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The Royal Oak (Shepherd Neame)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterGood2
Shepherd Neame - Late RedAcceptable1
Shepherd Neame - Bishops FingerAcceptable1
Picture 1. The Royal Oak, Mersham, Kent
Chris Excell

Visits Details

15 Dec 2009 (ChrisE)
My first visit here for many years, and it is still just as I remember it. A proper village local with three bars, catering for all. I like the small bar in the middle.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Good
Shepherd Neame - Bishops Finger5.00AcceptableWhilst there was nothing particularly wrong with this beer, it did not leave me wanting another one.
06 Oct 2007 (Ian)
In between the magnificent England win in the Rugby World Cup over Australia and France's victory over the All Blacks I did a bit of a tour of some pubs in the Ashford area I haven't been to for a bit. This was a new addition to the 2008 Good Beer Guide so I thought that I would check it out. Late Saturday afternoon and there was a decent mix of locals in. The middle bar seems to be the public bar with the most banter. I had some interest whilst taking photos of the pub from the locals and bar staff. It struck me that they serve the beer as well as possible, so any failing goes with the brewer rather than the pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70AcceptableDrank it sat outside talking to a local of the pub and recovering from my cycle ride, so it went down easily enough. Not a huge hop on the end and not near bitter enough for me either.
Shepherd Neame - Late Red4.50AcceptableI had two pints of this just to make sure. Some sweet malt on aroma. But none of the pleasant deep fruity malts that I associate with this beer.

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About The Royal Oak

The pub sign. The Royal Oak, Mersham, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent7
Good5
Acceptable4
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Mersham, Kent, TN25 6NA.

Village centre pub. Long pub with central bar serving 3 rooms with a restaurant area to the left hand side and a largish beer garden. Low ceilings are hop strewn and the wooden beams give it a cosy feel. Two handpumps serving Master Brew plus an occasional seasonal from Shepherd Neame.

We have visited this pub 12 times, seen 27 different beers and tried 8 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN25 6NA