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The Foy Boat, Ramsgate - pub details

Foy Boat
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Address: 8 Sion Hill, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 9HZ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 8237) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Ramsgate (0.9 miles), Dumpton Park (1.2 miles), Broadstairs (2.3 miles)

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> Current user rating: 7.1/10 (rated by 13 users)
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Now sadly closed.
skatalite - 6 Dec 2013 22:59
I don't know if the pipes aren't cleaned enough, or whether beers sits in the cellar too long, but on my last three visits, I have been unable to finish a pint. Adnams Broadside and Youngs Best were my choices, and I ust admit it ruined my stay.
In fairness to the landlord, the pints were taken back without any funny business, but needless to state, it can put you off choosing it as a place to sup.
A pity, because both the the location and ambience I quite like.
Soldrax - 3 Jan 2013 14:57
This is a pub that has clearly maintained it's character inside and out. Nice mix of people and friendly staff. If I were local I would probably use it. The ales are very standard and not that inspiring, although I concur with the reasons for that given in the review below. I would happily pay 3.80 for a pint of something different but I guess the guvnor may have duifficulty shifting it. Nevertheless it's a nice pub with its own charm and certainly worth a visit.
stemginger - 25 Sep 2012 17:28
A mate and me stayed here overnight last weekend at a very competitive rate - a twin room for one night (standard no en suite but bathroom only round the corner) for 60. Ramsgate is not generally an expensive place and I'd always recommend it for a break that won't break your bank. The accommodation was clean, tidy, and sufficiently spacious, at least for our basic needs (we simply need bed and board whilst pitching up for a piss-up!).

I can't comment legitimately on the usual qualities I look for in a boozer - ale range and quality, bar service, atmosphere, food, as the Foy merely provided us with a roof over our heads for the night and breakfast in the morning; we never actually visited the bar proper. However, I can affirm that the quality of the brekkie was sound (top bacon in particular!), and that the landlord was a very welcoming and easy-going sort of fellow who seemed to know how best to run the business.

With regards to the decrying by some of the Foy's ale choice, we sounded the landlord out over this, and I'm afraid it boils down to that familiar old chestnut, excessive pubco costs to their tenants/managers. Enterprise own it (they seem to own so many even now), and although they now sign up to the SIBA direct delivery scheme and offer better beer choice, they take a massive cut and so by the time it hits the cellar, to make any money the licensee often has to charge above the market rate. Apparently, he has tried out a broader cask selection here and it was welcomed in principle, but there wasn't enough support for it locally to justify maintaining it - and that was essentially because customers weren't prepared to pay the 3.80 price that he had to put on irregular ales to make any kind of profit from it. In some markets that'd be excessive but not unusual, and more affluent (or careless!) punters would dig deeper to cover it, but give that Ramsgate is a peculiarly cheap haven for beer (many pubs especially the Conqueror micropub serve at 2.60-3), clearly any pint however worthwhile being sold for even 3.50 would seem unacceptably steep. So, for now at least, this licensee concentrates on keeping his regular - if predictable and ubiquitous - ales in good order. Fair enough says I.

Finally I should make some mention of the rather unusual architecture - the Foy is a classic 1930s/40s building of the art deco inclination, which admittedly may jar wiuth the nearby Victorian terraces, but does sit suitably in its harbourside setting, with a wonderful vista across the water. It was a splendid sunny morning last Saturday and the landlord let us out on to the balcony for a while which was a delight. The interior has maintained its character and all told it's a nicely-kept homage to the period of its construction.

My score is given mostly on location, value, accommodation standards and service from the licensee - if I ever get to try the bar and beer it may justify more.
TWG - 27 Jul 2012 10:32
I now feel rude if I return a bad pint in this place (though the staff never begrudge it when I have done), I simply leave it.
The landlord seems a nice chap, but I wish he could improve his choice of ales and keep them fresher.
Would love to use this pub more if that was done.
Soldrax - 31 May 2012 21:05

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