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Hoptimist Taproom & Bar

(formerly Pier Three (2013); Mash Tun (2014-2019))

3 Bench Street
CT16 1JH

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Premises Description

Vibrant taproom & bar situated close to Dover town centre.

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Opening Times


Monday1.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Tuesday1.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Wednesday1.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Thursday1.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Friday1.00 pm - 10.30 pm
Saturday1.00 pm - 10.30 pm
SundayNoon - 6.00 pm



About the Pub

Branch Pub of the Year Finalist 2022.

Newly reopened in December 2019, following major refurbishment, this taproom and bar is located near Dover's Market Square and St. James Retail Park.

Traditional cask ale, real cider and modern craft beer is available alongside premium keg beers and an ever-changing gin menu. The cask ale and real cider is served on gravity, dispensed from the rear, chilled cellar room. The aim of the landlord is to have a selection of beer styles on at all times. Almost all ales are from Kent breweries with the occasional guests from further afield.

On Sunday, a courtesy cheeseboard is provided.

There’s a selection of board games. On occasion, live music and food events are held.

Opens at midday on Saturdays when Dover Athletic FC is playing at home.
Kent’s Public House Archive: Hoptimist Taproom & Bar, Dover
Photos courtesy of Hoptimist Taproom & Bar, Dover.

Regular ales

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Changing ales

This pub serves 6 changing beers.

Changing beers typically include:

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  • Northdown --varies--
  • Time & Tide --varies--

4 Gravity. 2 Keykeg.

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    From Biddendens, Kent Cider and Broad Oak.

  • LocAle LocAle Accredited

    Range of ales from Kent breweries.


  • Garden Garden

    Small enclosed patio to the rear.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Events Events

    Occasional food events.

  • Games Traditional Pub Games

    Selection of board games.

  • LiveMusic Live Music

    Occasional live music events - Check the pub's Facebook page for details.

  • Smoking Smoking Area

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Hoptimist Taproom & Bar

3 Bench Street
CT16 1JH

Sat Nav Reference

51.124207, 1.313738


  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station

Nearby Bus Routes (100m)

Stagecoach: 62, 68

Nearby Station (700m)

Dover Priory

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Hoptimist Taproom & Bar, Dover - External © Hoptimist Taproom

Hoptimist Taproom & Bar

3 Bench Street
CT16 1JH

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Real Cider Available
  • LocAle Accredited
  • Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Events
  • Traditional Pub Games
  • Live Music
  • Smoking Area
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Railway Station

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