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The Swan (Shepherd Neame)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Shepherd Neame - Kent's BestGood2
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterGood4
Shepherd Neame - Rudolph's Reward (No. 18 Yard Brewhouse)Good2
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale Not Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Early BirdNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Swan, Maidstone, Kent

Visits Details

13 Sep 2017 (ChrisE)
Evening until 23:00 hours and very quiet as the darts team were playing away and apart from us there was only one other customer in the pub which begs the question Why do they need football on the television with sound turned up and music being played at the same time?
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70ExcellentIn very good condition.
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale 3.90Not Tried
12 Mar 2017 (ChrisE)
Sunday afternoon, just one other customer when I arrived and three more by the time I left. I had a good chat with the girl behind the bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Good
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale 3.90Not Tried
31 Dec 2016 (Jason)
Mid evening, friendly welcome with a group already halfway merry and a couple of others at the bar. Usual exciting beer range in a Shep's pub....
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Rudolph's Reward (No. 18 Yard Brewhouse)3.70GoodNot as exciting as I was expecting.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
31 Dec 2016 (ChrisE)
A quick visit to see how things are going now the pub has reopened, a good atmosphere in here tonight and a small buffet laid out on a table.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Rudolph's Reward (No. 18 Yard Brewhouse)3.70GoodVery good condition but so much like Master Brew with a few spices added.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
06 Apr 2015 (ChrisE)
Recently refurbished by the brewery, flagstone floors and the lack of soft furnishings make the acoustics in here cause everybody's conversations to be rather loud and echo off the walls. Most of the nice little nick-nacks that gave this place a homely feel have gone. I understand that the brewery are advertising for tenants to run this pub and currently have a manager in place.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Good
Shepherd Neame - Early Bird4.30Not Tried
22 Jan 2015 (ChrisE)
The last day for some time. Jocky the barman was originally going to manage this place until new tenants were found, but now it is going to close for refurbishment. The pub is expected to re-open in March 2015.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Good
Shepherd Neame - Kent's Best4.10Good
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale 3.90Not Tried
12 Jan 2015 (ChrisE)
A fairly quiet Monday afternoon. Only one beer on today.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Kent's Best4.10Good
23 Nov 2014 (Alenomore)
Last knockings for us three that had just got back from Dartford. Usual followers in on what was a very wet day/evening across the County.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
22 Nov 2014 (Alenomore)
Evening 'session' to see a covers guitarist called James, who was pretty good too. A long term friend of Jacqui, who was on duty tonight, and a fair crowd in and all enjoyed the music.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
21 Nov 2014 (Alenomore)
Evening call, usual crowd in with Jock on duty. Arrangements made with the chaps.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried

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About The Swan

The pub sign. The Swan, Maidstone, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional47
Excellent296
Good43
Acceptable7
Poor2

Website.

The pub is found in Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1UY.

In County Road The Swan is a small, 'corner-of-the-street local'. Despite being Shepherd Neame tied does hold occasional small beer festivals of other brewers' wares. Refurbished in early 2015.

We have visited this pub 275 times, seen 63 different beers and tried 57 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME14 1UY