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The Hovelling Boat Inn (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kent - Hygge Exceptional1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterExcellent2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - West Coast IPAExcellent1
Northern Monk - Choclate PorterExcellent1
Kent - NectaronExcellent1
Twisted Oak - Slippery SlopeExcellent1
Northdown - Tidal MoonGood2
Northdown - Cali RayGood2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Blarney Stone Good1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little CrackerGood1
Northdown - Pale Ale MaryNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - HPA Hoppy Pale AleNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 3Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Hovelling Boat Inn, Ramsgate, Kent
Picture 2. The Hovelling Boat Inn, Ramsgate, Kent
Picture 3. The Hovelling Boat Inn, Ramsgate, Kent
Chris Excell

Visits Details

27 Feb 2024 (Dosser)
5 beers on. Small but vocal crowd.
Northdown - Cali Ray5.50GoodCitrus sweetish but good beer.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Blarney Stone 4.30GoodNew stout for paddy's day. Not bad.
21 Feb 2024 (Dosser)
4 beers on but I chose one that wasn't quite ready.
Northdown - Cali Ray5.50GoodThis wasn't quite ready but still a good pint. Good value at £4 a pint.
16 Feb 2024 (Dosser)
6 beers on, though one not quite ready. First real ale in 5 weeks since marriage and trip to India.
Northdown - Tidal Moon5.80GoodUnlike Philip pirip I found this a good stout and easy to drink. Maybe a different cask.
13 Feb 2024 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit as only customer.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60Excellent A fine porter
Northdown - Tidal Moon5.80AcceptablePoured flat, making this thin gruel pint a chore to finish
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 35.00Not Tried
Northdown - Pale Ale Mary4.00Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - HPA Hoppy Pale Ale3.60Not Tried
31 Dec 2023 (Dosser)
New years eve pub crawl starts here. 4 beers on and a full pub at 7pm ish.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60Excellent£4.40 for a good strong un here.
28 Dec 2023 (Dosser)
Great selection this afternoon. 14 in here would make it a great place for a wedding reception. 5 ales on.
Twisted Oak - Slippery Slope5.30ExcellentSuper porter. Smooth!
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
23 Dec 2023 (Dosser)
6 ales on. Miserable afternoon by the sea.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little Cracker5.00GoodNot one of my besties. A red ale that doesn't suit my palate.
20 Dec 2023 (Dosser)
5 ales on and a full pub on a cold Wednesday.
Kent - Nectaron4.50ExcellentVery good citrus flavours from a brewery that produces great beer.
17 Dec 2023 (Dosser)
5 beers on. Full pub. Lots of chat.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - West Coast IPA5.60ExcellentTop quality
Northern Monk - Choclate Porter3.80ExcellentSuperb flavours for a low strength beer
10 Dec 2023 (Dosser)
5 beers on. Foods run out and got caught up in meat draw. Didn't win. 5 beers on. Prices up here.
Kent - Hygge 5.00ExceptionalOutstanding smoky stout. £4.20 a pint.

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About The Hovelling Boat Inn

The pub sign. The Hovelling Boat Inn, Ramsgate, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9DS.

Micropub in York Street that opened on Good Friday 2013 on the site of the Hovelling Boat pub which closed in 1909 (and re-opened 104 years later). No lager or keg beers are sold here. Other past lives of the building have been as a florist's shop and a fancy gift shop. A menu of the beer and cider on offer is shown on a wall blackboard then your drink is fetched (with table service) from a back room having been served on gravity dispense there. Under new ownership in spring 2018.

We have visited this pub 345 times, seen 387 different beers and tried 271 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT11 9DS