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Hooden Smokehouse & Cellar (formerly Hooden on the Hill) (Punch Taverns)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Kimberley BitterGood1
St Austell - TributeGood4
Adnams - Ghost ShipGood1
Sharp's - Doom BarGood1
Belhaven - IPAAcceptable1
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled HenNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Greene King - Morland Old Golden HenNot Tried0
Picture 1. Hooden Smokehouse & Cellar (formerly Hooden on the Hill), Willesborough, Kent
Chris Excell

Visits Details

15 May 2018 (Magnus Greel)
First visit since re-opening and impressed with the results. Unexciting beer range which is a pity for such a lovely pub and location. I shan't be rushing back.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Belhaven - IPA3.80AcceptableLuckily only a half - badged as the House Beer which ChrisE deducted to be Belhaven IPA.
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
23 Mar 2018 (ChrisE)
Now fully open and absolutely full with diners waiting for tables to become vacant. Plenty of wet sales customers too, I drank the house beer which is advertised as Hooden IPA, I assumed wrongly that it would be Greene King IPA but it most definitely was not that, so I now think it was probably Belhaven IPA which fits in with the advertised 3.8%
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Greene King - Morland Old Golden Hen4.10Not Tried
19 Mar 2018 (ChrisE)
This pub has just reopened after a long period of repairs following a serious fire in 2016. Same guv as before but a new name to reflect the new menu that will be available from the official reopening on Wednesday this week. Wet sales only until then, I was pleased to see a photograph of Norah Ballingall who was a licensee in the 60s and 70s and stopped serving me after a couple of years when she found out that I was not eighteen. I was welcomed back on my birthday of course.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Kimberley Bitter3.90Good
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50Not Tried
27 Nov 2016 (Magnus Greel)
Closed indefinitely due to fire damage.
BeerABVScoreNotes
07 Sep 2016 (Magnus Greel)
Late afternoon busy in the garden due to the nice weather, a more relaxed atmosphere in the cooler bar area.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Tribute4.20AcceptableOver sweet toffee flavour. Possibly at the end of the barrel.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not TriedFingers crossed I may come across this in my next pub.
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
22 Aug 2016 (ChrisE)
I had not been here for ages, fairly quiet tonight but I expect there were a few in the garden.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Tribute4.20ExcellentA very well kept pint.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
23 May 2016 (Trevor)
A number in when we arrived for our lunch. Rather disappointed in the OAP food selection but the service was as good as ever. Still the same three ales.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Good
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
09 Mar 2016 (Trevor)
Very few in for our lunchtime meal which was up to its usual good standard. Pleasant service too.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Tribute4.20Acceptable
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
03 Feb 2016 (Trevor)
Another great value and tasty lunchtime meal with pleasant service. Fairly quiet. Same three ales on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50GoodStrong initial citrus flavour and good condition.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
30 Dec 2015 (Trevor)
Fairly quiet for our lunchtime visit. Good meal and service.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Tribute4.20Acceptable
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried

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About the Hooden Smokehouse & Cellar (formerly Hooden on the Hill)

The pub sign. Hooden Smokehouse & Cellar (formerly Hooden on the Hill), Willesborough, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent32
Good51
Acceptable24
Poor2

Website.

The pub is found in Willesborough, Kent, TN24 0NY.

Formerly The Rose, situated in Willesborough on the way to William Harvey Hospital, this is a lovely pub on the inside. Lots of original wooden beams, uneven floors and open fireplace. Large, pretty garden too. Food is American and there are 3 handpumps on the bar. Seriously damaged by fire on Sunday 27th November 2016 and reopened mid March 2018.

We have visited this pub 97 times, seen 93 different beers and tried 51 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN24 0NY