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Marstons pub which was quite busy on our visit. There is a dining area to the left as you walk in and an area more suited to drinkers to the right. The interior is fairly modern and bland. Pedigree, Saddle Back, Directors & Hobgoblin was the ale choice.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Feb 2018 20:17
Wandered in on a Sunday lunchtime, pub itself seemed quiet, but it was a glorious day and most people were in the beer garden. The restaurant was full to bursting point. Two brief pints of Fosters, tucked away after prompt and friendy service. This pub has really turned the corner, by far and a way the best that Ashford has to offer

Bluenosemally - 23 Jul 2012 15:52
Went for lunch.We were early & I think only 2 tables had ordered food before us.We waited.........No food came out of the kitchen.We asked what was happening after 30mins & our scampi &chips arrived 40 mins after we ordered it.Not impressed really.the food was ok but nothing special.It was at least cheap.
Tramadolkid - 11 May 2011 12:56
New landlord.

Served within thirty seconds of arriving at the bar.

Decent pint.
Bluenosemally - 29 Nov 2010 15:06
Popped in last week for the 1st time in years, and the food and Pedigree were both in excellent condition. Will return.
robhealy - 17 Sep 2010 02:40
Not a bad pub could be cleaner, Good beer and food average.
Trigger123 - 20 Mar 2010 16:19
This pub has improved massively since the no smoking law came in. Yes, it is a bit of a locals pub - nothing wrong with that, it's my local! - but the locals don't bite (unless asked) and the bar staff are fine.

The food is alright, not a gastropub by any means, but keeps the wolves from the door.

I've had many a fun evening in here.. and they do a meat raffle every week!! (Never taken part in a meat raffle..)
ms_star - 16 Jul 2008 09:06
I took my elderly parents in for the first time on Tuesday. Despite being only 12 the Marstons Bitter was good and no sign it was the first out the pump. The "Golden Greats" option on the menu was excellent value too.
dougscott - 8 May 2008 22:57
What a difference a new landlord makes !

Bluenosemally - 18 Oct 2007 13:34
I came here one evening on the off chance of finding a quiet village pub to have a drink in with a friend, we even came out of the area. But that particular night there was a karaoke set on. Not the end of the world, it turned out to be a good laugh, i even did a couple of numbers myself.

Not sure what its like in the day-time, i hear they do food.

The staff were very co-operative and supplied my need for cocktails.

Met a very nice crowd of people, played drinking games and had a very FAB night. Also, met a very cute lad.

mrs_newcastle - 10 Oct 2007 12:17
Spacious local, could be good but has the classic faults - too smokey (despite extractor being on) and the TV vying with the jukebox for superiority.

Pub has a golf team, which is an interesting touch.

A couple of Marstons handpulls (Pedigree and Bitter) served too cold but otherwise in good condition.

Not bad, but could be a lot better with a few simple changes.
Quinno - 8 Feb 2007 20:51
That's a bit harsh. Interesting how you've remained anonymous.... Anyone who can't put their name to a review is a chicken.
Personally I found the pub to be ok.... nothing to write home about, but not quite as bad as Mr/Mrs anonymous seem to make it out to be.
Each to their own - food is pleasant and I found the bar staff (for the most part) to be quite nice. Manager was very friendly. I thought a few of the punters were a bit rude, but perhaps that explains why the pub isn't as good as it could be... maybe the manager should raise her standards in clientel!!!!!
robbiesbird - 29 Nov 2006 14:06
A local pub for local people, hence why the bar staff and manager are not to bothered about your custom. Beer can be, at best average, at worst septic and they seem obsessed with doing as little possible to keep the boozer clean or tidy. Filthy tables with overflowing ash trays.

Best visited in the summer when the rear door opens onto the "garden" and provides ventillation.
anonymous - 28 Nov 2006 18:11
The pubs local... thatís my reason for drinking in there. No, it's not all that bad! The staff are shocking though and you do find yourself saying 'why??' alot. If the bars busy, they clear glasses? If youíre waiting to be served, they don't make eye contact and the male manager - why are you still employed? Foods quite nice though, but like all the other comments (here comes that word again) Why - the restaurant areas far too big and it's also got a lovely area to eat outside, problem is the bars nowhere near big enough. Obvious solution - change it round !

We all got shouted at 1 night because they run out of glasses - funnily enough we left.

I think the manager needs reminding that a smile, a please and most definitely a thank you goes a long way!! 3 words you'll never hear that man say!
After all, it's people like us that put towards his wages!!
he he he, try getting him to say Hello/Goodbye... NO CHANCE!!

anonymous - 4 Sep 2006 12:10
I popped in for a 'Marsdens' the other Sunday nite, and very nice it was too, went down smoother than Captain Nemo's submarine! They seem to have their TV licence back, as the World Cup final (footy) had just finished (remember all those Zidane headlines..!!)
The bar really is too smokey, but we managed to find an empty table tucked away down the far end near the toilets, not the best view, but at least you could breathe, which assists in downing a Pedegree pinta!

I agree with CleverSaz, they should reduce the restaurant bit and make the bar area bigger, maybe even have 2 bars..! One for people who like breathing Oxygen, and the other for addicts of various smokey-poisonous pollutants, for which I don't care for!
Apparently pubs are going no smoking next year, but there's no sign of any preparation for that in Ashford! Is Ashford in the EU, or is it exempt, because of all the airport fumes..!!? TJ
TeeJay - 24 Jul 2006 15:04
The utter lack of decent pubs in the vicinity of work makes me a regular during the week at the Kings Head. It's all wrong - the bar area is ridiculously busy most of the time and the enormous restaurant lies practically empty (food's OK tho). I've never known a smokier pub (apart from the Sussex Arms in Twickers) and all the locals (for it is a very locals pub) smoke 10 fags for every minute they're in there and there doesn't appear to be any ventilation. There is a nice little no smoking area to escape the pea-souper in the main bar but they don't really like you sitting in there if you're not eating. This pub is more about what it wants to be rather than what it is. Sort yourselves out - reduce the restaurant and enlarge the pub - it's clearly necessary.
Cleversaz - 27 Jan 2005 18:01
Very busy local pub.
TheGP - 10 Nov 2004 15:00

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