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The Flying Horse (Ei Group (formerly Enterprise Inns))

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)Excellent1
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Über BrewExcellent1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordExcellent1
Wye Valley - HPA (Hereford Pale Ale)Excellent1
Adnams - Ghost ShipGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood5
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideGood2
Ringwood - RazorbackGood1
Madcap - PegasusGood1
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Good2
Mad Cat - Crispin PaleGood1
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesAcceptable1
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Copper TopAcceptable1
Wantsum - Black PigNot Tried0
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Red TopNot Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
Robinsons - TrooperNot Tried0
Allsopp's (wherever it is actually brewed unknown) - IPANot Tried0
St Austell - Proper JobNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Burnaps BeardNot Tried0
St Austell - TributeNot Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's Seafarers AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Flying Horse, Boughton Lees, Kent
Picture 2. The Flying Horse, Boughton Lees, Kent

Visits Details

16 Mar 2024 (Magnus Greel)
Unexpectedly busy for a Saturday lunchtime which was good to see. mostly diners but a few drinkers at the bar too. Friendly and welcoming with more than enough staff to cope we were ushered to the back room where a couple of tables were available.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80GoodComplemented my juicy burger and chunky chips rather well...
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
08 Oct 2023 (Magnus Greel)
Late afternoon with enough time to enjoy the warmth of the sun trap outside bench seats available at the front of the pub however the rear garden was already in shade. Not as busy as expected so I may have missed the lunchtime and early afternoon rush. Another mystery as to why ChrisE never rated this pub or wished to visit as obvious by the lack of reports, given its locality, convenient buses and consistently good beer quality despite the unexciting range.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodDitto my Ghost Ship comments thus all I need to say is my Harvey's expectations were most satisfied. I had another for quality control purposes and no different.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10GoodNowt wrong with the condition but seemed rather bland flavour wise. This really should be consigned to the history books!
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50GoodBordering 3.5 and 4 this was well kept and enjoyable.
30 May 2023 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon and a welcome intended refreshment stop after a walk along the Pilgrim's Way following my investigative visit to the closed Wheel at Westwell with ongoing renovation work and no date as yet for reopening..
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodAverage Harvey's but still within expectation parameters.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Good
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
29 Aug 2022 (Magnus Greel)
After seeing a Facebook post advertising the last day of their beer festival and all beers at £3 a pint I tentatively walked up here expecting the beers to be in poor condition. They wasn't! Live band in the garden and a more mature crowd made for a pleasant and relaxed mid afternoon to early evening stay.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30ExcellentPint No.5 and al the good stuff had gone..
Wye Valley - HPA (Hereford Pale Ale)4.00ExcellentHints of peachiness and hops with a subtle sweet tang and crystal clear.
Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)3.80ExcellentNot the typical English bitter I was expecting, subtle malts combined with a toasty hoppy kick and hints of prune.
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Über Brew3.80ExcellentAn OD beer without the expected sulphurous taste, simple light hoppy and fruity..
Ringwood - Razorback3.80GoodNo.6 and ditto my No.5 comment
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40AcceptableSlightly cloudy and after a twangy start all got better for this hoppy light grapeish ale.
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Gale's Seafarers Ale3.60Not Tried
Wantsum - Black Pig4.80Not Tried
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Red Top3.80Not Tried
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
Robinsons - Trooper4.70Not Tried
Allsopp's (wherever it is actually brewed unknown) - IPA5.00Not TriedSadly I never got round to trying this
09 Nov 2021 (Jack William)
Early lunchtime - out for a cycle. Log fire just lit, I chatted with a local who claimed to have done speeds of “forty to fifty miles an hour” down the nearby hill from Challock when he was a lad. I clocked 37 mph with a bit of a head wind so he may not have been exaggerating.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Copper Top4.10AcceptableVery faint tartness but looked ok and plenty of life - first one out I’m guessing.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
24 Jul 2020 (Jack William)
Lunchtime just for a drink. We were pleasantly ushered into the garden and provided with table service. Ok- but the garden looked rathe unkempt after the long opportunity of the lockdown.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
09 Jan 2019 (Magnus Greel)
Early to mid evening a few groups scattered about the pub, with a dozen or so more arriving during my visit made this busier than expected for a midweek evening. Both real ales doing well, I saw only 1 chap drinking lager.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentFrom a new cask and pleased to say my expectations satisfied.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodClear and in fine form. Slightly sweeter than expected otherwise would be an easy 4*.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10AcceptableFlat and lacking flavour.
22 Feb 2018 (Magnus Greel)
1620hrs pub closed. Sign on door declaring from 22nd Feb closed weekdays between 3 and 5pm. Deciding not to hang around for 40 minutes I decided to continue with my plan and head for Wye on foot.
BeerABVScoreNotes
28 Nov 2017 (Jack William)
Late lunchtime. Just 5 other customers in. Huge log fire on the go.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mad Cat - Crispin Pale4.00Good
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Burnaps Beard3.80Not Tried
26 Oct 2015 (Trevor)
A few in at lunchtime. We had a tasty meal with friendly service. It was good to have the meaty meat pie made on the premises. First time we had been in under the new management.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Madcap - Pegasus4.00GoodA darkish ale in good condition.

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About The Flying Horse

The pub sign. The Flying Horse, Boughton Lees, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent7
Good15
Acceptable4
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Boughton Lees, Kent, TN25 4HH.

Idyllic setting for a pub in The Lees, in small village opposite the triangular shaped village green that has a cricket pitch and a pavilion. The pub is red brick with ivy and other creepers over some of the front. 4 handpumps on the central bar with tables and seats set around the edge. Garden at rear with separate dining room. Tables outside the front to watch the cricket.

We have visited this pub 19 times, seen 33 different beers and tried 19 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN25 4HH