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Market House (formerly Earls) (Shepherd Neame)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterExcellent4
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English) (use Banks's entry now please)Excellent2
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer (was Hobgoblin)Excellent2
Shepherd Neame - CrossfireExcellent1
Shepherd Neame - Bella Birra (collaboration with Mezzo Passo)Good1
Shepherd Neame - Late RedPoor1
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)Not Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire Gold (or Spitfire Golden Ale)Not Tried0
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale Not Tried0
Picture 1. Market House (formerly Earls), Maidstone, Kent

Visits Details

28 Jul 2020 (ChrisE)
Two visits here today, one at lunchtime when I sat at a table by the window, and the second whilst waiting for a bus from the bottom of the road, this time we were directed to a table upstairs to comply with Covid rules which are strictly applied here. Table service so I did not make a note of all the beers that were on offer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70ExcellentVery good Master Brew, worthy of making a second visit here today.
14 Jul 2020 (ChrisE)
I think this place is much nicer with the Covid restrictions, the awful trestle tables and benches have been replaced with nice drinking booth areas. A very nice atmosphere in here today with table service. I did not approach the bar so have not listed all the beers on offer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Excellent
17 Feb 2020 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit, we used the restaurant area for a meal.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Crossfire4.20Excellent
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)4.20Not Tried
19 Dec 2019 (ChrisE)
Thusday afternoon and fairly busy. Chocolates were available on the bar, a nice touch for this time of year.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Good
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)4.20Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale 3.90Not Tried
18 Jun 2019 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit and much busier than I expected. A nice friendly atmosphere in here today and I was tempted to stay for another pint but decided to move on and stick to my original plan.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Bella Birra (collaboration with Mezzo Passo)4.20GoodIn very good condition, this beer is described as having hints of red berry, citrus and sweet malt. I am not sure that I got any of that but a most enjoyable and interesting pint anyway.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)4.20Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale 3.90Not Tried
30 Apr 2018 (ChrisE)
Newly reopened after a major refurbishment and reverting to its original name. Sheps seem to have done a good job here and the place seemed to be attracting new custom.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70ExcellentVery good, I had three of these.
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)4.20Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale 3.90Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire Gold (or Spitfire Golden Ale)4.10Not Tried
31 Oct 2017 (ChrisE)
My first visit here since Shepherd Neame bought the pub, I have never really liked the place so I had hoped there may have been a few changes, sadly not, at least so far. Just a few in on a Tuesday afternoon, most of the customers in Halloween outfits.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Late Red4.50PoorFar too cold for my liking.
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale 3.90Not Tried
28 Jul 2013 (Pedro)
Evening to see All Day Falling play....
BeerABVScoreNotes
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English) (use Banks's entry now please)4.10Good
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
17 Nov 2012 (Alenomore)
23:00 visit. We came here for more live music, speedy service and better company. All three were good. The rock band stopped at 12:30 but this place stays busy and opens until 2am, which suited us tonite...And after nine days of "activity", including five on Merseyside, I shall have a rest and prepare to get back to work?
BeerABVScoreNotes
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer (was Hobgoblin)4.50ExcellentIn good nick.
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English) (use Banks's entry now please)4.10ExcellentAs good as it gets.
17 Oct 2012 (Pedro)
Evening
BeerABVScoreNotes
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer (was Hobgoblin)4.50Good
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English) (use Banks's entry now please)4.10Not Tried

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About the Market House (formerly Earls)

The pub sign. Market House (formerly Earls), Maidstone, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent9
Good12
Acceptable6
Poor1

Website.

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

In Earl Street, a town centre pub with sporty theme and large screen TVs. Limited real ale range. Purchased from Enterprise Inns by Shepherd Neame in June 2016. Ran as Earls for many years but re-opened in April 2018, after extensive interior changes, with its original name Market House again.

We have visited this pub 24 times, seen 11 different beers and tried 8 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME14 1PS