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This Ancient Boro' (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hopdaemon - Session AleExcellent1
Goffs - Jouster AleExcellent1
Wantsum - Black PrinceExcellent1
Wantsum - Black PigExcellent1
Hopdaemon - Green DaemonExcellent1
Wensleydale - Coverdale GamekeeperExcellent1
Tonbridge - American PaleGood1
Adnams - Ghost ShipGood1
Blue Anchor - Spingo MiddleGood2
Rother Valley - Janus PaleGood1
Range Ales - Hythe GreenGood1
Summerskills - Devon FrostGood1
Rother Valley - Ruby WheatGood1
Summerskills - StoutAcceptable1
White Horse - Village IdiotNot Tried0
Tonbridge - CountrymanNot Tried0
Arundel - Brewhouse BestNot Tried0
3 Piers - Northern GoldNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster StoutNot Tried0
Vale - Black Swan MildNot Tried0
Scarborough - ChinookNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Red AleNot Tried0
Red Rock - Jilt IPANot Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Suffolk County Best BitterNot Tried0
Goffs - Black KnightNot Tried0
North Yorkshire - White LadyNot Tried0
Parkway (formerly Glastonbury Ales) - I'm a Talking ParrotNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - No Space No TimeNot Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Umbel MagnaNot Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Umbel Ale (aka Special Coriander Ale)Not Tried0
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Paradigm ShiftNot Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - VentureNot Tried0
Milestone - Cromwell Best BitterNot Tried0
Milestone - CrusaderNot Tried0
Bays - Devon DumplingNot Tried0
Wantsum - Turbulent PriestNot Tried0
Navigation - Swallow DiveNot Tried0
Pennine Brewing (Bedale) - Real BlondeNot Tried0
Goacher's - 1066 Old AleNot Tried0
Musket - Flintlock Best BitterNot Tried0
Range Ales - Golden ShotNot Tried0
Iron Pier - Comet & Target Joined at the HopNot Tried0
Hunter's - Devon DreamerNot Tried0
Goacher's - Fine Light AleNot Tried0
Blue Anchor - Spingo MiddleNot Tried0
Whitstable - Safe Anchorage MildNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - IncubusNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Copper TopNot Tried0
Musket - Powder BurnNot Tried0
Goacher's - Real Mild AleNot Tried0

Visits Details

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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Blue Anchor - Spingo Middle5.00Good
29 Feb 2020 (Magnus Greel)
Lunchtime and busy, we had tables reserved here for a tapas lunch which was very good indeed.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Rother Valley - Janus Pale4.20GoodGrainy malty yet slightly acetic
Summerskills - Devon Frost4.50GoodHoppy almost Winter Lightning without the ABV kick
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70Not Tried
Blue Anchor - Spingo Middle5.10Not Tried
Whitstable - Safe Anchorage Mild3.80Not Tried
Hunter's - Devon Dreamer4.10Not Tried
29 Feb 2020 (Philip Pirrip)
Early afternoon group visit with one of the best mainly hot buffets I have ever experienced. Surprisingly large range of ales all on gravity dispense with cooled jackets.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Blue Anchor - Spingo Middle5.00AcceptableChosen for our party by our leapling host. Alas I found it poured flat with little condition so a chore to drink
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70Not TriedPity not enough time to sample this
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not TriedCame on towards end of stay
Musket - Flintlock Best Bitter4.20Not TriedRan out
Range Ales - Golden Shot3.70Not TriedRan out
Rother Valley - Janus Pale4.20Not Tried
Iron Pier - Comet & Target Joined at the Hop3.80Not TriedCame on during our stay
Hunter's - Devon Dreamer4.10Not Tried
Summerskills - Devon Frost4.50Not Tried
05 Feb 2020 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit, I had a good chat with Ray about the plans to try and reopen the Swan at Wittersham. Ray also mentioned that he had recently managed to stock some Blue Anchor Spingo ales, unfortunately I was too late.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wensleydale - Coverdale Gamekeeper4.30Excellent
Summerskills - Stout4.40AcceptableEnd of cask.
Milestone - Crusader4.40Not Tried
Bays - Devon Dumpling5.10Not Tried
Wantsum - Turbulent Priest4.40Not Tried
Navigation - Swallow Dive4.20Not Tried
Pennine Brewing (Bedale) - Real Blonde4.00Not Tried
09 Nov 2019 (Wittenden)
I only seem to come to this pub when I'm buying paint, as I am today.Noon on a gloomy Saturday,several in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Rother Valley - Ruby Wheat4.60GoodListed as 4.4%abv today.Dark and grainy.No cloves , as I'd half expected,but background fruit.
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Umbel Magna5.00Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Umbel Ale (aka Special Coriander Ale)3.80Not Tried
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Paradigm Shift4.20Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Venture3.70Not Tried
Milestone - Cromwell Best Bitter4.40Not Tried
23 Oct 2019 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit, I had a good chat with Ray, the guv about the attempt to reopen the Swan in Wittersham.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goffs - Jouster Ale4.00Excellent
Range Ales - Hythe Green3.80GoodA green hop ale with hops grown in Hythe, Kent.
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Suffolk County Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Goffs - Black Knight5.30Not TriedVery popular in here today.
North Yorkshire - White Lady4.90Not Tried
Parkway (formerly Glastonbury Ales) - I'm a Talking Parrot3.80Not Tried
Pig & Porter - No Space No Time4.50Not Tried
30 Jul 2019 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon fairly busy around the bar area we decided to sit at a free table amongst the many available.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Session Ale3.80ExcellentThis was very good, wheat and barley yet subtly refreshing.
Tonbridge - American Pale5.00GoodSlightly metallic which detracted from the expected flavours.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster Stout6.20Not Tried
Vale - Black Swan Mild3.90Not Tried
Scarborough - Chinook4.10Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Red Ale4.20Not Tried
Red Rock - Jilt IPA4.20Not Tried
26 May 2019 (ChrisE)
Sunday afternoon and fairly quiet. I had a good chat with Ray. I have not listed all the beers that were available but there were two from Cellar Head and Kirkby Lonsdale breweries.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Black Pig4.80Excellent
White Horse - Village Idiot4.10Not Tried
Tonbridge - Countryman4.00Not Tried
Arundel - Brewhouse Best4.00Not Tried
3 Piers - Northern Gold4.10Not Tried
20 May 2019 (Wittenden)
Early afternoon:unexpected brief visit.Other beers not noted.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90ExcellentThe more I drink this, the more I ask myself why Mild is a dying style.Delicious.

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About the This Ancient Boro'

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

Summary of Beer Scores

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Excellent18
Good7
Acceptable2
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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 17 times, seen 87 different beers and tried 25 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN30 6AD