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Alexandra Arms (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Adnams - GunhillExceptional1
Nobby's - Claridges CloutExcellent1
Rudgate - Ruby MildExcellent1
Magpie - Midnight MildExcellent1
Harviestoun - HoptoberfestExcellent1
Brentwood - Marvellous Maple MildExcellent1
Julian Church - Parson's NoseExcellent1
Kelham Island (probably brewed by Thornbridge now) - Red MollyGood1
Evan Evans - Harvest HomeGood1
Nobby's - Tressler XXX MildGood1
Irving - Type 42Good1
Blackwater (sub-brand of Salopian) - HighwaymanGood1
Abbeydale - RestorationGood1
Teignworthy - Old MoggieGood1
Quercus Devon (now see Salcombe entries) - ProspectGood1
Nobby's - Guilsborough GoldGood1
Julian Church - Father NipGood1
Williams Brothers - Birds & BeesGood1
Silverstone - PitstopGood1
Julian Church - HeadstonedGood1
Daleside - Autumn LeavesGood1
Ossett - Cherry PorterGood1
Ilkley - Mary JaneGood1
Robinsons - Wags to WitchesGood1
Vale - Nixey's MillAcceptable1
Brandon - Old RodneyAcceptable1
Blackbeck - Trial RunPoor1
Distant Hills (was Howard Town) - Miss PeakNot Tried0
Evan Evans - Full TiltNot Tried0
Backyard - Big RedNot Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Jack o' LanternNot Tried0
Brown Cow - Tyke Pale AleNot Tried0
Morrissey Fox - SpookyNot Tried0
1648 - Silky BlondeNot Tried0
Leila Cottage - Lincolnshire LifeNot Tried0
Yard of Ale - First YardNot Tried0
Weltons - Sussex PrideNot Tried0
Phoenix - Struggling MonkeyNot Tried0
Hammerpot - HPANot Tried0
Wickwar - Severn BoreNot Tried0
Bitter End - Lakeland BlondeNot Tried0
Headless - First BloomNot Tried0
Mayfields - May BeeNot Tried0
Acorn - Spalt IPANot Tried0
Great Newsome - Anniversary AleNot Tried0
Salamander - Boat RaceNot Tried0
Grafton - EncoreNot Tried0
Blue Bear (now trades as Davenport's) - BedazzleNot Tried0
Allendale - Curlew's ReturnNot Tried0
Nobby's - Julian Church Parsons NoseNot Tried0
Newmans - Shifty NibblerNot Tried0
Vale - King LuddNot Tried0
Quercus Devon (now see Salcombe entries) - OriginNot Tried0
Julian Church - Waendel WildmanNot Tried0
Sheffield - Snake OilNot Tried0
Kelham Island (probably brewed by Thornbridge now) - aleoweenNot Tried0
Old Mill - Brigantia's PromiseNot Tried0
Captain Cook - EndeavourNot Tried0
Newmans - Druids ChoiceNot Tried0
Hill Island - Peridot PintNot Tried0
Little Earth Project (formerly Mill Green) - Green GooseNot Tried0
Picture 1. Alexandra Arms, Kettering, Northamptonshire
Picture 2. Alexandra Arms, Kettering, Northamptonshire
Picture 3. Alexandra Arms, Kettering, Northamptonshire

