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The Swan, Maidstone Town, Maidstone

2 County Road
Maidstone
ME14 1UY
Phone: 01622751264
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Aqualung . left this review about The Swan

It's so long since I ventured into a Shep's tied house I can't even remember when that was.
This is a small back street one close to the prison, the County Court and the East Station. Inside it's a long small single room with wooden floors and the bar in front of you. It was empty on my Friday lunch time visit.
I only saw three hand pumps on the bar two of which were clipped with Master Brew and the other with Early Bird the seasonal beer for Spring. I thought this was disappointing for a GBG listed town house. I went for the Early Bird (£3.75) which was in good nick but hardly a beer to write home about. I thought the price was way over the odds, maybe that's why the pub was empty. It's a pleasant enough little pub but with the limited beer choice and high price charged would not return. The Rifle Volunteers and Flowerpot are in another league compared to this.

On 4th May 2015 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Swan

Traditional backstreet pub, handy for County Hall and Maidstone East station. Small, staple-shaped bar with a limited amount of mostly basic furniture. Also has a couple of benches out front. Main features of interest have always been the well-kept Shepherd Neame beers, with Master Brew, Kent's Best and IPA plus Kite Thunderbird (£3.55) on offer from four of the five handpumps. Worth seeking out.

On 13th March 2014 - rating: 8
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Steve C left this review about The Swan Inn

The Swan is one of many Shepherd Neame pubs in Maidstone, but unlike the rest there is a bit more ale variety. Master Brew was available alongside St Austell Trelawny, Shannon IPA and Seafarers with one hand pump being unused during my lunchtime visit last week. There is also a standard draught selection and freshly made sandwiches are available for around £2.50. The interior of the pub is L shaped and there is a dartboard at each end. There is no Sky Sports, but there is a plasma screen in the centre of the pub which was showing some antiques based programme courtesy of BBC. There is a biweekly quiz on Wednesdays and every now and again there is live music or folk jamming sessions. Something new to me are the monthly knit and bitch meetings that are held for a couple of hours on Thursday afternoons. There are a couple of picnic tables out the front and a garden can be found at the rear.

I found this to be a very welcoming boozer with a homely atmosphere. From what I’ve seen so far this pub is up there with the best pubs in the area and I would gladly return.

On 17th November 2011 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Maidstone East, 0.28 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Maidstone Barracks, 0.53 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Maidstone West, 0.79 miles, 15 min walk (show)
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4th May 2015, 10:08
Review submitted by Aqualung .
 
2nd May 2015, 11:39
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 24 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 24 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 24 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - Price capped at £3 per pint. 15/12/2016 - last updated 24 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 24 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 24 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 24 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 24 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes - Occasional - last updated 24 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 24 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Alternate Wednesdays. - last updated 24 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 24 December 2016 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 24 December 2016 by ROB Camra
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