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Olde Tavern, Kington

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Remains the best pub in Kington although the demise of the local Swan and Wood's breweries has meant that Hobsons beers now occupy 3 of the handpulls with Three Tuns Solstice on the other. I'm sure the same people as last year were sitting on the table next to us.
paul_d102 - 21 Sep 2022 09:16
Excellent old school small local pub with decent ale and convivial locals. There aren't too many like this left.
anonymous - 30 Jun 2015 22:56
Another great visit on Friday evening with the usual friendly welcome from Debbie behind the bar (ask her about the Tart and Slapper!) and Colonel Gareth and his eggs on the other side. The Thornbridge Jaipur was in excellent condition.
paul_d102 - 21 Sep 2014 19:22
Four real ales on - Hobsons, Ludlow and Wye Valley breweries. Friendly and characterful. Well worth popping in for a pint.
HGSterling - 2 May 2014 21:51
Great pub. Great beer. Shame it doesn't have longer opening hours!
dpaajones - 16 Nov 2013 14:51
carpet smells of p*ss.
chelsea_greg - 22 Sep 2013 17:35
To my mind, the best pub in Kington. Only a 5 minute walk from the town centre and down the road from the Oxford Arms. Has an entry in CAMRA's Britain's Best Real Heritage Pubs (although sadly no discount for members!). The 3 regular ales are Hobson's Twisted Spire, Ludlow Best and Butty Bach with yesterday's guest being the superb 6.6% Three Tuns No Doctors. Draft ciders are Hereford Dry/Sweet with others in bottles. The landlady was very friendly - ask her about the "naked pub" marginalia in the pub's copy of the above CAMRA book! Can be quiet apparently, even at the weekend but this is deliberate with younger drinkers preferring to go elsewhere. Would definitely re-visit.
paul_d102 - 22 Sep 2013 17:19
This pub was recommended to me, found it to be quaint and old fashioned, like stepping back in time. Beer was good, unfortunately food wasn't available. Will come back here!
dave178 - 18 Jan 2012 22:16
Best pub out of 18 we tried this weekend. The interior is thoroughly traditional, with two well preserved bars. Most people, including ourselves choose the bar to the right hand side on entry. However it is the door on the left that will allow you to check out the beers available. The welcome was warm and friendly. Four real ales were available - Ludlow Best, Brains Reverend James, Hobsons Mild and Wye Valley Butty Bach. Real cider was Westons Old Rosie from the cellar. A Westons perry was also available, alongside bottles of cider from Gwatkin. Located on the outskirts of Kington. But well worth a visit.
blue_scrumpy - 11 Apr 2010 20:49
A very pleasant session in April 2007. Visited on a pilgrimage with some friends, over in Leominster for an annual event, and the trip to the Olde Tavern was the highlight of the weekend. It is one of these places that must be visited and worth a journey from anywhere in the county.
lad_newton - 15 Jul 2007 21:14
Kington is a really weird place. I saw a photograph of a crowd of locals on the wall and there only seemed to be three faces between them - and one of those was the dog. Add to that the corrupt town council and Kington appears to be one of those Wild West outposts you want to get out of as quickly as possible.
Lordsnooty - 30 Jun 2007 16:05
What a great pub. OK, it didn't open on time, but it was worth the wait. A great atmosphere, really cheap beer (and good). We were told that it was owned by the King of Kington - he's doing a good job.
anotherpintplease - 29 Nov 2006 17:58
A fantastic lunchtime session on 08/04/2006. Visted with a group of friends whilst staying in nearby Leominster.

Although the original landlady was not behind the bar this time, nothing has been altered and the pub remains one of the best traditional unspoilt pubs in the country. Apart from the porter which I found slightly sour to my taste the Dunn Plowman beers are worth a journey - not just a detour - to sample. It was difficult to leave!

lad_newton - 25 Apr 2006 18:31
one of the best pubs in the area
andywalwyn - 28 Oct 2004 01:17
A real timewarp. A virtually unspoilt homely pub on the edge of Kington.

The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and the beer is absolutely exquisite. There are usually two or three beers from the nearby Dunn Plowman brewery on handpump, and a stout is sometimes available too. Bottled beers are available.

No food, but occasional cheese & biscuits put on the bar.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit on Sunday 04/04/2004, and I recommend the pub to anyone with a taste for good quality real ale in traditional surroundings. A gem!
Lee Newton - [email protected] - 6 Apr 2004 11:17

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