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Lobster Pot, West Malling

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I was there a couple of years ago and liked it.

I hope it's been restored to something like it was then.

I remember we went to the Pad Thai afterwards, and the evening was spoiled by a screaming match between the manageress and a dissatisfied customer. Not the best of PR...however, there's a steak and mussel place in West Malling too, and that was excellent.
eddybeer - 5 Feb 2013 16:34
Yes, it did turn in to a wine and cocktails venue, but they failed to make it work and have gone of somewhere else.
New chap in place recently - looking after the beer and hoping to bring it back to its former glory.
BeerEagle - 2 Jun 2012 10:03
Used to be a good pub but after the make over it has become like all the other refurb's modernised, with no character.

Use to be a favourite of CAMRA locals but doubt if you will see them in there now.
Talisker - 12 Feb 2012 22:55
Currently closed for internal refurbishment. Planned re-opening on 25th February
BeerEagle - 18 Feb 2011 14:58
Timoth Taylor's Landlord in cracking condition on Sunday. Also pleased to see the return of Woodforde's Wherry (it won't last long!)
BeerEagle - 30 Nov 2010 12:57
Man walks into a pub (this one). Is slightly inebriated but asks where the condom machine is. There isn't one. Asks the barman for a double Pernod. Barman (correctly) asks for ID. Bloke offers to show him his tattoos. WHAT? ps the Tribute and Dartmoor were very drinkable.
BeerEagle - 24 Nov 2010 23:48
No Real Ale available on Sunday night - Is there a plan to turn it into a Chavvy wine and cocktails venue?
BeerEagle - 8 Nov 2010 12:44
There's a major refurb coming up soon, and until that's finished the kitchen will be closed
BeerEagle - 21 Sep 2010 12:34
Timothy Taylor's Landlord now featuring regularly
BeerEagle - 20 Sep 2010 13:59
At last the string of temporary managers has gone. New Licensees have moved in and have signed up for life. So far they have managed (apart from a few hours here and there) to keep a good selection on all six of their handpumps. Currently: Hopback Summer Lightning, Jennings Cumberland, Sharps Doombar, St Austell Tribute, Caledonian Deuchars IPA and Black Sheep Best Bitter, all in super condition.

Food is being offered in the evenings and on Sunday lunchtime and the home-made burger I ate there last night was to die for. They will start serving lunches from Monday 23rd.

There's a mini beer festival planned for the August Bank Holiday weekend with 18 on offer including, hopefully, a couple from the new Wantsum Brewery in Canterbury.

In the month that Simon and Fiona have been there, there is a huge change in the feel of the pub. It's clean and welcoming. And those regulars who have voted with their feet over the last 5 years are starting to return.

Good luck to them!
BeerEagle - 13 Aug 2010 11:04
popped in friday place is busy again, horaay! choice of six ales: harveys, Tribute, Doombar, Spitfire, greenking, youngs which rotate iam told Blacksheep and A skinners were next to go on and a there was a nice real cider to go with it, food has now started as well. well done!!!!!!
familyman23 - 4 May 2010 18:42
Popped in with my partner yesterday luchtime. Only one other person in there.
A very sad situation as this was a thriving town pub New landlord's keep coming iand going. The barman was watching the tv and playing with a video machine during our visit, to be the fair the ale was in in good condition.

I hope Punch Taverns sort this pub out and get it back to it's former glory
Huey - 12 Apr 2010 17:41
Fabulous pub!

Well looked after ale with an outstanding choice, (Wildnight - I think you must have been unlucky with your 3 choices that night, all good beer comes to an end!), great locals, great service, a "modern" boozer. This is how pubs need to go if they have any chance of surviving. The only place within the WHOLE of the malling area with consistently good real ale.

I've been in quite a few times recently and each time they've had a very good selection of beer, with varying strengths, and always very good.
Although to be absolutely fair, they've not always had the full 6 real ale pumps; but to be honest, i would rather they had four or five ales that were really good than let below-standard beer go on the pumps, just fot the sake of making money.

Having spoken to him, the new landord is apparently working very hard to get food going in this pub again and from what he's said it will be based on local, quality produce. If that happens, it would make this pub a fantastic place to go for both drinks and food. Here's hoping!

