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Memphis Bar (formerly The Oranges) (Freehouse)

We believe this pub is CLOSED

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterGood2
Shepherd Neame - Late RedGood4
Shepherd Neame - Early BirdGood1
Shepherd Neame - Whitstable Bay Premium AleAcceptable1
Picture 1. Memphis Bar (formerly The Oranges), Ashford, Kent

Visits Details

05 Jan 2013 (ChrisE)
This pub is now closed and boarded up.
12 Sep 2012 (ChrisE)
The existing tenants are planning to leave by the end of the year, and the pub has been put up for sale. I got the impression that the For Sale sign has been bad for business as I was the only customer.
Shepherd Neame - Whitstable Bay Premium Ale4.10Acceptable
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
14 Apr 2012 (ChrisE)
Fairly quiet, but I was surprised to see that every customer was a member of Camra, including one former National Executive member. We sat and read the lists of ingredients on some bottled beers that one of them had just purchased from a local supermarket - well all I can say is that I won't be buying any.
Shepherd Neame - Early Bird4.30Good
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
27 Apr 2010 (ChrisE)
A quiet Tuesday afternoon. I sat and enjoyed my pint until the other customer shattered the peace by playing loud rock music on the juke box.
Shepherd Neame - Late Red4.50Good
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
24 Mar 2010 (ChrisE)
Early afternoon, a few customers at the bar. The music was being played a bit too loudly for my liking. I had time for a quick pint and a half before catching the bus to The Pheasant.
Shepherd Neame - Late Red4.50GoodA well kept pint.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
18 Mar 2010 (Ian)
I sat at the bar as the only one in and listened to the jukebox on random. Pleasant enough pub and very pleasant greeting from the staff. Homemade Cornish Pastie for £3.50.
Shepherd Neame - Late Red4.50GoodReminds me of the amber beer to an extent. Still lovely hop but reminds me of something Danish, I think, but can't remember. Something like Mikkeller but don't know which. Good though and had 2 very enjoyable pints this evening. Decent price in centre of town too.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
24 Oct 2009 (Ian)
3 people in, but the jukebox is good and it was mid afternoon on a Saturday when people had better things to do than be in a pub.
Shepherd Neame - Late Red4.50AcceptableSome turkish delight fruit but just a little thin in the mouth.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
30 Jul 2008 (Ian)
New landlords arrived not too many weeks ago. The place has had a bit of a face lift both inside and outside, but essentially it is the same pub. Jam sessions on Sundays from 4pm for musicians.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70AcceptableI was a little sceptical with this as when I ordered it, the barman disappeared out the back. But the pint was fine. Drinkable bitter that slipped down easily on a hot and humid evening. Friendly barman too.
06 Jul 2007 (Ian)
I got a call from my next door neighbour that a jazz singer was playing here and did I want to go. So I hurried back from Folkestone, got changed and we went out about 9pm. The singer/piano player was brilliant and the pub fell silent for each song. Another good place now there is no smoking.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70GoodIt did actually have some decent hop on the finish and I would have been happy to drink this all night.
12 Nov 2006 (Ian)
Popped in for a pint hoping Late Red would be on. Imagine my disappointment when NEITHER the Late Red nor the Master Brew were on (both pump clips turned round). So I had a bottle of the 1698 Shepherd Neame strong ale. Nice enough, but not what I wanted.

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About the Memphis Bar (formerly The Oranges)

The pub sign. Memphis Bar (formerly The Oranges), Ashford, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Ashford, Kent, TN23 1LN.

Formerly known as Elephant & Castle then The Oranges this Apsley Street corner pub was run by Shepherd Neame until it closed and re-opened as an Elvis themed bar with chinese restaurant. No real ale.

We have visited this pub 14 times, seen 5 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: TN23 1LN