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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 BitterExcellent9
Shepherd Neame - CracklewickExcellent2
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber 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

03 Jan 2022 (Magnus Greel)
Much needed refuel stop we opted for the small plates menu (choose 5 of a possible 8) and it was very good. Not too busy however we opted for the upstairs lounge which was quiet and comfy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Cracklewick4.80ExcellentFar too fruity for me but in spot on condition.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale 3.90Not Tried
03 Jan 2022 (ChrisE)
This was not originally on our list of places to visit but we needed something to eat. Spoons had no guest ales, the decent restaurants in the area were all closed so this seemed a good idea, and it was. Staff were welcoming, beers were good and we managed to get a room to ourselves to enjoy the food. I have not listed all the beers that were available but there was a fair selection from the Shepherd Neame range.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Cracklewick4.80Excellent
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Good
25 Nov 2021 (ChrisE)
We came here for a beer and something to eat. Very busy this afternoon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70ExcellentSome of the best Sheps that I have had for some time.
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale 3.90Not Tried
20 May 2021 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit, very good service from friendly and attentive staff.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70ExcellentIn very good condition.
31 Oct 2020 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon and my first visit for many years, attentive and efficient staff made for a pleasant and I would say relaxed stay however were were perched on stools at a table with a loudspeaker prominent which made conversation hard work.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Excellent
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)4.20Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale 3.90Not Tried
31 Oct 2020 (ChrisE)
Saturday afternoon and fairly busy. Service was excellent.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Excellent
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)4.20Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - The Faversham Steam Brewery - Whitstable Bay Pale Ale 3.90Not Tried
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

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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-
Excellent17
Good13
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 32 times, seen 12 different beers and tried 9 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME14 1PS