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The Riverside Inn (Star Pubs & Bars (Heineken UK))

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent2
Thwaites - Wainwright (please now use the Banks's entry)Good1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideAcceptable7
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Rocking Rudolph (now use 4.2% entry)Undrinkable1
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Wells Bombardier (now superseded by 4.1% version)Not Tried0
Greene King - Morland Old Golden HenNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Riverside Inn, Ashford, Kent

Visits Details

12 Apr 2021 (ChrisE)
Opening time visit for lunch. We sat in a heated marquee and enjoyed a couple of pints with our meal.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10ExcellentThe first day of opening for some time so a good time to get beer from a fresh cask.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
31 Oct 2020 (ChrisE)
Evening visit, I sat in what is now the restaurant area and had a quick pint.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Good
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
04 Jul 2020 (ChrisE)
The first pub pint after lockdown. This pub has got things well organised with a marquee and garden area for drinking. Wet sales only at the moment with food available from Wednesday 8 July.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10GoodTable service.
20 Sep 2019 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit and just a couple of Brexiteers drinking lager. I did not stop for long.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Poor
22 May 2018 (ChrisE)
Early evening visit, fairly quiet but a few diners starting to arrive.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Acceptable
Greene King - Morland Old Golden Hen4.10Not Tried
22 Jun 2013 (ChrisE)
Saturday afternoon at about 5pm. Reasonably busy.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Thwaites - Wainwright (please now use the Banks's entry)4.10Good
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Acceptable
18 Feb 2011 (Magnus Greel)
Pub refurbished since last visit and layout altered similar to when it was The Smith's Arms, but looks more like an IKEA showroom than a pub. My previous visit around 5 years ago produced a pint of vinegar, and they didn't disappoint this time! Used to be a cracking back street pub with spot on beers when run by owners who cared..
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10PoorBarmaid offered this as a consolation pint, and charged us the difference from the Rocking Rudolph for the privelige. Drinkable, just, but I won't be rushing back for another.
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Rocking Rudolph (now use 4.2% entry)5.00UndrinkableXmas ale leftover at £2 a pint! Didn't need to taste it to know it was off, replacement offered but no better.
01 Jul 2008 (Ian)
I bumped into Martin at Ashford railway station on the way home and he had no idea that this pub now does Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter as a regular. We went down there and had 2 pints in the garden.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodI really must ask them to take the sparkler off. Bit too creamy and lacks the intensity and bite of some of the better pints of this beer, but I would still happily sit there all evening drinking it.
28 Feb 2008 (Ian)
Thursday early evening. Bustling locals in bar area, no one in eating room except me. Cheap rolls on offer. It's a nice building, was better under candle light. However, it did have Harvey's on, which I haven't seen in Ashford for.......
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentGood Harvey's yeast aroma. some hop. If I'm being really picky, it could be firmer in the mouth, sparkler may be a bit too tight. Finish though is superb, yeasty character and a beautiful hop bite.
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Wells Bombardier (now superseded by 4.1% version)4.30Not Tried

About The Riverside Inn

The pub sign. The Riverside Inn, Ashford, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent2
Good4
Acceptable2
Poor2

Website.

The pub is found in Ashford, Kent, TN23 7TG.

Former Hooden on the Water, and before that the Smiths Arms. Old red brick building on the River Stour in Rugby Gardens, off Torrington Road. Now opposite the designer shopping outlet. Remains a low ceilinged pub with charm, wood floorboards and wooden furniture. Bar has 4 handpulls. Two rooms, the bar and side room for diners. Rear garden for better weather.

We have visited this pub 9 times, seen 7 different beers and tried 4 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN23 7TG