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Rifle Volunteers (Goacher's)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Excellent1
Goacher's - Real Mild AleExcellent2
Goacher's - Real Mild AleExcellent7
Goacher's - Green HopExcellent2
Goacher's - Crown Imperial StoutExcellent4
Goacher's - Fine Light AleExcellent8
Goacher's - 1066 Old AleExcellent2
Goacher's - Gold StarNot Tried0
Picture 1. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent
Picture 2. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent
Picture 3. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

01 Apr 2022 (ChrisE)
A busy Friday afternoon.
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
11 Feb 2022 (ChrisE)
Very busy for most of the afternoon. A good friendly crowd of people.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40ExcellentNot just excellent, but good value at £3 per pint.
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
28 Dec 2021 (ChrisE)
Very busy Tuesday afternoon, full of MUFC fans having a few beers before the 3pm kick off for the match against Welling. We stayed for an extra hour and a bit before catching a bus to Ashford. I reminisced about one of my recent visits when MUFC were playing MUFC (Maidstone United v Maidenhead United).
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70ExcellentOn gravity dispense.
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
23 Dec 2021 (ChrisE)
Thursday afternoon with a good crowd of regular customers. It was a pleasant surprise to see the 1066 Old Ale on the bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40ExcellentIn top condition and good value at £3 per pint.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Goacher's - 1066 Old Ale6.70ExcellentOn gravity dispense.
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
25 Nov 2021 (ChrisE)
A busy Thursday afternoon. It was good to see one of the regulars returning after being hospitalised with COVID 19.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
07 Oct 2021 (ChrisE)
As good as ever.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Green Hop3.90Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
01 Oct 2021 (ChrisE)
Friday afternoon and very busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40ExcellentGood to the end of the cask, this ran out.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Green Hop3.90Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
17 Sep 2021 (ChrisE)
A most enjoyable visit, I sat and the bar and listened to some humerous conversation.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40ExcellentSo good that I had a second one.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
09 Sep 2021 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit, I sat with a friend and chatted for a couple of hours. Busy with regulars and some new faces.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10ExcellentIn top notch condition.
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
12 Aug 2021 (ChrisE)
Mid-day visit and quiet, I had a good chat with Alex.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried

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About the Rifle Volunteers

The pub sign. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional264
Excellent597
Good106
Acceptable20
Poor6

Website.

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

In Wyatt Street, one of three Goacher's tied pubs. Décor 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. Secluded rear garden. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2016, CAMRA West Kent Pub of the Year 2016, CAMRA Kent Pub of the Year 2016.

We have visited this pub 589 times, seen 11 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: ME14 1EU