Sunday 29th August 2010
This is a very old pub about six miles south of Faversham, Kent, on the road to Ashford. It's known especially for its live music but twice a year they hold a beer festival and this one was over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
The beers were served from a shed in the garden. On this Sunday there were eight left out of the eleven at the start on Friday. Kentish breweries represented were Hopdaemon, Gadds, Old Dairy and Westerham.
Two local ciders were available, Paul Johnson's Marsh Monkey (6-7% abv) from Sheppey, and Blushing Old Wife (6.3% abv), a fusion of Kentish Raspberries in cider from Rough Old Wife of Old Wives Leas. Some thought this might be mellow but, on the day, it was very sharp.
Pity there weren't more people, but the weather was unpredictable. Nevertheless, well worth visiting. £2.80 for a pint of beer, £3.00 for the ciders.
The pub has a lovely large garden which you can camp in by prior arrangement. Of course, there's music every evening of the festival and sometimes in the afternoon also. The normal pub menu was offered throughout the long weekend at the normal times.
or see Website www.redlionbadlesmere.co.uk
The Red Lion is a great pub to visit at any time as it has a good selection of beers including some from small local breweries.
The Red Lion, Ashford Road, Badlesmere Lees, Faversham, Kent ME13 0NX.
Tel: 01233 740320
Open: Daily: 12.00-23.00 (sometimes later)