Post by Bernie on Nov 19, 2016 9:58:59 GMT
Welcome to the Gallagher Stadium.
All games are segregated. Away fans are in the third of the big terrace nearest the seated Main Stand. Away capacity is up to 600 covered standing, with two disabled spaces and 30 seats bolted to the front of the terrace for elderly and infirm fans. No access to Spitfire Lounge.
Pubs near the stadium and Maidstone East station (direct trains from London Victoria).
The Society Rooms. The good 'spoons in town. Gets quite busy.
The Flower Pot. Small, well respected real ale pub with light snacks.
Hare and Hounds. Ghost Ship and Doom Bar available. In the shadow of Maidstone prison.
Also near the ground, but not recommended so often.
Nellie Gerkins. Irish themed pub with attached restaurant and nightclub.
The Brickmakers Arms. Backstreet freehouse a few minutes from the ground.
The Dragoon. Unmodernised Shepherd Neame local; Use it while you can.
The White Rabbit. Now a steakhouse and not welcoming to fans wanting a drink.
Town centre proper pub tour:
Old House at Home. Traditional pub, refurbished by Craft Union, so very cheap beer.
The Market House. Formerly Earls, now reopen after refurbishment.
Druids Arms. Uninteresting Greene King pub with food.
The Royal Albion. Interesting old building surrounded by ugly modern carbuncles.
The Stag. Refurbished by Rockin Robin brewery.
If arriving at Maidstone West station (from London, changing at Paddock Wood):
The Cellars. Popular micropub, built under a former brewery.
The Feathers. Sports bar and grill within modern nightclub and cinema complex.
Drakes. Down the hill and across the river. Popular with students.
If arriving at Maidstone Barracks station (from London, changing at Strood):
Maidstone Snooker Club. Snooker and pool tables galore.
Or walk over footbridge to pubs near ground (see above).
Union Street Pub Circular.
Duke of Marlborough.
The Style & Winch. Nice local pub.
The Rifle Volunteers. Incomparable and unique Goachers pub. CAMRA pub of the year several times.
The Eagle. Recently refurbished, small corner pub.
Some of Maidstone's larger drinking barns.
The Brenchley. Some interesting architectural features from when it was a bank.
Muggleton Inn. The gloomier of the two 'spoons in town.
Ashes Sports Bar. Lager pub. Useful for a Premier League match before the real football.
If arriving on the wrong side of town.
Lashings. Ownership changing after sale.
Ye Olde Thirsty Pig. Quirky old building, loads of real ales and ciders.
The Fishermans Arms. Freehouse with a range of craft beers.
Recent additions to Maidstone's pub and cafe bar scene.
Rainbow Skull. Cafe bar serving vegan food.
Craft Brewed. Cafe bar opening soon next door to Ashes.
The Herbalist. Pub restaurant recently opened in Pudding Lane.
Lesser known town centre venues.
Working Men's Club.
Off the beaten track, if coming by road.
The Little Gem. Beautiful Goachers ale house in Aylesford, rescued from dereliction.
The Robin Hood. ME5 9RJ. Off junction 3 of the M2.
The Lower Bell. ME20 7EF. Halfway down A229, Bluebell Hill.
The Yew Tree, Sandling. ME14 3DB. Off junction 6 of the M20.