Have been here just for a drink and more recently for a meal. Let me start by saying it is one of the best and most relaxing locations for a drink. It is situated right by Allington Lock and is just lovely, particularly during the spring and summer months.
You can enjoy pub grub if you want something casual and can eat inside or outside by the water. If you prefer something a little more formal, go upstairs for a meal - you won't be disappointed. It is one of the Beefeater chain, but the service is great and the food was prepared nicely and was fresh and hot. All in all it was great and we will be returning.
While this is a fairly average pub with standard pub grub on the menu, the drink selection is good and the best thing about it is its fantastic location on the river banks. There are lots of picnic tables lines along the river under the weeping willow trees, which makes this a fantastic afternoon or evening destination. When I have visited a friend living in Maidstone, twice we have enjoyed great walks down the river to the Malta Inn.
Well its a Beefeater . Am of opinion that Beefeater food is generally above the standard of the other family restaurants excluding Vintage Inns but this one I think is a bit morr special due to location and general standard of the layout and building .
The Malta Inn is set in a lovely location by the river in large premises offering both a restaurant and bar.
Service at the restaurant regarding getting a table is quite quick during the week but at weekends this time goes up drastically as more people flock in for meals. Your best choice is to book before hand to avoid the typical half hour wait.
The menu is actually quite limited with the menu mainly dominated by the beef options so not too good if you're a vegeterian. Other then beef you get a few choices of chicken breast, sausage and mash and other pub fare as well as lamb and fish. Deserts range from ice cream to warmer deserts such as apple pie. During busy times service to your table is slow.
The bar itself is quite well manned and you will get your drink quickly unless the bar is really busy. There's a wide selection of drinks from spirits to soft drinks.
If it's a nice night you can also choose to sit out by the river and enjoy yourself in style.
This place is really only to be recommended for its location. The food is bland/cook chill beefeater type fare and nothing special at average to high prices, which is a shame because in the 70s and 80s this was the place to eat. i remember going here as a child with my parents on high days and holy days for a treat. In the summer its lovely to sit and drink a beer and watch the world go by I also remember a boyfriend taking me canoeing here and me losing the canoe into the lock - and boyfriend a couple of days later!!!
Good for what it is. If you want a Beefeater in nice surroundings, then this is the one to go to.
Nice place to go and sit by the river with a beer, wine or a coffee. Very good food but parking can be a problem as it gets very busy. Nice walks from here as well as river trips to Maidstone
Good family pub, very spacious with a Beefeater menu, lots of parking and a riverside setting. It hasn't got much to offer anyone else but if you want somewhere to take the kids on a Sunday afternoon while you and the wife have a drink then this is ideal. Gets very busy during times when riverside weekend drinking is at its most appealing. Also offers a fiendishly difficult pub quiz.
Lovely Christmas meal there for a couple of years running. Friendly service in the restaurant with a decently priced menu and good variety. The bar is cheap and the outside beer garden is just lovely on a summer's evening. I would definitely recommend!
Excellent place to eat with partner, with family or friends, lots of nooks and crannies to be seated with lots of people or away from people. Staff and usually excellent and you can even get the boat there and back from Maidstone Town Centre, or even walk. perfect setting
Good pub. I find the bar area always busy especially in summer. The only let down I think is that now they have had a refurb they don't have a great deal of bar food and you have to go upto the resturant to eat. Service is ok - can't say much for the owners wife - rude and lacking in customer service.
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