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The Swan (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Jennings - Cumberland AleExcellent3
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - BitterExcellent1
Greene King - IPAGood1
Adnams - LighthouseGood1
Ringwood - RazorbackGood1
Banks's - Lancaster BomberGood1
Brains - SA GoldGood1
Sharp's - Doom BarAcceptable1
Picture 1. The Swan, Ashford, Kent

Visits Details

13 Mar 2018 (ChrisE)
It is good to see this pub open again after a period of about fifteen months closure. This was a morning visit and there was just myself and a couple of licensing officers in the pub when I arrived. I had a good chat later on with the managing couple who informed me that this is now a genuine Free House although they have opened with beers from the Marstons stable because the brewery has been good to them. They are in discussions with a local brewery about the provision of a house beer which will be called Swan Song. There is no food at the moment but they plan to have the large bar as primarily a restaurant area with the former saloon side as the drinking area. Of possible interest to readers of this site, the pool table has been replaced by bar billiards.
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - Bitter3.40Excellent
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Excellent
29 Dec 2016 (ChrisE)
Just a handful in tonight, I popped in to say goodbye to the landlady as this pub is closing on 1 January and Enterprise Inns are putting the freehold up for sale.
Banks's - Lancaster Bomber4.40GoodUsing a Thwaites branded pump clip.
15 Nov 2016 (ChrisE)
Early evening and a good atmosphere.
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Excellent
04 Nov 2016 (ChrisE)
Late afternoon and reasonably busy. I had been told that this was the current Manageress's last day here and I came in here just to have a pint or maybe two before she left. She has now been told that she will be here until 2 January 2017, good news for us as she keeps her beer well. Shortly before I was planning to leave a couple of chaps I know who used to work for London Transport IT/Sema came in, one of whom was my ex-wife's former boss so that was another round, shortly after that a former CAMRA National Executive member walked in, then some Network Rail people, I stayed a lot longer than originally intended. A new pricing policy means that all beers under 4% are now £2.80 except for GK IPA which remains at £2.50.
Ringwood - Razorback3.80Good
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
23 Oct 2016 (ChrisE)
I had seen on this site that this pub was listed as "appears closed", I was convinced that this must be a mistake and decided to visit the pub and find out for certain. I was outside just before the scheduled 12:00 Sunday opening time and the doors opened promptly. The pub is currently being advertised as a Business Opportunity but it is definitely not closed.
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Good
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
22 Aug 2016 (ChrisE)
About tea time on a Monday, only one other customer in the bar but a few out in the patio at the back. The landlady apologised for the fact that she only had Doom Bar on sale today. I was assured that the home made pies on the menu were properly home made by the landlady herself as was the chicken jalfrezi. I shall have to give them a try sometime.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00AcceptableWhere's Jason when you need him?
26 May 2016 (ChrisE)
The music in the right hand bar was a little too loud for me so I ventured in to the left hand side where a league pool match was in progress.
Greene King - IPA3.60Good
09 Feb 2016 (ChrisE)
I was surprised to find that this is now a two bar pub, a big improvement on the former single large bar area.
Brains - SA Gold4.30Good
11 Jan 2016 (ChrisE)
Currently closed for refurbishment.
27 Oct 2015 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime. A very good chat with the landlady, latest dates for the planned refurbishment are from 4 January for about three weeks after which the kitchen will be open for traditional pub grub. Hobgoblin should be available for Halloween weekend, followed by Tribute and then K & S Rock Hopper. She informed that the Phoenix on the other side of the road should reopen in about three weeks time.
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Good

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About The Swan

The pub sign. The Swan, Ashford, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Ashford, Kent, TN23 1QN.

Central town pub with mock Tudor frontage in Tufton Street. Refurbished in 2016 and reverted to a two bar pub with television screens in the right hand bar, the left side is a larger bar with a pool table at the front and a large area to the rear. After a period of closure once more re-launched in March 2018 with changes at least including the replacement of the pool table with a bar billiards table.

We have visited this pub 32 times, seen 26 different beers and tried 21 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN23 1QN