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The Pilot (Harvey's Brewery)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Harvey's - Christmas AleExceptional2
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent5
Harvey's - PorterExcellent1
Harvey's - IPAExcellent1
Harvey's - Armada AleExcellent3
Harvey's - OlympiaExcellent1
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Excellent6
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)Good5
Harvey's - Star of EastbourneAcceptable1
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - Bonfire BoyNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Pilot, Maidstone, Kent

Visits Details

07 Dec 2013 (ChrisE)
Late afternoon and quiet when we arrived but fairly busy by the time we left. The landlord who has been here for the last few years has gone to a larger Harvey's house and the place is currently being run by a holding manager.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Good
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Acceptable
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Bonfire Boy5.80Not Tried
25 Oct 2013 (oz11)
Swift afternoon half
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Star of Eastbourne5.50Acceptable
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
22 Sep 2013 (Alenomore)
19:15 visit. Another first visit this year and now hooked up with our two pals from Oop' North. They were suitably impressed with this place and enjoyed all the Harvey's range with vigour, as these ales are rare visitors to the North-West.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Olympia4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
10 Aug 2013 (Tobes)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Olympia4.30Excellent
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown Ale4.80Not Tried
30 Mar 2013 (ChrisE)
Saturday afternoon, and a good trade. It is always good to such a good range of Harvey's beers on the bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentIn superb condition.
Harvey's - Porter4.80Excellent
Harvey's - IPA3.50ExcellentI really enjoyed this, a good tasty session beer.
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00GoodA most enjoyable beer to start with.
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
31 Jan 2013 (Pedro)
Evening - Camra meeting and 3 new members turned up! Armada not available
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30ExcellentStayed on this one!
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
31 Dec 2012 (Alenomore)
21:00 visit. At £5 a head, this was my choice of venue to see the 2012/13 new year in. A decent live band and a hot buffet on offer for the fair crowd that turned out, including our newest local brewer, Rockin Robin. A good three hours spent here to say farewell to 2012, albeit slightly disappointing, as not many I knew had turned up! Roll on 2013...
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentFresh as it comes.
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00ExcellentTop condition.
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50ExcellentVery refreshing.
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30ExcellentDown with Old Ale and in with the New Year!
28 Dec 2012 (Alenomore)
21:15 post-work visit (some of us have to!). A few locals in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentSpot on. Went off and replaced hastily.
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Excellent
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Excellent
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30ExcellentHeaven in a glass. A proper Harvey's tankard in fact?
Harvey's - Christmas Ale8.10Not TriedAlas, not to be, as it came to an end earlier this evening!
26 Dec 2012 (Alenomore)
20:30 visit. A few locals in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Christmas Ale8.10ExceptionalAgain, very nice.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentMy friend, normally a keg drinker, had this tonite, and liked it very much.
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30ExcellentA truly nice ale. Stayed on this one.
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
15 Dec 2012 (Alenomore)
20:45 visit. Sanctuary at last? Proper Real Ale, in plentiful supply, and good service! Quite crowded tonite with a party group in, plus our LocAle brewer, Rockin Robin in too. We sat towards the rear and stayed until past mid-night...
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Christmas Ale8.10ExceptionalOne of Harvey's best. A true winter warmer. Two halves I bought went well with the two malts my friend bought..
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00ExcellentAs ever, in top condition.
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50ExcellentSpot on.
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30ExcellentHeaven in a glass tonite...
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried

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About The Pilot

The pub sign. The Pilot, Maidstone, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional23
Excellent115
Good29
Acceptable15
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6EU.

Two room pub on busy main road. Lots of old beams and comfy sofas. Re-opened on 18th October 2018 after an extended period of closure when its future seemed very uncertain. Now has one "free of tie" handpump in addition to the Harvey's range ones.

We have visited this pub 76 times, seen 28 different beers and tried 24 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME15 6EU