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Harvester The Running Horse, Maidstone

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Chatham Road
Sandling
Postal town: Maidstone
ME14 3AG
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Harvester (Mitchells & Butlers)

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E TA left this review about Harvester The Running Horse

Built in 1938 on the site of an earlier inn with the same name first licensed in 1828, The Running Horse was once a rural hub, a centre for the equestrian industry which thrived in this area of Kent. The 'Running' bit refers to the feral horses which roamed the area and were regularly rounded up. The building is thatched and has lots of character, rebuilt in a sympathetic style rarely found in the early 20th Century. Nowadays, for better or worse, it's run by Harvester. There is a small, paved garden at the back, quite private, but far from quiet due to the road noise from the A229. Inside, the bars have been opened up, though the back room manages to retain some calm despite the unholy shrieking of the passing grockles' ill-disciplined children. The staff were exceptionally good - efficient, welcoming, engaging and professional, certainly far better than any other Harvester I've visited. There are gaming machines, the WiFI didn't work, and the food was dire although served with an apologetic smile. The ales on were gas-pumped, Speckled Hen and 61 Deep, both over-chilled and nothing special, but it's somewhere I'd be happy to drop into again for a pit-stop, though The Yew Tree nearby is a far better bet for food.

On 10th May 2017 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Just a quick pint, then I'm off
Maidstone East, 1.41 miles, 27 min walk (show)
Maidstone Barracks, 1.48 miles, 28 min walk (show)
Maidstone West, 1.94 miles, 37 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Harvester The Running Horse, Sandling
10th May 2017, 07:35
Review submitted by E TA
 
24th Feb 2017, 19:04

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 28 April 2017 by E TA
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 28 April 2017 by E TA
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 28 April 2017 by E TA
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 28 April 2017 by E TA
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 28 April 2017 by E TA
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 11 December 2014 by Steve C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 11 December 2014 by Steve C
  • Darts : No last updated 28 April 2017 by E TA
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 28 April 2017 by E TA
  • Function Room : No last updated 28 April 2017 by E TA
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 11 December 2014 by Steve C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 28 April 2017 by E TA
  • Live Music : No last updated 28 April 2017 by E TA
  • Micropub : No last updated 28 April 2017 by E TA
  • Pinball : No last updated 28 April 2017 by E TA
  • Pool Table : No last updated 28 April 2017 by E TA
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 11 December 2014 by Steve C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 28 April 2017 by E TA
  • WiFi : Yes - O2 - last updated 28 April 2017 by E TA
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