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The County Hotel (JD Wetherspoon) in Ashford

My Kent beer guide from over 20 years ago revrals that this place sold Courage Best and Harvey's Best so one must assume this was a Courage pub. If other original pubs JDW have taken over are anything to go by one it would have had a chequered past.
Essentially this one is a large split level room but the front part is divided up into smaller areas. The bar is towards the rear on the right and straddles both levels. There is a patio at the back. Overall the place seemed to be running OK on my early Friday afternoon visit.
The lower section of the bar has six hand pumps then there are two rows of four in the upper part. Despite all of these the choice was not that great with the JDW Trio Of Doom plus one of their International beers doubled up and four Available Soon. This left just the local G2 Crux & Otava IPA. I tried both of these (£2.80) and they were in good condition.
This place is expensive for a JDW with a standard guest ale price of £2.65. I could live with that if it wasn't for all the Available Soon options. This could be a very good Spoons but with the poor beer choice it's slightly above average.
Reviewed by Aqualung .

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26th Sep 2016, 01:00
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The Market Cafe in E8
Now no longer a pub and once the Sir Walter Scott, rebuilt in 1909.
Mainly now a café, but you can just have a drink if so desired with a view out over the canal in oh-so-fashionable Broadway Market where if you don't sport a 'gay bear' beard and checked shirt, you'll look right out of place.
A great brunch of a Rueben sandwich (8.5 units) or ham hock hash, similarly priced at 8.5 units. Has this place not heard of the '£' sign?
No longer a pub, but a great place for a top-notch fry-up. Avoid ordering the tea as it's absolutely disgusting. Warrants a 6 for the quality of food. Two points deducted due to the bloody baby screaming throughout our stay - babies belong in a womb, not in a social environment: keep them at home until they are at least 21!!!
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A return from Wales via the Great Western and a couple of forays into deepest Kent gave this :- Holden's Black Country Mild 3.7% Holden's Black Country Bitter 3.8%* Purple Moose Ysgawen 4.0% Grafton Priors Well Pale 4.0% Andwell King John 4.2% G2 Otava IPA 4.4% Caledonian Thunder Trail 4.5% Electric Bear NZ Pale 4.5%* Redemption Hopspur 4.5%* Hop Fuzz Tomahawk 4.8% ELB Jamboree 4.8% G2 Crux 4.8% Hop Fuzz Bullion Bomb 5.0% Holden's Special 5.1%* Kent Green Giant 6.0%* Greene King Abbot Reserve 6.5% It has to be the green hopped beer from Kent Brewery that wins it although the Electric Bear NZ Pale in the Great Western was superb. Kent brewery is definitely my favourite brewer in that county and I suspect their Green Giant is a stronger green hopped version of their Special Reserve. I doubt that it as aggressively hopped as the Dark Star one but I loved it. It was £4.00 at the Firkin Alehouse in Folkestone but their other beers were more reasonable at three quid. BOTW Kent Green Giant
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