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The Yew Tree (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Shepherd Neame - Summer SizzlerExceptional1
Hardys & Hansons (see now and use Greene King for new entries) - Olde Trip (reduced from 4.8%)Exceptional1
Shepherd Neame - Bishops FingerExcellent1
Dark Star - HopheadExcellent1
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterExcellent3
Otter - AmberExcellent1
Shepherd Neame - SpitfireExcellent2
Nelson - Friggin in the RigginAcceptable1
Shepherd Neame - Whitstable Bay Organic AleNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Whitstable Bay Premium AleNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Kent's BestNot Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's BitterNot Tried0
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Not Tried0
Nelson - Powder MonkeyNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Yew Tree, Sandling, Kent

Visits Details

04 May 2014 (Tobes)
Popped in for Sunday lunch, once again impressed with the ale line up. The landlady informed me the ale is selling so well a 5th pump should soon be installed.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hardys & Hansons (see now and use Greene King for new entries) - Olde Trip (reduced from 4.8%)4.30ExceptionalReally enjoyed this.
Otter - Amber4.00Excellent
Nelson - Friggin in the Riggin4.70Acceptable
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
09 Mar 2014 (Tobes)
Came in for lunch with the family, very busy & some great ale on offer! Hopefully it continues like this after recently re-opening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Excellent
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Not Tried
Nelson - Powder Monkey4.40Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's Bitter3.70Not Tried
25 Feb 2014 (Tobes)
Heard this place was back open after being shut for some time. It is now open as a free house and has had some much needed renovation. It has four hand pumps and a fifth being installed. Popped my head in to have a quick look & I will be back soon to sample the wares.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Nelson - Friggin in the Riggin4.70Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's Bitter3.70Not Tried
31 Jul 2012 (Alenomore)
15:15 visit. Back again to check it out. Sadly, due to lack of custom, Shep's are pulling the plug on this old pub. No Real Ales for some time now and most of the stock is being run down. Future uncertain according to the managers son. The Guinness was still on though, so not all bad!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not TriedN/A.
Shepherd Neame - Bishops Finger5.00Not TriedN/A.
24 Jun 2012 (Alenomore)
Now downhill, all the way back to Town on the bike. Heaven? Stopped here, my first time, and, disappointed to find no ales on at all and no customers either for this 1900 visit? Had a pint of Stout and a bag of C&O for £4.50? Because they normally sell the excellant Bishops Finger, I shall need to review this place again.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Bishops Finger5.00Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Kent's Best4.10Not Tried
03 Feb 2012 (Pedro)
Evening
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Excellent
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Excellent
27 Jul 2011 (Pedro)
Evening
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Bishops Finger5.00Excellent£3-60/pint
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Whitstable Bay Premium Ale4.10Not Tried
12 Oct 2010 (Pedro)
Evening
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Excellent
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Excellent
12 Aug 2010 (Pedro)
Evening
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Excellent£2-90 pint
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried£3-50 pint
Shepherd Neame - Whitstable Bay Organic Ale4.50Not Tried£3-50 pint
24 Jul 2010 (Pedro)
Afternoon visit to Sandling Summer Fayre
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Summer Sizzler4.00ExceptionalRemarkably good beer from Sheps!
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried

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About The Yew Tree

The pub sign. The Yew Tree, Sandling, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent9
Good-
Acceptable1
Poor-

The pub is found in Sandling, Kent, ME14 3DB.

The Yew Tree, named after the large Yew thriving in front of the building, is a quiet country inn dating back to the early 18th century and is situated just outside Maidstone in Grange Lane Sandling, conveniently close to the M20 and A299. Previously a Shepherd Neame house seemingly changed owners in 2013.

We have visited this pub 11 times, seen 15 different beers and tried 9 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME14 3DB