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Larkins' Alehouse (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Cellar Head - Hop Project #004 West Kent IPAExceptional1
Goacher's - Silver StarExcellent1
Cellar Head - India Pale AleExcellent2
Iron Pier - Krpan & LemondropExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's AleExcellent1
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - I Spy Dragonfly IPAGood1
Weltons - Topper MildGood1
Holler (formerly Holler Boys) - LootGood1
Brumaison - BullionGood1
Old Dairy - Red TopNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Bedlam - Phoenix Pale AleNot Tried0
Larkins - TraditionalNot Tried0
Musket - Matchlock MildNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Hoppy PaleNot Tried0
Long Man - American Pale AleNot Tried0
Weltons - Horsham PaleNot Tried0
Iron Pier - Perry St PaleNot Tried0
Bedlam - AmagansettNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Summer's DayNot Tried0
Iron Pier - Whiteout IPANot Tried0
Cellar Head - Single Hop Pale GodivaNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - 300 Hairy BearsNot Tried0
Cellar Head - Hop ProjectNot Tried0
Bedlam - BenchmarkNot Tried0
Kent - Lemon ScreamNot Tried0
Long Man - Best BitterNot Tried0
Bedlam - BoneshakerNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Stone Free Pale AleNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Not Tried0
Old Dairy - Über BrewNot Tried0
Picture 1. Larkins' Alehouse, Cranbrook, Kent
Linda Kilby

Visits Details

21 Sep 2019 (Wittenden)
Midday on a sunny Saturday.this pub is justifiably proud of its elevation to the 2020 Good Beer Guide.This led to discussion of reopened pubs in the area.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Silver Star4.20ExcellentPale and earthy,floral.Ah,Fuggles.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Not Tried
Long Man - American Pale Ale4.80Not Tried
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80Not Tried
07 Sep 2019 (Wittenden)
Saturday midday:much comings and goings.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cellar Head - Hop Project #004 West Kent IPA6.20ExceptionalPale,hazy.Resinous hops,raspberries on the finish.Stunning beer.
Long Man - Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Bedlam - Boneshaker4.50Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Stone Free Pale Ale4.30Not Tried
17 Aug 2019 (Wittenden)
Early on a saturday afternoon.Several in:guerilla gardeners about their business outside.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's Ale3.90ExcellentGrapefruit,new mown hay,a stunner.
Bedlam - Benchmark4.00Not Tried
Bedlam - Phoenix Pale Ale3.90Not Tried
Kent - Lemon Scream4.70Not Tried
03 Aug 2019 (Wittenden)
Lunchtime, a few in.The state of the local hop growing industry was discussed.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Holler (formerly Holler Boys) - Loot5.50GoodMy first meting with a NEIPA.Very fruity and thick.Lacking the hop hit I was expecting from an IPA.
Bedlam - Phoenix Pale Ale3.90Not Tried
Pig & Porter - 300 Hairy Bears4.40Not Tried
Cellar Head - Hop Project4.40Not Tried
20 Jul 2019 (Wittenden)
Saturday midday,much coming and going.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cellar Head - India Pale Ale5.00ExcellentHazy,oily,peppery.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Bedlam - Phoenix Pale Ale3.90Not Tried
Cellar Head - Single Hop Pale Godiva4.60Not Tried
29 Jun 2019 (Wittenden)
Noon on the hottest day of the year to date:busy with those seeking relief from the sun.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Iron Pier - Krpan & Lemondrop3.80ExcellentIron Pier continues to impress.Slight haze.Arboreal, some citrus, some welcome sweetness.Good for a summer's day.I hadn't heard of either of these hops,and Mr Google was unable to enlighten me with the Krpan.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Summer's Day4.30Not Tried
Iron Pier - Whiteout IPA5.30Not Tried
15 Jun 2019 (Wittenden)
Rushed visit on a busy Saturday midday.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cellar Head - India Pale Ale5.00ExcellentFirst out of the cask.Floral,piney,hazy.
Bedlam - Phoenix Pale Ale3.90Not Tried
Bedlam - Amagansett5.00Not TriedWent off as I ordered.
01 Jun 2019 (Wittenden)
Early doors on a sweltering Saturday morning:filling up nicely.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Weltons - Topper Mild4.00GoodI'd always thought Weltons iffy,so I usually miss 'em, but referring to this website shows that in fact I'd never tried 'em!Dark mild,bittersweet: a bit rough round the edges.
Long Man - American Pale Ale4.80Not Tried
Weltons - Horsham Pale3.70Not Tried
Iron Pier - Perry St Pale3.70Not Tried
04 May 2019 (Wittenden)
Dodging the noontime hail on a May Saturday.Early doors,filling up.Hurried visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - I Spy Dragonfly IPA5.00GoodVery pale,reedy hops (appropiately).Pineapple.Light for its strength.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Musket - Matchlock Mild3.80Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Hoppy Pale3.60Not Tried
20 Apr 2019 (Wittenden)
Midday on a warm Easter Saturday.Several in,debating a neighbouring pub's bouncy castle issues.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Brumaison - Bullion4.50GoodSpicy:English soft fruit.Pale.
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Bedlam - Phoenix Pale Ale3.90Not Tried

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About the Larkins' Alehouse

The pub sign. Larkins' Alehouse, Cranbrook, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional5
Excellent31
Good13
Acceptable1
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 3EB.

Long awaited micropub in a former florist's shop in the High Street. Long narrow room,with servery bar counter to the back. Beers served on gravity dispense from a cool room to the rear. Some tables and chairs to the front. Opened on Friday 6th October 2017. Unisex toilet. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2019.

We have visited this pub 47 times, seen 115 different beers and tried 39 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN17 3EB