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A good local pub just outside the main town centre.
It's definitely improved from the years when I lived in Ramsgate in the 1970s/80s!
The beer is very well kept. Box Steam Piston Broke, Cheddar Potholer and a Wantsum and a Goachers were available on my recent visit.
Not only are the ales in great condition at £3.10 they represent fine value!
There's not a lot of seating available. It was mid afternoon when I visited and it was pretty busy- mainly with elderly colourful characters!
Worth checking out!

outtamehead - 18 Jun 2016 10:56
Pop into this pub whenever I return to my home town. Back in the 70s it was a bit rough and one to be avoided. Now much has changed!

Very friendly service from the landlord and a welcome from the, mainly elderly it has to be said, clientele gathered around the bar.
Everyone seemed to know their stuff when it came to real ales as well!

There's not a lot of space in the pub even with an upper floor.

Very enjoyable visit . The beers available were Wantsum Hengist, Acorn Barnsley Bitter, Incubus & Gadds #5.
I had the first two both of which were in excellent condition.
outtamehead - 31 Dec 2015 02:00
Nice old fashioned boozer, lots of real ale, but how many smug old soaks can you get in one small pub?
margate1 - 12 Aug 2015 14:17
A very wide range of perfectly kept real ales.
A bit of a tight squeeze when we were there but well worth it.
We found a bit of space just up the stairs and were welcomed by others sitting there. We thought that this was the best pub in Ramsgate
thefirkintaster - 24 Jul 2015 10:20
I visited this place in the daytime recently, with my builder. We were both a little dusty. The landlord was rude and clearly did not want us there spoiling his pub, will never use the place again. There are ways to talk to punters which he does not understand, maybe he is in the wrong job.
LondonExile - 27 Nov 2014 15:14
Visited here yesterday on a visit to my home town. I was pleased to find the pub was as friendly as ever from both the landlord and the customers at the bar.

The beer too was a good as ever. Gadds She Sells Seashells, Whitstable Winklepicker and Greendaemon amongst those available.

The pub is very historic and dates back to the Napoleonic area (at least). Could be rude and suggest much the same for some of the customers!

Seriously it's a great little boozer- especially if you love real ale.
outtamehead - 4 Jun 2014 12:07
If there was an award for friendliest pub in the UK this would be a serious contender, every time I've been in there I've found the atmosphere welcoming & the excellent jukebox is another bonus!!
Love the way the beers are listed as 'super, smashing, great ales' & 'the other stuff' showing the guv'nor has got his priorities right!
The bar staff are always lovely, kudos to Jackie & Wendy & the beer is always top class, the Dark Star Revelation on Saturday January 4th was especially excellent.
Add to this the lovely stained glass windows & you have one of the bestpubs in the UK, absolutely love it!!
carlj - 6 Jan 2014 21:31
The Artillery Arms. Marvellous. Nearly missed it. Saw a drayman delivering and a friendly regular invited us in. We go back for a convivial afternoon of chat and great beer every year in January. Local beers very well kept. Lovely stained glass with a military theme.
cott1 - 14 May 2013 14:35
Pub number 2 after leaving The Churchill, and this was the best pub of the day, though all 4 were worthy contenders.

I was the only member of my group that hadn't been here before and I will certainly be back.

A large selection of ales on tap from a variety of breweries, the 2 I had were cracking. Rolls were £1.50 each and they were a welcome addition to soaking the beer up.

Superb stained glass windows and a cracking selection of memorabilia that kept my history loving group member more than satisfied.

Lovely seating area up the steps towards the toilets if you don't want to crowd around the bar with the locals who were very friendly and chatty.

Superb pub.
lezford - 5 Mar 2013 13:50
It could well qualify as my favourite ale house too - if I were local that is, which I'm not. But nevertheless I did my level best to become an honorary local during a brief overnight stay in Rammers last weekend with a mate of mine, which took in a thorough exploration of (nearly) all the town's finer hostelries, for research purposes... Well, if I'm ever staying here in future I'll need to know where to come!

