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Louis Armstrong (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dependence DayExcellent2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little CrackerExcellent2
Romney Marsh - Amber AleExcellent1
Breakwater - Castle on the HillExcellent1
Old Dairy - Snow TopExcellent1
Breakwater - Castle on the HillGood1
Hopdaemon - IncubusGood1
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish BitterGood1
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPAGood4
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Good1
Hopdaemon - Over the TopAcceptable1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Not Tried0
Dark Star - Dark Star The OriginalNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderNot Tried0
Whitstable - Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Blue TopNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Up & UdderNot Tried0
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Not Tried0
Old Dairy - Spring TopNot Tried0
Westerham - Summer PerleNot Tried0
Westerham - Family StoutNot Tried0
Goacher's - Fine Light AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. Louis Armstrong, Dover, Kent
Picture 2. Louis Armstrong, Dover, Kent

Visits Details

30 Nov 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. I only intended having one but this is such a classic example of a proper friendly local house that I stayed an hour. Country group on stage was excellent, there was a birthday party going on and a couple courting. All as a proper pub should be. Almost left too early as the landlady brought round oven fresh hot cheese rolls and I had 2 in my hand to warm the soul as I walked away along the road.
Old Dairy - Snow Top6.00ExcellentInnocent but a heady brew
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50GoodA sweet bitterness, slight taste of apples
Breakwater - Castle on the Hill4.20GoodMid to dark brown basic bitter
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
14 Dec 2017 (Jack William)
Disappointed that this was closed just before 1 - but the landlady saw 7 of us hovering and kindly opened up. Normal opening time is 3 pm.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little Cracker5.00ExcellentXmas pud in liquid form.
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Good
Westerham - Summer Perle3.80Not Tried
Westerham - Family Stout4.50Not Tried
09 Jun 2017 (ChrisE)
I was travelling on a bus from Walmer to Dover and it went past here, well it would have been rude to go past so I alighted. A superb pub not to be missed.
Breakwater - Castle on the Hill4.40ExcellentDescribed as a dark amber beer, but my pint seemed more dark than amber, hazy but very tasty.
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Not Tried
Old Dairy - Spring Top4.00Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
02 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Two others left as I arrived. Good chance to chat was barmaid about life and especially about landlady Jackie's health. Probably Dover's last remaining proper pub.
Romney Marsh - Amber Ale4.40Excellent
Old Dairy - Up & Udder4.00Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
16 Dec 2016 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit, it was good to see Jacqui sitting at the bar, we had a good conversation. She told me that she provided Christmas lunch last Wednesday and all tables were occupied, at £5 for gammon, turkey, mashed and roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, parsnips, sprouts etc., and beer at £2.50 per pint I am not surprised it was busy.
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish Bitter3.80Good
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little Cracker5.00Not Tried
Old Dairy - Blue Top4.80Not Tried
16 Jul 2016 (ChrisE)
I was with a large group from Peterborough Camra, we arrived here soon after 2pm and there were already a few other customers in the bar (it is likely that Stephen Harris of this site was one of them). It was good to see the landlady at the bar in good spirits.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dependence Day4.00Excellent
16 Jul 2016 (Stephen Harris)
We were the first customers of the day following 2pm opening and had a good chat with landlady and daughter about Dover Pubs and Kentish beers, before a large group of pub-crawlers arrived.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dependence Day4.00Good
Hopdaemon - Over the Top5.20AcceptableA little sweet I thought.
04 Mar 2016 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit following a visit to the beer festival at the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club, the busiest that I have seen this pub for a long time. Jackie was sitting at the bar and we had a very good chat.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Good
Whitstable - Oyster Stout4.50Not Tried
Old Dairy - Blue Top4.80Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
17 Dec 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. A proper boozer. Inter-pub quiz in mid flow with the local CAMRA branch chairman as quizmaster.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little Cracker5.00Excellent
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50ExcellentBest Skrim I have had for a long time
Dark Star - Dark Star The Original5.00Not TriedRan out late evening
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30Not Tried
30 Oct 2015 (ChrisE)
Friday afternoon and unfortunately I was the only customer, this pub deserves to be a lot busier.
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried

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About the Louis Armstrong

The pub sign. Louis Armstrong, Dover, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Dover, Kent, CT16 1RA.

Originally called The Grapes, a former Bass Charrington house. I came here after its review in the Good Beer Guide said it was lively and had live bands on. It ticked one of those boxes. There was a band on and they were quite good, unfortunately there was nobody else in the pub! It was probably due to everyone being at Crabble Mill but it was a shame to see. This place had great beer, really friendly staff and the band were great guys too. 4 handpumps on the front bar counter. A small stage in the back for live jazz and other musical events. Nice etched windows on doors to ladies and gents toilets. In September 2012 the landlady here completed 50 years in situ - a momentous achievement these days. She unfortunately passed away in early 2019.

We have visited this pub 28 times, seen 39 different beers and tried 22 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT16 1RA