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The Mermaid, Bishopsbourne - pub details

Address: The Street, Bishopsbourne, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 5HX [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 25946) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bekesbourne (3.1 miles), Adisham (3.1 miles), Aylesham (3.3 miles)

Brewery: Shepherd Neame

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> Current user rating: 6.4/10 (rated by 9 users)
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Red Lion Inn, Bridge (1.2 miles), White Horse Inn, Bridge (1.2 miles), Plough and Harrow, Bridge (1.2 miles), Duke of Cumberland, Canterbury (1.8 miles), Duck Inn, Bridge (1.8 miles)

user reviews of the Mermaid, Bishopsbourne

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After visiting 2 pubs not listed on here (the Pheasant at Ashford & the Chequers at Petham - I recommend the latter), we rounded off our Kent crawl in this Shepherd Neame establishment. Master Brew & Whitstable Bay were the 2 ales on offer. The 2 rooms with central bar have plenty of things on the walls to keep your mind occupied. The regulars were keeping themselves to themselves, apart from the pub dog who was friendly. There is an undercover smoking area just outside the toilets. Nice pub, if not exceptional.
blue_scrumpy - 11 Jun 2012 21:46
An undisputed classic of a pub, which I happily managed to revisit after a hiatus of, well, not far shy of a decade. And it was as I'd left it; that's to say an unspoilt, welcoming, traditional and unpretentious local. It could be a post office from outside, and inside it resembles someone's cosy front room. A cheery welcome awaits from the landlord, who will dispense a perfectly-kept pint of Shep's. In this instance I opted for the Whitstable Bay which was on song - vastly superior to the tired Shep's beer one finds in London. Before dismissing their ales at least get to somewhere like this and see if you alter your view. A corker, which hopefully will never change.
TWG - 24 Jul 2011 18:18
Best Masterbrew I've ever had - lovely boozer
jameslikesbeer - 1 Dec 2009 14:41
True village pubs don't get much better than the Mermaid. First time visitors will be amazed a) by the welcome b) by the beer and c) to learn that the pub (previously run by the same tenants for >20 years) was throughly re-vamped only about 2 years ago! Yes, Shepherd Neame took it all apart, painted it, then put it all back much as they found it! Excellent bit of work they did too.
The 5th Earl of Wimbourne has stated that the Mermaid is worth a detour. In my humble capacity as a thirsty peasant, I would say that it's worth a special trip out to Bishopsbourne!
MrCheeky - 29 Apr 2009 21:32
Revisited after probably a couple of years, nothing has changed of importance. A proper country pub (take note gastro pubs and rural winebars!) In a way ot would be better to keep this a secret.......
honeydog - 5 Feb 2009 16:30

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