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The Mash Tun (Midland Micropubs Ltd)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Black Taxi to the MoonExceptional1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - War HorseExcellent1
Stockport - CascadeExcellent1
Hopdaemon - IncubusExcellent2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterExcellent1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good InningsExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Excellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - ÜberHopExcellent1
Milestone - Cromwell Best BitterExcellent1
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Excellent1
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Excellent2
3 Piers - West Coast BlondeExcellent1
Lytham - StoutExcellent1
Iron Pier - Cast Iron StoutExcellent2
Deeply Vale - EurekaGood1
Westerham - Viceroy India Pale AleGood1
Breakwater - Dover's Pale Ale (DPA)Good2
3 Piers - Blackpool BitterGood1
Westerham - Bonfire BitterNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Blackbird Dry StoutNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Not Tried0
3 Piers - Little BastardNot Tried0
Mithril - A66 (formerly Route A66)Not Tried0
Hopdaemon - DominatorNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderNot Tried0
Westerham - Single Hop English-Grown CascadeNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop Centennial Rye PorterNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPANot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Goodness Gracious Me!Not Tried0
Iron Pier - Rosherville RedNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Mash Tun, Dover, Kent
Picture 2. The Mash Tun, Dover, Kent

Visits Details

31 Aug 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Nothing much changes here. The licensees took me out of my misery by completing the last crossword clue that had irked me for 2 hours.
3 Piers - West Coast Blonde4.60ExcellentExcellent refreshing beer, proved to be the best of the evening
Deeply Vale - Eureka4.00GoodRather a harsh bitterness
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Goodness Gracious Me!4.80Not TriedBlackboarded as unfined and hazy
Iron Pier - Cast Iron Stout4.70Not Tried
Iron Pier - Rosherville Red4.80Not Tried
28 Jul 2019 (ChrisE)
Sunday lunchtime and a lot of familiar faces. It was the day of the annual Publicans' Walk so the town was full of groups of people in fancy dress visiting licensed premises in the town.
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Black Taxi to the Moon5.40ExceptionalAbsolutely superb.
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Innings4.60Excellent
Breakwater - Dover's Pale Ale (DPA)3.80ExcellentVery good pale ale, it turned out that this was towards the end of the cask. Good to the end.
Breakwater - Dover's Pale Ale (DPA)3.80AcceptableOne of the first from a new cask, I think this was not quite ready.
11 May 2019 (ChrisE)
Saturday afternoon, I had a good chat with Peter and Kathryn.
Lytham - Stout4.60ExcellentA dry stout, slightly sour and moreish.
Stockport - Cascade4.00Excellent
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
27 Mar 2019 (ChrisE)
Open on a Thursday lunchtime to provide refreshments (mostly tea and coffee) to those that had attended the memorial service and unveiling of a plaque in memory the seven people who died in the tragic fire at the nearby Crypt restaurant/bar forty two years ago today. A moving ceremony well supported by Kent Fire and Rescue and others.
Milestone - Cromwell Best Bitter4.40Excellent
3 Piers - Blackpool Bitter4.00GoodA dark copper/amber traditional bitter ale.
Westerham - Single Hop English-Grown Cascade4.50Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop Centennial Rye Porter5.40Not Tried
10 Mar 2019 (ChrisE)
I arrived soon after opening time for a quick one and stayed for the whole session which was caused by a combination of good beer and atmsophere plus cancelled homeward bound trains. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00ExcellentFirst pints truly excellent plus the last one from the cask which was not as good as the first two but quite O.K.
Iron Pier - Cast Iron Stout4.70ExcellentA good dry stout.
Westerham - Viceroy India Pale Ale5.00Good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30Not Tried
01 Mar 2019 (ChrisE)
Friday evening and very pleasant, there was a couple playing Chess with an enthusiastic audience and another group of people playing board games. I met up with a former work colleague by chance.
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Excellent
Hopdaemon - Dominator5.10Not Tried
03 Feb 2019 (ChrisE)
Sunday and busy for the entire session, mostly regulars but a few first time visitors who seemed to enjoy the place. Excellent nibbles as usual on a Sunday.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - ÜberHop5.20Excellent
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70Excellent
Iron Pier - Cast Iron Stout4.70Excellent
Mithril - A66 (formerly Route A66)4.00Not Tried
12 Jan 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit, my first for nearly 2 years. The pub sells several KeyKeg beers in addition to its cask ale offering. Stood at the pulpit all the stay.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60ExcellentPerfect temperature and easy smooth drinking
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Not Tried
3 Piers - West Coast Blonde4.60Not Tried
3 Piers - Little Bastard7.40Not Tried
05 Jan 2019 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit and a very good welcome from Katherine and Peter. I did not list all the beers on sale but there were a few strong dark ones.
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentA Chiswick brew and superb, best of the Chiswick Hophead that I have tried so far.
02 Nov 2018 (ChrisE)
I made two visits in here tonight and a splendid atmosphere. Peter the guv told me that he had featured in a BBC Inside Out programme that was shown the previous Monday so watched that on iplayer when I got home.
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentI do not know whether this was a Sussex or Chiswick version of this beer but it was served in excellent condition only marred by the strong smell of aniseed permeating from what the person next to me was drinking.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - War Horse4.00Excellent
Westerham - Bonfire Bitter4.00Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Blackbird Dry Stout4.00Not TriedThis ran out.

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About The Mash Tun

The pub sign. The Mash Tun, Dover, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Dover, Kent, CT16 1JH.

Micropub situated close to the Market Square in Dover in the premises previously occupied by Pier Three. Run by long standing, experienced local licensees. It has comfortable chairs (including several chesterfields) plus tables and chairs at the side. The pub has a 200 years old church pulpit instead of a bar. The licensees have stated an intention to set up a micro-brewery at the rear but it has not, to date, come to fruition and after a number of years now probably never will. Has become renowned for its cask ales and a wide range of real ciders and perries, all sold under gravity dispense from a temperature controlled cellar room behind the pulpit bar. There is a food menu of items which the pub will obtain for customers from local outlets or just bring your own.

We have visited this pub 36 times, seen 78 different beers and tried 43 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT16 1JH

This pub was formally know as the Pier Three.