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Ales of the Unexpected (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ripple Steam - Classic IPAExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Green and Gold Excellent1
Range Ales - Double TapExcellent1
Ilkley - Mary JaneExcellent1
Mighty Oak - Wonky DonkeyGood1
Romney Marsh - Marsh GoldGood1
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - Folkestone BestGood1
Pitchfork (a brand of Epic Beers) - North Pole NectarGood1
Range Ales - Black OpsGood1
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - GliderGood1
Wantsum - DynamoGood1
Mr Grundy's - Western FrontGood1
Old Dairy - Blue TopGood1
Isla Vale Alesmiths - Hopping Mad Acceptable1
Mighty Oak - The Old Man and The SeaNot Tried0
Cotleigh - RedfireNot Tried0
Picture 1. Ales of the Unexpected, Westbrook, Kent
Picture 2. Ales of the Unexpected, Westbrook, Kent

Visits Details

20 Oct 2019 (Dosser)
5 ales on all below 4%. A guy shared his huge fish and chips with the rest of the pub.
Ilkley - Mary Jane3.50ExcellentTop quality
McCanns (see also Angels and Demons) - Folkestone Best4.00GoodFlavoursome
23 Aug 2019 (Dosser)
3 ales on. I tried a cloudy cider as well.
Mr Grundy's - Western Front4.40GoodNot too bad
05 Jan 2019 (Dosser)
4 beers on a cold Saturday afternoon.
Wantsum - Dynamo4.30GoodDry bitter that went down well.
07 Jun 2018 (Dosser)
Loads in on a sunny evening. Price has gone up to £3.30 a pint
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Glider4.80GoodNot bad
23 Dec 2017 (Ian)
Sat at the bar with the friendly barman. Only one in but it was excellent. Sat drinking 4 new beers to me having a chat. Improved pub by having a woman's touch maybe?
Mighty Oak - Wonky Donkey4.30GoodPeachy golden ale. Great condition
Pitchfork (a brand of Epic Beers) - North Pole Nectar4.10GoodClassic golden ale. Some white pepper bitter hop finish
Cotleigh - Redfire4.80Not Tried
17 Oct 2017 (Magnus Greel)
1800ish and start of our Margate micropub crawl. Friendly and welcoming, we chatted to a few locals gathered around the bar before occupying a couple of tables by the entrance.
Ripple Steam - Classic IPA4.50ExcellentFull of flavour with a nice alcohol kick
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Green and Gold 4.80ExcellentHad a taster of this, very medicinal so decided not to opt for a pint. Chalked up as 5.2% here.
Range Ales - Double Tap4.10ExcellentI detected a hint of sherbert fizz on the tongue, very pleasant.
Mighty Oak - The Old Man and The Sea4.10Not Tried
05 Aug 2017 (Dosser)
1 hour to get here by bus from the wheel. Buses are rubbish and too many micros shut on a Saturday.
Range Ales - Black Ops4.80GoodInteresting ale served at the correct temperature
01 Jun 2017 (Dosser)
Big crowd in. Lots of noise. Strange place to hold a camra meeting. Nice spread provided.
Romney Marsh - Marsh Gold4.10GoodNice pint. Strongest one on offer.
15 Jan 2017 (Dosser)
Start of our pub crawl of Margate.
Old Dairy - Blue Top4.80Good
20 Feb 2016 (Ian)
I like this pub, 10 mins walk from Margate station away from central Margate. In a parade of shops you have a long narrow pub that is slightly quirky and I like the maps on the walls.
Isla Vale Alesmiths - Hopping Mad 4.00AcceptableBrown bitter. OK though.

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About the Ales of the Unexpected

The pub sign. Ales of the Unexpected, Westbrook, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Westbrook, Kent, CT9 5AX.

Another Thanet Micropub opened on the evening of Friday 23rd August 2013 in Canterbury Road. Originally run by Carl and Nancy but subsequently sold on by them. Near the former Royal Sea Bathing Hospital site - a brisk 7 minutes walk from Margate railway station and on bus routes. A shop conversion from previous use as an antiques shop and before that a fishmonger. At the street end of the building the layout is normal height tables, chairs and benches. The bar counter is at the back in a more sparsely furnished area where the unisex toilet is also located. Real ale, cider and wine are sold. Real ale and cider are dispensed on gravity from casks set up on a fixed wooden stillage in a back room behind the bar counter, in a temperature controlled daylightless room.

We have visited this pub 35 times, seen 72 different beers and tried 49 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT9 5AX