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The Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone - pub details

Address: 28 Wyatt Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1EU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2126) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Maidstone East (0.3 miles), Maidstone Barracks (0.6 miles), Maidstone West (0.6 miles)

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> Current user rating: 7.5/10 (rated by 32 users)
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At last, I got in! Alan, the previous and decidedly strange landlord has finally gone, and the pub has been taken over by a young couple who recently ran The Pilot in Upper Stone Street. What has changed? Almost nothing, its still brown and cream but the atmosphere is so much much better. And its clean! The friendliness is refreshing and the landlord and his wife are chatty. Excellent well kept Goachers beers and freshly made to order rolls. Its now what it should have been all along, a lovely friendly old fashioned local with good beer. 10/10.
Paul_Rochdale - 5 May 2015 19:06
My 3rd pub of the day heading back into town. The Rifle Volunteer is a Goacher's tied pub that is left back in the 70's....which is quality in my book, the landlord looks like he hasn't seen daylight for many a year.

3 good Goacher's beers on tap as well as Hurliman's lager.

No music, no television and no fruit machines just good honest conversation.

This really is a decent old fashioned back street local that has to be visited during a Maidstone trip, you will not be disappointed if you like ale and conversation.

lezford - 24 Mar 2014 12:27
My God, visiting this pub was like going back forty years. Just me, one other customer and the distinctly strange landlord on a wet Wednesday evening. Even the beer Goacher's Mild had that distinctive just going off favour I remember all too much from my student days.

Why is it so empty for a pub in the GBG and the local CAMRA branch's Pub of the Year 2012. Perhaps it is some internal CAMRA joke.
simontheeditor - 12 Sep 2013 17:45
I think all the posters make valid points. It IS quirky, it is quiet, the beer is good and it's just plain different to any other pub in Maidstone. I think it's worth a visit so you can make your own mind up if you love it or hate it. Personally I very much like it for what it is, a a quiet, old fashioned, beer-focussed pub.

FamilyMan479 - 27 Nov 2012 15:26
I think Paul Rochdale's right, but also quite wrong. It IS a decidedly odd place; it can be a bit like drinking in a morgue.But it's eccentricity is one of the best reasons for loving this place, and others like it (if any such exist!).
As for its opening hours, I believe the landlord is Maidstone's longest serving, and personally, being of a generation whose drinking habits were formed when EVERY pub was shut at 3 in the afternoon, I don't begrudge him a bit of time to put his feet up.
I don't visit the place often, but I'm very glad to know that it's there when its idiosyncratic atmosphere happens to suit my mood.
earlydrinker - 27 Nov 2012 14:55

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