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Hooden Smokehouse & Cellar (formerly Hooden on the Hill) (Punch Taverns)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kentish BitterExcellent1
Mad Cat - Emotional BlackmailGood1
Sharp's - Doom BarGood1
St Austell - TributeGood2
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Kimberley BitterGood1
Belhaven - IPAAcceptable1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PridePoor1
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled HenNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Greene King - Morland Old Golden HenNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - IncubusNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Copper TopNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Miller's Ale (originally 4.5%)Not Tried0
Franklins - Mama Knows BestNot Tried0
Picture 1. Hooden Smokehouse & Cellar (formerly Hooden on the Hill), Willesborough, Kent
Chris Excell

Visits Details

21 Nov 2019 (ChrisE)
Late afternoon and quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10PoorI did not finish this.
27 May 2019 (ChrisE)
Bank Holdiday Monday and the cask ales were on gravity dispense with cooling jackets in the garden, this was the last day of a three day festival and the remaining cask ales were on offer at £2 per pint, I managed to get a glass from the bar to avoid having to drink out of a plastic tumbler.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mad Cat - Emotional Blackmail4.50Good
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Miller's Ale (originally 4.5%)4.20Not Tried
Franklins - Mama Knows Best4.10Not Tried
10 Dec 2018 (ChrisE)
I just popped in for a quick pint in the afternoon, I got the impression that this place was under new management although nothing seemed to have changed except that the Greene King beers have gone. I must go back and make enquiries.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kentish Bitter3.70Excellent
15 May 2018 (Magnus Greel)
First visit since re-opening and impressed with the results. Unexciting beer range which is a pity for such a lovely pub and location. I shan't be rushing back.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Belhaven - IPA3.80AcceptableLuckily only a half - badged as the House Beer which ChrisE deducted to be Belhaven IPA.
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
23 Mar 2018 (ChrisE)
Now fully open and absolutely full with diners waiting for tables to become vacant. Plenty of wet sales customers too, I drank the house beer which is advertised as Hooden IPA, I assumed wrongly that it would be Greene King IPA but it most definitely was not that, so I now think it was probably Belhaven IPA which fits in with the advertised 3.8%
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Greene King - Morland Old Golden Hen4.10Not Tried
19 Mar 2018 (ChrisE)
This pub has just reopened after a long period of repairs following a serious fire in 2016. Same guv as before but a new name to reflect the new menu that will be available from the official reopening on Wednesday this week. Wet sales only until then, I was pleased to see a photograph of Norah Ballingall who was a licensee in the 60s and 70s and stopped serving me after a couple of years when she found out that I was not eighteen. I was welcomed back on my birthday of course.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Kimberley Bitter3.90Good
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50Not Tried
27 Nov 2016 (Magnus Greel)
Closed indefinitely due to fire damage.
BeerABVScoreNotes
07 Sep 2016 (Magnus Greel)
Late afternoon busy in the garden due to the nice weather, a more relaxed atmosphere in the cooler bar area.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Tribute4.20AcceptableOver sweet toffee flavour. Possibly at the end of the barrel.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not TriedFingers crossed I may come across this in my next pub.
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
22 Aug 2016 (ChrisE)
I had not been here for ages, fairly quiet tonight but I expect there were a few in the garden.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Tribute4.20ExcellentA very well kept pint.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
23 May 2016 (Trevor)
A number in when we arrived for our lunch. Rather disappointed in the OAP food selection but the service was as good as ever. Still the same three ales.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Good
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried

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About the Hooden Smokehouse & Cellar (formerly Hooden on the Hill)

The pub sign. Hooden Smokehouse & Cellar (formerly Hooden on the Hill), Willesborough, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent33
Good52
Acceptable24
Poor3

Website.

The pub is found in Willesborough, Kent, TN24 0NY.

Formerly The Rose, situated in Willesborough on the way to William Harvey Hospital, this is a lovely pub on the inside. Lots of original wooden beams, uneven floors and open fireplace. Large, pretty garden too. Food is American and there are 3 handpumps on the bar. Seriously damaged by fire on Sunday 27th November 2016 and reopened mid March 2018.

We have visited this pub 100 times, seen 99 different beers and tried 54 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN24 0NY