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Dog & Bear Hotel, Maidstone

The Square
Lenham
Postal town: Maidstone
ME17 2PG
Phone: 01622858219
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Dog & Bear Hotel

A fine old inn, probably the grandest building in the historic village square, and still operating as a hotel. Although remodelled and refurbished over the years, the main 'L'-shaped bar and two side dining rooms retain a lot of character, with traditional pub furniture, decor and a pool table in the former but a more refined look to the latter (especially the one at the back). As a Shepherd Neame house, Master Brew and Spitfire (£4.20) are normally available from two of the four handpumps.

On 12th January 2020 - rating: 6
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. Wittenden left this review about Dog & Bear Hotel

A substantial Shep’s pub in a commanding position on the square in Lenham. White painted, with a kind of balcony topped with an impressive Royal Coat of Arms ,belonging, so I believe , to Queen Anne. Inside, a fairly cavernous bar, with various screens and a room off to one side devoted to dining. To the back, a range of rather corporate meeting and letting rooms.
I’ve been coming to this pub since the 1970’s, when, perhaps oddly for this brewery, it was a destination pub. This was partly because Shep’s was far less common than now, and the beer was definitely characterful,the second reason was the celebrated landlord, “Squirrel”’ who ran a tight ship.
On my visit ,on a cold March Tuesday evening, the welcome was polite, and the beer in good condition,if rather one dimensional. In short, a touch corporate:this is not meant as a criticism of the staff, but a reflection of the way in which certain of the larger regional brewers are directing their business. Somewhere, between the seventies and now, this house lost it’s soul.

On 17th June 2013 - no rating submitted
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Lenham, 0.67 miles, 12 min walk (show)
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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