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The Swan (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Stag - Screaming SikaExceptional1
Stag - Roe BuckExcellent1
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - BitterExcellent2
Stag - Jane DoeExcellent2
Jennings - Cumberland AleGood5
Marston's - PedigreeGood2
Picture 1. The Swan, Ashford, Kent
Chris Excell

Visits Details

28 May 2018 (ChrisE)
Bank Holiday afternoon, a fair number of people were in the garden enjoying the unexpected sunshine.
Stag - Roe Buck3.80ExcellentThis was a dark chocolate beer that was absolutely superb. The brewery's web site lists Rambling Roebuck as a 3.8% light English Bitter but this was as dark as you can get so I wonder whether we were given Knock-need Porter 6% by mistake. I am not complaining of course.
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
22 May 2018 (ChrisE)
Evening visit, I had a good chat with Neil who told me that Stag Brewery Jane Doe is likely to become the house beer but the pump clip will show provenance.
Stag - Screaming Sika5.00ExceptionalTruly superb, I would have had a second one if it was not for the fact that last orders had been called.
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
15 May 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon and a few others at the bar, enthusiastic landlord updated us on Stag brewery future supplies. A group of Dutch tourists turned up who were most disappointed Fosters wasn't on sale here!
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Good
15 May 2018 (ChrisE)
Tuesday afternoon and fairly quiet. Just the one beer on today but we were informed that Stag Brewery would be making another delivery on Wednesday.
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Good
11 May 2018 (ChrisE)
Friday afternoon and both the wet sales bar and the dining area seemed to be doing well.
Stag - Jane Doe4.00ExcellentA new cask on today and proving to be very popular, a good traditional best bitter.
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Good
06 May 2018 (ChrisE)
A small group of us came for Sunday lunch which was superb.
Stag - Jane Doe4.00ExcellentGood traditional amber coloured bitter.
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
28 Apr 2018 (ChrisE)
Saturday evening, the busiest that I have seen this pub for a long time, it was interesting to watch twenty something year olds playing bar billiards for their first time.
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Good
07 Apr 2018 (ChrisE)
Saturday evening and just time for one pint before catching a bus home. I was told that Stag Brewery beers should be available soon.
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Excellent
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
23 Mar 2018 (ChrisE)
Friday evening and a few in. I noticed that a piano has now appeared in the bar.
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - Bitter3.40Good
Marston's - Pedigree4.50GoodA fresh cask on.
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

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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 41 times, seen 30 different beers and tried 25 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN23 1QN