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And Wetherspoons don't have music - and have other rules that us customers must adhere to, if we want to frequent them!
wealdman - 13 Mar 2017 08:17
We were asked to leave because we had dogs. The dogs were outside at all times. Quiet and not interfering with anyone else. Not happy about that. Why? Surely policy would say dogs are ok if they are quiet and do not enter the pub? Jobsworths!
FrankDS - 12 Mar 2017 22:11
Fairly typical Wetherspoons, with the upstairs bar better for families/food/seaview.
margate1 - 11 Aug 2015 10:38
Pleasant pub, where many spend the entire day drinking and dreaming - and usually sitting in the same seats, beside numbered tables. A social club for some unsociable types.

A sub-£20 budget will generate 10 pints of beer in a day; like all Wetherspoons, there is no music/juke boxes and the atmosphere is relatively quiet. Particularly, at the 8am opening.

By now, I know some of the illustrious resident faces - a lot of which were watching the 6 Nations rugby there at the weekend. Although, sport is not usually a feature; beer is adequate to good.
marmitemargate - 24 Mar 2015 13:27
An unremarkable Spoon. Rather plain, and with a dead atmosphere.
SilkTork - 16 May 2011 20:39
What a place. Full of diamond geezers and people with few teeth. They should change the name to the DHSS Arms.
Ladhimself - 19 Aug 2010 15:22
Popped in at the end of May,top marks for the name of the place and also for the yummy pint of Whitstable ale quaffed. Shame bout the seriously slow service but mind due it was due to only one girl serving and the usual idiots ordering coffee's! 6.5/10
fat_beer_badger - 9 Jul 2010 18:10
The place has been upgraded, a bigger choice of real ales and less "all day drinkers".
Still I wouldn't visit the place in the evening.
markos - 21 Sep 2009 20:58
Use this place a lot,and it can be really up and down.Last visit they had both bars open,and only one person serving both.We left 20 mins later without a drink.
Other visits have been great,food is ok,prices are good,and drinks very competitive.Don't expect miracles,but do expect value for money.
As for Margate,yes it's a dive,but if you do happen to be here this pub is near the front,and vthe station.
wessex - 3 Aug 2009 18:59
Margate is a horror, like one of those ex-mining towns up north which has lost its reason for existence. The London boroughs house a lot of their "mentally vulnerable" single DSS dependants here, and such holidaymakers and day-trippers as are left are mostly poor white Cockneys who can afford to come down here on their child and invalidity benefits. If you are unfortunate enough to be visiting and have some expectations as regards beer in what passes for the town centre, this is possibly your best bet. Despite being on the beach, they won't serve you if you are "not properly dressed" (footwear and top needed).
salminkarkku - 30 Jul 2009 11:02
Popped in lunch time with friends, both the food (Gourmet Burger) and beer(Marstons Pedigree) were superb. The service was swift and the place was clean and tidy.

Keep up the good work
caskisbest - 13 Apr 2009 19:05
I have visited here on several occasions recently and what an improvement I found from a year or so ago. The place appeared clean and tidy and the beer and range were on top form with beers from the Ramsgate Brewery on offer. The staff were friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. Letís hope it stays this way.

As it has improved I am going to give it 7/10

caskisbest - 21 Feb 2009 18:54
I hate chain pubs but oddly my visit to this one was excellent. Helpful staff, food served quick and good for what it was (basic burger and chilli, much better than my local Weatherspoons), barman was better than waiters in some restaurants. Beer was good. Cheap. But in Margate there is not much competition it has to be said.
ladyday - 19 Jul 2008 17:16
I had the misfortune of having a drink here after missing a train home from Margate one afternoon, and I wished I'd spent a little more money and drank in the hotel next to the station.

I can't even remember what I had to drink as I was preoccupied with the filth of the place. They hadn't banned smoking at this point so ash trays were over-flowing causing ash and cigarette ends to fall all over the tables and floors, and I didn't dare put my pint down for fear of the air conditioning (or fire doors being open causing a draft) to blow anything into my glass.

I'll give this place a 2/10 overall. The barmaid who served me was friendly enough and even though I forget what I had to drink I don't remember thinking to myself that it was bad. The whole place was quiet too, which made me glad I wasn't there when one of the infamous Margate youth groups kicked off.
Pete84 - 28 Mar 2008 23:46
No change in the last six months,then. I went in Saturday morning for a pint and breakfast as I was on my way to help out at the beer festival. Filthy tables as usual littered with dirty ashtrays, plates and glasses.

My pint of Stout was eventually served but the service was pitifully slow - only two behind the ramp and one of those was also bustling around with food orders. I actually felt sorry for the poor wretches. Breakfast was virtually inedible, but I thought the two lost souls condemned to Margate's equivalent of purgatory, were suffering enough without me adding to their woes. The stout was very good, although because of the obscene amounts of ale quaffed over the course of the weekend, I cannot recall "marque et modele". I received a full pint, amazingly enough.

