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The Red Lion (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Adnams - Mosaic Pale AleExcellent1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Goodness Gracious Me!Excellent1
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Copper TopGood1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good TryGood1
St Austell - Proper JobGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderGood1
Dartmoor - Jail AleGood1
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)Good4
Mad Cat - Crispin Pale AleGood1
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)Acceptable1
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled HenNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Nelson - Midshipman MildNot Tried0
Nelson - SiriusNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Red Lion, Stodmarsh, Kent
Andrew Chenery

Visits Details

02 Jun 2024 (Jack William)
Afternoon visit. I’d heard that the pub has changed hands recently and wanted to check it out. A very raucous band outside entertaining a largely appreciative audience. I was charged £3 for a half pint of Proper Job (£5 a pint on querying it). Not sure if I was being charged extra for the band or just being ripped off. Supped up and left.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Good… good but it should be at £3 for a half.
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)3.40Not Tried3.6 ABV on the pump clip
02 Jul 2022 (Jack William)
Late afternoon, quiet. The landlord and chef were designing a 7 course taster menu that this pub now features apparently. Still a nice feel to this pub even with their food focus. But now £5 a pint.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Copper Top4.10Good
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
26 May 2019 (Jack William)
Beer and cider festival with live music in the garden. I believe that his pub has changed hands on the last year. It was delightful and busy today in the afternoon sunshine.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Adnams - Mosaic Pale Ale4.10ExcellentGreat taste, great condition.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30GoodStraight from the barrel in the garden bar. It a little warm but ta tasty.
Dartmoor - Jail Ale4.80Good
Mad Cat - Crispin Pale Ale4.90GoodExcellent condition but a little lacking in flavour and body for a 4.9
Nelson - Midshipman Mild4.00Not Tried
Nelson - Sirius4.00Not Tried
13 Jun 2017 (Jack William)
Lunchtime. Unfortunately just one ale on. Normally more. Very pleasant staff - a few eaters in - open all day 7 days a week and £2.50 a pint all day Friday. Good gardens and some of the paraphernalia retained from the infamous Robert's days. Nice.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)3.40Good
28 Dec 2016 (Andrew)
We walked from Grove Ferry across the marsh. The pub was fairly busy with diners. I recall it being a bit more countrified than this.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)3.40GoodBit cold but quite drinkable
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
20 Sep 2015 (Andrew)
We'd been to Wingham and watched the local cricket team (picture an assortment of characters from Alice in Wonderland dressed in white pretending desperately to look like they knew what was going on). The Red Lion was busy about 20 past 4 but the friendly bar maid got our drinks swiftly. We sat in the garden and enjoyed the late summer sun.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Try3.80GoodDark brown. Oaky notes. Soft in mouth. Some candy on the finish
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)3.40Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
07 Mar 2015 (Blair)
Walked in from Fordwich. Gorgeous day and unfortunately for us too many people doing the same thing so no room for food. Sat in the garden and listened to the birds.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)3.60AcceptableLittle too warm and not the freshest, I was thirsty though so it vanished quick.
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)3.40Not Tried
20 Aug 2014 (Jack William)
Very food oriented - only diners in except me - hardly any drinking space inside (but a nice garden). 2 beers on gravity.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Goodness Gracious Me!4.80ExcellentFresh and full of life - straight from the barrel tapped today.
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)3.40Not Tried
12 Sep 2010 (Andrew)
Went for a walk around the bird reserve and then came here for a drink. The interior of the pub is lovely but we sat out in the garden as we had Isabel with us.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)3.40AcceptableGood condition but it's such a harsh beer on gravity. Lots or really rough hops on the finish. Not pleasant drinking.
15 May 2005 (Ian)
Lovely quaint pub out in a small village north east of Canterbury. Interior has several small rooms with a central bar. Pretty garden with chickens in evidence. Definitely worth a visit
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - IPA (was 3.6%)3.40AcceptableServed on gravity. Perfectly acceptable session beer with nothing too note worthy.
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50Not Tried

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About The Red Lion

The pub sign. The Red Lion, Stodmarsh, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent2
Good9
Acceptable3
Poor-

The pub is found in Stodmarsh, Kent, CT3 4BA.

This is a fantastic pub. It sits in the centre of the small village of Stodmarsh in Stodmarsh Road, with its garden overlooking the small village green. Chickens roam the sizable garden, and the inside of the pub is delightfully laid out with hops. Reported boarded up mid-September 2022 after operators closed up citing viability problems. Re-opened spring 2023.

We have visited this pub 11 times, seen 16 different beers and tried 10 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT3 4BA