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Market House (formerly Earls) (Shepherd Neame)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Shepherd Neame - CrossfireExcellent1
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterExcellent6
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English) (use Banks's entry now please)Good1
Shepherd Neame - Bella Birra (collaboration with Mezzo Passo)Good1
Shepherd Neame - Late RedPoor1
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale Not Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)Not Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire Gold (or Spitfire Golden Ale)Not Tried0
Picture 1. Market House (formerly Earls), Maidstone, Kent

Visits Details

15 Oct 2020 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit. As table service was in operation I did not make a note of all the beers available but I think there were three Shepherd Neame beers on. Friendly service and a top up given with good grace.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70ExcellentVery good indeed.
22 Sep 2020 (ChrisE)
I came here hoping to be able to get some Late Red but it was not one of the three beers on offer here so I settled for Master Brew. This is another pub that has been doing table service only since reopening and is as COVID safe as possible.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70ExcellentVery good Master Brew, this was a fresh cask and occasionally we had to ask our waitress to take the glass back and get it filled to the brim. Topped up with good grace.
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)4.20Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale 3.90Not Tried
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

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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-
Excellent11
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 26 times, seen 11 different beers and tried 8 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME14 1PS