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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
Stockport - Stock PorterExcellent1
Wantsum - UXB?Good1
Shivering Sands - Golden Sands IPAGood1
Kent - Breakfast Oatmeal StoutGood1
Island Brewery - Earl's R.D.A.Good1
Baker's Dozen - Straight Outta KettonGood1
Titanic - Cherry DarkGood1
Wantsum - Fortitude (was 4.2%)Acceptable1
Bedlam - AmagansettAcceptable2
Titsey - Gresham Hopper (was 3.7%)Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Lifeboat Ale & Cider House, Margate, Kent

Visits Details

09 Jun 2023 (Magnus Greel)
Early afternoon and quiet with an unexpectedly small but decent selection on offer.
Wantsum - UXB?4.60GoodHit the dark fruits and raspberry description perfectly!
Shivering Sands - Golden Sands IPA5.20GoodClean crisp and dry refreshing golden ale.
Titsey - Gresham Hopper (was 3.7%)3.40Not TriedNot the first instance of this, unbeknown to me, brewery's influence in this town today..
15 Sep 2022 (Dosser)
2 beers on.
Titanic - Cherry Dark4.40GoodVery lively pint initially with a giant head. £4.20 a pint. I prefer the plum version. This was too fruity for me though in good condition.
25 May 2022 (Dosser)
4 beers on
Stockport - Stock Porter4.80ExcellentVery nice pint
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 - Fortitude (was 4.2%)4.60AcceptableUninspiring. £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

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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 44 times, seen 95 different beers and tried 54 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT9 1ER