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The Hovelling Boat Inn (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Bombay SocialExceptional1
Bedlam - PorterExceptional1
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Excellent1
Iron Pier - Bramling & Brewers Gold Joined at the HopExcellent1
Weltons - Headless HorsemanExcellent1
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - The TroubadourExcellent1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - ChironExcellent1
Northdown - Magic DragonExcellent1
Old Dairy - Dark Side of the MooExcellent1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good LordExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 3Good1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster StoutGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterGood1
Redemption - Big ChiefNot Tried0
Mad Cat - Red AleNot Tried0
Potton - Night SpearNot Tried0
Saltaire - Harbor Lights (collaboration with Vocation)Not Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Winter GoldNot Tried0
Northdown - Muggy PorterNot Tried0
Anarchy - BackfireNot Tried0
Northdown - Merry MargateNot 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

23 Jan 2020 (Jack William)
Friendly welcome as usual.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Northdown - Magic Dragon5.50ExcellentDelicious, in sparkling condition.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster Stout6.20Not TriedSuperb according to my chum - and just £3.60 a pint.
Northdown - Merry Margate3.80Not Tried
18 Jan 2020 (ChrisE)
Early evening and all tables were occupied but this is a friendly place and there was no problem in sharing tables. Prompt and friendly service.
BeerABVScoreNotes
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - The Troubadour4.50Excellent
Northdown - Muggy Porter5.00Not Tried
Anarchy - Backfire4.50Not Tried
10 Jan 2020 (Dosser)
3 beers on
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60Good20p a pint more than the conk and didnt taste as sweet.
04 Jan 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Only two or three others in. Very lively barmaid.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Bombay Social3.80ExceptionalA cracking pint, when in such condition this ale is a real winner
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 35.00Good
Saltaire - Harbor Lights (collaboration with Vocation)5.90Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Winter Gold4.70Not Tried
31 Dec 2019 (Dosser)
Good choice on a miserable afternoon
BeerABVScoreNotes
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Chiron5.00ExcellentJaipurs little brother. Very refreshing
Old Dairy - Dark Side of the Moo7.00ExcellentSuperb ale but at a much more expensive rate, £4.50 under new management.
07 Dec 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit, all seats taken. Great hospitality with oodles of Doritos on each table and a mince pie that I took for the train.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Iron Pier - Bramling & Brewers Gold Joined at the Hop3.80ExcellentFirst rate, these Iron Pier dual hoppers are a great success
Weltons - Headless Horseman6.00Not Tried
Redemption - Big Chief5.50Not Tried
Mad Cat - Red Ale3.90Not Tried
Potton - Night Spear4.80Not Tried
18 Nov 2019 (Dosser)
4 beers on
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentCouldnt believe how good this was. Back to its best.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster Stout6.20GoodNice but not as good as it can be
14 Nov 2019 (Dosser)
4 beers had gone during the day so only 3 available.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Lord5.00ExcellentIm not a fan of goodies beer, but this was very good
11 Nov 2019 (Dosser)
4 beers on. All tables taken.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bedlam - Porter5.00ExceptionalDoesnt get better than this
05 Nov 2019 (Dosser)
4 beers on
BeerABVScoreNotes
Weltons - Headless Horseman6.00ExcellentTop quality with rich oatmeal stout flavours

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About The Hovelling Boat Inn

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional31
Excellent138
Good91
Acceptable12
Poor4

Website.

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 217 times, seen 306 different beers and tried 203 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT11 9DS