Post by barney on Nov 19, 2016 9:58:59 GMT
Welcome to the Gallagher Stadium.
All matches 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 now bolted to the front of the terrace. There is usually only a bar available for larger groups of visiting 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.
The Swan. Closed by Shepherd Neame.
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.
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.
If arriving at Maidstone West station (change at Strood from St Pancras, London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross):
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 (change at Strood from St Pancras, London Bridge, Waterloo East and Charing Cross):
Maidstone Snooker Club. £2.50 drinks before and after matches.
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. CAMRA pub of the year.
The Eagle. Recently refurbished, small corner pub.
Some of Maidstone's larger drinking barns.
Bar 6. Sports bar with no real ales.
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.
The Pilot. Recently reopened Harvey's pub serving real ales.
Lashings. Open all night. Sports bar and restaurant with all-stars cricket team.
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 scene.
The Herbalist. Pub restaurant recently opened in Pudding Lane.
The Stag. Just taken over by Rockin Robin brewery. Expect a good food offering.
4 Degrees bar. In the Royal Star Arcade. Craft beers and ciders with pub food. Football fans welcome.
Lesser known town centre venues.
Working Men's Club.
Off the beaten track, if coming by road.
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.