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Home Taproom (formerly The Tontine Tavern, The Troubadour of Kent) (Angels & Demons)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Excellent3
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Panama JazzExcellent1
Oakham - CitraExcellent2
Breakwater - Samphire GoldExcellent1
Kent - Session PaleExcellent1
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - Folkestone BestExcellent1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurExcellent1
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - The TroubadourExcellent2
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Excellent1
Breakwater - Dover's Pale Ale (DPA)Good1
Kent - ProhibitionNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little CrackerNot Tried0
Theakston - Old PeculierNot Tried0
Breakwater - Tropical ThunderNot Tried0
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - Janet Street Green Hop PorterNot Tried0

Visits Details

07 Dec 2019 (Archie14)
This place for me is a fine example of style over substance, 16 of us arrived and had wait over 15 minutes to be served as the one member of staff was helping some drunk man how to text, stood straight in front of our group she failed to acknowledge us and continued with her supposedly more important job. Not worth trying to explain to her as foreign. Eventually we got served.
BeerABVScoreNotes
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - The Troubadour4.50GoodWatery and thin.
31 Oct 2019 (ChrisE)
This pub is now firmly back on the cask scene with handpumps installed. I came for the launch of Troubadour Ale which I tried and enjoyed. I had a good chat with the brewer from Angels and Demons.
BeerABVScoreNotes
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - Folkestone Best4.00Excellent
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - The Troubadour4.50Excellent
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - Janet Street Green Hop Porter4.50Not Tried
30 Jul 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit until 10pm close. No real ale on, there rarely is apparently. Tried (both Angels & Demons) Bombay Social and Raspberry Black Taxi to the Moon keg beers - full of flavour but very gassy and not a patch on the more rounded cask versions.
BeerABVScoreNotes
11 May 2019 (ChrisE)
No cask beer on so I had a half of keg and moved on. Cask should be available in a week or two.
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26 Apr 2018 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime until 2pm close. We had a good chat with the guv.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Panama Jazz4.80Excellent
Breakwater - Samphire Gold4.20ExcellentA very slight haze but tasted fine.
Theakston - Old Peculier5.60Not Tried
Breakwater - Tropical Thunder6.30Not Tried
07 Feb 2018 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit, the owners are just back from Hong Kong and Singapore and are really enjoying the cold weather. Reasonably busy considering the pub was closed for most of January.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Breakwater - Dover's Pale Ale (DPA)3.80Good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Little Cracker5.00Not Tried
14 Sep 2017 (ChrisE)
Evening until 9pm (ish) close. Very welcoming and a very good pianist playing the piano.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Excellent
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Excellent
Kent - Prohibition4.80Not Tried
29 Apr 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 10.30pm close. As always beaten to the earlier lunchtime first day session by ChrisE who is up with the lark or never sleeps! Very hospitable with gratis buffet tonight and run by a very friendly family, all mucking in tonight, who were inspired and helped by the Guv at The Just Reproach, Deal in setting up and training for their venture. Very much a work in progress with boarded up broken front window and it was a unique feature to have the lights flickering as an unintended consequence of someone regularly leaning against the panel of switches.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Excellent
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90ExcellentQuite the best Jaipur I have had for some time
Oakham - Citra4.20Excellent
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
29 Apr 2017 (ChrisE)
Saturday afternoon on the pub's first day of opening and still work in progress. We enjoyed some bread and cheese and had a good chat with the owners.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Excellent
Oakham - Citra4.20Excellent
Kent - Session Pale3.70Excellent
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not TriedNot quite ready yet but expected to come on sale soon.

About the Home Taproom (formerly The Tontine Tavern, The Troubadour of Kent)

The pub sign. Home Taproom (formerly The Tontine Tavern, The Troubadour of Kent), Folkestone, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

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Exceptional-
Excellent12
Good2
Acceptable-
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Folkestone, Kent, CT20 1JR.

Started as a micropub in Tontine Street in a converted former newsagent/food shop, which opened on 29th April 2017. Live traditional music, poetry & storytelling helped the pub live up to its name. High bench seating and high tables on the left hand side and low tables and chairs on the right. Unisex toilet. Small raised performance stage by the front window. Piano. Real ales and ciders were sold on gravity dispense from a temperature controlled cellar room. Wine too. Relaunched and renamed in late January 2019 after a short period of closure but closed soon thereafter. Re-opened and relaunched on 3rd May 2019 as the taproom for the local Angels & Demons Brewery with beers sold through 10 wall taps mainly from Angels & Demons but from other breweries too. Beers are sold in thirds, halves and pints but are not strictly priced pro-rata. Handpumps were added to the bar counter in October 2019.

We have visited this pub 9 times, seen 15 different beers and tried 10 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT20 1JR