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Published: 14:50, 12 September 2019
| Updated: 13:55, 06 November 2019
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 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.”
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