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The Chapel (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Tonbridge - CountrymanExceptional1
Temperance Union - Vfm SoftyExcellent1
Signature Brew - Extra Pale Ale (E.P.)Excellent1
Boutilliers - Ruby Anniversary PorterExcellent1
Tonbridge - RusticGood1
360° - APAGood1
Pennine Brewing (Bedale) - Hair of the DogGood1
Boutilliers - Christmas PorterGood1
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Dark MatterAcceptable1
Kent - PaleAcceptable1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Pardoner's AlePoor1
Tonbridge - Union PaleNot Tried0
Vale of Glamorgan (VOG) - Copper BitterNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Not Tried0
Westerham - British Bulldog "BB" (was 4.3%)Not Tried0
Yeovil - RubyNot Tried0
Canopy - Full Moon PorterNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - Foundation BitterNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Chapel, Broadstairs, Kent
Picture 2. The Chapel, Broadstairs, Kent

Visits Details

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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Good
06 Jul 2016 (Alenomore)
Lunchtime, first visit and with a pal from Buxton down too. Nice micro, friendly bar lady. Impressed, particularly with the full Brewdog stable. Not listing/scoring these days.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Temperance Union - Vfm Softy1.00Excellent
17 Dec 2015 (Dosser)
Empty
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Pale4.00AcceptableShould be much better
10 Sep 2015 (Jack William)
Last stop on my birthday saunter. What a gem. Shame that the beer was a little past its best.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Pardoner's Ale3.80PoorDry and just a little sour.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not Tried
Westerham - British Bulldog "BB" (was 4.3%)4.10Not Tried

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About The Chapel

The pub sign. The Chapel, Broadstairs, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional2
Excellent11
Good14
Acceptable5
Poor1

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 27 times, seen 45 different beers and tried 28 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT10 1LX