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Kent pub and bar guide

Here's a guide to the pubs and bars of Kent - good or bad, we bring you the most talked about venues and the places you have to visit at least once. We've included a few user reviews, to give you an idea of what to expect when you get there. Or you can follow the links to see full details and all reviews for each pub.

The Artillery Arms, Ramsgate

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Address: 36, West Cliff Rd, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9JS
Phone: 01843 853282
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Nearest train stations: Ramsgate (0.8 miles), Dumpton Park (1.3 miles), Broadstairs (2.4 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Nice old fashioned boozer, lots of real ale, but how many smug old soaks can you get in one small pub?
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
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.
27 Nov 2014 15:14

The Northern Belle, Margate

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Address: 4 Mansion Street, Margate, Kent, CT9 1HE
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Nearest train stations: Margate (0.6 miles), Westgate-on-sea (2.2 miles), Broadstairs (3.3 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

New landlord but hopefully not much else will change at this quaint back street Sheps pub.
11 Aug 2015 10:41
Dave the Governor sadly leaves on June 1st A sad day indeed. Thanks for all the fun and quality ales.
7 May 2015 12:57
4th pub of the day and a short walk from Harbour Inn, this was our first proper pub. Reportedly the oldest pub in Margate.

Shepherd and Neame pub that was extremely busy when we visited.

Master Brew & Whitstable Bay on hand pump. I opted for the Whitstable and it was a very good pint

I took part in the lunchtime meat raffle that was great fun even if I didn’t win anything, great entertainment for the while sum of £1.00!

Only stayed for 1 pint as we wanted to get up to Margate FC for our match.

A couple of my travelling party didn’t really enjoy their visit here but I did and will return on my next visit to Margate if I have the time.
25 Jan 2015 13:54

The Partridge, Bromley

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Address: 194 High Street, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1HE
Phone: 020 8464 7656
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Nearest train stations: Bromley North (0.2 miles), Bromley South (0.3 miles), Shortlands (0.6 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Having not used this site for a few years, thought it was high time I started adding some reviews after moving to Bromley a little while back. The Partridge is now my local and I always try and pop in there at least once a week. The atmosphere is very good, the bar staff friendly and attentive and being a Fullers pub there is also a decent selection of beers. Food also good. Would recommend, probably the best pub in Bromley
19 Aug 2015 09:39
My last pub of the day and again a pub I haven’t been in for several years.

It was just after 5.15pm on Saturday and football was about to start on the television so the pub was filing up and getting busy.

6 pumps on there were offering 3 Fullers Ales, they were London Pride, HSB & ESB, Watkins OSB , Adnams Ghost Ship and Butcombe Adam Henson's Rare Breed. I had 4 pints of the Rare Breed and each one was excellent.

Extremely good and attentive staff meant it never took longer than a minute or so to get served.

The décor is nice there are large chandeliers hanging, lots of wood and 2 small snugs at either end of the bar.

A cracking Fuller’s pub that is definitely worth a visit.
10 Apr 2015 13:42
Really enjoyed spending a couple of hours in this very pleasant pub. The pub is set out very well with a main bar area and a couple of quieter areas. The beer was of the usual high standard you'd expect of a Fullers pub and the service was excellent. The food I had was good and I'd definitely go back.
29 Nov 2014 07:02

The Man of Kent Ale House, Rochester

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Address: 6-8 John Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1YN
Phone: 01634 818771
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Nearest train stations: Rochester (0.3 miles), Chatham (0.7 miles), Strood (0.9 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

I found it more okay on this visit rather than exceptional. Had to share seating space with a mangy looking mutt shedding fur (or was it a pot bellied pig - difficult to be sure from some angles). Some seem to think there is a blurred distinction between character and hygiene - character is more' old faithful dog in basket by the fire', unhygienic is 'diseased looking pooch licking it's privates on seating used by the punters'.
19 Aug 2015 19:43
Oh dear! I'd not visited the Man of Kent for some years so looked forward to returning at last. A superb array of handpumps serving Kentish beers and my pint of Gadds IPA was fine. It certainly seemed to have been brightened up since my last visit as we discovered an outdoor decking area. Never mind the grubby seats which could all do with a scrub or replacing, and then we noticed a dog turd, then a second, then another. Five dog turds - the landlord's dog or a customers - were dotted around the edges of the deck. We found this disgusting and they had clearly been there for some days. My mate now refuses to return. Reading previous reports, there are clearly some issues with this pub which need addressing. A shame as it's got so much potential. 5/10 unfortunately.
24 Apr 2015 09:05
I was relieved to find that the Pawley Farm cider is back on sale - it had disappeared on the previous time I called in. With the real cider back this pub is as good as ever. The helpful landlady retrieved a bottle of my favourite, the dry, from the cellar.
8 Mar 2015 11:35

