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The Stag (formerly The Sun) (Stonegate Pub Co)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood2
Kent - Session PaleGood1
Mad Cat - Crispin AleAcceptable1
Mad Cat - Emotional BlackmailPoor1
Mad Cat - Mild DisobedienceExcellent1
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Über BrewExcellent1
Rockin Robin - Reckless RobinExcellent1
Rockin Robin - Reliant RobinGood2
Sharp's - Doom BarGood1
Adnams - LighthouseNot Tried0
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Wells Bombardier (now superseded by 4.1% version)Not Tried0
Mad Cat - Golden IPA (previously Meaney's Golden India Pale Ale)Not Tried0
Wickwar - BOBNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Stag (formerly The Sun), Maidstone, Kent

Visits Details

20 Jun 2021 (ChrisE)
Late afternoon a Sunday. A comfortable and relaxing place to enjoy a pint.
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Über Brew3.80Excellent
Rockin Robin - Reliant Robin3.70Not TriedI believe Rockin Robin beers are being brewed by Old Dairy at the moment.
17 Feb 2020 (ChrisE)
Monday afternoon, we sat by the window and watched the rain come down.
Kent - Session Pale3.70Good
Rockin Robin - Reliant Robin3.70Good
19 Dec 2019 (ChrisE)
We just popped in for a quick pint whilst waiting for a bus to Bearsted. A good atmosphere in here this afternoon. I have not listed all the beers that were on offer.
Rockin Robin - Reliant Robin3.70Good
12 Jan 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon we had time for a swifty though wish I hadn't.
Mad Cat - Emotional Blackmail4.50PoorFlat, peppery with a vile bitter dark chocolate kick that made me shudder. No condition at all just about forced it down as I was thirsty.
Adnams - Lighthouse3.40Not Tried
07 Feb 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon and quiet, my first visit since it was The Sun. We stood at the bar for a couple of minutes while the barman fiddled with the till then decided to find somewhere else.
Wickwar - BOB4.00Not Tried
16 Sep 2016 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit and a few coming in after work.
Rockin Robin - Reckless Robin4.50ExcellentServed by gravity dispense from a cask behind the bar with a cooling jacket. Excellent value at £2.60 per pint in this Enterprise Inns pub.
Mad Cat - Crispin Ale4.00AcceptableGood value at £2.30 per pint.
24 Aug 2016 (ChrisE)
I was put off by an A board advertising real ales from £1.99 per pint but changed my mind when I noticed the other side advertising a Meet the Brewer evening with Mad Cat and it was tonight. I was about an hour too early for the start of the proceedings but enjoyed my pint in relative peace and quiet.
Mad Cat - Mild Disobedience4.00ExcellentIn excellent condition as you would expect for Meet the Brewer Evening.
Mad Cat - Golden IPA (previously Meaney's Golden India Pale Ale)4.20Not Tried
Mad Cat - Crispin Ale4.00Not Tried
19 Dec 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Bit of a refuge from Maidstone's frenetic festive streets. Brief visit for a half.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableExpensive at £4.20 pp. Had the taste of a too fresh pint in a brewery sample room
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not TriedA sticker over a Greene King IPA clip
02 Feb 2013 (Pedro)
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Good
30 Nov 2011 (Pedro)
Popped in as strike rally was formed near-by
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Wells Bombardier (now superseded by 4.1% version)4.30Not Tried

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About The Stag (formerly The Sun)

The pub sign. The Stag (formerly The Sun), Maidstone, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



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

In Middle Row, an historic pub in the town centre which has had several names in recent years and returned to the original title of The Sun after various other existences. May be entered from either the High Street or via Bank Street to the room at the rear. When reopened again in May 2016 was re-named The Stag. 3 handpumps. Operated by Rockin' Robin since August 2019 but Stonegate now looking for new tenants.

We have visited this pub 15 times, seen 15 different beers and tried 12 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME14 1TG