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The Flower Pot (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Oakham - AttilaExceptional1
Maidstone - EightExcellent1
Southwark - Courage SE1 Session IPA (collaboration with Charles Wells)Excellent1
Maidstone - MBC-14Excellent1
Gloucester - Dockside DarkExcellent1
Oakham - CitraExcellent2
Dark Star - Hophead MosaicExcellent1
Green Jack - Lurcher StoutExcellent1
McCanns (used to use Angels and Demons name as well) - Hockley SoulExcellent1
Burning Sky - PorterExcellent1
Oakham - Green Devil IPAExcellent1
East London (ELB) - Pale AleExcellent1
Brew By Numbers - 11 Session IPA MosaicExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Excellent1
Brighton Bier - Heydaze PaleExcellent1
Fyne - JarlExcellent2
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Excellent1
Musket - Matchlock MildExcellent1
Oakham - The NaviGood1
Goacher's - Gold StarGood1
Oakham - Dr. PhobiaGood1
Grainstore - Red KiteGood1
Brass Castle - Fruit Lupe (Centennial & Clementine)Good1
Tiny Rebel - JuicyAcceptable1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - GenesisAcceptable1
Burning Sky - AriseNot Tried0
Oakham - Shot in the DarkNot Tried0
Hepworth - SaxonNot Tried0
Blackjack - Snake HuntNot Tried0
Quantock - RaleheadNot Tried0
Hop Back - Winter LightningNot Tried0
Mobberley - Hedge HopperNot Tried0
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Quercus FoliumNot Tried0
Musket - TriggerNot Tried0
Kent - Session PaleNot Tried0
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Northern HemisphereNot Tried0
Blackjack - Play Your Cards Rye'tNot Tried0
Mobberley - 1924Not Tried0
Maidstone - First LightNot Tried0
Musket - Ball PullerNot Tried0
Skinner's - Betty Stogs BitterNot Tried0
Northern Whisper - BeltieNot Tried0
Dark Star - SunburstNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - JoderunnerNot Tried0
Dark Star - RevelationNot Tried0
St Austell - TrelawnyNot Tried0
Romney Marsh - Marsh MellowNot Tried0
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Golden WobblerNot Tried0
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Not Tried0
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Guinea GuzzlerNot Tried0
Brains - The Rev James OriginalNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Flower Pot, Maidstone, Kent

