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This Ancient Boro' (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Long Man - Oatmeal StoutExceptional1
Kent - The Quiet AmericanExceptional1
Tonbridge - Velvet RavenExcellent1
White Rose (Sheffield) - Original BlondeExcellent1
Rother Valley - Boadicea AleExcellent1
Tonbridge - CountrymanExcellent1
Wantsum - 1000th BrewExcellent1
Hopdaemon - Green DaemonExcellent1
McCanns (used to use Angels and Demons name as well) - Janet Street Green Hop PorterGood1
Battle - ConquestGood1
Stag (Kent) - Jane DoeGood1
Iron Pier - Milk StoutGood1
Long Man - Rising GiantAcceptable1
Keltek - PhoenixAcceptable1
Musket - Fife & Drum Golden AleAcceptable1
Rother Valley - Boro BitterAcceptable1
Hopdaemon - Session AleNot Tried0
Bexley - Bursted Session BitterNot Tried0
Tonbridge - RusticNot Tried0
McCanns (used to use Angels and Demons name as well) - Straight Red (also seen at 3.2% & 4.2%)Not Tried0
Lister's - Best BitterNot Tried0
Deeply Vale - Optimum Not Tried0
Lister's - Limehouse PorterNot Tried0
Frome (formerly Milk Street) - Blonde Not Tried0
Lister's - Westmorland Dark MildNot 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
Elgood's - SnakeslayerNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Old ChestnutNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good HeavensNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Merchant'sNot Tried0
Kent - ProhibitionNot Tried0
Rother Valley - SmildNot Tried0
Romney Marsh - Best BitterNot Tried0
Titanic - Plum PorterNot Tried0
Wantsum - Becket's Brown AleNot Tried0
Tonbridge - CoppernobNot Tried0
Cellar Head - Fuggle Rock Green HopNot Tried0

Visits Details

14 Nov 2023 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon friendly welcome from the barmaid and the chap at the bar to which I joined in the conversation bestolling the benefits of drinking lots of fluids! Worthy of note all other customers and more who arrived during my stay were all women!
Kent - The Quiet American4.20ExceptionalPerfect condition with all APA expectations satisfied. Reminded me of the magic of Dark Star APA of yore.
McCanns (used to use Angels and Demons name as well) - Janet Street Green Hop Porter4.50GoodBoth the cask pendant and chalk board list omitted to include 'green hop nonsense' in the description.
Bexley - Bursted Session Bitter3.80Not Tried
McCanns (used to use Angels and Demons name as well) - Straight Red (also seen at 3.2% & 4.2%)4.00Not Tried
Deeply Vale - Optimum 4.20Not Tried
Frome (formerly Milk Street) - Blonde 5.00Not Tried
18 Oct 2023 (Magnus Greel)
Late afternoon friendly welcome and busy around the bar area with a group of of chaps enjoying their beers another joined them during my stay.
Long Man - Oatmeal Stout4.40ExceptionalFaultless creamy roasted coffee beans and bitter dark chocolate nectar.
Musket - Fife & Drum Golden Ale3.80AcceptableSadly the sour hints increased the more was drank..
Tonbridge - Coppernob3.80Not Tried
Battle - Conquest4.10Not Tried
Cellar Head - Fuggle Rock Green Hop5.00Not TriedAhh the entropy of Green Hop nonsense..
16 Jun 2023 (Dosser)
Thought we'd pop into this award winning pub. Very foody, 5 beers on gravity with jackets on a very warm evening. Beers expensive at £4.60 to £5.20 a pint for beers under 5%.
Iron Pier - Milk Stout4.40GoodIn very good condition but a tad too warm. Fresh on. £4.80 a pint.
Long Man - Rising Giant4.80AcceptableToo warm, lacked condition. Disappointing and over a fiver.
08 Apr 2023 (Wittenden)
A quick visit to this award winning establishment on a Saturday lunchtime.Pleasantly busy.
Battle - Conquest4.10GoodMid brown best bitter,using ancient and modern English hops.Spicy,orange fruit.
Elgood's - Snakeslayer4.50Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Heavens4.10Not Tried
Kent - Prohibition4.80Not Tried
Romney Marsh - Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Wantsum - Becket's Brown Ale4.50Not Tried
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 - Phoenix4.50AcceptableA 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

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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 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 and 2023.

We have visited this pub 29 times, seen 132 different beers and tried 43 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN30 6AD