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The County Hotel (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Whitstable - Oyster StoutExcellent1
Shepherd Neame - Coronado West Coast Session IPAExcellent1
Nottingham - LegendExcellent1
Wantsum - Black PigExcellent1
Hopdaemon - IncubusGood1
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidGood1
Shepherd Neame - Bishops FingerGood1
Wantsum - Ravening WolfGood1
West Berkshire - Maharaja IPAAcceptable1
Old Dairy - Red TopAcceptable1
Skinner's - Betty Stogs BitterNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Blue TopNot Tried0
Wantsum - 1381Not Tried0
Westerham - Viceroy India Pale AleNot Tried0
Wantsum - OverlordNot Tried0
Wantsum - Montgomery (was SS Richard Montgomery)Not Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Wantsum - Red RaddleNot Tried0
Ringwood - FortyninerNot Tried0
Wantsum - ImperiumNot Tried0
Picture 1. The County Hotel, Ashford, Kent

Visits Details

24 Sep 2020 (ChrisE)
I came here because I was curious to see how 'Spoons managed the table service only law. Two girls who tried to enter at about the same time as me were turned away and told to buy some face masks and I wondered whether they would be allowed access to a shop to buy face coverings. Customers such as myself who did not wish to use the App were directed to the small area to the right hand side of the pub for table service. Service was good and I had no trouble paying part in cash and part with a CAMRA voucher.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80Acceptable
16 Sep 2020 (ChrisE)
Wednesday afternoon. I read Nick Antonia's article in Wetherspoon News and supped my pint. COVID controls have been good here since reopening but are much enhanced now with no-one allowed through the front door until they have completed the essential paperwork.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90GoodSweeter than I remember it. Reassuring that I can taste it in the present circumstances.
Wantsum - 13813.80Not Tried
12 Sep 2020 (ChrisE)
Not many pubs in this town meet my interpretation of COVID secure. This is a good one and reasonably busy. I was not able to buy a pint until I had completed the necessary paperwork.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Bishops Finger5.00GoodAt £1.99 per pint (£1.49 with voucher) Magnus would have loved this.
Old Dairy - Blue Top4.80Not TriedOrdered but it ran out.
29 Aug 2020 (ChrisE)
Saturday afternoon. My list of COVID safe pubs in this town is getting progressively smaller but precautions are good here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Whitstable - Oyster Stout4.50ExcellentThis is superb and most pumps seem to be adorned with this clip.
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
01 Aug 2020 (ChrisE)
I had been to the Made Inn earlier where Steve (the guv) told me that he had been here a couple of times recently and that they were taking COVID-19 precautions seriously and this was one of the safer pubs in the area to visit. A very nice atmosphere in here, I had to ask for a top up but this was given in good grace, I sat at a table and read the current edition of Wetherspoon News. The Manager's special food offerings looked very tempting but I had started preparing my dinner before I went out so I decided to stick with the beer. I did not note all the beers that were on offer but there was a good selection from local breweries.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Good
11 Mar 2020 (ChrisE)
Late afternoon and reassuringly busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Black Pig4.80ExcellentA delicious dark beer.
Ringwood - Fortyniner4.90Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Wantsum - Imperium4.00Not Tried
29 Jan 2020 (ChrisE)
Early afternoon and much busier than other pubs that I had passed esrlier.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Nottingham - Legend4.00ExcellentA well kept pint.
Wantsum - Red Raddle5.00Not Tried
25 Jul 2019 (Jack William)
Start of my annual pub crawl with my daughter. Just after noon - not too busy, cool inside. Just noted One of the two banks of pumps.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Coronado West Coast Session IPA5.00ExcellentA very nicely crafted IPA in top condition. Not sure who goes on a “session” with 5.0% ales though (oh that’s right - everyone at the Dover Winter beer festival).
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
17 Mar 2019 (ChrisE)
Disappointing visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
West Berkshire - Maharaja IPA5.10AcceptableLast one out from two pumps to get a pint. More mud but tasted O.K.
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80Not Tried
Wantsum - Montgomery (was SS Richard Montgomery)4.00Not TriedA pint of mud. Returned and exchanged.
05 Feb 2019 (ChrisE)
Early afternoon visit and fairly busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70Good
Westerham - Viceroy India Pale Ale5.00Not Tried
Wantsum - Overlord6.00Not Tried

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About The County Hotel

The pub sign. The County Hotel, Ashford, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional18
Excellent113
Good168
Acceptable162
Poor27

Website.

The pub is found in Ashford, Kent, TN24 8TD.

Typical Wetherspoon's drinking hall. Just about the only place where you can get a decent pint of real ale in Ashford. Marston's Bitter and Pedigree, Greene King Abbot Ale and Shepherd Neame Spitfire. Also 1-4 guest beers. Leffe, Hoegaarden and Staropramen on draught added recently. Guest beers are normally the best bet. 2 banks each of 4 handpumps on the higher level bar and 6 handpumps on the lower level.

We have visited this pub 313 times, seen 440 different beers and tried 352 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN24 8TD