Visits Details

15 Jul 2022 (Magnus Greel)
Quiet upon our arrival just after lunchtime yet gradually filled up until we left early evening. Great proper pub atmosphere made for an enjoyable stay.
Fyne - Jarl3.80ExcellentWaves of fruity citrus flavours and a clean finish.
McCanns (used to use Angels and Demons name as well) - Hockley Soul4.20ExcellentBeefy oxo combined with hints of dry bitter coffee for this complex fare.
Brew By Numbers - 11 Session IPA Mosaic3.80ExcellentMosaic subtle grapefruitiness punch with a hoppy kick
Oakham - Citra4.20GoodHad just come on so needed time to settle
Brass Castle - Fruit Lupe (Centennial & Clementine)4.80GoodOver sweet grassy more resinous than fruity
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
18 Jun 2019 (ChrisE)
Tuesday afternoon and fairly quiet. I was feeling a bit peckish so I enjoyed a quarter of one of the free sandwiches that were available on the bar.
Gloucester - Dockside Dark5.20Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
St Austell - Trelawny3.80Not Tried
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Golden Wobbler4.10Not Tried
Dartford Wobbler (re-named from Millis) - Guinea Guzzler3.70Not Tried
17 May 2018 (Archie14)
In Maidstone and ended my visit in here. Nice to see Alan (my predecessor) the ex landlord of The Rifle Volunteers and also a couple of very familiar faces who I got to know very well over the last few years!
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Excellent
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80ExcellentExcellent condition and wonderfully morish.
Tiny Rebel - Juicy4.80AcceptableLacking condition and not to my taste at all...
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Maidstone - Eight4.50Not Tried
Musket - Ball Puller4.00Not Tried
Northern Whisper - Beltie4.80Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Joderunner4.00Not Tried
25 Jan 2018 (Dosser)
Popped in for a couple at the winter beer festival. Great atmosphere.
Oakham - Attila7.50ExceptionalQuality beer
Oakham - Green Devil IPA6.00ExcellentFull of hops
08 Jun 2017 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit and a good crowd in.
Musket - Matchlock Mild3.80Excellent
Southwark - Courage SE1 Session IPA (collaboration with Charles Wells)4.00Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Mobberley - Hedge Hopper4.00Not Tried
Musket - Trigger3.60Not Tried
Maidstone - Eight4.50Not Tried
Maidstone - First Light3.90Not Tried
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Northern Hemisphere4.80Not Tried
Mobberley - 19244.00Not Tried
21 Apr 2017 (Dosser)
First visit for ages. 9 beers on and local POTY again.
Brighton Bier - Heydaze Pale4.00ExcellentVery hoppy
Oakham - Dr. Phobia5.20Good
07 Feb 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Late afternoon and as busy as expected. Friendly welcome and, as expected, a good range of beers on.
Dark Star - Hophead Mosaic3.80ExcellentLighter version of Hophead brewed with Mosaic hops.
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Not Tried
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Brains - The Rev James Original4.50Not Tried
Burning Sky - Arise4.40Not Tried
Burning Sky - Porter4.80Not Tried
Maidstone - Eight4.50Not Tried
Oakham - Shot in the Dark4.10Not Tried
Hepworth - Saxon4.00Not Tried
Blackjack - Snake Hunt4.40Not Tried
Quantock - Ralehead3.90Not Tried
15 Oct 2016 (Nick Willis)
My 1st visit here before a Maidstone United game. What a wonderful pub. Also craft keg and real cider available.
Green Jack - Lurcher Stout4.80ExcellentThey had a handwritten pump clip saying Archer Stout
East London (ELB) - Pale Ale4.00Excellent
Maidstone - Eight4.50Excellent
Maidstone - MBC-143.90Excellent
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Good
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Genesis3.50Acceptable
Skinner's - Betty Stogs Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Sunburst4.80Not TriedJust gone on as we left.
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not TriedRan out
Maidstone - First Light3.90Not Tried
Romney Marsh - Marsh Mellow3.60Not Tried
19 Feb 2016 (Dosser)
Quick evening visit. Only 5 beers on instead of usual 9
Fyne - Jarl3.80Excellent
Oakham - The Navi5.50GoodA brown beer with so many hops doesnt work for me.
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Maidstone - Eight4.50Not Tried
23 Jan 2016 (ChrisE)
Early Saturday afternoon, MUFC were playing away at Weston-Super-Mare today so the usual Maidstone United supporters were notably absent.
Oakham - Citra4.20Excellent
Burning Sky - Porter4.80Excellent
Grainstore - Red Kite3.80Good
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Hop Back - Winter Lightning5.50Not Tried
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Quercus Folium4.00Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Blackjack - Play Your Cards Rye't4.90Not Tried
Maidstone - First Light3.90Not Tried

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About The Flower Pot

The pub sign. The Flower Pot, Maidstone, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Maidstone, Kent, ME14 2RJ.

Excellent non tied pub in Sandling Road, run by Dave and Julie serving 9 real ales from local and far flung breweries. Regular live music nights and food on offer everyday. Always at least one local ale on offer. Real fire and computer. Maidstone and Mid Kent CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2017. Also voted West Kent Pub of the Year, 2010, 2011 and 2017. Voted Kent Pub of the Year, 2010, 2011 and 2017. 9 handpumps are all located on the upper level bar counter. The current cask ales range and prices are always listed on an overhead computer screen too.

We have visited this pub 1259 times, seen 1529 different beers and tried 1165 of them.

Map location

Postcode: ME14 2RJ