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The Pilot (Harvey's Brewery)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Elgood's - Black Dog MildExcellent1
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Excellent2
Harvey's - OlympiaExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood4
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)Good2
Harvey's - Southdown Harvest AleGood1
Harvey's - Forward's Choice Good1
Harvey's - Armada AleGood2
Harvey's - IPAAcceptable1
Cotleigh - OspreyAcceptable1
Harvey's - Star of EastbourneAcceptable1
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - Bonfire BoyNot Tried0
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Fat BatNot Tried0
Harvey's - Tom PaineNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Pilot, Maidstone, Kent

Visits Details

31 Oct 2018 (ChrisE)
It was really good to see this pub reopened after a period of being run down and closed. It is open all day and we found the place warm, welcoming and comfortable. We were informed that this is still a Harvey's house but they now have one free of tie pump. There were lots of vinly LPs on sale for £2.50 but nothing that I particularly wanted to purchase.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableThis was not on sale when we arrived, but we enquired and it was put on sale. In my opinion it was not quite ready but then I was probably partly to blame for asking for it.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's Ale3.90Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
26 Sep 2015 (Tobes)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Excellent
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Good
Harvey's - Southdown Harvest Ale5.00Good
Harvey's - Forward's Choice 3.50Good
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
11 Jul 2015 (Tobes)
Decided to visit some of Maidstone's historical pubs, this was our first stop. One of our group was refused a taster but got a description!?
BeerABVScoreNotes
Elgood's - Black Dog Mild3.60Excellent
Harvey's - IPA3.50AcceptableNot really an IPA, tasted like it had been hanging around for a while.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Tom Paine5.50Not Tried
28 Jun 2015 (ChrisE)
Sunday evening and busy. A quiz took place later on but we did not have time to stay for that.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Good
Cotleigh - Osprey5.00Acceptable
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Fat Bat4.50Not Tried
03 Apr 2015 (Dosser)
Fair number in
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50GoodMuch better than I expected after disappointing pints in the past here
12 Apr 2014 (Archie14)
Quite evening session.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableAn ok pint but lacking condition and a bit warm, quite sweet too.
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
07 Dec 2013 (ChrisE)
Late afternoon and quiet when we arrived but fairly busy by the time we left. The landlord who has been here for the last few years has gone to a larger Harvey's house and the place is currently being run by a holding manager.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Good
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Acceptable
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Bonfire Boy5.80Not Tried
25 Oct 2013 (oz11)
Swift afternoon half
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Star of Eastbourne5.50Acceptable
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
22 Sep 2013 (Alenomore)
19:15 visit. Another first visit this year and now hooked up with our two pals from Oop' North. They were suitably impressed with this place and enjoyed all the Harvey's range with vigour, as these ales are rare visitors to the North-West.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Olympia4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
10 Aug 2013 (Tobes)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Olympia4.30Excellent
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown Ale4.80Not Tried

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About The Pilot

The pub sign. The Pilot, Maidstone, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional23
Excellent115
Good25
Acceptable14
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6EU.

Two room pub on busy main road. Lots of old beams and comfy sofas. Re-opened in October 2018 after an extended period of closure when its future seemed very uncertain. Now has one "free of tie" handpump in addition to the Harvey's range ones.

We have visited this pub 72 times, seen 25 different beers and tried 23 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME15 6EU