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The Chapel (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Tonbridge - CountrymanExceptional1
Signature Brew - Extra Pale Ale (E.P.)Excellent1
Boutilliers - Ruby Anniversary PorterExcellent1
Kent - Brewers ReserveGood1
Tonbridge - RusticGood1
360° - APAGood1
Pennine Brewing (Bedale) - Hair of the DogGood1
Boutilliers - Christmas PorterGood1
Range Ales - Black OpsGood1
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Dark MatterAcceptable1
Titanic - Plum PorterAcceptable1
Tonbridge - Union PaleNot Tried0
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Copper BitterNot Tried0
Yeovil - RubyNot Tried0
Canopy - Full Moon PorterNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Foundation BitterNot Tried0
Hammerton - N7Not Tried0
Range Ales - Golden ShotNot Tried0
Gorgeous - GlowflyNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Chapel, Broadstairs, Kent
Picture 2. The Chapel, Broadstairs, Kent

Visits Details

17 Jul 2019 (Dosser)
3 beers on and lots of key kegs
Kent - Brewers Reserve5.00GoodVery nice pint
28 Oct 2018 (Dosser)
Lots of craft ales available
Range Ales - Black Ops4.80GoodHuge head on this beer
03 Oct 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening's last port of call. A very good mix of customer types here, perhaps with a number of foreign students.
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90AcceptableHeavily plummy
Hammerton - N75.20Not Tried
Range Ales - Golden Shot3.70Not Tried
Gorgeous - Glowfly4.00Not Tried
11 Apr 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit, my first since the more permanent bar counter and handpumps were introduced with an array of keg taps.
Pennine Brewing (Bedale) - Hair of the Dog3.90GoodAmber coloured traditional bitter
East London (ELB) - Foundation Bitter4.20Not Tried
360° - APA5.00Not Tried
10 Apr 2018 (Dosser)
Got pricey in here.
360° - APA5.00GoodNot bad. 3.80 made it pricey though.
10 Feb 2018 (Andrew)
A few in. Dark outside. I like this pub but it's a bit odd.
Signature Brew - Extra Pale Ale (E.P.)3.50Excellent
Yeovil - Ruby4.50Not Tried
Canopy - Full Moon Porter4.80Not Tried
28 Apr 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Mid evening seemed fairly quiet a couple of others at the bar however this pub has many other rooms hidden away, plus the acoustics of being surrounded by a plethora of books will soak up any hubbub of conversation.
Tonbridge - Countryman4.00ExceptionalThis was the only cask ale on offer in sea of Brew Dog keg offerings and it was in faultless condition. Spicy aroma with a roast malts throat hit. Another pump had a Boutilliers clip turned around but I did not note which brew.
08 Jan 2017 (Dosser)
The pub crawl continues. First visit since they went to brew dog beers as well as a new dispense system. The beer has improved but they now have some ridiculous prices.
Boutilliers - Christmas Porter4.80GoodVery nice porter. I had to ask for a top up which was still short.
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Dark Matter4.40AcceptableDidnt taste quite right for a rasberry porter.
17 Dec 2016 (Andrew)
Woah what's happening to this place. It has a solid bar snd a huge row of hand pumps and keg taps (mainly brewdog). All the books are still around the wall though. Not very busy.
Boutilliers - Ruby Anniversary Porter5.70ExcellentThis is really good. Well crafted chocolate porter with enogh body to support the ABV without letting it take over.
Tonbridge - Union Pale4.70Not Tried
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Copper Bitter3.90Not Tried
19 Jul 2016 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit with just one other customer when we arrived. This place has changed a lot since my last visit with an array of tall Brew Dog fonts on the bar at one end and a few handpumps at the other.
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Good

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About The Chapel

The pub sign. The Chapel, Broadstairs, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 1LX.

Formerly the Albion bookshop this is now converted to a pub. From the same stable as The Lifeboat in Margate. Real ales from handpump. When first opened this was served from gravity behind a trestle table bar by the stepped entrance but this was subsequently converted to an L-shaped rough plywood bar counter. In 2016 cask ale dispense was converted to handpumps. At the time of opening the venue remained a bookshop too with all books marked for sale. Drinking on several levels including a staircase up to the balcony. Now has 8 handpumps and large array of keg taps on a more formal fixed bar counter.

We have visited this pub 30 times, seen 51 different beers and tried 31 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT10 1LX