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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
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - ÜberHopExcellent1
Titanic - Chocolate & Vanilla StoutExcellent1
Naylor's - Toffee MildExcellent1
Wantsum - Ravening WolfExcellent1
Hop Back - Winter LightningExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster StoutExcellent1
Purple Moose - Snowdonia AleExcellent1
Wantsum - DynamoExcellent1
Old Dairy - Dark Side of the MooGood1
Peerless - Knee-Buckler IPAGood1
Wantsum - Noah's Ark AleGood1
Mad Cat - Educated GuessGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little CrackerGood1
Mad Cat - Ninth Life (a.k.a. 9th Life)Good1
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
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Oatmeal StoutNot Tried0
Raw - Red Ghost IPANot Tried0
Ashover - JaggersNot 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

17 Feb 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit, took the last table space.
Wantsum - Noah's Ark Ale3.50GoodRather thin
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Oatmeal Stout4.60Not Tried
Raw - Red Ghost IPA5.90Not Tried
Ashover - Jaggers4.60Not Tried
30 Jan 2018 (Dosser)
Just before closing time
Naylor's - Toffee Mild4.20ExcellentLike a stout
Peerless - Knee-Buckler IPA5.20Good
27 Jan 2018 (Dosser)
Huge crowd. Why is he leaving?
Mad Cat - Ninth Life (a.k.a. 9th Life)5.90GoodNot bursting with flavour like Paul's other beers but good
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') - ÜberHop5.20Excellent
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.

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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 129 times, seen 178 different beers and tried 119 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT11 9DS