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The White Swan (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Dark Star - American Pale AleExcellent3
Kirkby Lonsdale - Crafty MildExcellent1
Burning Sky - PlateauExcellent1
Leeds - Leeds PaleExcellent1
XT Brewing - No. 8 Dark RoastExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Excellent2
Dark Star - American Pale AleExcellent2
JW Lees (see also Lees) - Founder'sExcellent1
Loddon - Summer SnowflakeGood1
Acorn - EldoradoGood1
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Pompey RoyalGood1
Rudgate - SpecialAcceptable1
Inveralmond - Duncan's IPAAcceptable1
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Itchen Valley - Hampshire TigersNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsNot Tried0
Great Newsome - FinkleNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Not Tried0
Milestone - Lion's PrideNot 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

22 Jul 2018 (Dosser)
Sat in the garden.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Excellent£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.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70ExcellentSlightly 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.
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 Ale4.70Not 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.
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.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Excellent
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Excellent
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
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Good
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.
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
06 Jun 2015 (ChrisE)
I decided to come here after reading Dosser's report that this pub still retains differential pricing between the saloon and public bars. I had never been here before and was impressed by the Tomson & Wotton sign outside. I was told that this may have to come down as it is causing damp in the side wall, but am assured that it will go back once the necessary work has been done. The barmaid told me that there were some nice Tomson and Wotton trays in the saloon bar and moved my pint in to the other bar at no extra charge so that I could see them. I was then introduced to the landlady who kindly switched the Fremlins nodding elephant on for me. She told me that she found this wonderful artefact in the cellar and the local fruit machine company restored it for her. I was also impressed with the nice clean and polished glassware, no nasty glasswasher residue in here. Definitely a pub that I will return to even though I was told later in the day that they use a cask breather, well I didn't notice.
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50ExcellentI had two of these, one for £3.16 in the public bar and one for £3.20 in the saloon.
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Pompey Royal4.50Good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70Not Tried
Great Newsome - Finkle5.50Not Tried
30 May 2015 (Dosser)
Excellent find. 6 real ales at £3.20 in one bar and £3.16 in the other. Excellent value food. Decor like a 70s throwback.
Acorn - Eldorado5.00Good£3 a pint or £2.96 on Wednesdays.
24 Jun 2012 (Blair)
Pub was full of locals in to watch the England game. Good banter flying around as well as a lot of free food! Great atmosphere and a good selection of beer available.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70ExcellentFantastic beer in great condition.
Loddon - Summer Snowflake4.10GoodGood beer. Light in colour with a bit of hop and sweet malt.
Rudgate - Special4.00AcceptableBland, a little malt and fruit but certainly nothing special about this one.
Inveralmond - Duncan's IPA4.40AcceptableNot what I'd call an IPA. Little fruity with a bit of malt but not any hops. Meh.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Itchen Valley - Hampshire Tigers4.60Not Tried

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About The White Swan

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

Summary of Beer Scores


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 36 times, seen 93 different beers and tried 58 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT10 3AZ