Man of Kent

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Type: Bar, Eatery

4452 State Route 7
Hoosick Falls, New York, 12090-3525
United States

(518) 686-9917 | map

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4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Man, talk about a lazy Sunday. We've been on the road from Burlington now for at least 3 hours and change. We're to meet Rapopoda at Albany Pump Station for lunch but he got a late start heading North from Cooperstown so we've got a little time on our hands, not a lot of time, but a little time, just enough time, to stop, in Hoosick Falls, for a beer...
Vlad & Mary always go on about this place. Hoosick Hoosick Hoosick. I'm not sure about this address numbering scheme out there on Rte 7, I thought we were well out of the range of where it was supposed to be, but then suddenly there it was, a stand alone structure on the side of the road.
On entering, they've got a 12 seat "C" shaped bar to the left, a small greeting area to the right with benches and a coffee table, and 7 tables of various sizes and shapes to the rear. There's also an exterior side garden with 8 tables, some in nooks amidst the flora and trees. It's not a terribly large place, but surely sufficient. A small arch ceiling, flags, shirts & tapestries overhead, framed cricket and horses pictures, stuffed animals, figurines, mugs, bar towels, hats, bric-a-brac, a display of hanging ladles & spoons, and a large wine rack in the corner. There's a TV above the large glass windows to the rear of the room, overlooking a babbling brook down below, with geese, doing whatever the hell it is that geese do.
13 taps across a couple of towers, mostly imports (Abbot Ale, Youngs Special London Ale, Old Speckled Hen, Fullers ESB, Trojan Pale Ale, Belhaven, Whitbread, Weinhenstephan Lager & Hefe, Stella, Smithwicks), a local micro (Brown's Oatmeal Stout), and Michelob Light. Also coolers holding some 70 bottles, imports and micros.
Man of Kent's been here for 20 years now, bartender John, attentative, knowledgeable, chatty, for probably just as long. With lunch less than an hour out, we didn't eat, but they do traditional English pub fare. I think they're pretty much as real a deal as you're going to get if you're looking for a traditional English pub.

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This is one of the coolest Non US-micorbrew beer bars you will ever visit in the US. The owner and Barkeep is from the UK and all the beer on tap is from the UK (with the rare German selection). Taps include Fullers, Bluebird, Einbecker, Whitbread, Youngs and a host of other hard to find English bitters, Pale Ales, etc. Last time I was there, I had a Youngs Old Nick, a Fullers ESB, and an Einbecker Pils, all fresh. The food is all of home made quality and generally of English origin. My favoite has been the Stew. The atmosphere is rather neat, being on the sid of the mountain heading down toward Bennington Vermont on Route 7 from Troy, but before Route 22. This place is a gem and deserves a visit from us all!

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Photo of MTMugs
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is a pretty drive during nice weather from the Albany/Troy area - out route 7 toward Vt. Nice, small, homey pub offering about 12 drafts and lots of bottles! Food is good solid sammiches and fries. Service is excellent! It was packed that night and we were going to just have a few at the bar while waiting for a table but we ended up eating at the bar - John, the owner, was our bartender and quite chatty and attentive - even with the crowd. It's about a half hour drive on a country windy highway so I've only been twice in the past few years - maybe I can get John to open a second one closer to home?

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Photo of Flashy
4.83/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I list the Man of Kent amongst the top drinking establishments I've been to (along with McNeills in Brattleboro, VT; Awful Arthurs in Kill Devils Hills; the Hofbrauhaus, Munchen and The Blind Tiger in NYC). You are treated like family by an owner and staff that give attention to every detail re: food and beer. It is family friendly with a beer garden that could be from England or Germany- populated by a pack of farm animals that keep any kid happy (and let mom and dad eat in peace for once). The MOK's one shortcoming, a plain built in place bar, is being replaced by a 120 year old mahogany masterpiece out of Troy, NY. I can't add anything to the excellent review by sponberg so I won't try.
Stopped by over and over the last few years and have never been let down.
6/20/08: New owners have only tweaked a couple of things that needed tweeking: they improved the hamburger and nachos and now accept credit cards. John (the Man of Kent) is still tending bar during the weekdays. Same great place.

10/18/08: Same old place, John was even sitting at the bar. Great place go visit on a nice Fall day, or Summer night for that matter.

10/27/14: Same old place. Love it, love it, love it!

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Photo of sponberg
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Located on Route 7 between Troy and Bennington VT in Hoosick Falls, a little more than a mile west of the intersection of Routes 7 and 22, 20 miles east of Troy, 9 miles west of Bennington give or take. Look for the blue cottage on the south side of the road in the middle of nowhere, and be prepared to drive past it the first time. Parking available. Closed Tues/Wed, open 11-11 (or so), kitchen closes at 9 (10 on Fridays).

I've never been to England, but this is what I imagine a quintessential English countryside tavern must be like. A very, very welcoming "sit where ye like" atmosphere. Well spaced tables beyond a 12-14 person bar, with an impressive collection of bar towels and sports jerseys adorning the ceiling. Bright and sunny inside (mid-afternoon), very friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff, and the owner (John, who IS from Kent, England) is great, treats visitors like regulars. One TV, muted, vies for attention with the bird feeders outside the window.

Fourteen taps, emphasizing English pale ales and session beers - Bluebird, Old Speckled Hen, GK Abbot, Ruddles... properly served in 20 oz. pints for $4.50. They also have Guinness, Spaten, Stella, and Coors Light to cater to all tastes, and two local brews. Taps rotate in & out on a semiregular basis. 70 bottles, with the emphasis on bottle conditioned English brews and a good selection of Belgians and German to go along with more mainstream offerings. Beer menus are at each table. The owner & waitstaff know the beers well, and actively encourage visitors to try some of the English taps when they're unsure of what they want.

The food is simply delicious - a large number of sandwiches ($5-$8)are based around grilled tomato & cheddar on local Rock Hill bakery bread with turkey (house roasted), roast beef, chicken, mushrooms, etc. in the sandwich as well. The roast beef & grilled onion sandwich is outstanding, as was the grilled turkey on rye with cheddar, tomato, onions, peppers. A crock of Colman's mustard is on each table. The fries are cooked in a convection oven as opposed to deep fried, but are nonetheless very tasty.

Aside: First came here 7 years ago at the end of a pub crawl. The owner, when he heard of what we were doing, said "I love it, that's great!" and popped open a Saison DuPont for us to sample alongside our Old Speckled Hen. I wish this place were closer to home, as it's simply a wonderful place to have a drinking session.

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Man of Kent in Hoosick Falls, NY
Place rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 25 ratings