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The White Swan (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Excellent2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Excellent2
St Peter's - Plum PorterExcellent1
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Excellent4
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Founder'sExcellent1
Kirkby Lonsdale - Crafty MildExcellent1
XT Brewing - No. 8 Dark RoastExcellent1
Leeds - Leeds PaleExcellent1
Oakham - Scarlet MacawGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dark ConspiracyGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Not Tried0
Milestone - Lion's PrideNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsNot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Blindmans - Mine BeerNot Tried0
Upham - TipsterNot Tried0
Salopian - 1000 yard-stareNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Damson PorterNot Tried0
Irving - InvincibleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The White Swan, Reading Street, Kent
Picture 2. The White Swan, Reading Street, Kent
Picture 3. The White Swan, Reading Street, Kent

Visits Details

09 Nov 2019 (Dosser)
3 ales available on a very quiet Saturday afternoon here
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dark Conspiracy4.90GoodNice pint.
07 Jan 2019 (Dosser)
Good afternoon crowd and 5 beers on
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70Excellent
St Peter's - Plum Porter4.60ExcellentExtremely lively. Can't remember the last time someone asked me to take a sip so they could top up the pint
03 Jan 2019 (Dosser)
Lunchtime visit. 4 beers on and a few drinkers in.£3.36 a pint in cheap bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70ExcellentNice beer.
Oakham - Scarlet Macaw4.40GoodPleasant enough
22 Jul 2018 (Dosser)
Sat in the garden.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70Excellent£3.36 a pint in the cheaper public bar. Best pint of APA ive had for a while. Even if it might be on blanket pressure??
13 Jul 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Was in the area so decided to do a couple of new pubs for me, late afternoon visit not long after 5pm opening and fairly busy already. Despite pondering the many reports on here we decided to sit outside in the private garden area which is only accessible via the road and an anonymous gate, drinks being replenished via a serving hatch from the rear of the pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70ExcellentSlightly chilled and full bodied, superb
Leeds - Leeds Pale3.80ExcellentRefreshingly chilled in superb condition
Burton Bridge - Damson Porter4.50Not Tried
Irving - Invincible4.60Not Tried
22 May 2018 (beery steve)
Lunchtime visit. Funeral party in posh bar so decanted in public bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Founder's4.50ExcellentExcellent Bitter.
Kirkby Lonsdale - Crafty Mild3.60ExcellentExcellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
17 May 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Early evening visit. ChrisE's visit report yesterday reminded me this house was on my bucket list. Tried both bars and they have a very much different feel. The meals being served in the saloon looked superb value, one piece of beef seemed to me to look like a small football! The 4p price difference between beers is quaint. The juiced up large Fremlins elephant on a high shelf and the 4 gleaming Tomson & Wotton brass wall plaques are items to covet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Good
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Blindmans - Mine Beer4.20Not Tried
Salopian - 1000 yard-stare5.20Not Tried
16 May 2018 (ChrisE)
Early afternoon, the Saloon Bar had a number of people enjoying their home cooked food, whilst I used the Public Bar because it is 4p per pint cheaper in there. The barmaid told me that this is now one of just two pubs left with differential pricing but could not tell me where the other one is except that it is up North somewhere. I was very impressed with how highly polished the Tomson and Wotton brass trays were, they put mine to shame.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Excellent
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70Excellent
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Blindmans - Mine Beer4.20Not Tried
Upham - Tipster3.60Not TriedThis ran out.
22 Aug 2015 (Dosser)
Had a meal here but the portions were tiny. Tidy rebel cutch had just gone off
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)4.70Good
04 Jul 2015 (ChrisE)
I dashed up here to get here before afternoon closing to find that the pub opens all day on Saturdays. I was looking at the décor wondering whether it was late sixties or early seventies, the landlady told me that it was done by Whitbread in the very early seventies soon after they had taken over Tomson & Wotton of Ramsgate.
BeerABVScoreNotes
XT Brewing - No. 8 Dark Roast4.50Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Not Tried
Milestone - Lion's Pride3.80Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70Not Tried

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About The White Swan

The pub sign. The White Swan, Reading Street, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent27
Good25
Acceptable16
Poor1

The pub is found in Reading Street, Kent, CT10 3AZ.

A street fronting pub, opposite the church, in an attractive village setting in the Reading Street district of Broadstairs. Still carries external signage from its Tomson & Wotton days. Still retains separate pricing for public and saloon bars. Very good value home cooked meals served primarily in the saloon bar. 2 handpumps in the public bar and 4 in the saloon.

We have visited this pub 39 times, seen 95 different beers and tried 60 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT10 3AZ