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The Malta Inn, Sandling - pub details

Malta Inn
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Address: Forstal Road / Allington Lock, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AS [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 25757) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Maidstone Barracks (1.4 miles), Maidstone East (1.5 miles), Barming (1.7 miles)

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> Current user rating: 5.8/10 (rated by 21 users)
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Has been a Beefeater for as long as I a can recall, so beer is second place to food. I've eaten a few times here out of necessity and not been disappointed, but not overwhelmed either. Service is very slow, even at quiet times. Its location is the main selling point. You can take your lager or Spitfire (I'm sure that's about as adventurous as the range of ale goes) and sit by the banks of the Medway and watch the vessels drift by.
MutoBoxes - 6 Apr 2015 18:12
Has been a Beefeater for as long as I a can recall, so beer is second place to food. I've eaten a few times here out of necessity and not been disappointed, but not overwhelmed either. Service is very slow, even at quiet times. Its location is the main selling point. You can take your lager or Spitfire (I'm sure that's about as adventurous as the range of ale goes) and sit by the banks of the Medway and watch the vessels drift by.
MutoBoxes - 6 Apr 2015 18:12
Splendid venue for a pub, let down by the pub itself, which is really a bar serving a Beefeater, and, as such, has a poor selection of beer, being limited to usual choices of Shepherd Neame and corporate lagers.
The interior is two large rooms over two floors, both plainly decorated in corporate Beefeater colours. Fairly clean on my visits, but, as it's set-up for meals, tables are usually being cleared of plates, glasses and food debris. The food is standard acceptable Beefeater fayre: the plate of ribs I had a while ago were acceptable and served by a friendly, attentive staff.
The lower ground floor is cold throughout the year as it's not much higher than the river, which isn't great. On warm days and summer outside by the river is very nice, with garden bench-tables up against the river side, some under a large weeping willow. Lovely views of the river and the locks. Having said that, a few occasions have been spoiled by loud, large families having taken over the outside eating area where they can smoke their lungs black and use foul language that would make a docker blush - even the wee kids. It doesn't seem there are many places you can take your friends and family nowadays, especially in Kent, which is spared mobs of screaming, swearing, bellowing, aggressive families. This otherwise acceptable venue is now no longer exempt.

Yablegs - 2 Oct 2014 18:49
I have to say that the service was excellent. HOwever, the Hobgoblin was poor and tasted as though it had been in open cask for far too long. A nice place for cyclists and walkers with a great location alongside the Medway. Real shame it is a Beefeater
Buster_M - 24 Apr 2013 11:12
Popped in for a sandwich on Sunday afternoon. It's the usual Beefeater thing - staffed entirely (and slowly) by awkward teenagers.

My prawn sandwich was soggy, and half-way through, the prawns started tasting funny. Rank.

I left after that.
AshingdonMan - 14 May 2012 17:27

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