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The Star, Gillingham

Watling Street
Darland
Postal town: Gillingham
ME7 2AA
Phone: 01634851174
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Hungry Horse (Greene King)

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Star

Hungry Horse pub on the roman road (later Watling Street and now the A2) some distance south of the town centre. Given a somewhat sparse and unappealing makeover at some stage, but it retains two separate bar areas (one with a dartboard), a pool room to one side and the main dining area at the back. Outdoor seating can be found on the front terrace and in the side beer garden. Greene King IPA (£3.30) and Abbot available from a duplicated selection on the bank of four handpumps on each counter.

On 5th December 2021 - rating: 6
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E TA left this review about The Star

The Star, now a Hungry Horse cardboard-and-fat outlet, sits on a prominent junction on the A2 adjacent to the posher bit of Gillingham. The plot is large, there is plenty of car parking and the building is an impressive 1930s(?) house. Back in the 1980s this pub was a place where you could guarantee poor beer, awful disco and probably get a fight. Hungry Horse has pulled off the miracle of making it less appealing. The music is still awful, both in quality and volume. The majority of the customers are testosterone laden yoofs of Upper Gillingham and their poorly-shod (in one case, unshod) brood-fodder. It has been gutted to form a single large bar with a mix of carpeted and tiled floors, hideous murals, flat screen tvs, plastic furniture and gaming machines which conspire to make it feel like a setting for Clockwork Orange at best and a German brothel at worst. It is a very 21st Century pub, in the worst way. Staff were unwelcoming, but in fairness the Speckled Hen I had - the only ale available - was half decent. This isn't somewhere I'd choose to come to again while there are better pubs within a few minutes' walk.

On 7th January 2013 - rating: 3
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Roger Button left this review about The Star Hotel

I understand that this large Greene King pub on the outskirts of town is due to be converted to a Hungry Horse at the end of the month.

The spacious and quite vaernous interior is knocked through and would be a bit hollow when the place isn’t busy. There are a couple of pool tables at the front and the usual run of the mill diet of live music, TV sport and quiz nights although I would imagine that things will be very different after the conversion. There are various sections with a range of seating and décor but it all seems a bit plastic and contrived. The customer base would for the most part be locals although being on the A2 it is handy for a pit stop.

3 reasonably kept Ales currently on offer; Abbott, IPA and Ruddles County at decent enough prices. For the moment it is a reasonably presentable but quite average pub that seems better due to the lack of decent watering holes in town. I wouldn’t particularly go out of the way for the place regardless of its future direction.

On 5th April 2011 - rating: 5
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Gillingham (Kent), 1.54 miles, 29 min walk (show)
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10th Dec 2021, 09:47
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10th Dec 2021, 09:47
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Pub Details

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  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 27 April 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 05 April 2011 by hondo .
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 05 April 2011 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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