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Coastguard (Shepherd Neame)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Northumberland - Holy Island AleExceptional1
Cairngorm - Trade WindsExcellent1
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - TigerExcellent2
Northumberland - Castles BitterExcellent1
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale (or EIPA)Good1
Grand Union - Liberty BlondeGood1
Broughton - Exciseman's 80-Acceptable1
Archers - VillageAcceptable1
Goacher's - Fine Light AleAcceptable1
Broughton - Border GoldNot Tried0
Cottage - GoldrushNot Tried0
Houston - BarochanNot Tried0
Orkney (Sinclair) - Latitude Pilsner (Atlas range)Not Tried0
Grand Union - BestNot Tried0
Badger (Hall & Woodhouse) - King & Barnes SussexNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Not Tried0
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPANot Tried0
Grand Union - BitterNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - IncubusNot Tried0
Slater's - OriginalNot Tried0
Rebellion - BlondeNot Tried0
Cairngorm - Nessie's Monster Mash (superseded by 4.1% version)Not Tried0
Houston - Peter's WellNot Tried0
Grand Union - GoldNot Tried0
Picture 1. Coastguard, St Margaret's at Cliffe, Kent
Picture 2. Coastguard, St Margaret's at Cliffe, Kent

Visits Details

21 Jan 2007 (Andrew)
The Coast Guard: like a vigilant sentinel scanning the cruel sea for threats to Albion. Had a good chat with Phil who was working behind the bar. He’s got a good beer line-up on with plenty more planned for Burns Night (like a Gadd’s I’d not heard of before called "Sand Bar" or something similar).
BeerABVScoreNotes
Archers - Village3.60AcceptableSweet malt dominates with a slightly cloying finish
Cottage - Goldrush5.00Not TriedPhil poured a bit and it was top class although he though it a bit sweet. The last time I saw this was in Churchill’s in Ramsgate in 2000
Houston - Barochan4.10Not TriedPhil poured a bit for me and it was brown and malty
13 Aug 2006 (Andrew)
Mid evening as the sun was going down. Fairly busy still.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Northumberland - Castles Bitter3.80ExcellentSoft warm mouth feel with touches of pink grapefruit, caramel waffer and toasted peanuts. Long well ballanced bitter finish
Grand Union - Gold4.20Not Tried
Broughton - Border Gold4.20Not Tried
28 Jul 2006 (Brian)
Sat outside where most people were eating fish and chips. Tom, the friendly pub cat joined us for a while.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale (or EIPA)4.10GoodNot on top form but still good. Fresh, appealing pale ale.
Broughton - Exciseman's 80-4.50AcceptableWeird one this. Ruby coloured with thin beige head. Sour cherry aroma, mixed with dark chocolate. Sour taste as well but also a nettley bitterness.
Houston - Peter's Well4.20Not Tried
16 Jul 2006 (Andrew)
Came here really to go for a walk up the cliffs but it was too tempting not to pop in for a drink. France was clearly visible on the other side of the channel and the pub balcony was packed with people enjoying the early evening sun
BeerABVScoreNotes
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Tiger4.20GoodAmber coloured beer with the smell of hay. No real taste at the frount of the mouth but a smooth soft sulphous flavour at the back. Slight, blunt , grapefruit flavour in the base-bitter finish
Cairngorm - Nessie's Monster Mash (superseded by 4.1% version)4.40Not TriedHad a sip of Jane's. Dark beer with a good full bodied complex malt and bitter taste with hints of tar
25 Jun 2006 (Andrew)
Came in for Sunday lunch with my parents and Jane's mum and brother. It was busy as usual but the weather was slightly overcast and with England were playing later in the afternoon it wasn't as packed as it often is in the summer
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cairngorm - Trade Winds4.30ExcellentYellow gold in colour. Mineralised water flavours with lemon hops and suble grapefruit aroma. Very good session bitter
Rebellion - Blonde4.30Not Tried
Broughton - Exciseman's 80-4.50Not Tried
30 May 2006 (Ian)
Early Tuesday evening and there were already a fair number of people in enjoying the setting and view across the Channel to France. Good bottled beer selection from an array of brewers which makes it one of the best in Kent. The selection includes the Curious Brew beers from Tenterden vineyard. Beers on handpull next are advertised behind the bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Slater's - Original4.00Not Tried
02 May 2006 (Andrew)
Got there at dusk and sat on the balcony at the front and watched the lights of France twinkle through the yellow pea-green haze.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70AcceptableToo warm would you believe it. No orange or marmalade taste just some goacher's malt and a kind of dilute hydrochloric acid taste on the back of the mouth. Weird for a usually fantastic beer
Grand Union - Bitter3.70Not TriedHad a sip of Jane's and thought it was excellent. Hoppy and flowery
Broughton - Exciseman's 80-4.50Not Tried
22 Jan 2006 (Andrew)
Went for a walk along the cliffs towards Dover which is very atmospheric. The pub's main bar was busy and Phil was on so we chatted to him.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Northumberland - Holy Island Ale3.80ExceptionalGolden beer with a creamy short lived head. Rich grapefruit flavours are followed by a lovely creamy toffee-caramel finish.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
28 Aug 2005 (Andrew)
A very busy bank holiday Sunday and a very hot one too. We'd booked a table for lunch and this meant we could be inside where it was less hectic.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Tiger4.20ExcellentA mellow darkish brown beer with a smooth hoppy development and a malty rich sulphous finish. I could have drank this forever.
Grand Union - Best4.10Not Tried
Badger (Hall & Woodhouse) - King & Barnes Sussex3.50Not TriedBadged as the house beer
07 Aug 2005 (Andrew)
About 9pm on a Sunday evening and as the sun came down we could see the lights in Calais from the pub window. It was fairly busy with a few dinners and a handfull of drinkers. The ceiling fans, low lighting, jazz and grey blue skys made it very atmospheric.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Grand Union - Liberty Blonde4.20GoodPale yellow and fairly fizzy. The overriding taste was of dry hops with a very hoppy finish. Quite refreshing.
Orkney (Sinclair) - Latitude Pilsner (Atlas range)3.60Not Tried

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About the Coastguard

The pub sign. Coastguard, St Margaret's at Cliffe, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent10
Good8
Acceptable8
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in St Margaret's at Cliffe, Kent, CT15 6DY.

The Green Man was an ancient building which was all but destroyed during WWII by friendly fire and commandoes' training. Rebuilt in the early 1950s, sited at the foot of a steep hairpin bend road, this building may not look like much, but the setting (on a beautiful bay) and the beer inside make it a wonderful stop especially in the summer when you can sit outside and enjoy the view over the sea and up to the white chalk cliffs. Taken over by Shepherd Neame some time during early 2016 then closed for immediate refurbishment and reopened around Easter 2016. Renamed in 1971.

We have visited this pub 23 times, seen 47 different beers and tried 28 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT15 6DY