale.Nettles and bitter herbs.
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50GoodReassuring Kentish IPA;peppery,refreshing.
Hop Fuzz - English4.00Not Tried
12 Jul 2015 (Mick)
First in at lunchtime. Good atmosphere.
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Genesis3.50GoodNice malty beer.
Hop Fuzz - Yellow Zinger (superseded by 3.7% version)4.00Not Tried
30 Jun 2015 (ChrisE)
Ron made us very welcome, we had a good chat about the licensed trade in general.
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80Excellent
Old Dairy - Sun Top3.60Not Tried
08 Feb 2015 (Mick)
First in at lunchtime, rapidly became busy.
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Excellent
Tonbridge - Coppernob3.80Good
23 Nov 2014 (Mick)
A dark, wet and bleak Sunday afternoon but warm and friendly in here.
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00ExcellentSuper pint of this dark ale.
Old Dairy - Up & Udder4.00GoodAverage copper bitter.
Westerham - Bonfire Bitter4.00Not Tried

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About The Bowl Inn

The pub sign. The Bowl Inn, Hastingleigh, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Hastingleigh, Kent, TN25 5HU.

A well proportioned 2 room pub with a long garden at the rear. The smaller of the 2 rooms is taken up with a pool table whilst the other room is larger and L-Shaped. The floors are bare board and the furniture is eclectic. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2017, 2018 and again in 2019.

We have visited this pub 50 times, seen 48 different beers and tried 33 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN25 5HU