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Rifle Volunteers (Goacher's)

We believe this pub is CLOSED

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Goacher's - Real Mild AleExcellent7
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Excellent5
Goacher's - Fine Light AleExcellent8
Goacher's - Real Mild AleExcellent2
Goacher's - Gold StarExcellent1
Goacher's - Crown Imperial StoutNot Tried0
Picture 1. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent
Picture 2. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent
Picture 3. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

20 Jun 2021 (ChrisE)
Sunday afternoon, a group of five us sat in the garden and enjoyed some very good ales. Both the garden and bar areas were busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Excellent
26 May 2021 (ChrisE)
I was on my way home from a day in the Kentish Town area of London and stopped off for a couple of pints and a snack. The garden area was busy when we arrived but we initially had the bar area to ourselves. Excellent beers as usual.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Excellent
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
20 May 2021 (ChrisE)
Thursday afternoon, we managed to get a table in the bar area, by the time we left all tables were occupied and the garden area was busy. I would recommend anyone planning to visit during COVID restrictions to telephone in advance to ensure being able to gain entry to the bar area. Excellent service as usual.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10ExcellentA new cask on, superb.
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
06 May 2021 (ChrisE)
I met a friend here and we sat in the garden with a good crowd of locals at the other tables. Excellent service from Alex.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
16 Apr 2021 (Magnus Greel)
Evening visit and busy with folk of all ages enjoying a civilised beer or 3. Freindly, well organised and a most enjoyable atmosphere to finish off the evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
16 Apr 2021 (ChrisE)
Evening visit, the garden area was full so it was a good job that we had reserved three spaces.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
13 Apr 2021 (ChrisE)
Superb. We sat at a small table which was just about big enough to hold two pint glasses and a couple of cheese rolls and left the larger tables for any family groups that turned up. It was not long before all tables were occupied. Very good service here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
31 Oct 2020 (Magnus Greel)
Late afternoon to mid evening, friendly and welcoming atmosphere as always here, we enjoyed some great quality beer and banter in this unchanged and unspoilt proper pub.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
31 Oct 2020 (ChrisE)
Saturday afternoon and early evening visit, the pub was full to COVID capacity and I think some potential customers had to be turned away. Very well organised and a great atmosphere in here tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40ExceptionalThis was absolutely fantastic, in perfect condition.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
22 Sep 2020 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime until 4.15pm afternoon closing. The bar is open for business but it was a nice day and I think everybody opted for drinking in the pleasant and enclosed garden area at the rear. Good table service here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Excellent
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Good
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried

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About the Rifle Volunteers

The pub sign. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional264
Excellent570
Good106
Acceptable20
Poor6

Website.

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

In Wyatt Street, one of three Goacher's tied pubs. D├ęcor has not been updated for some time, but that adds to the joy of this quiet pub. Light, Mild and Stout on regularly. If you like Goacher's, then come here. Also, if you like a quiet pub with no airs or graces that serves well crafted beers then this is your place. The long standing licensee of nearly 37 years (Alan) left in late February 2015 bringing a phase of the pub to an end. Pub closed for a week then re-opened under new tenants, Matt and Gina who were themselves replaced by Alex and Polly in February 2018. The 3 original handpumps have now become 4. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2016, CAMRA West Kent Pub of the Year 2016, CAMRA Kent Pub of the Year 2016. Currently closed but expected to reopen by 28 July 2021. Family member "pinged" .

We have visited this pub 578 times, seen 10 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: ME14 1EU