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Kings Head, Sutton Valence - pub details

Address: North Street, Sutton Valence, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 3AP [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 12414) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Staplehurst (3.7 miles), Headcorn (3.8 miles), Hollingbourne (4 miles)

Pub facilities/features:
Cask Marque accreditation

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> Current user rating: 7.1/10 (rated by 11 users)
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We went to the kings head for a meal a couple of weeks ago. We also found the garden to be disgusting with dog turds spread all over the grass. however the landlord was so nice we decided to eat indoors. He took our order and promptly passed it to the chefs who where both dressed in a way you would not expect of chefs. the food arrived and it was ample and tasted very good. we enjoyed the meal and left hhappy. We are not 'drinkers' as such so we can say that the j20 and appletis are perfect. Within a few hours we were both throwing up and pooing for England! we dealt with that but after we thought about things we see. The chefs werent dressed right, they were playing with a dog and they both went strait from the bar to cook without washing there hands. We have rang the council and iwe hope they learn from it. Sorry landlord youve been let down by your staff
jedi1 - 20 Apr 2014 18:11
I wrote a review on this Public House in March 2014, some of which was complimentary, other parts not so. Having read the follow up reviews, I decided to return, with an unbiased friend, for her honest opinion.

The toilets are still pristine; the real ales are excellent, given a choice of three.

However, the man with his finger up his nostril still has his hot drink served to him, on a chromed tray, with a bottle of milk taking pride of place.

We asked if there was a garden and at the same time, could we look at the menu? We were given the menus, and directed towards the “Beer Garden”.

The journey to the Beer Garden required a negotiation through what appeared to be a scrap yard. (It transpires it was the smoking area) The Beer Garden, benefiting from grass in some areas, was festooned with garden tables, none of which were free of bird droppings or clean enough for someone to sit on.

However, we persevered and sat down at the ‘cleanest of the tables’. The menu, though not extraordinary offered promised. That is until my partner, for the day, spotted various dark mounds of, one assumes, dog faeces, scattered around the garden.

It is such a shame! I have been into this pub, on my own on a number of occasions. The bar staff, all dressed in black (it’s a pity it only suites the sour faced female who serves on a Sunday – and I’m not being sexist, a smile costs nothing) are always pleasant, the real ale, as previously stated , is well kept and presented.

However, I do object to the total denigration of this pub by the mindless idiots who cannot string a sensible sentence together without reverting to expletives (Use of obscene language, for those mindless idiots who do not understand the correct use of English)

The Kings Head is a reasonable pub; it could be a great Public House, if certain ingrained, out of date attitudes were to change. Gone are the days when customers were ‘reliable regulars’. Customers can, and obviously have, taken their business elsewhere.

“The true characteristics of ignorance are vanity, pride and arrogance”

onlyhumansblush - 17 Apr 2014 23:13
Whats up with you all? The pub is clean, the food is great with huge portions, the beer is the best kept beer for miles, the toilets are hotel standard, the decor is way above pub standard, and the staff are welcoming. As well as all that, the prices are very competitive. What else can anyone ask from a village Pub?????????
beerbellymmmmm - 17 Mar 2014 12:13
I have been reading Beer In The Evening and am very surprised that the Kings Head, Sutton Valence has got negative comments.
My Husband and I regularly eat here as the food is excellent and reasonably priced. The last comment by "Southernhappiness" about the Courage Best, I was wondering what he meant, as its my husbands drink of choice and is kept in excellent condition. The staff are always courteous and I feel that the Landlord and Landlady run a clean and good traditional pub.
Keep a good pub alive and don't let negative comments from a disgruntled customer and his friends spoil my enjoyment and the reputation of the pub.
As to the comment made by "Benton" they are clearly talking about a different pub.
My husband is a proud member of Camra
nathonda - 16 Mar 2014 00:18
We look for Real Ale pubs as we enjoy well kept Ale. After reading the latest reviews we noticed one paticular thing about the Kings Head,the ale is great. So we head off to the pub on sunday which is a 20 mile journey for us. First impression was the car park which looked like a scrap yard. however when we walked in we were hit by lovely decor and furniture and a hearty welcome from the barman. The ale was absolutely spot on!!!!! Well kept,perfectly poured with laces down the glass for every mouthful. Maybe a little colder than i like but then you cant have everything. We did wonder why they had courage best on offer but again thats personal taste. The London Pride and Youngs were superb. We were careful about eating because of the reviews but we then thought we should. If the ale is that good then surely so is the food. My wife went to powder her nose and as she walked past the carving unit she saw the chef carving meat and picking bits off the joint with his fingers and eating them while talking to the customers. She came back and firstly said how lovely it was to see such clean toilets but then told me about the chef. We decided not to eat!!!! I went to the gents and like my wife I cant remember a pub with such lovely clean toilets. As i returned to the bar I could see a woman in the kitchen doing some cooking and licking her fingers. That did it for us both. No food. I will add that the reviews say its a quiet pub. From our visit I would argue that case. It was very busy and they were taking money. I gamble they could take more if they ironed out a few creases. We know pubs show sport but the TV was to loud but again a personal thing. Mr Landlord if I were you I would get your kitchen staff in line and play a more active role in your business. Well done you. The Ale is great the pub is great you only nned to sort out your kitchen staff and you will be rich. We will moniter this site and we will definately be back for some more of your perfect Ale. We hope you take our criticisms in the manner they are meant. Lovely pub !!!!!
southernhappiness - 12 Mar 2014 19:40

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