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The Lifeboat Ale & Cider House (Free House)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kent - French KissExcellent1
Kent - ProhibitionExcellent1
Navigation - Cherry AlmondExcellent1
Range Ales - Shot In The DarkExcellent1
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Excellent1
Baker's Dozen - Straight Outta KettonGood1
Tonbridge - TraditionalGood1
Kent - Breakfast Oatmeal StoutGood1
Island Brewery - Earl's R.D.A.Good1
Wantsum - FortitudeAcceptable1
G2 - OrionAcceptable1
Bedlam - AmagansettAcceptable2
Hook Norton - Hooky GoldNot Tried0
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Dark MatterNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderNot Tried0
G2 - Southern CrossNot Tried0
Tonbridge - CountrymanNot Tried0
Exmoor - WildcatNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Lifeboat Ale & Cider House, Margate, Kent

Visits Details

22 Sep 2021 (Dosser)
2 visits here today.
Bedlam - Amagansett5.00GoodA good pint
Bedlam - Amagansett5.00PoorReturned for another pint. Unfortunately I got the last one out.
20 Feb 2020 (Dosser)
3 ales on in this lively bar
Kent - Breakfast Oatmeal Stout4.20GoodNot bad but a bit watery
20 Oct 2019 (Dosser)
2 ales on. No longer selling brewdog but other expensive keg beers
Navigation - Cherry Almond4.50ExcellentVery nice
15 Aug 2019 (Dosser)
Only found 2 beers in both the Fez and 2 halves but a more interesting duo here, though more pricey.
Kent - French Kiss4.90ExcellentTop strawberry hit. What will they come up with next?? unusual but tasty beer.
Baker's Dozen - Straight Outta Ketton4.50GoodCitrus hit
13 Jun 2019 (Dosser)
2 ales on. Quite a crowd in
Island Brewery - Earl's R.D.A.5.00GoodNice beer but £4.20 a pint. IOW brewery but im not sure if the name is correct
Wantsum - Fortitude4.20AcceptableUninspiring. £3.40 a pint
21 Feb 2019 (Dosser)
3 ales on and loads of keykeg
Range Ales - Shot In The Dark4.50ExcellentAnother fine pint
28 Feb 2018 (Dosser)
4 cask ales and a roaring fire
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.
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.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70ExcellentQuality 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.
G2 - Orion3.80AcceptableTart bitter.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30Not Tried
G2 - Southern Cross4.80Not Tried
Tonbridge - Countryman4.00Not Tried

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About The Lifeboat Ale & Cider House

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

Summary of Beer Scores


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 41 times, seen 90 different beers and tried 50 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT9 1ER