DEDICATED PUB CRAWLERS
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 worthabutchers.webs.com