The Foundry, Canterbury

Address: White Horse Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT12RU
Phone: 01227455899
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Nearest train stations: Canterbury East (0.4 miles), Canterbury West (0.4 miles), Sturry (2.3 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Visited yesterday with a crowd of ex-colleagues. Beer quality was a good as ever - especially the Gold. The food was also fine.

Unlike my visit in December (see below) there was no need to ask for top ups - and they definetly do not use over sized glasses. Pub score marked back up.
19 Aug 2015 09:56
No problem with excess noise on my visit! It was a Tues evening so that probably accounted for the lack of custom.
I nearly always visit this pub when I go to Canterbury. The beers are good and brewed on the premises, although they do offer guest ales as well. I enjoyed a Bigglestons Birdman and a Reverance.
The staff are friendly and keen to chat about their beers. They offer boxed sets of bottled beers so you can enjoy their ales in your own home. I purchased one as a present.

5 Apr 2015 14:25
I'm surprised about the short measure comments - when I visited they were using over-sized glasses. Is this not still the case?
15 Dec 2014 19:50

The Chapel, Broadstairs

Address: 44-46 Albion Street, Broadstairs, Kent, CT9 1EU
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Nearest train stations: Margate (0.5 miles), Westgate-on-sea (2.1 miles), Broadstairs (3.3 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

A wonderful little place with excellent beers, very well kept.
Very pleasant, welcoming staff and a superb atmosphere among books and a small stage.
24 Jul 2015 10:04
Wow. What a find. Friends had been here and wanted us to see it. Next minute we are inside and wow again. Beer excellent. Old dairy Kentish and Goachers. Not a World War Two plane in site !


4 Jul 2015 12:48
Sunday night in Broadstairs and with live music advertised the Chapel looked very inviting. The music was provided by a 3 piece band that were playing a mix of old and new country music, they went down a storm.

6 barrels on behind the counter that were offering 4 ales with all of these being local Kent ales. Goachers Real Mild, Wantsum Ravening Wolf, Gadds Dragons Blood and my choice which was Tonbridge Blonde Ambition @ 4.2%. As well as the ales there was a decent selection of boxed ciders also available.

if you are unaware this is no ordinary bar it’s a bookshop aswell ! They also do small plates of food.

A cracking little bookshop, bar and music venue that needs to be seen to be enjoyed, but be your own judge and make a visit I personally don't think you'll be disappointed.
1 Jul 2015 16:06

The Door Hinge, Welling

Address: 11 Welling High Street, Welling, Kent, DA16 1TR
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Nearest train stations: Welling (0.5 miles), Bexleyheath (1 mile), Falconwood (1.5 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Excellent small shop conversion that does have the feel of a pub rather than a small shop conversion. All the ales sampled were top notch. With traditional pubs closing and vast noisy drinking barns becoming the norm I hope this is the future for those just wanting a quiet pint and a natter. Prices are also reasonable for the area - £3 for a pint of decent ale (£3.75' next door' for an iffy Kronenbourg).
6 Sep 2015 09:31
Visited the pub for the first time on Saturday. A brilliant pub with a wonderful selection of beers. So nice to go to a pub where people can just drink beer and talk and not have be interrupted by televisions and music. Will definitely go back.
19 Jan 2015 13:57
The landlord is a good bloke. A proper bloke of the area with character, but not rude by any means.

By Jolly that beer was on good form. Get back to Richmond.
11 Dec 2014 13:08

The Harbour Arms, Margate

Address: Units 7-8 Harbour Arm, The Stone Pier, Margate, Kent, CT9 1JD
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Nearest train stations: Margate (0.5 miles), Westgate-on-sea (2 miles), Broadstairs (3.4 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Just gets better and better (now in larger premises a door down)
23 Jun 2015 15:07
Our 3rd pub of the day and another micro pub.

A short cab ride from Westgate and we arrived at this lovely little micro bar right on the harbour wall and a few steps from Turner Contemporary.

