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Harbour Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Four Candles - Citra PilsnerExceptional1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Excellent1
Four Candles - Golding BitterExcellent1
Caveman - NeanderthalExcellent1
Isla Vale Alesmiths - Natural Blonde Excellent1
G2 - OrionGood1
Isla Vale Alesmiths - Cock a SnookGood1
Hopdaemon - IncubusGood1
Pig & Porter - SkylarkingGood1
Wantsum - Ravening WolfAcceptable1
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidPoor1
Bank Top - Pavilion Pale AleNot Tried0
G2 - Otava IPANot Tried0
Bank Top - Lunar HaloNot Tried0
Bays - Autumn AleNot Tried0
G2 - SailNot Tried0
North Blyth - For a Few Dollars MoreNot Tried0
Mad Cat - Platinum Blonde Ale (previously Meaney's Platinum Blonde Ale)Not Tried0
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Panama JazzNot Tried0
Kent - Black GoldNot Tried0
Ripple Steam - Farmhouse Pale AleNot Tried0
Kent - CobnutNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kazbek PorterNot Tried0
Breakwater - Spring TideNot Tried0
Picture 1. Harbour Arms, Margate, Kent
Picture 2. Harbour Arms, Margate, Kent
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

20 Apr 2018 (Magnus Greel)
1700 on what could've been August, many folk including us sat outside, soaked up the sunshine and watched the world go by.
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00GoodFruity malty with hints of spice and hops to finish
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kazbek Porter4.20Not Tried
Breakwater - Spring Tide5.00Not Tried
19 Apr 2018 (beery steve)
Lunchtime visit on a lovely sunny day.
Four Candles - Golding Bitter4.40ExcellentLovely traditional looking and tasting beer
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kazbek Porter4.20Not Tried
Breakwater - Spring Tide5.00Not Tried
17 Oct 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Mid evening and fairly quiet. This place seems to attract the more younger ale drinker I've found - including myself of course.
Four Candles - Citra Pilsner4.70ExceptionalSuperb, crisp refreshing and zesty. Best beer this evening.
Kent - Cobnut4.10Not Tried
Ripple Steam - Farmhouse Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
31 Jul 2017 (Magnus Greel)
1900hrs just after and busy inside and out with folk enjoying the sunshine. We sat in the extended bar area.
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70PoorDisappointing
Kent - Black Gold4.00Not Tried
Ripple Steam - Farmhouse Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
27 Jul 2017 (Dosser)
Few in on a blustery evening. Terrible smell from harbour. 2 beers on. Camra discount given.
Isla Vale Alesmiths - Natural Blonde 4.70ExcellentTop quality beer. Served at the right temperature and went down a treat.
11 Jul 2017 (Jack William)
Just after noon - first stop after a 23 mile cycle from Canterbury. A few customers all outside. Margate fairly quiet for a nice Summer's day. Bit disappointed in the negative signs here "do NOT lean your bike here"; "mobile phone charging costs 50p here"; and even "Skylarging" for "Skylarking" with no brewery listed - bit off putting - but very nice location.
Isla Vale Alesmiths - Cock a Snook4.50GoodPeachy
Pig & Porter - Skylarking4.00GoodRather cloudy but a lovely light citrus flavour.
03 Jun 2017 (Andrew)
Pub number 1. Very busy but then the sun was out. Managed to get a table inside.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40ExcellentReally very good
Mad Cat - Platinum Blonde Ale (previously Meaney's Platinum Blonde Ale)4.20Not Tried
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Panama Jazz4.80Not Tried
15 Jan 2017 (Dosser)
Prices up to £3.50 for 2 of the beers but a 10% camra discount.
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90AcceptableRather lifeless
20 Nov 2016 (Stephen Harris)
I was wondering whether the old memory was beginning to fail me when I walked in here; until I read the bit on this website that says the bar has moved into bigger premises next door to where they were last time I visited. Human customers just about outnumbered the canine ones.
G2 - Orion3.80GoodAn amber-coloured, malty Bitter.
Bays - Autumn Ale4.40Not Tried
G2 - Sail4.20Not Tried
North Blyth - For a Few Dollars More4.10Not Tried
13 Aug 2016 (ChrisE)
Margate was very busy today and this pub was no exception but thankfully most people were seated outside so I found plenty of space inside. Just time for one pint before heading off for a train that turned out to be cancelled.
Caveman - Neanderthal4.40Excellent
Bank Top - Pavilion Pale Ale4.50Not Tried
G2 - Otava IPA4.40Not Tried
Bank Top - Lunar Halo3.80Not Tried

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About the Harbour Arms

The pub sign. Harbour Arms, Margate, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Margate, Kent, CT9 1AP.

Micropub initially housed in two former fishermen's workshops and nets / lobster pots store about two thirds along on the town's stone pier, opened over Whitsun Bank Holiday Weekend 2013. Seating was a mixture of 3 high tables with high stools and some normal height tables and chairs. An attractive high back settle was constructed against one wall. Electric piano usually covered up. Casks of real ale and cider boxes were housed in a cooled room in the corner and visible through a viewing window. Walls were raw brick some of which were painted in a sea green and supporting metal girders are visible. No toilets inside the pub so use the public ones next door. Outside seating allows a picturesque view of the harbour and the sandy beached bay. Opening hours at June 2015 are Monday to Thursday 12-10ish, Friday & Saturday 12-11, Sunday 12-9.30. In May 2015 it moved into the larger neighbouring unit. Most of the former unit's interior fittings and fixtures have moved into the new unit which now houses a larger cool cellar room at the side. 10% CAMRA discount for card carrying members.

We have visited this pub 60 times, seen 90 different beers and tried 58 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT9 1AP