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The Shipwrights Arms, Hollow Shore, Faversham

Hollow Shore
Faversham
ME13 7TU
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Malden man left this review about The Shipwrights Arms

This was my destination pub of the day, incorporated about half way through the splendid Two Creeks circular walk from Faversham and back via Hollow Shore and Oare. I timed my arrival as a lunch stop and enjoyed a decent quality pasty with a side salad. An attractive white weatherboarded exterior which enticingly can be seen for some distance as you walk along the creek towards it.
The pub is walker and dog friendly, walkers are understandably requested to remove muddy boots as the pub is mostly carpeted however there is the option of blue plastic bag "over-shoes" which I plumped for, not the least concerned about a couple of strange looks I got, presumably from folk who'd arrived by car.
The main room has the bar at the back, there was a proper log fire on in here, a couple of connected small areas to the right and a larger room, perhaps an add-on to this historic building, to the left. Low beamed ceilings everywhere, model boats/ships and other maritime artefacts abound even on the bar ceiling. A shelf of books between rooms.
Beers here are on stillage with Goacher's leading, they had Shipwrecked, Dark Mild and the heavyweight Old Ale, also on, Harvey's Best and Kent Brewery Prohibition. Reading the earlier review perhaps these are standard but I don't know for sure.
I have been intending to walk this route including the pub for some time, my expectancy was not matched by disappointment, a brilliant walk in great conditions and a first rate pub.
In summer I imagine the large grassy garden comes into its own, there is further table seating to the front which is where you need to go for the outside gents toilet. The ladies are privileged with an indoor one. The landlord is certainly from the old school but polite and appreciative of good manners.
Go here if you can but watch the hours, closed Monday and the pub keeps the old afternoon closing window from 3pm until 6 during the week.

On 16th March 2018 - rating: 9
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. Wittenden left this review about The Shipwrights Arms

An isolated white weatherboard pub at the confluence of Faversham and Oare Creeks,best approached on foot across the marshes from Faversham,along the Saxon Shore Way. Full of nooks and crannies, with comfy chairs and open fires. A shrine to Goacher's of Maidstone,all cask beers are served by gravity from behind the bar.Being a winter visit, I failed to notice any cooling provisions for the summer months,but the beer on our February visit was on top nick,including Goacher's legendary 1066 Old Ale.Also available were Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter, and Kent's Prohibition.
The bar staff were very friendly, and the landlord suitably no nonsense.We enjoyed our fish'n'chips- most meals seemed reasonably priced,especially for the Southeast.This is one of our favourite pubs,mercifully free of modern tat.

On 3rd February 2018 - no rating submitted
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Shipwrights Arms

This pub is very isolated and out of the way; if you chance upon this place by mistake you are probably very lost. As a destination pub, it's most certainly worth the effort to find it. We visited it for a meal on Friday evening when it was only moderately busy, and then again on Saturday lunchtime when it was very busy with ramblers doing the walk along the canal navigation out of Faversham. And if you're doing that walk it makes perfect sense to stop here for some refreshment. The pub is certainly at least 300 years old, and almost certainly there's been an inn on the site for much longer. Inside it's exactly as you would expect - wooden beams and posts, low ceilings, nooks and crannies, charming fireplaces, and a definitely ancient and lived in appeal. It has been extended a bit in living memory, in order to extend the dining area. There is maritime decor all over the place; a nice garden at the front (or back - not sure which is the front or back!) with access from the footpath. There's also a garden memorial to the landlord's wife, who died earlier this year.

Normally one is dismayed to walk into a pub and see that there are no handpumps on the counter, but here I was forewarned that ales are gravity dispensed from stillage. There were five ales on - Harvey's Best (£3.90 a pint), plus four from Maidstone Brewery Goacher's: Dark Mild (3.4%/£3.30), Shipwrecked (3.8%/£3.50), Gold Star (5.1%/£3.80), and Green Hop (3.9%/£3.90). I had pints of the Shipwrecked, Gold Star, and Green Hop and all three were in superb condition. Apparently the Shipwrecked is a house ale, and is brewed by Goacher's for just three pubs. Main meals were pub grub - the roast chicken dinner was less than £9, and the steak & kidney pudding plus veg was £9.25. It looks as if their main business stream is daytime walkers, and many of the ones we saw were tucking into sandwiches and jacket potatoes. As I recall the sandwiches were a bit more than £4.

This is a destination pub in every sense of the word. If you have the time and fitness, I would certainly recommend the trek out of Faversham to visit this little gem.

On 13th October 2015 - rating: 9
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Faversham, 2.09 miles, 40 min walk (show)
Teynham, 4.81 miles, 1 hr 32 min walk (show)
Selling, 5.94 miles, 1 hr 54 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 16 March 2018 by Malden man
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 March 2018 by Malden man
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 13 October 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 26 November 2014 by . Wittenden
  • Darts : No last updated 16 March 2018 by Malden man
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 26 November 2014 by . Wittenden
  • Function Room : No last updated 16 March 2018 by Malden man
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 13 October 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 03 February 2018 by . Wittenden
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  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 03 February 2018 by . Wittenden
  • Micropub : No last updated 16 March 2018 by Malden man
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 March 2018 by Malden man
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 March 2018 by Malden man
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 13 October 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • WiFi : No last updated 03 February 2018 by . Wittenden
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