The usual selection of scrotes, scallies, pikeys, chavs, Thanet inbreds and ne'er-do-wells were much in evidence. I had the cheapskate contingent sitting next to me moaning about the fact that one of them went to the beer festival, to be asked for an admission fee of £3.00 including commemorative glass and programme, and that beer was £2.50 a pint. What the semi-literate did not mention was that there were 200 ales ALL in the finest of condition going up to a bollock-twisting 10.5% ABV!!

The best thing that can happen is that this carbuncle is either sold to a local entrpreneur with the initials J.G., with predictable results for those who know of the said individual, or alternatively, lock the place shut with the inmates inside, and set about it with the wrecking-ball!

1/10 - for feeling pity for the poor sods that were working there!
5thearlofwimbourne - 11 Apr 2007 16:03
A slightly below average Wetherspoons. Unfortunately if you're in Margate this is one of the only places you'll be able to find ale, so inevitably I come here if I'm in the area. Quite fun to watch the hordes of drunken louts try to start fights with eachothe. I've only got grief a couple of times, usually chavs taking offence at the fact I have long hair (how dare I, honestly)

They seem to run out of their ales on a regular basis, so although it may look like they have 10 ales on, it's actually more like 5. Which includes Spitfire and Courage Best (You'd have to pay me to drink Courage). So in reality they'll only have 3 ales....
Thebman - 28 Jan 2007 19:13
The usual mid-afernoon dross sitting outside and inside. Once you'd gotten past them and to the bar, you encounter the one solitary person whose badge claims that she is a supervisor. There were only two others and I at the bar, and she couldn't work out who was next to be served.

I was served a reasonable pint of Hopdaemon "Incubus", and took my place at one of the few vacant ( and dirty, glass bedecked ) tables.

The toilets were spotless. I returned to my pint just in time to see a reasonably well turned out inebriate swerve in to the bar area, survey the back-bar area whilst gently swaying in the non-existent breeze, and swerve back out.

Back up to 1/10 for entertainment value only. Hey-ho, onward to Yates's

5thearlofwimbourne - 5 Sep 2006 10:59
It just gets worse!!

A report in the local paper of a local ne'er-do-well who was going to belt someone with a stool, was restrained by staff, dropped the stool, struggled free, grabbed a glass and and threw it at the manageress' head. It hit her in the face causing an injury to her cheek requiring stitches.

I was generous in giving it 1/10 previously. Now it's a big fat zero!
5thearlofwimbourne - 10 Aug 2006 12:48
I totally agree with you, "Sharpe". The best thing to happen to this cesspit would be for it to be sold to Jimmy Godden - and we Thanetians ( and Folkestonians ) all know what has a tendency to happen when JG gets his paws on something, don't we?

Could be worse though - it could be Another Bleedin' Thorley Tavern!
5thearlofwimbourne - 19 May 2006 13:26
I remember that blond manager! stroppy cow, told 2 of my friends to leave the empty pub as they had no id on them - they are and look 30 and were drinking orange juice served by the barmaid.

How i hate this place.
sharpe - 18 May 2006 13:21
i suppose you can only expect so much from this place, considering what else is around it.

Can i just say though, THANK GOD someone FINALLY took them bloody keys off that blonde manager! Anyone would think she was a jailer the way she storms up and down that place jangling!

Pub manager - well, it goes to show why the pub is so rubbish when you look at him!

I don't think he really cares about where he works, does the man have no pride or self respect!?

Where is Billy!?
He was the best.

One nice comment seen as it's the new year, the refirbishment looks quite nice
anonymous - 3 Jan 2006 20:36
I am not sure what planet the previous reviews are on! OK there have been a couple of dodgy nights, but as a regular visitor I've found the food passable, (want 5 star - go and pay for it!) and the beer in the main is well kept. ANY Weatherspoons play down the fruit machines and god-awful music. Better than a certain Station pub down the road that caters for a rougher element!
FatMan - 7 Oct 2005 14:49
this place was awful...the staff were so unwelcoming- needing i.d from all of us just to eat, even though there were children in there??! 4 people complained about the food in there, and that was in the space of 45 mins, and the staff didn't seem to care, and were plain rude.
anonymous - 29 Aug 2005 18:59
Friends visited this place Monday evening. They informed the waitress that they had just been served the second worst meal they'd ever had. They then told her that the worst meal ever was six months earlier IN THE SAME PLACE!

"Sharpe" - I'm in total agreement with you.
5thearlofwimbourne - 10 Aug 2005 10:15
My God but its got worse.

If Pikies were water this place would of been flooded by now
sharpe - 20 May 2005 14:21
This place may as well be on the moon for the amount of atmosphere it has! It's best feature is the door - on the way out. Go to the Spread Eagle - you'll not get the "pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap" prices, but at least you'll get a decent pint in pleasant surroundings
5thearlofwimbourne - 9 Feb 2005 15:25
Desperately unfriendly staff and clientele to match. Drink cheap but so is misery. Actually its not that bad but why would you go there when you have Yates's round the corner?
sharpe - 26 Jan 2005 16:33

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