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08 May 2010 (Stephen)
people filing in and out but a good atmosphere as always now on 5300+ different ales from 637 breweries. Also none of the pumps have sparklers fitted
Magpie - Midnight Mild4.40ExcellentIf I had another pint maybe a 5 but had had enough and need to walk home. Dark ale full of flavour more like a dark old ale than a mild perhaps blacl treacle lovely mouth feel moderate hops
Nobby's - Tressler XXX Mild3.40Gooddecent choccy coffee flavours nicebitter hop ginish moderately bitter nearly black beer
Abbeydale - Restoration4.20Goodgood malts a little overpowered but the big hop finish but no problems at all
Williams Brothers - Birds & Bees4.30GoodGood herbal bitter typical of brewers like it
Weltons - Sussex Pride4.00Not Tried
Hammerpot - HPA4.10Not Tried
Bitter End - Lakeland Blonde4.20Not Tried
Mayfields - May Bee4.00Not Tried
Great Newsome - Anniversary Ale4.00Not Tried
Grafton - Encore4.50Not Tried
Allendale - Curlew's Return4.20Not Tried
Newmans - Shifty Nibbler4.10Not Tried
Julian Church - Waendel Wildman5.50Not TriedEven the brewer wasn't drinking it at this time lol.
Old Mill - Brigantia's Promise4.20Not Tried
24 Oct 2009 (Stephen)
13 pumps on good banter really great feeling today
Adnams - Gunhill4.00ExceptionalLovely mild ale reminded me of Old English spangles two at a time butterscotch and pear drops may be recommended it to Julian Church the brewer who was having a pint he was equally impressed but couldn't work out where flavours came from. To me it was just perfect
Harviestoun - Hoptoberfest4.00Excellentwell hopped cytrussy ale served in great condition
Julian Church - Parson's Nose3.90ExcellentVery good fruity dark bitter
Quercus Devon (now see Salcombe entries) - Prospect4.00Gooddecent mid brown fruity ale
Nobby's - Guilsborough Gold4.00Not TriedRan out shortly after I arrived
Quercus Devon (now see Salcombe entries) - Origin3.90Not Tried
Kelham Island (probably brewed by Thornbridge now) - aleoween4.20Not Tried
Newmans - Druids Choice4.10Not Tried
Little Earth Project (formerly Mill Green) - Green Goose4.00Not Tried
Evan Evans - Full Tilt4.30Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Jack o' Lantern4.40Not Tried
Morrissey Fox - Spooky4.60Not Tried
Leila Cottage - Lincolnshire Life4.20Not Tried
19 Oct 2009 (Stephen)
2 old guys sitting having a chin wag was soon at home
Brentwood - Marvellous Maple Mild3.70ExcellentReally enjoyed this fruity malts slightly sweet plums raisins really flovoursome recommended this to two others and they were both happy
Robinsons - Wags to Witches4.00GoodAcceptable fruity dark mild
Irving - Type 424.20GoodGood if very different dark flavourful bitter
Nobby's - Julian Church Parsons Nose3.90Not Tried
01 Oct 2009 (Stephen)
Busy early evening just a nice place to be, chatting about cheese, beer, all the good stuff. Beers as yesterday.
Rudgate - Ruby Mild4.40ExcellentFilled the mouth an exceptional pint and the 2nd was better still. Tasty full bodied smooth great finish.
30 Sep 2009 (Stephen)
Quiet but friendly sat at the bar watching cricket
Nobby's - Guilsborough Gold4.00GoodSmooth malt flowery hop bitterness I enjoyed this very bitter finish tends to dominate after a while
Brandon - Old Rodney4.00AcceptableOk mid brown bitter but nothing to distinguish it either
Rudgate - Ruby Mild4.40Not Triedlooked at ratings a mistake to miss it
Phoenix - Struggling Monkey4.70Not Tried
Wickwar - Severn Bore4.20Not Tried
Headless - First Bloom4.30Not Tried
Julian Church - Father Nip3.90Not Triedhe was standing in the bar no better time to try I guess
Acorn - Spalt IPA5.00Not Tried
Salamander - Boat Race4.00Not Tried
Blue Bear (now trades as Davenport's) - Bedazzle4.00Not Tried
23 Sep 2009 (Stephen)
Relaxed feel very friendly
Silverstone - Pitstop3.80GoodSure this was marked up on the board as 3.8% good fruit malts not much bitterness but enjoyeabe foe certain
Daleside - Autumn Leaves3.40GoodGood fruity malted brown ale, thin head nice stuff. Not bitter on the finish guess I'm still learning
Kelham Island (probably brewed by Thornbridge now) - Red Molly3.80GoodFruit in malt but a real bitter hop kick a changes after the 2 milds nice close to staying for another but really had drunk enough
Nobby's - Claridges Clout4.70Not Tried
Julian Church - Father Nip3.90Not Tried
Yard of Ale - First Yard3.80Not Tried
19 Sep 2009 (Stephen)
Relaxed place always welcoming good feel 14 beers on tap lots of them less than 4% prices start at £2.30 and they fill your glass
Evan Evans - Harvest Home4.30Good
Blackwater (sub-brand of Salopian) - Highwayman3.80GoodMid brown tasty bitter
Julian Church - Father Nip3.90GoodFruity well balanced darkish brown brew nice
Nobby's - Claridges Clout4.70Not Tried
04 Sep 2009 (Stephen)
Always pleasant being able just to chat about beer though Nobby does not brew there any more Julian Church does now
Julian Church - Headstoned5.80GoodDark strong ale lovely malts fruit spice lightly hopped a good pint
Ossett - Cherry Porter4.50GoodNice balance dark and bitter with fruity undertones an interesting drink.
Teignworthy - Old Moggie4.40Not Tried
Nobby's - Claridges Clout4.70Not Tried
Vale - King Ludd4.00Not Tried
Sheffield - Snake Oil4.30Not Tried
Captain Cook - Endeavour4.30Not Tried
Hill Island - Peridot Pint3.90Not Tried
Distant Hills (was Howard Town) - Miss Peak4.80Not Tried
Backyard - Big Red4.50Not Tried
Brown Cow - Tyke Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
1648 - Silky Blonde4.10Not Tried
03 Sep 2009 (Stephen)
Friendly real beer local
Nobby's - Claridges Clout4.70ExcellentGreat example of a citrus blond ale very drinkable
Teignworthy - Old Moggie4.40GoodVery enjoyable
31 Jul 2009 (Martin the Mildman)
Called in here after the beer festival in Wicksteed Park. A few locals and some others from the beer fest in.
Ilkley - Mary Jane3.50GoodPale, well balanced bitter. My score 15/20.
Vale - Nixey's Mill4.10AcceptableGenerally a bitter beer, with a very bitter aftertatse. My score 14/20.
Blackbeck - Trial Run3.80PoorA few more trials are needed for this beer I think. Tasted a little unbalanced with a strange metallic bitterness. My score 12/20.

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About the Alexandra Arms

The pub sign. Alexandra Arms, Kettering, Northamptonshire

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN16 0BU.

Two roomed pub with real ale brewery on site Nobby's Ales 10 handpumps on the go with a vast ever changing array of ales. Very well kept beer a vast array of pump clips ect. adorn walls and ceilings Camra pub of the year 2006/7. Only downfall for me is that you just don't know any of the beers and in some cases the brewers either but will be back can always ask the landlord what he is drinking.

We have visited this pub 11 times, seen 68 different beers and tried 30 of them.

Map location

Postcode: NN16 0BU