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The Hovelling Boat Inn (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Bedlam - PorterExceptional1
XT Brewing - No. 8 Dark RoastExcellent1
Northdown - He-BruExcellent1
Weltons - Headless HorsemanExcellent1
Wantsum - Black PigExcellent1
No Frills Joe - Candy Soup Excellent1
Kent - ProhibitionExcellent1
Iron Pier - Cast Iron StoutExcellent1
Mad Cat - Syndale Green Hop Pale AleGood1
Oakham - Darker DaysGood1
No Frills Joe - Sloppy JoeGood1
Potton - Occam’s RazorAcceptable1
Wild Weather - Full of Beans 1Acceptable1
XT Brewing - No. 8 PorterAcceptable1
Iron Pier - AmberNot Tried0
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing CrowNot Tried0
Cross Bay - Strawbs 'N' CreamNot Tried0
Weltons - Horsham OldNot Tried0
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Hop KittyNot Tried0
Northdown - Papworth Victory Best BitterNot 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

11 Nov 2019 (Dosser)
4 beers on. All tables taken.
Bedlam - Porter5.00ExceptionalDoesnt get better than this
05 Nov 2019 (Dosser)
4 beers on
Weltons - Headless Horseman6.00ExcellentTop quality with rich oatmeal stout flavours
26 Oct 2019 (Dosser)
4 beers on
XT Brewing - No. 8 Dark Roast4.50ExcellentMy pint unlike Mr Pirrips, had a great head and was delicious.
23 Oct 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit, in just before 9pm close. Bit like a library in atmosphere tonight but several "readers" were prepared to talk!
XT Brewing - No. 8 Porter4.50AcceptableNew cask on today - over-fobbing on pouring but lost all head almost immediately
Weltons - Horsham Old4.50Not Tried
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Hop Kitty3.90Not Tried
20 Oct 2019 (Dosser)
4 ales on and a chance to meet the new guv.
Oakham - Darker Days4.80GoodDARKER DAYS is the name, dark hoppy beer that didnt work for me.
Wild Weather - Full of Beans 15.00AcceptableCouldnt drink this. Far too sickly.
10 Oct 2019 (Jack William)
Lunchtime visit - six of us adding to a good number of locals. Bit disappointed that 3 of the 4 ales on were unfined - call me old fashioned but I do like a clear pint.
No Frills Joe - Candy Soup 5.00Excellent5 hop pale ale, unfined. Only slightly hazy and a very palatable, well balanced pale ale.
No Frills Joe - Sloppy Joe5.20GoodUnfined, but not cloudy. Quite sweet.
Potton - Occam’s Razor3.90AcceptableMarked up as “single hop, hazy, sour” to which I would add “flat”. It did grow on me a bit towards the end of the pint.
Northdown - Papworth Victory Best Bitter4.20Not Tried
28 Sep 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Business brisk here.
Mad Cat - Syndale Green Hop Pale Ale4.30GoodPleasantly refreshing
Iron Pier - Amber3.90Not Tried
XT Brewing - Animal Brewing Crow4.60Not Tried
Cross Bay - Strawbs 'N' Cream4.30Not TriedShould have tried this after excellent vibes from past Cross Bay ales
26 Sep 2019 (Dosser)
Full pub and 4 beers on
Northdown - He-Bru4.80ExcellentI havent found this beer anywhere in as good order as here.
22 Sep 2019 (Dosser)
4 beers on
Iron Pier - Cast Iron Stout4.70ExcellentSuperb pint
13 Sep 2019 (Dosser)
5 beers on. It is with great sadness that I must announce...that the boats been sold!! October. New landlord ex publican. Sold 2
Wantsum - Black Pig4.80Excellent
Kent - Prohibition4.80Excellent

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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 209 times, seen 293 different beers and tried 197 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT11 9DS