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The Swan (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Stag - Screaming SikaExceptional1
Stag - Roe BuckExcellent1
Stag - Jane DoeGood6
Jennings - Cumberland AleGood2
Marston's - PedigreeNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Swan, Ashford, Kent
Chris Excell

Visits Details

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
27 Jun 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Mid evening fairly busy with a few other groups dotted about. Our final venue for the evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Stag - Jane Doe4.00GoodRather bitter for my palate
20 Jun 2018 (ChrisE)
Evening visit, a darts match was in progress in the right hand bar whilst diners were enjoying their meals in the restaurant area.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Stag - Jane Doe4.00Good
28 May 2018 (ChrisE)
Bank Holiday afternoon, a fair number of people were in the garden enjoying the unexpected sunshine.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Stag - Roe Buck3.80ExcellentThis was a dark chocolate beer that was absolutely superb. The brewery's web site lists Rambling Roebuck as a 3.8% light English Bitter but this was as dark as you can get so I wonder whether we were given Knock-need Porter 6% by mistake. I am not complaining of course.
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
22 May 2018 (ChrisE)
Evening visit, I had a good chat with Neil who told me that Stag Brewery Jane Doe is likely to become the house beer but the pump clip will show provenance.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Stag - Screaming Sika5.00ExceptionalTruly superb, I would have had a second one if it was not for the fact that last orders had been called.
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
15 May 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon and a few others at the bar, enthusiastic landlord updated us on Stag brewery future supplies. A group of Dutch tourists turned up who were most disappointed Fosters wasn't on sale here!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Good
15 May 2018 (ChrisE)
Tuesday afternoon and fairly quiet. Just the one beer on today but we were informed that Stag Brewery would be making another delivery on Wednesday.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Good

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About The Swan

The pub sign. The Swan, Ashford, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent15
Good19
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 47 times, seen 30 different beers and tried 25 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN23 1QN