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The Hovelling Boat Inn (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
4T's - Mango FeverExceptional2
Wantsum - Transatlantic FogExceptional1
No Frills Joe - Brainwash BitterExceptional1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pudding AleExcellent1
Old Dairy - Snow TopExcellent2
East London (ELB) - Pearly Queen PorterExcellent1
Redemption - Fellowship PorterExcellent1
3 Piers - Sad BastardExcellent1
Northdown - Muggy PorterExcellent2
Great Heck - Shankar IPAExcellent1
East London (ELB) - Quadruped Black APAGood1
East London (ELB) - NightwatchmanNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - GenesisNot Tried0
Parkway - Brass Monkey Golden AleNot 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

16 Jun 2019 (Dosser)
6 ales on including 2 dark uns
Wantsum - Transatlantic Fog6.00ExceptionalEven better than at the brewery
East London (ELB) - Pearly Queen Porter4.50Excellent
East London (ELB) - Quadruped Black APA5.30Good
08 Jun 2019 (Dosser)
My first real ale for 50 days. Usual suspects in.
Northdown - Muggy Porter5.00ExcellentNice beer
03 May 2019 (Dosser)
Only 3 beers on...2 had just an out. First beer for 10 days.
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pudding Ale4.80ExcellentMmmnn
14 Apr 2019 (Dosser)
Most tables taken. 4 beers on. Shouldnt discuss beer with a vegan. Or food. Or Brexit.
No Frills Joe - Brainwash Bitter5.80ExceptionalBeautiful dark unfined bitter. A vegan lectured me on drinking beer with fish guts.
05 Apr 2019 (Dosser)
Quick drink before a great meal at the Greek restaurant around the corner
3 Piers - Sad Bastard7.30ExcellentBig hitter with one hell of a kick. Not bad at £3.80 a pint
03 Apr 2019 (Dosser)
Big crowd in for afternoon drink. 4 beers on, all very unusual but popular with the locals.
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10ExcellentVery nice. liquorice flavours
29 Mar 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Good to see the inestimable scribe Dosser from this site and Missus walk in just after me.
Old Dairy - Snow Top6.00ExcellentFine form
4T's - Mango Fever4.60ExcellentVery good, not a sign of citrus-ness
East London (ELB) - Nightwatchman4.50Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Genesis3.50Not Tried
Parkway - Brass Monkey Golden Ale4.20Not TriedNot a brewery I think I have heard of before
29 Mar 2019 (Dosser)
5 beers on. Mr Pirrip was in with his big Sainsburys bag delivering mags.
4T's - Mango Fever4.60ExceptionalAmazing mango flavours. A most unusual beer but real quality.
Old Dairy - Snow Top6.00ExcellentFine pint
24 Mar 2019 (Dosser)
Few in. Great selection of beers
Great Heck - Shankar IPA5.90Excellent
27 Feb 2019 (Dosser)
4 beers on. Warm afternoon. Boat still celebrating second place in poty micro pub section.
Northdown - Muggy Porter5.00ExcellentVery good

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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 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 186 times, seen 262 different beers and tried 175 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT11 9DS