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All the new pubs and breweries in CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2020

The hop scene in Kent is thriving, with 33 new pubs and five new breweries finding their way on to the hallowed pages of the Good Beer Guide.

And the Admiral's Arm in Queenborough has been named the best boozer in the county after beating Strood's 10:50 from Victoria and will now compete for the Campaign for Real Ale's (CAMRA) Pub of the Year title, with the winner announced in February.

The brewing scene in booming in Kent
The brewing scene in booming in Kent

The nautical-themed two-room micropub serves four real ales and a large range of ciders and perries, boasts an extensive range of gins and has a menu which includes beer-infused pork pies and scotch eggs.

The Good Beer Guide, which reviews over 4,500 pubs across the UK and is in its 47th , is widely considered to be the beer drinker's bible and is published today.

This year a total of 145 Kent pubs and 47 breweries made the cut.


Included in the brewing section for the first time are: Alpha State Brewery, Horsmonden; Curious Brewery, Ashford; Fonthill Brewing Co, Tunbridge Wells; Headcorn Hop Brewery, Headcorn; and Running Man Brewery, Chatham.

The new pubs are:

Banks Ale & Wine House, 244 Northdown Road, Cliftonville

Bowl Inn, Egg Hill Road, Charing

Bricklayers Arms, 39-41 Chevening Road, Chipstead

Chequers, The Street, Doddington

Chequers Inn, Old Loose Hill, Loose

Cotton Mill, 10 Station Road, Swanley

Dartford Jug, 8 Market Street, Dartford

Donna's Ale House, 20 West Street, Sittingbourne

Earl of Clarendon, Brewers Hill, Sandgate

East Cliff Tavern, 13-15 East Cliff, Folkestone

Five Bells, High Street, Eynsford

Flying Sheep Micropub, 193 High Street, Sheerness

Fuggles Beer Cafe, 165 High Street, Tonbridge

Greyhound, off Camp Hill, Charcott

Harrow, The Street, Stockbury

Hovelling Boat Inn, 12 York Street, Ramsgate

Kipps' Alehouse, 11-15 Old High Street, Folkestone

Larkins' Alehouse, 7 High Street, Cranbrook

Leading Light, 20/22 Preston Street, Faversham

Leather Bottle, 103 Mongeham Road, Great Mongeham

Mariner, 16 The Stade, Folkestone

Mind the Gap, 156 High Street, Broadstairs

Nelson Arms, 19 Cromer Street, Tonbridge

Prince of Wales, 1-3 Railway Street, Chatham

Red Cow, 12 Moat Sole, Sandwich

Rifle Volunteers, 28 Wyatt Street, Maidstone

Rock, Hoath Corner, Rywell Road Chiddingstone Hoath

Samuel Peto, 23 Rendezvous Street, Baptist Galleries, Folkestone

Tankerton Arms, 135 Tankerton Road, Tankerton

This Ancient Boro', 3 East Cross, Tenterden

Three Mariners, 37 Windmill Street, Hythe

Twelve Taps, 102 High Street, Whitstable

White Horse, St James Street, Dover

Tom Stainer, CAMRA’s chief executive, said: “For nearly five decades, the Good Beer Guide has been a comprehensive guide to the UK’s breweries, their ales, and the best outlets to find them in across the country.

“What makes the Guide unique is that all the entries are compiled and vetted by a huge volunteer team, based around the country. We work hard to ensure that all areas of the country are covered and, unlike with some competitor titles, inclusion in this book is dependent only on merit, not on payment.

“The Good Beer Guide has always had an important role in acting as a barometer of the beer and pub industry. We believe information gleaned from the Guide is absolutely vital in the drive to save our pubs from closure and campaign for policies that better support pubs, local brewers and their customers.”

The guide can be brought here.

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