Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - DAYS OUT -


many pubs are there within a mile of your lo­cal town cen­tre? In Maid­stone, there are more than 20, and six years ago a ded­i­cated band of pub­go­ers hit on a con­test to judge them all - and are still keep­ing to their cause to­day. The Worth a Butch­ers pub com­pe­ti­tion sees them travel around every pub within a mile of the cen­tre of Maid­stone, and judge them based on real ale, friend­li­ness of staff, fa­cil­i­ties, price, and at­mos­phere.

This year’s win­ner with 404 points was The Ri­fle Vol­un­teer in Wy­att Street.

Win­ners of sub­cat­e­gories were: the Flower Pot in San­dling Road for its Real Ale and Ye Olde Thirsty Pig in Knightrider Street for its at­mos­phere.

Value for Money win­ner was also the Ri­fle Vol­un­teer and for the friend­li­ness of staff, the Style and Winch in Union Street with the Dra­goon in San­dling Road for its fa­cil­i­ties. Highly Com­mended were the Style and Winch and the Duke of Marl­bor­ough in Union Street. Steve Adam­son from the or­gan­is­ers said: “The Ri­fle Vol­un­teer has run very close to win­ning in the past few years, and it’s fan­tas­tic to see their name on the tro­phy this year.

“With a smaller pub the land­lady and land­lord make a huge dif­fer­ence and the work Polly [Fether­ston-haugh] and Alex [Reader] have done since tak­ing it over has clearly paid off as the pub is loved by its lo­cals. A wellde­served win­ner.”

The team judged a to­tal of 23 pubs, which are all sit­u­ated within a mile of the town cen­tre. They in­cluded town cen­tre ones in­clud­ing the Brench­ley and the Stag and ones on the out­skirts, in­clud­ing Drakes Cork and Cast­house in Fairmeadow and the Queen Anne in Queen Anne Road. N To find out the full re­sults and how your favourite pub fared, visit worthabutch­

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