CAMRA name The Flower Pot as one of the 16 best pubs in the country

As it releases the 45th edition of its Good Beer Guide, the Campaign for Real Ale has included The Flower Pot, Maidstone, in the top 16 pubs in the country, as part of its nationwide search for the National Pub of the Year.

Aside from serving beer, many on the list brew their own, host beer festivals, music and community events and boast fantastic interior designs.

The Flower Pot is a split-level street corner free house, a must-visit when in Maidstone. The upper bar has nine handpumps, with the ales coming mainly from microbreweries. Up to four ciders and perries are served directly from the container. The lower bar has a pool table and there are video screens showing the beers and ciders on offer and the prices. The football ground is nearby. There are music nights every other Saturday and jam nights on Tuesdays. A beer festival is held in June.

Congratulations from Ivor Thomas to all the team at The Flower Pot for being recognised for all your hard work – a terrific achievement!