3 real ales on but an amazing 10 real ciders also on. I opted for a pint of Northumberland Brewery On the Pull @ 4.0%

Tiny and busy, full of bits & bobs, there are nets above your head that hold all of things including a couple of surfboards!

Friendly owner / bar staff, outside toilets on the harbour, a little food kiosk next door…all in all this is a very good little place and worthy of anyone’s time when visiting Margate.
25 Jan 2015 12:59
A marvellous, micro-pub, out on the harbour arm, not far from the lighthouse at the end. A small, single-room pub, not more than about 4x4m, with three ales all on gravity, a Bank Top Sweeney's, an Avocet from Exeter and another I can't remember. My Sweeney was in excellent condition and I would have liked to stay and try the others if I hadn't had a booking in town. A very relaxed and informal atmosphere. Table-sharing is the natural thing to do in such a small space and the landlord and customers were friendly and welcoming. Simple bar snacks, mostly pickled eggs and pickled onions, of which there were several varieties of each. There's also a piano! Fisherman's netting hangs from the ceiling with many and various adornments. This is now firmly on my list of things to do every time I visit Margate.
4 Jan 2015 17:10

The Tartar Frigate, Broadstairs

Address: 37-39, Harbour St, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 1EU
Phone: 01843 862013
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Nearest train stations: Broadstairs (0.5 miles), Dumpton Park (1.3 miles), Ramsgate (2.2 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Best beer so far in Kent. Well kept and a good temperature despite weather but not artificially chilled.

Rams gate brewed Gadds No5 in perfect condition.

Landlord in attendance and proud of his product.

4 Jul 2015 12:25
A good honest pub by the sea.... Well worth a drop in, if you're in Broadstairs!
24 Apr 2015 17:38
Pleasant old building by the sea front. Gadds No 5, from just down the road in Ramsgate, in great nick. The food is perfectly adequate, not overpriced synthetic junk. Service is effective if a tad fussy for a pub restaurant. A timewarp in many ways, and not necessarily the worse for that.
3 Nov 2014 06:33

Furlongs Ale House, Faversham

Address: 6A Preston Street, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8NS
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Nearest train stations: Faversham (0.2 miles), Selling (3.6 miles), Teynham (4.2 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Perfectly good micropub marred by lack of seating, with what there is hogged by locals who spread themselves out as much as they can creating an unwelcoming atmosphere.
15 Aug 2015 19:34
Cracking pub. I must admit to being a big fan of the micropub concept and this is now my pub of choice. Beer is always in fine condition and the staff are knowledgeable and friendly. I have lived in Faversham for about 20 years and have sadly seen the closure of about 10 pubs in that time. I have recently heard that planning permission has been granted for another micropub. Great. I hope it's not the last.

9 Aug 2015 13:46
When they say it a micro pub they are not kidding, a small bar at the back of the pub and a few tables and stools on either side of the room, did some cracking ale on our visit, sadly can't remember what, and also a good local cider.

Good enthusiastic staff who know what they are on about, only been open for a few month and i hope it is a success.
14 Apr 2015 16:39

The Lifeboat, Margate

Address: 1 Market Street, Margate, Kent, CT9 1EU
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Nearest train stations: Margate (0.5 miles), Westgate-on-sea (2.1 miles), Broadstairs (3.3 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

I think this was one of the first micropubs in Thanet, still selling real ales and cider from stillages. Now serve local food, which upsets some traditionalists.
11 Aug 2015 10:34
Well, we didn't meet the landlord, so maybe that was a good thing!
Instead we were attended to by a very pleasant young lady who made us welcome and advised on the food they had on offer.
There was a range of about 5 real ales of which we tried 4 between us - all excellent.
24 Jul 2015 10:13
A nice, informal little pub. I visited on a cold winter evening when the fire was roaring and filling the place with the lovely aroma of woodsmoke. I tried only two of the ales from the stillage in the middle of the pub; a Westerham Double Stout and another which I've forgotten, but they were both in tip-top condition. The other punters were mostly 20s-30s and the atmosphere was easy-going and moderately lively. Service was prompt and friendly and I found nothing to mither about. I didn't try the food on this occasion but have had mackerel here on a previous visit and it was fresh and tasty and perfectly cooked. I come here every time I visit Margate and will definitely continue to do so. I wish there was a pub like this near me.
4 Jan 2015 17:43

