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The Hovelling Boat Inn (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Old Dairy - Darkside of the MooExceptional1
Hop Back - Winter LightningExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster StoutExcellent1
Old Dairy - Dark SnowExcellent1
Purple Moose - Snowdonia AleExcellent1
Wantsum - DynamoExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - UberhopExcellent1
Titanic - Chocolate & Vanilla StoutExcellent1
Kent - Green Giant (EKG)Excellent1
Wantsum - Ravening WolfExcellent1
4T's - APAGood1
Mad Cat - Educated GuessGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little CrackerGood1
Old Dairy - Dark Side of the MooGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterGood1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Knight's AleNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good HeavensNot Tried0
Romney Marsh - Best BitterNot Tried0
Rudgate - Chocolate StoutNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Hovelling Boat Inn, Ramsgate, Kent
Picture 2. The Hovelling Boat Inn, Ramsgate, Kent
Picture 3. The Hovelling Boat Inn, Ramsgate, Kent
Chris Excell

Visits Details

20 Jan 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit on a cold damp Ramsgate night, in fact how I best like any coastal resort. Good chat with the Guv about the value of Tomson & Wotton artefacts and the latest ones he has been offered but refused!
Hop Back - Winter Lightning5.50ExcellentA taste shock after the Purple Moose
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale3.60ExcellentIn fine form
Romney Marsh - Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Rudgate - Chocolate Stout5.00Not Tried
15 Jan 2018 (beery steve)
Lunchtime a few in
Old Dairy - Darkside of the Moo7.00ExceptionalSuperb
Wantsum - Dynamo4.30Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Uberhop5.20Excellent
08 Jan 2018 (beery steve)
A few in.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster Stout6.20Excellent
Mad Cat - Educated Guess4.70Good
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Knight's Ale4.60Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Heavens4.10Not Tried
05 Jan 2018 (Dosser)
Special quiz
Titanic - Chocolate & Vanilla Stout4.50ExcellentLovely
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90ExcellentQuality pint
30 Dec 2017 (Dosser)
Full at lunchtime. Pensioners enjoying top ales
Old Dairy - Dark Side of the Moo7.00GoodNot much left me thinks...
29 Dec 2017 (Dosser)
More AOT deliveries
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little Cracker5.00GoodNot one of my favourite Gadds
23 Dec 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Early evening and access denied by "Closed for Private Function". Not good for a venue pub that, as with all Micropubs, people travel miles to visit.
21 Dec 2017 (Dosser)
More top dark uns
Old Dairy - Dark Snow6.50ExcellentQuality ale
24 Nov 2017 (Dosser)
Pub hasnt been sold...yet
4T's - APA4.00Good
21 Nov 2017 (Dosser)
Ambulance called for a sick chap on the toilet. Good choice of beers.
Kent - Green Giant (EKG)6.00ExcellentTop notch
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60GoodNice pint.

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About The Hovelling Boat Inn

The pub sign. The Hovelling Boat Inn, Ramsgate, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9DS.

Micropub opened on Good Friday 2013 on the site of the Hovelling Boat pub which closed in 1909 (and re-opened 104 years later). A highly polished Tomson and Wotton tray adorns one of the walls, a reminder of the superb beers that once came from the brewery up the road from this pub. Local closed breweries' artefacts adorn the walls and shelves including a haunting Mr Allbright metal face which would once have decorated a brewery dray. No lager or keg beers are sold here. Other past lives of the building have been as a florist's shop and a fancy gift shop. A menu of the beer and cider on offer is shown on a wall blackboard then your drink is fetched (with table service) from a back room having been served on gravity there.

We have visited this pub 126 times, seen 173 different beers and tried 116 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT11 9DS