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Larkins' Alehouse (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Three Legs - IPAExceptional1
Larkins - PorterExcellent1
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Bombay SocialExcellent1
Kent - ProhibitionExcellent1
Kent - Brewers ReserveExcellent1
Bedlam - AmagansettExcellent1
East London (ELB) - CowcatcherExcellent1
Cellar Head - Session Pale AleGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - HPA Hoppy Pale AleGood1
Gun - Project Babylon Pale AleGood1
Old Dairy - Copper TopNot Tried0
Cellar Head - India Pale AleNot Tried0
Iron Pier - Saison's GreetingsNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - West Coast IPANot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Slave to the MoneyNot Tried0
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Not Tried0
Goacher's - Silver StarNot Tried0
Long Man - Long Blonde Not Tried0
Brewsmith - Brewsmith IPANot Tried0
Kent - Mayflower 400Not Tried0
Larkins - TraditionalNot Tried0
Salopian - IridescenceNot Tried0
Range Ales - Shot In The DarkNot Tried0
Kent - ZingiberNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Pardoner's Ale (superseded by 3.8% version)Not Tried0
Tonbridge - TraditionalNot Tried0
Bedlam - BenchmarkNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Red TopNot Tried0
Bedlam - Phoenix Pale AleNot Tried0
Saltaire - BlondeNot Tried0
Romney Marsh - Marsh MidnightNot Tried0
Picture 1. Larkins' Alehouse, Cranbrook, Kent
Linda Kilby

Visits Details

19 Sep 2020 (Wittenden)
A few in,much comings and goings from the garden out back.
Kent - Prohibition4.80ExcellentDelightful zesty APA.
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80Not Tried
Bedlam - Phoenix Pale Ale3.90Not Tried
Saltaire - Blonde4.00Not Tried
12 Sep 2020 (Wittenden)
A few familiar faces lurking behind perspex screens on a warm Saturday noon.
Cellar Head - Session Pale Ale3.80GoodOat straw,berry fruit.Refreshing.
Kent - Zingiber4.10Not Tried
Tonbridge - Traditional3.60Not Tried
Bedlam - Amagansett5.00Not Tried
05 Sep 2020 (Wittenden)
Fairly busy, in a socially distanced way on a pleasant Saturday noon.
East London (ELB) - Cowcatcher4.80ExcellentAn appropriate beer for this scribe.Pale, with a fairly intense hop hit, followed by a resinous,bittersweet finish.
Bedlam - Benchmark4.00Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - HPA Hoppy Pale Ale3.60Not Tried
Kent - Mayflower 4004.20Not Tried
Salopian - Iridescence5.60Not Tried
08 Aug 2020 (Wittenden)
Lunchtime on an oppresively hot and sticky Saturday.Quiet.
Gun - Project Babylon Pale Ale4.60GoodBronze APA:stone fruit. The heat detracted from this,though to be fair, the finest Fremlins/Goachers collaboration devised by members of this site would struggle today.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Long Man - Long Blonde 3.80Not Tried
Brewsmith - Brewsmith IPA6.00Not Tried
01 Aug 2020 (Wittenden)
A few socially distanced drinkers in on a warm Saturday lunchtime. I like my pubs like this, but it's hardly good for trade.
Kent - Brewers Reserve5.00ExcellentUpstanding pale ale.Dark rhubarb.Grand.
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Not Tried
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Goacher's - Silver Star4.20Not Tried
25 Jul 2020 (Wittenden)
A few in on a pleasingly damp Saturday lunchtime.The Guv remarked that some of the older regulars are still cautious about returning.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - HPA Hoppy Pale Ale3.60GoodJuicy pale ale.Does what it says on the tin.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Kent - Prohibition4.80Not Tried
18 Jul 2020 (Wittenden)
Saturday lunchtime. Two of the four socially distanced tables inside occupied-not sure if anyone was in the garden.Good to see this little pub reopened.
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Bombay Social3.80ExcellentSublime session IPA.Fresh hay.This level of bitterness is what I've missed over lockdown. Nectar.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - West Coast IPA5.60Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Slave to the Money4.10Not Tried
14 Mar 2020 (Wittenden)
A dull March saturday.Trade holding up.Talk was of a virus related deep freezer shortage.
Larkins - Porter5.20ExcellentA cheering sight.Dried fruit,bitter chocolate.
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
Cellar Head - India Pale Ale5.00Not Tried
Iron Pier - Saison's Greetings3.80Not TriedDon't think it was "greeting's" but same ABV.
29 Feb 2020 (Wittenden)
Early doors on a wintry Saturday.Storm Jorge was awaited.
Bedlam - Amagansett5.00ExcellentAccessible,fruity APA.Wall fruit,apricots.
Bedlam - Benchmark4.00Not Tried
Bedlam - Phoenix Pale Ale3.90Not Tried
Romney Marsh - Marsh Midnight4.50Not Tried
15 Feb 2020 (Wittenden)
Lunchtime before the storm.Several in on a gloomy Saturday.
Three Legs - IPA6.00ExceptionalDelicious murky,juicy IPA,apparently put out to trade this week, and selling well.Stewed apricots.
Larkins - Traditional3.40Not Tried
Range Ales - Shot In The Dark4.50Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Pardoner's Ale (superseded by 3.8% version)4.10Not Tried

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About the Larkins' Alehouse

The pub sign. Larkins' Alehouse, Cranbrook, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



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 and 2020.

We have visited this pub 69 times, seen 153 different beers and tried 52 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN17 3EB