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Blacksmiths Arms (Ei Group (formerly Enterprise Inns))

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Black Sheep - Best BitterExcellent1
Camerons - A-hop-alypse NowExcellent2
Long Man - American Pale AleExcellent1
Long Man - Long Blonde Excellent1
Hogs Back - Surrey NirvanaExcellent1
Robinsons - Trooper Light BrigadeExcellent1
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)Good1
Camerons - Thirst BloodGood1
Robinsons - OverhangGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood2
Exmoor - Hound DogGood1
Butcombe - HakaGood1
Fuller's - London PrideAcceptable1
Theakston - Paradise AleNot Tried0
Butcombe - PopeNot Tried0
Hook Norton - FlagshipNot Tried0
Truman's - SwiftNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterNot Tried0
Purity - Pure UBUNot Tried0
Caledonian - Poltergeist PorterNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Sharp's - Sea Fury (superseded by 5% version)Not Tried0
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Butcombe - Adam Henson's Rare Breed (superseded by 3.8% version - see separate entry)Not Tried0
Sharp's - Sea FuryNot Tried0
Exmoor - WhakatuNot Tried0
Exmoor - WeizenNot Tried0
Otter - BitterNot Tried0
Picture 1. Blacksmiths Arms, Willesborough, Kent

Visits Details

10 Dec 2018 (ChrisE)
A fairly busy Monday afternoon. The landlord and landlady of one of Dover's Micropubs popped in for a drink so I had a good chat with them. The current licensees of this pub will be leaving in February 2019.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Acceptable
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Otter - Bitter3.60Not Tried
13 Nov 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Mid evening and fairly busy, the usual attentive bar staff meant we didn't have to wait long for service. Sadly the current owner who has made a valiant effort with an ever changing and exciting beer range will be moving on from March next year.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Long Man - American Pale Ale4.80ExcellentEasy drinking with subtle APA flavours
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not most, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Good
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Exmoor - Weizen4.20Not Tried
15 May 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Early evening and fairly busy with mainly groups of drinkers, with many enjoying the extensive gardens. IMO the best of Ashford's periphery pubs by far and easily reachable by frequent buses to the WH Hospital and a 2 min footpath walk.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Robinsons - Trooper Light Brigade4.10ExcellentA lower ABV ale from the Trooper portfolio, delicious full bodied session beer malty and yeasty yet refreshing with it. Robinson's have definitely upped their game with producing decent ales recently.
Exmoor - Hound Dog4.00GoodRather sweet for my palate however in good condition
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Long Man - American Pale Ale4.80Not Tried
Exmoor - Whakatu4.20Not Tried
23 Mar 2018 (ChrisE)
Friday evening and very busy indeed. A good welcome from Dave the landlord.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hogs Back - Surrey Nirvana4.00Excellent
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Butcombe - Adam Henson's Rare Breed (superseded by 3.8% version - see separate entry)4.20Not TriedDefinitely advertised as being 4.2%
Sharp's - Sea Fury5.00Not Tried
16 Jan 2018 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit and quite busy. There was lots of free food on offer which was left over from a buffet earlier in the day.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Camerons - A-hop-alypse Now4.30ExcellentTop condition and very enjoyable.
Robinsons - Overhang4.10GoodO.K. but not to my taste.
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
15 Jan 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon and fairly busy with drinkers, small as the world is I'd arranged to meet up with my retired mate and there was another already in here so we had a good old days reminiscing session.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Camerons - A-hop-alypse Now4.30ExcellentFruity light and moorish with a banana twang, superb hence stayed with this for the rest of the session.
Fuller's - London Pride4.10AcceptableI had two pints if this and both failed expectations to what I'd expect had I'd been in a Fuller's house.
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Robinsons - Overhang4.10Not Tried
15 Nov 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Lunchtime and fairly quiet with a few diners arriving during our stay. Pleasant atmosphere with calming background music and a silent TV
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Butcombe - Haka4.50GoodFresh and spicy with a strong hop aroma and flavour.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not TriedHope to see this as a regular here.
Long Man - Long Blonde 3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Sea Fury (superseded by 5% version)3.70Not Tried
02 Nov 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Early evening and busy around the bar, no diners present as yet. Great atmosphere as always here with soft lighting and background music
BeerABVScoreNotes
Long Man - Long Blonde 3.80ExcellentSuperb condition but bizarre at it sounds very salty.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Purity - Pure UBU4.50Not Tried
Caledonian - Poltergeist Porter4.00Not Tried
18 Oct 2017 (ChrisE)
Wednesday early evening and very busy. A good welcome from Dave the Landlord.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Camerons - Thirst Blood4.30Good
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Hook Norton - Flagship5.30Not Tried
Truman's - Swift3.90Not Tried
27 Sep 2017 (Graeme)
Quiet afternoon after WHH visit ..friendly service...5 real ales on
BeerABVScoreNotes
Black Sheep - Best Bitter3.80ExcellentLively amber caramel nose..fruity bite and classic bitter finish...head modest...perhaps more head would liven even morr
Theakston - Paradise Ale4.20Not TriedNot tried
Butcombe - Pope5.10Not TriedNot tried

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About the Blacksmiths Arms

The pub sign. Blacksmiths Arms, Willesborough, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent25
Good34
Acceptable9
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Willesborough, Kent, TN24 0NA.

Lovely low ceilinged old pub, in a pretty part of Willesborough, not far from William Harvey Hospital. Central dark wood bar serves large single room. Large fireplace to one side. Original wood beams add character. Quirky split level garden at rear. Cosy pub with 5 handpumps.

We have visited this pub 43 times, seen 94 different beers and tried 49 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN24 0NA