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Horse and Groom, Ramsgate

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Seen bands here and it was like having a group play in one's living room at home. Outside the music scene it resembled a pub in The Sweeney, not for the clientele, who were okay, but the decor, which struck me as very 1970s. I almost expected Jack Regan to come staggering out and do a quick song and dance with George Carter. Anyway, the beer was okay and staff friendly. Overall I've always found this pub interesting and belonging to that class of increasingly rare old boozers that time has almost forgot. However, in recent weeks it has undergone a major revamp so I have that to look forward to.
Codrotten - 25 Oct 2011 20:19
I have not marked this pub for simple reasons, I am tired from a hard days work. There is a new owner, so it has received a soft makeover - the clientele have always been responsive, chirpy and non-threatening. Sometimes attracts a small number of friendly non-hetero types and has done for some while. The pool room section has always been quite a nice touch with stained diamond glassed windows and an exposed brick wall. Being a Shepherd Neame, I tried the Spitfire, and for a Shep, it was great, not too hoppy like they can be. The music was divided between some classical tones and happy house...in fact, only one of these songs were played......it was an enjoyable evening pint.
sefpacific - 21 May 2011 21:11
Not bad at all, quite a pleasant place and the ale is pretty decent most of the time.
ramsgatecouger - 1 Aug 2009 13:51
Perhaps the marginal exception to the rule concerning drinking in Ramsgate town centre, that you don't go into any pub from which you can't see the sea when outside if you want
1) Real ale,
2) Locals who look as if they once had mothers.
salminkarkku - 27 Jul 2009 10:47
hi, i've been using this pub 4 the last couple of years and it was only by accident. they have some brilliant bands in there on sunday evenings and the ladies behind the bar have a good sense of humour too . the locals r quite amusing also. my mates and i spend most of our summer in there and quite a bit of winter 2. hope to c u there. have fun we do.
northumbrian - 24 Jan 2009 19:36
I worked at this pub in 1975. Of course, that was in the days when I was an impoverished student, before I inherited the vast Wimbourne fortune and the obligatory stately pile.

The pub itself is two or three old buildings that were all knocked through to make one building quite some considerable time ago.

Back then, the former Tomson & Wotton house had a circular open fireplace in the Saloon Bar with a copper canopy over it and underfloor flues drew the heat all over the upstairs accomodation. This has sadly long gone, and has beem replaced by a pool table. A certain amount of internal alteration has taken place over the years, without actually damaging the pub's character.

Whitbread Trophy was the order of the day. There was Trophy "C" and Trophy "D" - one was cask, the other keg. We always had cask, which used to be raised by gas. There was a redundant hand pump that the guv'nor and I renovated, we cleaned everything and hey presto - cask ale through the engine.

It's now a Sheps' pub, and "Mr Blue Sky" is no longer on the jukebox. It's still a cosy, friendly little pub tucked away within yards of the town centre, and they have live music on occasions.

Even though nostalgia isn't what it used to be - it gets 7/10 - and not just for old times' sake.
5thearlofwimbourne - 6 May 2008 12:58
A sheps pub with a Masterbrew and Spitfire on draught.
There is also a pool table in the back.

A friendly service but I think with a bit of work this place could do very well if they would serve food.
markos - 13 Apr 2008 16:07

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