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“Great pint”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Butchers Arms

The Butchers Arms
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Herne
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Peterborough England
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129 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Great pint”
Reviewed 20 November 2013

Read about the micro pub concept before visiting kent. The Butchers Arms is a great idea, serves great beer and people actually talk!! Well worth a visit if you like real ale

Visited October 2013
4 Thank GBains
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English first
West Sussex, United Kingdom
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124 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Real ale at its very best”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

Not a place for those wishing to have a private conversation or sensitive to the opinions of others BUT a gem if you like good company with your real ale and appreciate English eccentricity. Kentish Session and Truro Betty Stogs were brilliant. Do it !

Visited September 2013
5 Thank Vega77
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“In Herne, love beer? GOOD beer?”
Reviewed 11 June 2013

I'm not sure I can contribute much more than what has been written. We went last weekend on a tour of Kent micro-pubs, and this was the first place we stopped. Out of the 6 or 7 places we went, this was definitely way up at the top. I wish we could have spent more time there, as the owner and the other people there were fun to talk to...but I wouldn't want to cross any of them, either!

Anyway, the beer is fresh, tasty, and extremely drinkable. That's the main point here. Go for the beer.

Visited June 2013
5 Thank vanilarama
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A true snug”
Reviewed 13 December 2012

Reputedly Britain's smallest free house, this is a unique experience. With room for ten at a squeeze, this quirky pub is a delight for those with a hankering for tradition and good ale. A former butcher's shop, enter into this place with a good humour and a desirev to be friendly. Cross the landlord and you'll be out on your ear. And quite right too. If it's lager and loud music you want, go elsewhere, but I'll not be joining you.

Visited August 2012
11 Thank Cocidii
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Original and worth a visit”
Reviewed 24 May 2012

Trip advisor doesn't have a category for pub. It should because pubs are a great English institution and pastime. The Butcher's Arms is not a restaurant, in fact the only food there are fine unpasteurised cheeses, pickled eggs and onions and packets of crisps and scratchings. Don't go for lunch. Go for the beer. Go there, of all places, if you want to find out what proper English beer is all about. You'll find around six outstanding British beers, all kept in tip-top condition and served straight from the barrel. No lager. No bottled beers. No spirits. With luck there's a lemonade for drivers and just perhaps a dry white wine for non-beer drinkers but don't push your luck. There's no red wine or Malibu. Don't expect a floor show, or music, and turn off your mobile phone. This small and cluttered beer-house is dedicated to great beer, good conversation and a civilised break from the rat-race. Not that you can easily curl up with a book or newspaper with your pint. At the Butchers you will not only hear all manner of gossip and curious news. You'll be expected to join in too. There's no customer service of the distracted 'have a nice day' kind. Expect to be asked what you think of the beer. To be quizzed where you've travelled from and for your opinion on this and that and for your ideas to be challenged too. The most mistaken jibe about the Butchers was that it catered for a handful of locals. Not so. The Butcher's has a large, varied and cosmopolitan bunch of regulars and visitors. It's just that they can't always get in at the same time. The Butcher's is one of the smallest pubs in Britain. Twelve people and it's busy. Fifteen and it's getting crowded. The limit is around thirty. The newspapers and Real Ale campaign love and award the pub because the beer is so good (and the 'smallest pub' claim is memorable) but the real 'attraction' of the Butcher's is the lingering sense that you've walked into something quite different. Once visited, it's likely you'll be back.

Visited April 2012
10 Thank Harry H
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