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The Crown Inn (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Excellent9
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English) (use Eagle entry now please)Good1
Theakston - Grouse BeaterGood1
Milestone - Rich RubyGood1
St Austell - TributeGood1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Miller's Ale (originally 4.5%)Acceptable1
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Wells A Good StuffingPoor1
Marston's - Cinder's DoppelgangerNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Knight's AleNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good SheppardNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale AleNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Robinsons - Dizzy BlondeNot Tried0
Caledonian - Auld AcquaintanceNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good HeavensNot Tried0
Cottage - Rorke's DriftNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Crown Inn, Finglesham, Kent
Picture 2. The Crown Inn, Finglesham, Kent

Visits Details

10 Dec 2023 (Jack William)
Sunday lunchtime with gathering clouds. Despite (or because of?) the weather outside this was a very cheery place. Drinkers in the main bar, eaters mostly segregated in the dining area. Had a good session with three of my cycling buddies before we made the wet ride home. Ales at a very reasonable £4.40.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentSpot on.
St Austell - Tribute4.20Good
Robinsons - Dizzy Blonde3.80Not Tried
04 May 2023 (Jack William)
Lunchtime- group of 10 cyclists - we enjoyed the garden in the spring weather. A Canterbury Ale on as well but I didn’t note which.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentSuperb condition.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
06 Oct 2022 (Jack William)
Lunchtime cycle meet. I believe there are new licensees in the last few month and lunchtime food is available again. Beers in good nick but some criticism from the guys that they were all a bit similar in style and strength. Sat in the sunny garden, pleasant.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Good
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's Ale3.90Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale3.90Not Tried
02 Jun 2022 (Jack William)
Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday Thursday. Back here for a cycle group get together. Lunchtime, plenty of people enjoying the sunny garden. A “Jubilee” ale from Greene King at 4.0% also on. Reasonable - but should it have been called “Bandwaggon” ?
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentSpot on - a real thirst quencher.
Milestone - Rich Ruby4.50Good
04 Nov 2021 (Jack William)
Lunchtime. Cycle get together. No food available but a good log fire.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Excellent
Theakston - Grouse Beater4.20Good
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Sheppard4.50Not Tried
30 Sep 2021 (Jack William)
A Potterers cycle gathering - I wasn’t sure that I could make the 32 mile round trip after my exertions yesterday - but the wind helped me here and a couple of pints helped me get back home. Half a dozen of us had the raised area to the left of the bar. Friendly place.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentFirst rate.
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English) (use Eagle entry now please)4.10Good
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's Ale3.90Not Tried
03 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening, my first visit here. We sat at a table surrounded by diners, loud talkers and for me the off-putting smell of fish. Not one to linger long at.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Miller's Ale (originally 4.5%)4.20Acceptable
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
10 Jan 2015 (Jack William)
Lunchtime - just before 32 diners arrived apparently - but kindly fitted us in for a meal all the same. A nice feel to the place with a few drinkers at the bar. Food very nice but a bit small and pricey I thought.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80GoodReasonable example - but not at its best.
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Wells A Good Stuffing4.50PoorA slight whiff of staleness - some Christmassy notes in this amber coloured ale.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Knight's Ale4.60Not Tried
21 Dec 2014 (Brian)
Warm, cosy inside. Bleak winter solstice outside. Really nice feel to this pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Excellent2 pints of this bench mark hoppy low strength ale.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's Ale3.90Not Tried
Marston's - Cinder's Doppelganger4.00Not Tried
25 Jan 2014 (Brian)
First visit to this pub and really impressed. It seems to have the balance right between a place where locals can go for a pint, but where occasional visitors feel comfortable too. The staff were very friendly and efficient. Must go back soon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentNot the Hophead of old as many have already said, but still excellent as far as I'm concerned.
Caledonian - Auld Acquaintance4.40Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Heavens4.10Not Tried
Cottage - Rorke's Drift4.30Not Tried

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About The Crown Inn

The pub sign. The Crown Inn, Finglesham, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent7
Good7
Acceptable3
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Finglesham, Kent, CT14 0NA.

Old public house in The Street with, from the outside, the look of a Spanish villa perhaps. Inside it's a low beamed old English pub with major food emphasis. 4 handpumps.

We have visited this pub 12 times, seen 25 different beers and tried 10 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT14 0NA