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The Why Not (Free House)

We believe this building is NO LONGER a pub

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Heart of GoldExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - East Kent India Pale AleExcellent1
Wold Top - Wold GoldExcellent2
Redemption - Urban DuskExcellent2
Potton - The Village BikeExcellent1
Mad Cat - Golden India Pale Ale (previously Meaney's Golden India Pale Ale)Excellent1
Deverell's - Redemption Excellent2
Goacher's - Special House AleGood1
Medieval - War of the RosesGood1
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good LifeGood1
Kissingate - Black Cherry MildGood2
Ascot - 5/4 Favourite (formerly Alligator Ale)Acceptable1
Mighty Oak - Tiger TimAcceptable1
Potbelly - Pigs Do Fly!Not Tried0
Medieval - GauntletNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - GenesisNot Tried0
Tiny Rebel - Billabong Aussie Summer AleNot Tried0
Medieval - BroadswordNot Tried0
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby MildNot Tried0
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good SheppardNot Tried0
Tring - Side Pocket for a ToadNot Tried0
Kissingate - Old Tale PorterNot Tried0
Redemption - HopspurNot Tried0
Franklins - Grumpy GuvnorNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Why Not, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent

Visits Details

12 Nov 2013 (ChrisE)
This pub is currently closed owing to a bereavement. Check the pub's web site for any updates.
25 Oct 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
There is strong rumour that The Why Not will re-open under new management in early November 2013, maybe the 1st or 2nd. Post comment note: It indeed re-open at 5pm on Friday 1st November 2013 under the management of Gary and Jane.
13 Sep 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Word on the street from trusted sources is that The Why Not has ceased trading and is closed and its website supports this. Check before venturing to visit.
06 Jul 2013 (John B)
Mighty Oak - Tiger Tim4.00Acceptable
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby Mild3.80Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Genesis3.50Not Tried
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Sheppard4.50Not TriedRan out
28 Jun 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Quiz night in full swing. A ladies team complained the questions were too male oriented. Yet again it rained on the way to and the way back from this pub!
Mad Cat - Golden India Pale Ale (previously Meaney's Golden India Pale Ale)4.20ExcellentLiked the residual bitterness on the lips
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Genesis3.50Not Tried
Tiny Rebel - Billabong Aussie Summer Ale4.60Not Tried
Medieval - Broadsword4.30Not Tried
24 May 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Am beginning to think this is the place "where the Sun don't shine". I have never been here when it is not windy or raining or windy and raining. Hailstones on the way down across Reculver Marshes too.
Medieval - War of the Roses4.60Good
Goody Ales - Bleangate Brewery - Good Life3.90GoodBetter than my past few Goody's
Goacher's - Special House Ale3.80Not Tried
Potbelly - Pigs Do Fly!4.40Not Tried
Medieval - Gauntlet3.50Not Tried
10 Apr 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Few in quite late on a wet evening.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - East Kent India Pale Ale6.50ExcellentDangerously bitter and punchy with abv
Goacher's - Special House Ale3.80GoodCalled Why Not!
Redemption - Hopspur4.50Not Tried
Franklins - Grumpy Guvnor4.50Not Tried
26 Mar 2013 (HSB)
Group of five of us had a splendid lunch time session here. Good example of a micro-pub.
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60Excellent
Deverell's - Redemption 4.50Excellent
Wold Top - Wold Gold4.80Good
Kissingate - Black Cherry Mild4.20Good
26 Mar 2013 (ChrisE)
A group of five of us met here for a few beers at lunchtime. A thoroughly enjoyable visit with some good beers and home-made pasties.
Wold Top - Wold Gold4.80Excellent
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60ExcellentIn exceptionally good condition.
Kissingate - Black Cherry Mild4.20GoodDefinite hint of black cherries. An interesting beer.
Deverell's - Redemption 4.50GoodCaramel flavours.
26 Feb 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Chatty local crowd in.
Potton - The Village Bike4.30ExcellentFruity
Oakleaf (now see Fallen Acorn entries) - Heart of Gold3.50ExcellentPunched well over its abv
Ascot - 5/4 Favourite (formerly Alligator Ale)4.60AcceptableThe Guv said it was not really ready but I tried it anyway
Tring - Side Pocket for a Toad3.60Not Tried
Kissingate - Old Tale Porter4.50Not Tried

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About The Why Not

The pub sign. The Why Not, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, CT8 8ES.

A new kid on the block which opened on Sunday 2nd December 2012 as another Thanet Micropub. Located on Lymington Road in a previously unpubbed part of town, a shop conversion having previously been a Butcher's, Flower Shop and lastly a hairdresser's. In fact the ground floor gravity stillage beer cellar is the former Butcher's cold store which seems to require no artificial cooling. Since being built it has always been a shop and has now been furnished with former wooden dining room tables and chairs and has a superb brown and black quarry tiled floor. As the use of mobile telephones is banned in the bar here a separate back room has been provided which is labelled Telephone and has a seat and table for those that must use their device!! Named after the pub in the J. Meade Falkner book Moonfleet. Closed in September 2013 and subsequently re-opened under new stewardship on Friday 1st November 2013 but closed permanently shortly after that.

We have visited this pub 13 times, seen 29 different beers and tried 18 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT8 8ES