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This Ancient Boro' (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Tonbridge - Velvet RavenExcellent1
Hopdaemon - Green DaemonExcellent2
Rother Valley - Boadicea AleExcellent1
White Rose (Sheffield) - Original BlondeExcellent1
Tonbridge - CountrymanExcellent1
Whitstable - Native BitterExcellent1
Wantsum - 1000th BrewExcellent1
Manning Brewers (Born of Man) - Woah ManExcellent1
Cross Bay - Hope & GloryGood1
Blue Anchor - Spingo MiddleGood1
Adnams - Ghost ShipGood1
Stag (Kent) - Jane DoeGood1
Keltek - Phoenix Acceptable1
Rother Valley - Boro BitterAcceptable1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Merchant'sNot Tried0
Rother Valley - SmildNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - IncubusNot Tried0
Titanic - Plum PorterNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Copper TopNot Tried0
Tonbridge - CoppernobNot Tried0
Musket - Powder BurnNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Session AleNot Tried0
Goacher's - Real Mild AleNot Tried0
Tonbridge - RusticNot Tried0
Wantsum - Black PrinceNot Tried0
Lister's - Best BitterNot Tried0
Cross Bay - ZenithNot Tried0
Lister's - Limehouse PorterNot Tried0
Island Brewery - Vectis VenomNot Tried0
Lister's - Westmorland Dark MildNot Tried0
Keppels - Home to RoostNot Tried0
Woodforde's - Kett's RebellionNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Reeve's AleNot Tried0
Wantsum - Yellow TailNot Tried0
Rother Valley - NIPA (Northiam Imperial Pale Ale)Not Tried0
Elephant School (sub-brand of Brentwood) - Aussie BlondeNot Tried0
Milestone - Eagle APANot Tried0
Musket - Matchlock MildNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kentish BestNot Tried0
Cellar Head - India Pale AleNot Tried0
Wantsum - HengistNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Old ChestnutNot Tried0

Visits Details

12 May 2022 (Wittenden)
Luchtime on a sunny Thursday.More people sitting outside than in.
Rother Valley - Boro Bitter4.00AcceptableHard.Dark bitter.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Reeve's Ale4.10Not Tried
Woodforde's - Kett's Rebellion4.30Not Tried
Wantsum - Yellow Tail4.50Not Tried
Elephant School (sub-brand of Brentwood) - Aussie Blonde4.00Not Tried
Musket - Matchlock Mild3.80Not Tried
Cellar Head - India Pale Ale5.00Not Tried
24 Feb 2022 (Wittenden)
Midday: a wintry shower indicated that I should step in.A group of mature drinkers in attendance.
Rother Valley - Boadicea Ale4.50ExcellentRounded herbal best bitter.
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Not Tried
Lister's - Best Bitter3.90Not Tried
Lister's - Limehouse Porter4.10Not Tried
Lister's - Westmorland Dark Mild3.70Not Tried
10 Sep 2021 (Jack William)
Second stop on my birthday bike ride. Late afternoon- all tables outside being used due to the warm sunny weather. I sat and chatted with a chap from up north. Great selection of ales.
Hopdaemon - Green Daemon5.00ExcellentTop condition-gorgeous.
Keltek - Phoenix 4.50AcceptableA little flat.
Rother Valley - Smild3.80Not Tried
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Not Tried
Tonbridge - Coppernob3.80Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Session Ale3.80Not Tried
15 Aug 2021 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit and a good chat with Ray. A good Sunday afternoon trade. I have not listed all the beers that were available, there was a good selection.
Stag (Kent) - Jane Doe4.00Good
02 May 2021 (Magnus Greel)
Early afternoon fairly busy however we took advantage of the one free table available. Great service and friendly banter with the licencees.
White Rose (Sheffield) - Original Blonde4.00ExcellentIn superb condition but not to my taste due to the intense honey flavour
Tonbridge - Countryman4.00Excellent
Wantsum - 1000th Brew10.00ExcellentNot too sickly sweet and syrupy as expected therefore dangerously drinkable.
Wantsum - Hengist5.00Not Tried
Tonbridge - Old Chestnut4.40Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Merchant's4.00Not Tried
22 Apr 2021 (ChrisE)
We did not think this pub would be open today but we passed it on the bus and to our delight it was definitely open so we alighted at the next stop and came here. We had a good chat with Ray and another friend of ours who just happened to arrive soon after us.
Tonbridge - Velvet Raven5.20Excellent
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Reeve's Ale4.10Not Tried
Rother Valley - NIPA (Northiam Imperial Pale Ale)5.00Not Tried
Milestone - Eagle APA4.00Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kentish Best3.70Not Tried
24 Aug 2020 (Magnus Greel)
Friendly and welcoming and fairly busy with both drinkers and diners, we sat at the window seat by the bar and enjoyed some good banter with the guv while enjoying our beers.
Manning Brewers (Born of Man) - Woah Man3.80ExcellentVery pale dry hopped floral refreshing ale.
Cross Bay - Hope & Glory4.00GoodSmooth, refreshing pale ale with a caramel hint and a hoppy finish.
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90Not Tried
Cross Bay - Zenith5.00Not Tried
Island Brewery - Vectis Venom4.80Not Tried
Keppels - Home to Roost4.20Not Tried
06 Aug 2020 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit and a good chat with Ray who is very pleased with the way that the Eat Out to Help Out scheme is bringing in customers on Mondays to Wednesdays. The pub is open and doing food on Mondays during August to take advantage of this scheme. I did not make a note of all the beers on offer.
Whitstable - Native Bitter3.70Excellent
17 Mar 2020 (Jack William)
Early doors on my way back from Eastbourne. The landlord was bemoaning the hit on trade this week due to the coronavirus - although a number of stalwart oldies trickled in while I was there. The Leap Day outing was mentioned affectionately. One more off my wish list - a very good pub.
Hopdaemon - Green Daemon5.00ExcellentFull bodied, could have had a small session on this.
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Good
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Old Dairy - Copper Top4.10Not Tried
Musket - Powder Burn5.00Not Tried
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
29 Feb 2020 (ChrisE)
Our group filled this place, tables had been reserved for us and a splendid buffet luncheon was provided. A most enjoyable visit.
Blue Anchor - Spingo Middle5.00Good

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About the This Ancient Boro'

The pub sign. This Ancient Boro', Tenterden, Kent

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The pub is found in Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6AD.

Small pub situated in East Cross, Tenterden. In the 19th century it was known as the New Inn but later changed its name to This Ancient Boro', it was sold by Whitbread Fremlins in the late 1960s or early 1970s and became the Honeymoon Chinese Restaurant and traded as such for around 50 years. It reopened as a pub on 13 July 2018 and has a large selection of cask ales on gravity dispense from behind the bar using cooling jackets. A tapas menu was added later in summer 2018. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2020.

We have visited this pub 25 times, seen 116 different beers and tried 36 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN30 6AD