The Artillery was immediately appealing to me - even from the kerbside - as it exudes all the classic signs of a corking, authentic and unfussy corner local, occupied by customers of a similar description. Never just a boozer by its cover of course, but in this case, you can, for once inside we were hit by a gentle hubbub of local chit-chat emanating from a mixed array of keen drinkers, mostly enjoying the pub's excellent cask ale variety. The decor was traditional but tidy and entirely suited the character of the place.

Crouch Vale Brewers Gold amongst maybe 4 others (from more local sources) was sampled and found to be tip-top. We were served by what can only be described as a comely barmaid who was efficient in pulling a pair of fine pints.

Standing towards the entrance porch I was somewhat alarmed to see a large supporting joist holding the left-hand side up; we were later advised by those in the know that the pub has had notoriously bad luck for bad drivers crashing into its entrance, with 3 such incidents in the last 8 years apparently. The latest one sustained the current damage though we're assured those marvellous insurance people will pay up and get the place back to former glory soon...!

This is an out-and-out gem and I can't believe it took me all these years to get here. All being well it won't take long before I return.
TWG - 24 Jul 2012 18:24
My favourite local ale house. Will be happier when the stained glass is finally fixed - will make it easier to get in and out of again!
Ale always well-kept, but one pump always has the dreadful Doombar - this is usually made up for by an obscure smattering of excellent guests however.
Soldrax - 31 May 2012 21:01
Quirky real ale treasure trove for these parts. Small pub with very much a local crowd, but friendly. Beers seem well kept as per the CAMRA accolades. Still do rolls as pub grub. Almost timeless.
Codrotten - 25 Oct 2011 20:03
"expertoppion" may have posted his/her entry below on 17 February this year, but the visit to which he/she refers was made a long time ago, and most certainly predates my last posting of 26 February 2009 when a refurbishment had just taken place, as a result of a new landlord taking over the reins!

I can, with certainty, place "expertoppion"'s visit between 04 April 2006 and 17 February 2009!

"Do try and keep up, 007!"
5thearlofwimbourne - 25 Oct 2011 14:07
I was drinking in a pub in Kent when a mate found a leaflet published by CAMRA which claimed, to my surprise that the Artillery Arms was Pub of the Year in Kent! "Let's get down there for a pint" I said.
Next day we walked in with open minds and a thirst on.
There was a good selection of beers, sure, and they were well kept. However at the bar sat three ugly thugs who gave off at feeling off dread. The place was deathly silent and the decore hadnt been changed, or cleaned, for decades. We felt so uncomfortable that we took our beers to the back of the pub, up a flight of stairs and found a busted piano, a box of childrens toys! and an old lady talking to herself. Id say if you are a blind man who likes his beers, then come on in.
expertoppinion - 17 Feb 2011 12:33
Happy to report that the air freshener is no longer required. Super little pub with a lovely selection of fine ale. On my last visit was suitably greeted by the lovely locals and Gadds Little Cracker on offer. By the time I had got through the various ales, Little Cracker had run out. Best go back then...
pewterjug - 18 Dec 2010 08:27
Something a bit sad is happening here. There seems to be a distinct lack of atmosphere. Beer is good, although not as consistent as it used to be. The lovely locals are gradually going elsewhere it seems. There are many who agree. Landlord please take note. You cannot rely on previous reputation alone. And please tell a certain few to stop farting at the bar. Very unpleasant.
pewterjug - 8 Oct 2010 13:27
Gorgeous pint of Gadd's "Dog Bolter" quaffed here few weeks back, lovely little pub,well worth a stroll out of town to discover... 8/10
fat_beer_badger - 9 Jul 2010 18:20

Lovely pub just set back from the centre of town, and therefore has a clientele of locals, those in the know and GBG disciples. No lager drinking tourists here

5 or so real ales on wide and varied choice. Pleasant cosy bar area, comfortable seating up the back.

