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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 - 1066 Old AleExcellent1
Goacher's - Real Mild AleExcellent8
Goacher's - Fine Light AleExcellent8
Goacher's - Crown Imperial StoutExcellent5
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

10 May 2019 (ChrisE)
Two visits today, lunchtime until afternoon closing and again in the evening. Very busy on both occasions and a warm welcome from Polly and Alex. Nice to see this good traditional pub doing well.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40ExceptionalPerfect pint.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Excellent
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
04 Jan 2019 (ChrisE)
The Annual Goacher's 1066 Old Ale evening, an event that started in Alan's days and continued since. Two pins on the bar this time and they were expected to go tonight. The pub was busy from 6pm opening time right through to closing, a good crowd of people enjoying good beer and hot pies. A splendid evening.
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 from the bar. A really enjoyable pint.
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
31 Dec 2018 (ChrisE)
New Year's Eve, as I was walking from the railway station to here I noticed that none of the pubs that I passed were much busier than normal, however this one was doing very well. I was informed that I had won a bag of brussels sprouts in the Christmas raffle but advised not to collect them as they had gone manky. A most enjoyable evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40ExceptionalSuperb dark mild and good value for this area at £2.70 per pint.
Goacher's - Crown Imperial Stout4.50Excellent
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70GoodThis seemed a bit sweeter than usual.
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
05 Dec 2018 (ChrisE)
Wednesday evening soon after opening time. I had a good chat with a well known radio D.J.
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
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

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About the Rifle Volunteers

The pub sign. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional262
Excellent531
Good98
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 555 times, seen 10 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: ME14 1EU