Every Wednesday night, the sound of live blues fills the Malt Shovel Tavern. Bands come from near and far as we try to find the best to entertain you. Gigs start at 8.45pm and admission is free.
Eat, drink & be merry!
We eat well at The Malt Shovel Tavern. We don't have a regular evening menu, it's true, but twice a month we have special foodie nights to delight your taste buds. Our Curry Club is perfect if you like things spicy, while our Good Grub evenings aim to put a twist on popular favourites.
For the love of sport!
Ok, so we're not a sports bar, but we do love our sport, especially our local and national teams. You'll find the big occasions on our big screen, so watch the calendar, get a group of mates together and ask about our Sports Party Packages!
Test your general and trivia knowledge at The Malt Shovel Tavern. We run two quizzes a month on the first and third Thursday at 8pm. Maximum team size is 8 players and entry is £1 per player. There are cash prizes for the winners.
Sam started playing back in in the early ’70s on a kit that belonged to his brother. Back in those days, playing the drums was his form of “anger management” – but out of that came discipline, creativity and obviously some musical talent!
Sam’s long career covers live gigs, festivals, drum workshops, theatre work, radio and TV sessions, both in the UK and overseas. He has been voted into Blues In Britain magazine Gallery of the Greats, as a five-times winner of the ‘UK Drummer of the Year’ award. In 2014 Sam was awarded first place in the “Drummer” category for Blues Matters Writer’s Poll and runner-up in the British Blues Awards 2016. Combining his years of experience and his reputation within the UK blues fraternity, Sam is a highly accessible, sought after drummer.
The Steve Summers Band play blues drenched rock music with a tasty mix of blues classics and original compositions. Steve has been a renowned session guitarist and band leader, whose jazz-tinged approach sets him apart from the pack. He has been described as ‘not one to hold back when it’s time to wail’. Skinsman Bob Pearce is a renowned blues/jazz and country boy with powerful references including Jerry Hogan and Albert Lee’s Hogan’s Heroes. It’s all held together by the mighty Trevor Brooks on bass
The Robin Bibi Band is one of the most entertaining bands on the Southeast England Blues/Rock circuit. They have released seven albums since 1997 and will soon be working on number eight. Their mission is to entertain , uplift and inspire and keep creating their own personal sound and being… with no compromise!
Giles Hedley and The Aviators are a funky, danceable roots-blues quartet steeped in Delta and early Chicago blues. Earthy slide, lead and steel guitars, a unique harmonica style, a passionate, Wolf-style voice, adventurous bass and drums right up front in the mix create the unmistakeable Aviators sound – quite unlike other British blues bands.
With Giles singing and adding slide guitars and harmonica, amazing French blues discovery Christophe Pélissié on lead guitar, Sam Kelly of Blues in Britain’s Hall of Fame on drums, and jazz musician, writer and producer Richard Sadler on upright and guitar basses, dazzling rhythmic interplay is a key feature.