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This Ancient Boro' (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Wolf - Sirious Dog StarExcellent1
Wantsum - Black PrinceExcellent1
Cellar Head - India Pale AleExcellent1
Pig & Porter - Dance FirstExcellent1
Goacher's - 1066 Old AleExcellent1
Salopian - High FidelityExcellent1
Itchen Valley - Hampshire RoseExcellent1
Rother Valley - SmildExcellent1
Long Man - Sleeping GiantExcellent1
Ilkley - Ruby JaneExcellent1
Old Dairy - Green Hop with Bullion 2018Excellent1
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - A.D.H. MEExcellent1
Goacher's - Real Mild AleNot Tried0
Goacher's - Fine Light AleNot Tried0
Hop Back - Summer LightningNot Tried0
Goacher's - Gold StarNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Damson PorterNot Tried0
Maxim - Swedish BlondeNot Tried0
Mr Grundy's - BulletNot Tried0
Grafton - Caramel StoutNot Tried0
Elland - Road TripNot Tried0
Bradfield - Farmers StoutNot Tried0
Bradfield - Farmers BlondeNot Tried0
Ilkley - Mary JaneNot Tried0
Pennine (Batley) - see now entry for Pennine (Bedale) after move - Real BlondeNot Tried0
Titanic - Plum PorterNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Fatal Flaw American AmberNot Tried0
Wantsum - MontgomeryNot Tried0
1648 - La BlondeNot Tried0
JW Lees (see also Lees) - BoatmenNot Tried0
Rudgate - Double CalypsoNot Tried0
Mauldons - OctoberfestNot Tried0
1648 - Festivale 30Not Tried0
Elgood's - Plum PorterNot Tried0
Long Man - Scary ManNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Blackbird Dry StoutNot Tried0
Vale - Black Swan MildNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Snow TopNot Tried0
Old Pie Factory - O.P.F. BitterNot Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Red PollNot Tried0
Navigation - PatriotNot Tried0
Wantsum - Heart of DarknessNot Tried0
Wantsum - Little Ships CitraNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark PorterNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderNot Tried0

Visits Details

02 Mar 2019 (Wittenden)
Saturday lunchtime:busiest I'd seen it.My carrying a paint tin (No 32), occasioned much merriment.Not all beers noted.
Rother Valley - Smild3.80ExcellentPretty close to exceptional.Luscious dark mild:chocolate,molasses,earth.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - DogBolter Dark Porter5.60Not TriedTempted,selling well.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30Not Tried
31 Jan 2019 (Wittenden)
A rare midweek,midday visit.Quite busy,given the inclement weather.Several dark 'uns being enjoyed.
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70ExcellentPleased to find this;fruity and austere.
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Red Poll4.20Not Tried
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90Not Tried
Navigation - Patriot3.80Not Tried
Wantsum - Heart of Darkness4.40Not Tried
Wantsum - Little Ships Citra2.40Not Tried
29 Nov 2018 (Wittenden)
An infrequent weekday visit on a damp November Thursday.A few in.Not all beers listed.
Cellar Head - India Pale Ale5.00ExcellentJuicy, arboreal:fulfilling.
Vale - Black Swan Mild3.90Not Tried
Old Dairy - Snow Top6.00Not Tried
Old Pie Factory - O.P.F. Bitter3.90Not Tried
24 Oct 2018 (ChrisE)
The local schoolchildren were on half-term holidays which meant that it was safe to wait for the 3.30pm bus, so I came in here and enjoyed a couple of pints whilst waiting for it. Fairly quiet in here this afternoon.
Long Man - Sleeping Giant3.80Excellent
Old Dairy - Green Hop with Bullion 20184.00Excellent
Wolf - Sirious Dog Star4.40Excellent
Mauldons - Octoberfest5.00Not Tried
1648 - Festivale 303.80Not Tried
Elgood's - Plum Porter4.50Not Tried
Long Man - Scary Man4.30Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Blackbird Dry Stout4.00Not TriedThis ran out.
27 Aug 2018 (ChrisE)
Bank Holiday Monday afternoon and bustling with drinkers and a few diners. A good welcome from the guv as usual. I sat at the far end of the bar and noticed that out of all the customers at the bar (and there were a lot of them) all but one of them were drinking pints of the dark uns, I think Dosser would have been impressed. I had visited two other pubs in the town centre earlier and it was interesting to note how busy this place was compared to its competitors.
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90ExcellentA dark mild in very good condition.
Pig & Porter - Dance First4.20ExcellentA really enjoyable stout.
Salopian - High Fidelity5.70Excellent
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90Not TriedSelling very well in here today.
Pig & Porter - Fatal Flaw American Amber4.50Not Tried
Wantsum - Montgomery4.00Not Tried
1648 - La Blonde4.00Not Tried
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Boatmen3.90Not TriedJust a taster, not for me unfortunately.
Rudgate - Double Calypso4.10Not Tried
12 Aug 2018 (Wittenden)
Quiet early Sunday lunchtime.Good chat with the Guv. Great to see this pub reopen after 50 years-I remember it as a pub, but I was too young to partake!
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - A.D.H. ME5.20ExcellentTried this in 3 formats,today-cask-was the best.Solid,dependable beer.
Bradfield - Farmers Stout4.50Not Tried
Bradfield - Farmers Blonde4.00Not Tried
Ilkley - Mary Jane3.50Not Tried
Pennine (Batley) - see now entry for Pennine (Bedale) after move - Real Blonde4.00Not TriedSeveral other beers available.
14 Jul 2018 (ChrisE)
Second day of reopening as a pub, I arrived soon after 12:00 opening on a Saturday and the pub was already busy. Four beers had already sold out by close of business on opening night. A good welcome from the guv (Ray) who has come out of retirement to run this venture and has previously run some highly respected real ale pubs.
Itchen Valley - Hampshire Rose4.20Excellent
Ilkley - Ruby Jane4.00ExcellentThe last one before it ran out. Very acceptable.
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not TriedThis ran out
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not TriedThis ran out
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Damson Porter4.50Not Tried
Maxim - Swedish Blonde4.20Not TriedThis ran out
Mr Grundy's - Bullet4.30Not Tried
Grafton - Caramel Stout4.80Not Tried
Elland - Road Trip3.80Not TriedThis ran out

About the This Ancient Boro'

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

Summary of Beer Scores



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 selection of cask ales on gravity dispense from behind the bar using cooling jackets. At the time of opening it is wet sales only but the tapas menu should be available in late July or early August 2018.

We have visited this pub 7 times, seen 44 different beers and tried 12 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN30 6AD