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Harbour Arms (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Four Candles - Citra PilsnerExceptional1
Four Candles - Golding BitterExcellent1
Caveman (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - NeanderthalExcellent1
Isla Vale Alesmiths - Natural BlondeExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Excellent1
Isla Vale Alesmiths - Cock a SnookGood1
Pig & Porter - Fatal Flaw American AmberGood1
Pig & Porter - SkylarkingGood1
G2 - OrionGood1
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 (now uses McCanns branding not its own) - Panama JazzNot Tried0
Kent - Black GoldNot Tried0
Ripple Steam - Farmhouse Pale AleNot Tried0
Kent - CobnutNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Single Hop Kazbek Rye PorterNot Tried0
Breakwater - Spring TideNot Tried0
Picture 1. Harbour Arms, Margate, Kent
Picture 2. Harbour Arms, Margate, Kent
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

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) - Single Hop Kazbek Rye 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 Blonde4.70ExcellentTop 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 (now uses McCanns branding not its own) - 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 (latterly a cuckoo at Leatherbritches) - Neanderthal4.40Excellent
Bank Top - Pavilion Pale Ale4.50Not Tried
G2 - Otava IPA4.40Not Tried
Bank Top - Lunar Halo3.80Not Tried
12 Aug 2016 (Dosser)
Hot afternoon. Enjoyed the sunshine.
Pig & Porter - Fatal Flaw American Amber4.50GoodNot one of my favourites but in reasonable condition. The hot sun beating down didnt do my beer any favours.

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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 (Units 7 & 8) 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. In May 2015 it moved into the larger neighbouring unit (Unit 9). 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.

We have visited this pub 69 times, seen 106 different beers and tried 67 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT9 1AP