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The Swan (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Stag - Jane DoeExcellent9
Jennings - Cumberland AleExcellent2
Marston's - PedigreeNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Swan, Ashford, Kent
Chris Excell

Visits Details

13 Nov 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Late afternoon and busy in the left hand bar with a funeral wake, quieter in the saloon bar where I met ChrisE for a start of a local pub crawl.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Stag - Jane Doe4.00ExcellentTypical English bitter with a hint of honey
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
03 Nov 2018 (ChrisE)
Saturday evening, quiet at first but soon taken over by a large group of foriegn language students who split in to two groups, one playing darts and perforating the wall and another playing? Bar Billiards, they appointed me as referee. Very noisy but a good crowd.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Stag - Jane Doe4.00ExcellentFirst from a new cask.
Stag - Jane Doe4.00GoodEnd of cask
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
05 Oct 2018 (ChrisE)
A relaxing couple of pints and a good chat with other customers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Stag - Jane Doe4.00Excellent
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
28 Sep 2018 (ChrisE)
The busiest that I have seen this place for a long time and a nice crowd of people. A most enjoyable visit. I was given a half of Stag Green Eyed Doe to try but I have not listed it here as I forgot to make a note of the ABV.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Stag - Jane Doe4.00Excellent
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
15 Sep 2018 (ChrisE)
Saturday afternoon and fairly quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Excellent
21 Aug 2018 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit and a good friendly atmosphere, I sat with the guv from Made Inn who was having his afternoon break in here. I was told that Stag Brewery beers should be back here in early September.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00ExcellentA nice refreshing traditional pint, well two pints actually.
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
26 Jul 2018 (ChrisE)
Hottest day of the year so far with temperatures in the 90sF so the lunchtime diners were staying away. A good welcome from Sue and Neil.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Stag - Jane Doe4.00ExcellentLast out of one cask and first out of another. Both superb.
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
11 Jul 2018 (ChrisE)
As Mr. Pirrip would say, Afternoon until close. However in fairness the pub was shutting at 6pm today to avoid having to deal with World Cup Football Fans, although a few who had no interest in the game were staying for a bit of a lock in. The manager was pleased that he had been given full marks in a Cask Marque assessment.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Stag - Jane Doe4.00Excellent
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
08 Jul 2018 (ChrisE)
Sunday afternoon on a very hot day, I did not think that I could cope with one of their superb Sunday roasts so I settled for a sandwich instead.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Stag - Jane Doe4.00Excellent
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
30 Jun 2018 (Andrew)
I don't come here very often. The pub has changed since I used to drink Miller Lite here in the early 90's but enough of the old pub was there to feel at home.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Stag - Jane Doe4.00AcceptableWell served but too chocolatey for me really
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried

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About The Swan

The pub sign. The Swan, Ashford, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent21
Good20
Acceptable10
Poor3

The pub is found in Ashford, Kent, TN23 1QN.

Central town pub with mock Tudor frontage in Tufton Street. Refurbished in 2016 and reverted to a two bar pub with television screens in the right hand bar, the left side is a larger bar with a pool table at the front and a large area to the rear. After a period of closure once more re-launched in March 2018 with changes at least including the replacement of the pool table with a bar billiards table.

We have visited this pub 53 times, seen 30 different beers and tried 25 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN23 1QN