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The Swan (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Banks's - Shipyard Brewing Co American Pale AleGood1
Marston's - PedigreeAcceptable2
Stag (Kent) - Jane DoePoor6
Jennings - Cumberland AleUndrinkable1
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - BitterUndrinkable1
Picture 1. The Swan, Ashford, Kent
Chris Excell

Visits Details

29 Nov 2019 (ChrisE)
I had passed this place on the bus a couple of times during the week and noticed that it was in darkness. I arrived at approximately 17:30 on a Friday to see if it was open or whether there were any notices on display. I found one saying "Open Friday 12:00 -16:30, Closed Saturday" and another which read "Business as Usual Very Soon" so I don't know what is happening here. I suspect that even if you find it open the chances of a decent pint of cask are not very good.
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05 Nov 2019 (ChrisE)
A very quick in a d out visit. No cask ale tonight, fast cask being delivered tomorrow.
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25 Jul 2019 (Jack William)
Lunchtime, only family members in apart from us. The guv apologised as there was no real ale on (two pumps turned round) - said he had just taken over and was making sure the pipes were clean.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Banks's - Shipyard Brewing Co American Pale Ale4.50GoodOn keg - but very acceptable.
22 Apr 2019 (ChrisE)
Doing a bit of food trade this afternoon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Stag (Kent) - Jane Doe4.00Poor
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - Bitter3.40UndrinkableTaken off sale.
17 Mar 2019 (ChrisE)
A quiet Sunday afternoon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Marston's - Pedigree4.50GoodA nice pint of Pedigree.
05 Feb 2019 (ChrisE)
I did not stop long.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Marston's - Pedigree4.50UndrinkableReturned
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00UndrinkableReturned
Stag (Kent) - Jane Doe4.00UndrinkableReturned
25 Jan 2019 (ChrisE)
Generally a nice atmosphere apart from one character at the bar who was rather annoying.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Stag (Kent) - Jane Doe4.00PoorAlmost undrinkable. The first pint was changed but the second was not much better.
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
25 Jan 2019 (Magnus Greel)
Early evening a few gathered around the bar, including a chap who gave a hostile reaction to my returning a pint which was none of his business.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Stag (Kent) - Jane Doe4.00UndrinkableBarman pulled a few through after I returned this however the difference was negligible so I decided to abandon the rest of my pint.
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
27 Nov 2018 (ChrisE)
Under holding management at the moment and not doing any food. I was the only customer on a wet Tuesday afternoon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Stag (Kent) - Jane Doe4.00Acceptable
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 (Kent) - Jane Doe4.00ExcellentTypical English bitter with a hint of honey
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried

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About The Swan

The pub sign. The Swan, Ashford, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent21
Good22
Acceptable11
Poor5

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 62 times, seen 31 different beers and tried 26 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN23 1QN