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Rifle Volunteers (Goacher's)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Goacher's - Real Mild AleExcellent5
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Excellent3
Goacher's - Gold StarExcellent1
Goacher's - Green HopExcellent2
Goacher's - Fine Light AleExcellent7
Goacher's - Real Mild AleExcellent3
Picture 1. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent
Picture 2. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent
Picture 3. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

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
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

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About the Rifle Volunteers

The pub sign. Rifle Volunteers, Maidstone, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional264
Excellent580
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. 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 583 times, seen 11 different beers and tried them all.

Map location

Postcode: ME14 1EU