The Ship, Erith

Address: 110 West Street, Erith, Kent, DA8 1AN
Phone: 01322 439673
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Nearest train stations: Erith (0.3 miles), Belvedere (1.1 miles), Slade Green (1.6 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Just needed a nice pub to kill a few hours in while I wait to drop a friend home who has to work late. Didn't read the reviews, just went to the to the highest rated pub in Erith. Lovely locals boozer with big screen football, friendly punters and cheap drinks. What more could anyone want?
1 Oct 2015 19:01
I wouldn't necessarily take any notice of the last review, coincidentally it has was posted the morning after the local village idiot was ejected for his drunken behaviour. The landlady was merely protecting the reputation of her business when the alcohol with mental health issues was looking for trouble by provoking a more established secure gentleman and starting a fight for no reason at all.
The Ship as far as I'm concerned is a civil establishment frequented in the main by friendly folk.

4 Jun 2015 21:00
What a shit hole with the most two faced gossip ever to walk the earth of a landlady.
19 Mar 2015 11:37

The Black Dog, Whitstable

Address: 66 High Street, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1BB
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Nearest train station: Chestfield & Swalecliffe (2 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

What a disgusting little place!
The two staff (one the owner?) were rude and insulting, and would rather have a smoke outside than to serve customers.
When it finally arrived, the pint was virtually undrinkable, but the barman had gone back outside to smoke again. My wife and I were further insulted on our way out.
This place must have changed massively since the previous two reviews!
24 Jul 2015 09:59
Excellent little single-room pub with a good choice of ales, mostly local, all in excellent condition. Quirky and characterful decor with more than a hint of the gothic and a good smattering of humour. High tables, banquettes and stools, friendly and efficient service from the tiny bar. Ales on gravity in a little ante-room. This is a proper pub, a pleasure to visit and I shall look forward to doing so next time I'm in town.
4 Jan 2015 17:52
Bigger than your average Micropub but maintaining micropub philosophy with an emphasis on little known real ales served directly from casks in a room behind the bar. The handpumps at the back of the bar are non operational and are used to display the pumpclips of what beers are currently available. There is also the usual micropub blackboard on a sidewall.

The choice of beer (assuming you're not a lager drinker!) is excellent as is the quirky way the pub has been decorated. The toilet is a veritable art gallery of the weird and wonderful as well as being a shrine to Jimmy Page - his mum will be so proud.

All in all a top pub in Whitstable's High Street, excellent ale and a larger than average micropub.
10 Dec 2014 18:06

The Harrow, Stockbury

Address: The Street, Stockbury, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 7UH
Phone: 01795 842546
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Nearest train stations: Newington (2.4 miles), Rainham - Kent (3.3 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

I have just read a comment from the landlord which I would like to correct. I am the gentlemen referred to in his comment. I am not partnered and never have been with his ex Di she is just a friend. This delusion of his lead to him barring me from the pub and assaulting me which he has been cautioned by the police for. He is an unstable, lazy and devious person who will serve you cheap wine bottled into Shepherd Neame labled bottles. You will know if you have been conned as he will pocket your money or not ring it through the till. Do not run up a tab. The food is not fresh it is prepacked or frozen, My recommendation is for you to go the The Rose and Crown in Hartlip where you will get treated with respect as a customer and their drinks and food are first rate. I stand by everything I have written as true.
12 Aug 2015 11:10
The last comment by dolly 66 is the ex landlady Di NIcholls trying to discredit The Harrow .please come and judge for yourself and don't be put off by a bitter and twisted landlady or her new partner Peter Allen

Hope to see you soon

9 Jul 2015 13:24
I would just like to let you know that Di is no longer at the pub.....which is a huge shame because it has gone down hill since she was thrown out! The beer is not nice and the food is not the same! I was in the pub a while ago and a poor customer left with dog mess on his shoe....having just eaten a meal in there! I will be avoiding this pub at all costs from now on!!
2 Jul 2015 23:40

The William IV, Elmers End

Address: 116, Croydon Rd, Elmers End, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 4DF
Phone: 020 8650 1983
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Nearest train stations: Elmers End (0.3 miles), Birkbeck (0.7 miles), Clock House (0.7 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Mooney didn't leave he was sacked by Pauline because his karaoke is so shit
4 Feb 2015 00:51
Dave Mooney had already moved on prior to the closure, he is now doing very well at the Grace's, an altogether nicer venue, where people acutally applaud the singers.
2 Feb 2015 00:17
Glad to see this shithole has closed down and that Mooney has lost his job. Him and that fat hoare Julie Barclay can rot in hell
14 Jan 2015 20:12

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