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The Star, Ashford - pub details

Address: East Hill, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8PA [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 9052) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Ashford International (0.4 miles), Wye (3.6 miles)

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> Current user rating: 4.8/10 (rated by 6 users)
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Good location, this place could be great....trying to think of more positive points, however the people running it don't provide a very good atmosphere and can be very odd if you're not one of their mates. Speaking of which, unless they have a band on it only seems to be a few of their mates that use the pub, on the whole I tried it a few times because it's a good location for after work but I'll pass from now on. I don't agree with the commenter that said the toilets are nice for what it's worth.
Dandyman - 10 Feb 2016 18:29
I've been there to watch bands play, and they have good bands on. It's just a shame that you can't actually see them as there's a great big chimney
breast in the way.
Located right by the river and the park you'd think they'd capitalise on the location for the tourist/family trade. They don't seem to.
And they have three hand pumps with rarely more than one ale on. It's a firm favourite of several of my drinking mates, but I can take or leave the place. As has been said before, it needs to decide what sort of pub it wants to be.

MankyBadger - 20 Jul 2008 12:22
Basically it has Carlsberg on tap (which I like) a jukebox with some good tunes on it and a pool table. Normally quiet, except when they have live bands or Liquid is open when it gets busier with punters waiting to go to the club.

It still doesn't know what it wants to be- see last comment from 2006. I think the people running it want it to be a jack-of-all-trades, but sadly it really is master of none.

6 out of 10.
anonymous - 1 Dec 2007 15:55
As I had the arduous task of finding a venue where a group of railway commuters from various parts of Kent could meet up for a pint and a natter, Ashford seemed pretty central. The pub had to be within 10 minutes walk of the station, and serve ale.

So here I am at pub #2.

Patient: "Sometimes I feel like a wig-wam, and sometimes I feel like a tee-pee"
Doctor: "Ah yes, I see the problem - you're two tents.

The Star has the same problem insofar as it doesn't know whether it wants to be a Pub, a nightclub, a venue for bands or Elmo Putney's wine bar.
A traditional appearance from the outside, you open the door into what is basically an open plan building with tall stools and tables down the side, with more traditional pub-style furniture at the back, and at the very back, two comfy looking sofas.
The bar is halfway down the right hand wall, brightly lit, with a vast array of gaudily coloured liquids pumped full of E numbers, and all the other paraphernalia associated with a cocktail bar. I can imagine the scene on a Saturday night:-

Barstaff: "Yes sir, what'll it bee then, please?"
Bazza: "I'll have the Metal Mickey, Gazza'll have the Brazilian Garage, and I don't know what Shazza's drinking, but it looks like a glass of phlegm with a tree in the top!"

Nestling between the fonts dispensing Pfizer's finest chemical brews, there are three beer engines. Charlie Wells' ubiquitous "Bombardier" ( 4.3% ), Jocks & Geordies' "Theakstons Coopers Butt" ( 4.3% ) and Adnam's "Explorer" ( 4.3% ). The couple who own it are pleasant enough, and I ordered a pint of Adnams. It seems they do not sell a great deal of real ale ( certainly not when I visited ) as the landlady pulled off two pints before offering me the third. Not enough pulled through, so I handed it back. She was more than happy to replace it. Nice citrus tang to it.

So there you have it - a pub with an identity crisis. "Whirr, whirr, whirr" - Yep - it's Lizzienrobs parents spinning in their graves! Forget the pilgrimage, and continue to reflect on the past through those rose-tinted specs.

As I only drink ale, I can only give it 4/10, down to nice clean toilets!
5thearlofwimbourne - 30 Mar 2006 13:39
Can't rate this pub as I haven't been there for about 40 years! My parents were the landlords in the late '60s, when it was converted from the local doss house into a "real" pub. Would love to hear how it's getting on these days. In my day there was a pig farm at the bottom of the tiny car park and the flour mill was still a going concern! And I remember catching minnows and sticklebacks in the stream at the bottom of the car park.

I hope to make a nostalgic pilgimage later this summer!


Lizzienrob - 29 Jan 2006 20:32

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