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The Muggleton Inn, Maidstone - pub details

Address: 8-9 High Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1HJ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 3071) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Maidstone East (0.3 miles), Maidstone West (0.4 miles), Maidstone Barracks (0.4 miles)

Chain: Lloyds

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Large box of a pub. Dark and gloomy in winter, not much better any other time of the year. Suffers from being a former fire station, the accoutrements and features of which have not been incorporated into the legacy and furnishings of the place, which is a shame, as it could have given a certain character to the pub despite the depth and unfriendly scale.
Main bar completely fulfils the Wetherspoons’ policy of providing a vertical drinking arena for patrons. Tables are located in sufficient number, but the considerable standing-room only space mitigates further against fostering a friendly atmosphere. A tall flight of stairs leads to a decently-sized upstairs bar, with sofas at one end, and more chairs and tables. This venue is better appointed with generous windows allowing in light, but distancing drinkers from a decent view of the High Street owing to the doubled glazing. Furthermore, the sills are coated in an inches-thick carapace-like blanket of pigeon shit, which has been undisturbed since the place opened.

Staff were usual vague ‘team’ of dull teenagers, competently dispensing drinks when roused from conversation and when they made fitful appearances from the kitchens.

Clientele at 12pm were hardened scattering of well-seasoned drinkers, finishing off their pints of breakfast. Thankfully, usual foul language to be endured in Kentish pubs from was at a minimum. Otherwise, a few groups and couples of elderly shoppers enjoying teas and coffees, the price and generous servings of which are one of the things Wetherspoons gets right.

Boring range of lager, a few ales and Guinness on offer, but I didn’t trouble them, opting instead for hot chocolate and toasted sandwiches. Have drunk before in here but nothing special about quality, serving or variety, certainly nothing that you couldn’t find it a branch closer to home, or in better, brighter condition.

Could be a really good venue, capitalising on its size and central location, but let down by indifferent, corporate and anonymous design, lay-out and management.
MutoBoxes - 1 Apr 2015 17:01
Standard wetherspoons. Cheap and cheerful! a bit grim inside.

Has a dance floor on weekend nights which seems to keep people happy. nothing special, but nothing bad.
tomwents - 6 May 2011 00:55
This is an OK pub during the day, but it has the potential to kick off at night. Reasonably priced beer
phonak - 17 Jan 2010 18:16
I suspect this place is very different in the evenings from its daytime atmosphere. I actually marginally prefer it to the other Maidstone 'Spoons - I rather like the slightly gloomy atmosphere - it still feels a bit like an old fashioned bank. No complaints about the service or the availability of the beers when i was there. The Everards I had was not great, but quite drinkable; the midday atmosphere rather drowsy and not overrun by the local youth, who are certainly best avoided when possible.
earlydrinker - 7 Jan 2010 21:22
I met my son in there at 9.30am on Rememberance Sunday. One barman, twenty thirsty customers, other bar staff moving trollies about. My Scottish beer was excellent but this excellent building had a tired and worn out feel to it, a bit like the bar staff. Asked for the sound on the large TV to be turned up - was was showing the parade passed the Cenotaph - but was yold it was Weatherspoons policy NOT to have the sound up. The standards have well and truly slipped here.
Paul_Rochdale - 9 Nov 2009 09:51

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