Verdict ; This or the Montefiore are arguably the pick of Ramsgate real ale venues. Make sure you visit both to decide! It would make an excellent local.

Polypinmath - 19 Apr 2010 13:12
I visit this pub whenever I'm in Ramsgate. A good seection of real ales all well kept.
Friendly staff and customers. All in all a really fine local!
outtamehead - 24 Jan 2010 03:26
Good pub.always friendly and well worth a visit if your are in the area
phonak - 17 Jan 2010 18:37
This goes from strength to strength.
Thursday nights are jam nights. Mainly blues.
Downstairs now has a large TV screen where you can bring in your own DVD`s for all to share. On Tuesdays the same goes with old vinyl LP`s. The guv`nor is also starting his own bring n swop library.
Apart from sticking a feather up his nose and dancing naked on the tables ( not a pretty sight) there`s not much more he can do to cater for all.
An on going beer festival on a daily basis. What else do you need?
CHIEFTAIN - 15 Oct 2009 08:24
A proper old fashioned street corner local along with an excellent selection of decent ales.
anonymous - 5 Oct 2009 20:23
This is one of the best pubs for real ale in South Kent.

markos - 21 Sep 2009 20:59
Damn good pub, well kept ales, friendly staff, well worth a visit
diamond_drinker - 12 Aug 2009 11:48
Great pub, cant really elaborate on previous posts too much. Serves fantastic ale consistantly. A treasure to be looked after by all who sail in her....
ramsgatecouger - 1 Aug 2009 13:59
Best best for real ale in Ramsgate, and not easily matched in East Kent. However, it is small and doesn't do much in the way of edible solids. If you want a big pub for your loud group and food with it, go to the Churchill at the other end of Royal Road.
salminkarkku - 27 Jul 2009 10:40
This pub is back at long last to the standard it was in the late 1990`s.
Magnificent ale being produced by many long and fruitfull hours down in the "engine room" and a no nonsense landlord who detest lager. (So there is a higher power after all!)
The epitome of an old English pub, rather than a trendy family meeting place.
God bless all who sail in her.
A visit to Ramsgate isn`t a visit to Ramsgate unless you`ve tried this one

CHIEFTAIN - 24 Jul 2009 10:00
It is so heart warming when something you love becomes even better. The place now looks clean, smells far better, there are more beers, and I think they are sold in a better state, though the fact I usually visit for one week a year makes that a judgment of limited worth. What I am certain of though is the new couple are really friendly and keen. Power to their elbow, and to those helping them flourish.

Oh, and the hidden pool room will be a function room soon.

bradwan - 14 Mar 2009 23:30
Neil C, old boy, I can answer that for you.

The pub re-opened on Tuesday after having been closed for eight days. It has undergone a light refurbishment, of which it was in dire need. A splendid chap with the sobriquet of Smudge is the landlord, after having been drinking there for a good number of years. Roscoe is still the troglodyte wizard of the cellar.

Smudge informs your humble correspondent that once the Bitburger has gone, the font will be replaced with a 6th engine! Marvellous news for the ale-drinking cognescenti of Planet Thanet.
5thearlofwimbourne - 26 Feb 2009 11:50
Now shut until further notice

