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Conningbrook Hotel (Shepherd Neame)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Shepherd Neame - Late RedGood1
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterGood4
Shepherd Neame - SpitfireNot Tried0
Picture 1. Conningbrook Hotel, Ashford, Kent

Visits Details

24 Oct 2010 (Ian)
As the Golden Ball was still shut, I came here for a pint. Well I say a pint, but it was well below the pint level. Quite busy for a Sunday with lots of people enjoying the carvery.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Late Red4.50GoodBetter than I've had it over the past few months, lovely rich fruits.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
19 Nov 2006 (Ian)
Sunday lunchtime and the carvery I thought was excellent. Really nice tender meat carved in front of you and of course, you can have as much as you want. Also there is an oldish guy playing a good range of music on a keyboard, rather than the usual musak. The pub itself is ok, but as it was winter you couldn't sit in the garden, which I like.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70GoodYep, this had all the usual characteristics, Sheps yeast aroma, some nice full caramel malt and some pretty nice tight hop. Fine session bitter.
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
02 Jul 2006 (Ian)
My second stop on my Shepherd Neame pub tour of Kennington (Rose Inn was the third one). There was a carvery going on for Sunday lunchtime and it looked good. There was an old bloke playing a tinny organ banging out lounge music. So I ventured out into the garden, only to find speakers pumping out music too. Oh dear. I sat by the fountain hoping that the water would drown out the music.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70AcceptableOnly half a mile from the Golden Ball, but this lacks the malty depth of the first pint I had down the road. Decent caramel on aroma, some hop. Thinner in mouth. Faint hop on end. Drinkable, but the Golden Ball pint beats this easily. Hops are still good though towards the end of the pint
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
02 Jan 2006 (Ian)
First pub visit of 2006 for me. I quite like this. Bit corporate, but an hotel bar is as good a place as any for some anonymity and a quiet table to read a book.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70AcceptableNot quite as fragrant and hoppy as it can be. Some yeast, some caramel and some flowery hop. I had two pints without really noticing
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
14 Jul 2005 (Ian)
Spent the last 2 evenings trying to find a pint of Goldings in Sheps pubs, but failed. However, it did mean that I could try this pub out for the first time since it moved from Fullers to Sheps. Lots of wood in evidence in the refurbishment and the bar/restaurant opens out onto the patio and terrace which is pleasant in the warm weather. Arrived early evening with the tail ends of a wedding reception on the patio. Service was fast and efficient and the beer actually tasted quite nice!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70GoodAmber brown beer. Sheps yeast and floral hops on nose, some caramel in mouth with yeasty tangy hop and acid finish. For the first time in my beer drinking life, I can actually say that I like this beer. Good for a session
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried

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About the Conningbrook Hotel

The pub sign. Conningbrook Hotel, Ashford, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent5
Good7
Acceptable4
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Ashford, Kent, TN24 9QR.

Formerly the Spearpoint Hotel on the Canterbury Road heading north out of Ashford. Lots of wood is in evidence in this corporate refurbishment with the bar also serving the hotel restaurant. 5 handpumps with the usual mix of Shepherd Neame regular and seasonal beers.

We have visited this pub 15 times, seen 6 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: TN24 9QR