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The Stile Bridge Inn, Marden - pub details

Address: Staplehurst Rd, Marden, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 9BH [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 30830) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Marden (2.2 miles), Staplehurst (2.8 miles), East Farleigh (4.9 miles)

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other pubs nearby:

Bull Inn, Linton (1.5 miles), Lord Raglan, Staplehurst (1.7 miles), Mulberry Tree, Boughton Monchelsea (1.7 miles)

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Popped in this afternoon, felt very welcome, some good real ale choices but had an enjoyable Biddenden cider, well worth a visit.
FamilyMan479 - 13 Jan 2013 00:28
Pub is now a real ale mecca, plenty of variety of real ales,ciders and continental beers and staff are friendly, well worth a drive out to find especially if you are not driving that day
FREDRICK - 2 Dec 2011 14:49
This was a first visit for us; great pub, lovely staff and great feel BUT.... the prices were horrendous which meant we only stopped for 1 having done a 30 mile round trip. To charge 4 for a pint of Bitburger and 2.20 for not even half a pint of coke is just too much. This is why people drink at home as they can't afford pub prices!!! Such a shame as I would be happy to regularly do the journey for such a nice pub and people but not at these prices.... They also stock the new Kent Brewery beers which the grapevine reports as being quite excellent....
s.standing - 12 Apr 2011 13:39
Was very suprised when I finally decided to pop in here having always driven on by over the years.

As mentioned below, the pastel blue outside belies the interior which is comfortable and welcoming. Lots of interesting bits to look at. A selection of 5 ales, one of which, an Adnams, is the house ale at 2.50 a pint.

They do show Sky sports, but on a very small screen, avoiding the negatives often associated with sports on display.

I was very impressed and will be back.
nickrocks74 - 4 Mar 2011 11:18
The last time I visited here before December 2010 was - those of you who know my reviews will probably have guessed it - with CJG a decade or so ago on one of our many rampages through Kent and its finer boozers. I believe it might've been 2000 not 1999, but I shall bow to the aforementioned's recollection. In any case the point is, it's been a bloody long time, and, happily, there have been several positive alterations to the establishment.

A former Greene King outpost, the pub always sported a deceptively spacious interior centred on a curved bar, with a myriad of pub and breweriana items adorning the walls. This essentially remains the same, although the decor is now darker, more traditional than before, with comfier seating, and there is now arguably a veritable cornucopia of bric-a-brac on display (although not strewn about haphazardly; the pub is clean and free of clutter than might impede customer comfort). Chiefly of course, GK are now ancient history and the takeover as a free house has inevitably led to a broader range of more interesting cask ales at the pumps, which are described below. Conditioning was good, and the licensee appeared to be both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his beers and keenly advised us of what was up and coming. Alas, it could well be quite a while before I find my way back here again, although judging by the improvements I am hopeful it won't be another 10 years.

Possibly the one change made that I didn't consider an improvement was the rather bold pastel blue colour they've painted the exterior. The Stile Bridge has a Victorian frontage which one might associate more readily with architecture found in urban areas more than the countryside, but that in itself should give it some prominence; it doesn't mean it is appropriate to paint it a bizarre colour in the fashion one might see in Brighton city centre. It could work there and appeal to a more 'wacky' clientele, but in dear old Marden I doubt it does the pub any favours!

Still, a relatively modest criticism in an otherwise positive review. Keep up the good work, folks.
TWG - 12 Jan 2011 11:08

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