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The Lifeboat Ale & Cider House (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Temperance Union - Vfm SoftyExcellent1
Boutilliers - 90 Minute SaisonExcellent1
Dark Star - American Pale AleExcellent1
Tonbridge - TraditionalGood2
Kent - ProhibitionGood2
Hopdaemon - IncubusGood1
Wantsum - ThunderboltGood1
G2 - OrionAcceptable1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Not Tried0
Wantsum - ImperiumNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidNot Tried0
G2 - Otava IPANot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderNot Tried0
G2 - Southern CrossNot Tried0
Tonbridge - CountrymanNot Tried0
Exmoor - WildcatNot Tried0
Hook Norton - Hooky GoldNot Tried0
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Dark MatterNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Lifeboat Ale & Cider House, Margate, Kent

Visits Details

28 Feb 2018 (Dosser)
4 cask ales and a roaring fire
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Prohibition4.80ExcellentGreat flavours
17 Oct 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Mid evening and fairly quiet despite the live music in play. Has changed muchly since my last visit in April 2012. I've not listed the dozen or so Brewdog offerings on keg.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Tonbridge - Traditional3.60Good
Exmoor - Wildcat4.40Not Tried
Hook Norton - Hooky Gold4.10Not Tried
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Dark Matter4.40Not Tried
28 Jul 2017 (Dosser)
Nice chat with the boss. He has 3 beers on plus loads of what he doesnt call key keg.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70ExcellentQuality ale with loads of flavour but at £1.90 a half expensive. But the bar is open till 2am and there were lots of tourists inside and out so there is obviously a market for this type of pub.
03 Jun 2017 (Andrew)
Pub number 3. Not that busy. Lots of brew dog beers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
G2 - Orion3.80AcceptableTart bitter.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30Not Tried
G2 - Southern Cross4.80Not Tried
Tonbridge - Countryman4.00Not Tried
24 Sep 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Shaken to see the transformation here but on the plus side it is far more organised than ever the old format was and the beer was the best I had in Margate tonight.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Boutilliers - 90 Minute Saison5.50ExcellentSuperb nick
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70Not Tried
G2 - Otava IPA4.40Not Tried
07 Jul 2016 (Alenomore)
Lunchtime, first visit. Nice pub/micro,ish', friendly bar lady, the one from the Chapel. Impressed. Not listing/scoring these days.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Temperance Union - Vfm Softy1.00Excellent
20 Feb 2016 (Andrew)
Second pub in Ian and my tour our Margate. Not too busy so we got a seat. Very friendly lady behind the bar who gave Ian a pump clip.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Tonbridge - Traditional3.60Good
Wantsum - Imperium4.00Not Tried
Wantsum - Thunderbolt6.80Not Tried
20 Feb 2016 (Ian)
Busy Saturday lunchtime. Friendly barmaid.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wantsum - Thunderbolt6.80GoodSyrupy strong English ale.
Wantsum - Imperium4.00Not Tried
Tonbridge - Traditional3.60Not Tried
21 Jan 2016 (ChrisE)
Early afternoon and quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Good
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Not Tried
17 Dec 2015 (Dosser)
Smoky pub from fire
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Prohibition4.80AcceptableShould be much better

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About The Lifeboat Ale & Cider House

The pub sign. The Lifeboat Ale & Cider House, Margate, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional5
Excellent25
Good16
Acceptable5
Poor1

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

In Market Street, a small pub, former wine bar, opened in May 2010 specialising in real ale and cider. When it opened this was a contrast to the seafront pubs, there is no pool table, juke box, or gaming machines, and the cash register worked in pounds, shillings, and pence. Initially and for some years cask ales and real ciders were served on gravity dispense from casks stacked on stillage in the middle of the room. In 2016 a corner bar counter, with 6 handpumps and 10 massive imposing black keg fonts, was installed instead which also somewhat opened up the floor space. Boxed ciders / perries remain stacked at the end of the bar. A large wooden table and a large trestle table provide the focus for the seated areas.

We have visited this pub 35 times, seen 82 different beers and tried 42 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT9 1ER