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The Mash Tun (Midland Micropubs Ltd)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Breakwater - Docker's Oatmeal PorterExceptional1
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Excellent2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterExcellent1
Weltons - American Graffiti AleExcellent1
Breakwater - Black EnsignExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Rye Pale AleExcellent1
Pig & Porter - Blackbird Dry StoutExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - War HorseExcellent2
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Bombay SocialGood1
Old Dairy - Gold TopGood1
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - McCanns Hockley SoulGood1
Hopdaemon - House Beer (For The Mash Tun)Acceptable1
Weltons - Old HarryNot Tried0
Reedley Hallows - Monkholme PremiumNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - RedNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Chinook Porter Love MedicineNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPANot Tried0
Romney Marsh - Marsh MellowNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Jazz TopNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Westerham - Bonfire BitterNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Not Tried0
3 Piers - West Coast BlondeNot Tried0
3 Piers - Little BastardNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Mash Tun, Dover, Kent
Picture 2. The Mash Tun, Dover, Kent

Visits Details

12 Jan 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit, my first for nearly 2 years. The pub sells several KeyKeg beers in addition to its cask ale offering. Stood at the pulpit all the stay.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60ExcellentPerfect temperature and easy smooth drinking
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Not Tried
3 Piers - West Coast Blonde4.60Not Tried
3 Piers - Little Bastard7.40Not Tried
05 Jan 2019 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit and a very good welcome from Katherine and Peter. I did not list all the beers on sale but there were a few strong dark ones.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentA Chiswick brew and superb, best of the Chiswick Hophead that I have tried so far.
02 Nov 2018 (ChrisE)
I made two visits in here tonight and a splendid atmosphere. Peter the guv told me that he had featured in a BBC Inside Out programme that was shown the previous Monday so watched that on iplayer when I got home.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentI do not know whether this was a Sussex or Chiswick version of this beer but it was served in excellent condition only marred by the strong smell of aniseed permeating from what the person next to me was drinking.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - War Horse4.00Excellent
Westerham - Bonfire Bitter4.00Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Blackbird Dry Stout4.00Not TriedThis ran out.
28 Oct 2018 (ChrisE)
I arrived soon after opening time and the pub was already busy as a good number of people had forgotten to put their clocks and watches back one hour. A good atmosphere and a good selection of biscuits, cheese and roast potatoes for nibbles.
Pig & Porter - Blackbird Dry Stout4.00Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - War Horse4.00ExcellentAn very good ruby red bitter.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
10 Jan 2018 (ChrisE)
Evening visit and a good crowd in.
Breakwater - Black Ensign3.20Excellent
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
Romney Marsh - Marsh Mellow3.60Not Tried
Old Dairy - Jazz Top4.20Not Tried
02 Mar 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening given 2030 hours. Place in darkness yet opening hours in window say open until 10pm. No other notice of reason for closure. Annoying for what is a destination Micropub.
16 Dec 2016 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit and some interesting conversations among the customers.
Breakwater - Docker's Oatmeal Porter4.10ExceptionalSo good that I couldn't wait for the brewery tap to open later on.
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Bombay Social3.80Good
Reedley Hallows - Monkholme Premium4.20Not Tried
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - McCanns Hockley Soul4.20Not TriedThis ran out and was replaced by Breakwater Dockers.
Pig & Porter - Chinook Porter Love Medicine6.00Not Tried
10 Dec 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening and solace after the blasting noise of the Rack of Ale. Dutch fellow and a Brit who has worked in Dutch apple farming were knocking back 8% Turners Russet like it had gone out of fashion.
Old Dairy - Gold Top4.30GoodA distinctive full on flavour
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - McCanns Hockley Soul4.20GoodNice soft tasting stout. Apparently a new brewing outfit in Capel-le-Ferne which I had not heard of despite its website saying it has brewed since 2015. Both here and nearby The Lanes have been supplied and sold the beers. Whether it is some sort of cuckoo brewer or contract brewing arrangement or full on brewer will no doubt become apparent
Reedley Hallows - Monkholme Premium4.20Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Red4.20Not Tried
03 Nov 2016 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit, a good chat with Kathryn and Peter plus a few locals. I was informed that Peter and Kathryn are planning to move on in about a year and are looking for someone to take over the business. They assured me that this information was not given in confidence as they want the right sort of people to know that the business will become available.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Rye Pale Ale4.00Excellent
01 Sep 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. A touring family was in the pub and the young daughter stood up and sang playing banjo, guitar, mouth organ (busker style) and bagpipes. Worthy of and got great applause all round.
Weltons - American Graffiti Ale4.50ExcellentDon't normally give Welton house room but this was a most flavoursome pint
Hopdaemon - House Beer (For The Mash Tun)3.80AcceptablePretty average I thought
Weltons - Old Harry5.20Not Tried

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About The Mash Tun

The pub sign. The Mash Tun, Dover, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Dover, Kent, CT16 1JH.

Micropub situated close to the Market Square in Bench Street in the premises previously occupied by Pier Three. Run by long standing, experienced local licensees. It has comfortable chairs (including several chesterfields) plus tables and chairs at the side. The pub has a 200 years old church pulpit instead of a bar. The licensees have stated an intention to set up a micro-brewery at the rear but it has not, to date, come to fruition and after a number of years now probably never will. Has become renowned for its cask ales and a wide range of real ciders and perries, all sold under gravity dispense from a temperature controlled cellar room behind the pulpit bar. There is a food menu of items which the pub will obtain for customers from local outlets or just bring your own.

We have visited this pub 39 times, seen 83 different beers and tried 48 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT16 1JH

This pub was formally know as the Pier Three.