Not sure what has happened

i've used it a couple of times. It's a nice friendly back street boozer which, I hope, will reopen soon
NeilC - 17 Feb 2009 10:21
Doesn't look much from the outside, but this is a top-of-the-range back-street pub. Five real ales on, including an excellent Gadds 80/- from the local Ramsgate Brewery. Some nice old interior features too, including picture windows and a large mirror in the upper part of the bar. Friendly, and thoroughly recommended.
rpadam - 15 Feb 2009 20:25
Always a pleasure to sample how a good ale should taste.. Frequent with confidence.
pewterjug - 6 May 2008 22:23
Id heard good things about this place and as I was in the area I thought Id give it a go. If you didnt know better, this is the sort of pub that you would take one look at, cross the road and go somewhere else. From the outside it looks rough. As you walk in it you would be forgiven for thinking local pub for local people, and walking straight back out again. Very fast! The place looks scary
But the locals are actually quite welcoming. Theres five ales on, all well kept, and the bar staff are only too happy to give tasters. Theres a downstairs area for those who like to shout at sport on the telly, and an upstairs area for those who dont. Apparently its the Thanet CAMRA Pub of the Year. Its a good back street boozer Id certainly go back again, and will do when Im next in Thanet.

MankyBadger - 15 Mar 2008 18:08
great jukebox, friendly atmos, very good beer and pretty fine decor. Best of British pubs !
andy_edgar - 14 Dec 2007 15:05
I had the pleasure of presenting the Thanet CAMRA Pub of the Year award to the Arty last night and thoroughly deserved it was too. The Stanier 5 was excellent, as was the Gadds' Seasider and Mrs Skatalite liked the Specials (Youngs and Archers, that is, not those Two-Tone impostors from the eighties).

As my incorrigible friend the 5th Earl has often said, it was not broken and therefore didn't need fixing.
skatalite - 3 May 2007 13:25
Always a laugh, mmmm nice noodles Ing...............
good_stuff - 3 Feb 2007 08:12
Without a shadow of a doubt this is the best pub in Ramsgate, maybe even the best pub in Thanet (The White Swan in Reading Street may also claim this title).

Always has 4-5 ales of exceptional quality. Last thursday I had a few pints of Black Country - Pig on the Wall, lovely stuff.

Great jukebox, although someone needs to get to the bottom of who keeps putting on all the Shania Twain!
The staff are all very friendly and it has a very interesting mix of locals.

If you're in the area, make sure you check out the Artillery, you will not regret it.
Thebman - 28 Jan 2007 18:52
great pub, nice ales, always something different on everytime i come in. Management are good fun.
good_stuff - 12 Jan 2007 11:08
Do they still have the fine collection of milatary hats on the top shelve? A Healthy Prosperous New Year to one and all. Hope to get to over sometime this year.

DelDeGaulleOfVegas - 7 Jan 2007 02:34
Apologies for the "Typo" - the Acorn jollop was reaaly on top form!
5thearlofwimbourne - 25 Dec 2006 02:07
Extra racking installed in the celler yesterday.

The Acorn Brewery "4th Noel" is in superb condition. I drank an obscene amount of it so it does not fall into tht hands of impressionable young teenagers!!

Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Prosperous New Year to the moderators of this site and all serious contributors.
5thearlofwimbourne - 25 Dec 2006 02:04
Le Roi est mort. Vive le Roi! (Pity our politicians couldn't learn about not fixing something that ain't broke...)
Phantom_Raspberry - 12 Dec 2006 13:11
Always a great selection of well kept real ales on offer at this great little pub, always well worth the visit.
caskisbest - 19 Nov 2006 22:22
Wouldn't have a bad thing to say about the place, myself. Erm, except, possibly a bad idea to have a free jukebox on Sundays. Have seen various people playing jazz on the keyboard of the thing (you know, just whacking keys at random), but am yet to discover who keeps putting on the whole soundtracks to The Blues Brothers and Grease, Rawhide is now no longer electrifying. Nice to see at least one of the Ramsgate pubs making good use of the new licensing laws, though!
Dennis_Wheatbeer - 20 Oct 2006 21:41
A lively little boozer on the (otherwise) posh west cliff. First time I went in the whole pub stared at me in that 'whoops, wrong pub' sort of way. It turned out that a stripogram had just finished her bit (some strange flemish-speaking bloke with a moustache was having his birthday celebrated) and the gathered mass was expecting another.
Anyway, top pub. Bit too much cheap ale from Swindon and Somerset but I can usually find something I like.
robnest - 20 Oct 2006 14:37
Ing, the Malaysian landlord, now cooks on Wednesday evenings alternating between a choice of four curries one week, and four noodle dishes the next. They have proved very popular. They're normally sold out by 20.30, they're really tasty, and priced between 4.00 - 4.50. I haven't cooked on a Wednesday for the last coupkle of monthe now!
5thearlofwimbourne - 9 Aug 2006 16:39
Still the best pub for real ale in Ramsgate. It ain't broke, so the landlords haven't fixed it!
5thearlofwimbourne - 1 May 2006 13:10
The new landlords have taken over. No change to report.
5thearlofwimbourne - 4 Apr 2006 12:34
"Le Roi est mort. Vive le Roi!"