I will be returning, without a doubt.
crowmen - 21 Feb 2010 02:09
I cannot agree with the previous comments about this pub. It has gone downhill since I last visited it. Only three of the six handpumps had beer on and no cider any more. The landlord was barely intrested in serving me before returning to talk to one of his mates.
wildnight - 4 Feb 2010 22:14
Had a couple of great nights here recently, after having a cpuple of excellent pints of black sheep, nice little hidden pub.
Mattclary - 11 Jan 2010 15:16
Finally got a decent landlord in who knows what he is doing. Consistently good beers.
chrissyboy16 - 4 Dec 2009 16:47
Now serving a varying range of local ales from Hopdaemon, Larkins, Westerham, Nelson, Whitstable Bay and Goachers among others. Beers generally in good order.
mikey64 - 6 Oct 2009 12:23
The Lobster Pot has just reopened and i went there to see how it was. There was a young trendy manager who was friendly, polite and funny. he had a wide range of ales and the pub was clean and welcoming. i will definitely be back for more visits!
shariza - 26 Aug 2009 17:50
Currently listed as for sale on the Punch Tavers website.
Trabbs_Boy - 10 Jul 2009 12:20
Probably the best pub in WM in my opinion - was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by St Austell Tribute, Ringwood Best and Harveys Sussex handpumps on my last visit. There were four others in addition to these too. Comfortable and friendly pub welcoming to all.
mikey64 - 20 Mar 2009 21:51
I really enjoyed a nice quiet pint here t'other day with my paper. they had hobgoblin on, as wells as st austell dartmoor, sanctuary!
Mattclary - 25 Feb 2009 15:54
A proper Public House in the true sense of the word and one that needs to be preserved and not lost to souless chains that i have little doubt masquerade as such nearby.Good ales and whilst i'm not a local i wish it every success, if you are a local and enjoy traditional ale and pubs make every effort to support it. Crying shame if this was lost.
saintsforever - 17 Sep 2008 11:08
Visited about a week ago , a proper pub without a doubt . A very good selection of Ales and all served in good nick as well.
I think this pubs default is a blokey local . Could probably do with a bit of redecoration but to be fair it could lose some of it's charm .
ThirstyMing - 11 Sep 2008 16:38
Slipped in last night for a swift one. Was much quieter than it used to be which is a worrying sign. Sampled the Cornish Knocker which was in excellent condition. 2 other guests were available and 3 regulars. Only 2.70 for a beer which in todays marketplace is very reasonable. Will be going back.
Sharp - 22 Jun 2008 15:14
This pub seems to vary considerably from visit to visit. Called in last summer and thought it was pretty awful, with a poor range of beers and a rather unpleasant atmosphere. Several more recent visits, however, have been much more favourable. The wide and regularly changing beer range is back to what it was like a year or two ago, with some quite unusual offerings, and the atmosphere is that of a well used and thriving drinkers' local. I shall certainly be back.
PS No food at present; doesn't bother me but some people will want to know.
earlydrinker - 4 Jan 2008 16:32
Use this pub about once a month. On my last visit I returned my first pint of ? mild as it was undrinkable, Adnams bitter and Ringwood bitter both well below acceptable standard. I will not return until I hear that something has changed.
redarmy39 - 1 Aug 2007 14:45
On my last visit to the Lobster Pot, I was disappointed to find a very boring selection of ales. Usually they have 2/3 guests from far away, but last time it was bog standard Youngs etc.
Sharp - 11 Jul 2007 21:35
Obviously he isn't, what with that well known medical fact that only people under the age of 18 can fart (detect any sarcasm do you?). As a matter of fact we have been in there the past 3 tuesdays and on each occasion i've very much enjoyed it......and as a way of reviewing this pub (again) i remain very impressed with the range of drinks and the atmosphere and would recommend it to anyone.
Leebs - 22 Dec 2006 20:33
I'm sure they can't wait for your mates he old enough to drink, he doesn't sound it
mysteryposter - 22 Dec 2006 10:13
Went in there a few days ago and was pleasantly suprised. Have been to West Malling on a number of occassions but usually frequented establishments such as the Farmhouse, Five Pointed Star etc but on entering this pub i immediately noticed the friendly atmosphere it had. One of my mates was extremely happy with the wide range of ales available and the other mate seemed happy enough to let off some storming farts to which the regulars seemed unmoved despite the loud noise. Overall it is a very welcoming pub and i shall definetly be returning whenever possible!
Leebs - 10 Dec 2006 15:23
The "Pot" keeps good beer.The Harveys is particularly fine.

It has managed to escape the "gastro pub" malaise which affects the others in the town.

spenthops - 18 Nov 2006 17:31
Glad to read the comment by becked. I haven't been in The Lobster Pot for some time - it used to be a mecca for beer drinkers, then went through a bad period after it changed hands. Last time I was in it seemed to be back to something like its old self, and becked's review suggests that it's keeping up the improvement.
earlydrinker - 18 Jul 2006 12:02
Great choice of beers, six real ales on offer and good sandwiches. Both beer and sandwiches reasonably priced. Friendly and polite service. Also separate restaurant but we didn't try it. A bit difficult to find a parking space but near enough to the Village centre to park there and walk. I wish I lived a bit nearer
becked - 23 May 2006 20:52

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