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Rifle Volunteers (Goacher's)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Goacher's - Real Mild AleExcellent7
Goacher's - Fine Light AleExcellent7
Goacher's - Crown Imperial StoutExcellent3
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Excellent2
Goacher's - Gold StarNot Tried0
Goacher's - Silver StarNot Tried0
Picture 1. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent
Picture 2. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent
Picture 3. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

11 Oct 2018 (ChrisE)
Evening visit, a good crowd in tonight. I was impressed to see Goacher's branded pint glasses with pint to line. There were four ales on pump but I did not make a note of what the fourth one was.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
07 May 2018 (ChrisE)
About 5pm and I had travelled on the last bus of the day from Sittingbourne to Maidstone, this pub does not normally open until 5pm on a Monday but I was pleased to notice that it was open as I was about to walk past. It was good to see Polly the landlady back home after a recent illness, a good atmosphere in here today. I was told that they intend to open all day on Bank Holiday Mondays in the future.
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
30 Apr 2018 (ChrisE)
For me, no visit to Maidstone is complete without a visit to the Rifle, I arrived at opening time with just time for one pint before heading off to the railway station.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
20 Apr 2018 (ChrisE)
Friday lunchtime and very busy indeed.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Not Tried
Goacher's - Silver Star4.20Not Tried
24 Mar 2018 (ChrisE)
Saturday evening, planned engineering works on the railway meant that I stayed for thirty minutes longer than originally intended.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
22 Mar 2018 (ChrisE)
Two visits today, first one at evening opening and later for last knockings after going out for a meal. Some of the people that were in the pub at opening time were still there at 11pm.
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
03 Mar 2018 (ChrisE)
Saturday evening from opening time, my first visit since the new tenants took over and I am pleased to say that nothing has changed.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
12 Jan 2018 (Magnus Greel)
1630 arrival for our Friday Evening Group's venue for January, our group soon joined by later arrivals we took over half the pub. Our hosts Matt & Gina kindly opened early for us as a request from ChrisE.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70ExceptionalWasn't tempted by owt else so stuck with this for the duration, faultless as always here.
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
01 Nov 2017 (ChrisE)
Wednesday evening and busy. People were still discussing the recent article in the Times about Ramsgate Spoons.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Excellent
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Not Tried
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Not Tried
31 Oct 2017 (ChrisE)
Tuesday, soon after evening opening, it was reported to me that I had been seen on a number 71 bus earlier in the day and that people wondered what I was up to, I had to admit that I had ventured in to the Pippin. Most of the conversation involved slagging off a certain food critic for the Times newspaper. I have never heard so much support for Spoons as there has been since that article. Matt and Gina will be leaving the pub in March 2018 after three years at the Rifle, I wish them luck for the future.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Not TriedNot quite ready, but should be on tomorrow. The Dark should be available until the Gold Star returns.
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not TriedNot available, and all casks returned to the brewery, I was told that there appears to have been a problem with the latest batch and many pubs in the area have had to send it back.

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About the Rifle Volunteers

The pub sign. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional260
Excellent522
Good97
Acceptable20
Poor6

Website.

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

One of two Goacher's tied pubs. Decor 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.

We have visited this pub 551 times, seen 10 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: ME14 1EU