The Archbishop has relinquished his see after seven years at midnight last night.

Report on new regime to follow in due course..........
5thearlofwimbourne - 30 Mar 2006 16:00
A splendid backstreet local, five real ales; Daleside Shrimpers was very nice, Gadd's Dogbolter porter was lethal at 5.6%ABV and certainly "did the job" (Gadd's being the local Ramsgate brewery). If you like drinking quality ales in a small old fashioned pub this is well worth a detour.
Rich66 - 26 Oct 2005 00:51
I fully concur with the aforementioned comments by His Grace Wimbourne, especially the one about the curmudgeonly landlord and his enormously bosomed long-suffering wife! It's just as well then there's a more than an average share of footpads, nare-do-wells, recidivists and other assorted hobbledehoys to keep him on his toes! But more seriously, what a shame more hostelries cannot take note.
Phantom_Raspberry - 11 Feb 2005 13:37
POINTS OF ORDER. Firstly, Vasili, a very valid case, albeit extremely badly presented. Secondly, and take especial note cjfield1966, that the pool table was removed at probably the same time that the Officers left their (alleged) Ramsgate Billet ( & emporium of horizontal relaxation) to partake in Arthur Wellesley's "Jolly Boys" tour to chew the fat with some french wallah, who in the not too recent past had returned from a none too succesful bout of fisticuffs with a brace of Russian generals, who went by the names of January and February.

History lesson over. Marvellous pub with an on-going beerfest. Five Proper Beers ( One regular & four guests ) well cared for by the curmudgeonly landlord and his good lady wife. Door-stop sandwiches are heartily recommended. This most august establishment is home to the "Tuesday Hat Club" - an informal gathering that takes place weekly between opening time & 15.00 - the only stipulation being that some sort of headgear ( the more outlandish, the better! ) is mandatory and worn between said hours, where both jovial banter and fine ale is partaken of in equal measure by a veritable cornucopia of raconteurs, wits, bon-viveurs and all-round good coves. The landlord apparently belongs to a clandestine organisation that goes by the title "Archbishops-r-us".

"An oasis in the midst of a desert of mediocrity" - Oliver Pynt, food and drink critic, The Cleckheaton Thunderer.
5thearlofwimbourne - 9 Feb 2005 08:54
rare sort of pub, definitely not a trendy bar, real people, completely genuine, grumpy (friendly) landlord, and real beers... including stella ;)
geeza88 - 8 Feb 2005 21:31
Allegedly a Napoleonic Brothel and Officer's Billet, this friendly and admittedly noisy pub serves excellent beer and has won the local CAMRA award several years running. (Juke Box, Pool Table.)
cjfield1966 - 26 Nov 2004 17:21
Tiny pub, up the hill west of the town centre. Worth the walk, as the centre pubs are all crap.
Vasili - 28 Jul 2004 17:02
This pub is excellent. Good enough to travel to Ramsgate for; although there are other things to see, including wild parakeets in the park.
Glyn Watkins - 26 Jul 2004 19:09
A lovely fiendly real ale pub, beautiful stain glassed windows and a great atmosphere!! also won Thanet camra pub of the year twice!!
B Walton - 10 Feb 2004 11:50

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