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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
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Excellent1
Rother Valley - Boadicea AleExcellent1
Dancing Duck - AbductionExcellent1
Goacher's - Gold StarExcellent1
Bexley - Bursted Session BitterGood1
Goacher's - Real Mild AleGood1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Merchant's StoutGood1
McCanns (used to use Angels and Demons name as well) - Janet Street Green Hop PorterGood1
Musket - Ball PullerGood1
Battle - ConquestGood1
Iron Pier - Milk StoutGood1
Tonbridge - CountrymanGood1
Long Man - Rising GiantAcceptable1
Musket - Fife & Drum Golden AleAcceptable1
Rother Valley - Boro BitterAcceptable1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's AleAcceptable1
Twisted Wheel - No Mikey, NoPoor1
Wantsum - Becket's Brown AleNot Tried0
Tonbridge - CoppernobNot Tried0
Tonbridge - RusticNot Tried0
Cellar Head - Fuggle Rock Green HopNot Tried0
Lister's - Best BitterNot Tried0
McCanns (used to use Angels and Demons name as well) - Straight Red (also seen at 3.2% & 4.2%)Not Tried0
Lister's - Limehouse PorterNot Tried0
Deeply Vale - Optimum Not Tried0
Lister's - Westmorland Dark MildNot Tried0
Frome (formerly Milk Street) - Blonde Not Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Reeve's AleNot Tried0
Wantsum - 1381Not Tried0
Woodforde's - Kett's RebellionNot Tried0
Wantsum - Black PrinceNot Tried0
Wantsum - Yellow TailNot Tried0
Romney Marsh - MurmurationNot Tried0
Elephant School (sub-brand of Brentwood) - Aussie BlondeNot Tried0
Three Acre - Blood Orange PaleNot Tried0
Musket - Matchlock MildNot Tried0
Bexley - Bakewell StoutNot Tried0
Cellar Head - India Pale AleNot Tried0
Hop Fuzz - EnglishNot Tried0
Elgood's - SnakeslayerNot Tried0
Long Man - Best BitterNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good HeavensNot Tried0
Skinner's - LushingtonsNot Tried0
Kent - ProhibitionNot Tried0
Three Legs - Bitter # 3Not Tried0
Romney Marsh - Best BitterNot Tried0
Picture 1. This Ancient Boro', Tenterden, Kent

Visits Details

18 May 2024 (Wittenden)
Family visit on a busy Saturday evening.Beers slightly warm due to a problem with the cooling system.
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10ExcellentElegant,soulful pale ale.
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40GoodRaggedly earthy.
Musket - Ball Puller4.00GoodOld school, autumnal.
Skinner's - Lushingtons4.20Not Tried
Three Legs - Bitter # 34.20Not Tried
12 Apr 2024 (Wittenden)
Busy on a springlike Friday evening.We'd come for Tapas.Our dog's first pub visit-no regrets.
Tonbridge - Countryman4.00GoodPeppery farmyard fare.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's Ale3.90AcceptableAll the qualities there, but sadly past its best.
Twisted Wheel - No Mikey, No5.00PoorAn odd one, this. Described as a chocolate milk stout.Sweet and poor condition. Listed as from McCann's brewery.
Long Man - Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Long Man - Rising Giant4.80Not TriedOur son in law enjoyed this.
30 Jan 2024 (Magnus Greel)
Late afternoon and friendly welcome as always, we sat at the bar and enjoyed our beers in almost exculsivety until a few other folk rocked up a while later.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentAll my HH expectations satisfied.
Dancing Duck - Abduction5.50ExcellentA myriad of tropical fruit flavours in harmonious balance with an enjoyable level of hoppy bitterness, a good malt character and a very clean finish.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Merchant's Stout4.00GoodA smooth, mild black stout with gentle roast malts and soft fruity hop notes and a clean fruity finish.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Reeve's Ale4.10Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - English4.00Not Tried
06 Jan 2024 (Andrew)
A first for me. Very busy late afternoon with all the beers on the bar under cooling jackets. Great pub.
Bexley - Bursted Session Bitter3.80GoodFrom what I recall, this was good
Wantsum - 13813.80Not Tried
Wantsum - Black Prince3.90Not Tried
Romney Marsh - Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Romney Marsh - Murmuration4.00Not Tried
Three Acre - Blood Orange Pale4.90Not Tried
Bexley - Bakewell Stout5.30Not Tried
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

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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 33 times, seen 145 different beers and tried 52 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN30 6AD