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The Tap Room (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Great Heck - Black JesusExceptional1
Wantsum - Ravening WolfExcellent1
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Temperance Session AleExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Excellent2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - East Kent India Pale AleExcellent1
Late Knights - Worm Catcher IPAExcellent1
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Excellent1
Goacher's - Gold StarExcellent1
Late Knights - Penge PorterExcellent1
Isla Vale Alesmiths - IPAExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster StoutGood1
Late Knights - Morning GloryGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 10Good1
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX No. 2Good1
Goacher's - Real Mild AleNot Tried0
Brass Castle - BurnoutNot Tried0
Wantsum - Red RaddleNot Tried0
Gun - Pale AleNot Tried0
Gun - Scaramanga Extra Pale AleNot Tried0
Hepworth - Hiver The Honey AleNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Crate - Golden AleNot Tried0
Oddly - Session Pale AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Tap Room, Cliftonville, Kent
Picture 2. The Tap Room, Cliftonville, Kent

Visits Details

07 Apr 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Surprised the Guv remembered me from such a long ago last visit. Bohemian feel, low lit and noted that 2 KeyKeg beers have been introduced since then.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster Stout6.20GoodKeyKeg dispense, Gadds' quality came through. On this cooled dispense came through rather like a Draught Guinness
Howling Hops (Brewed at Hackney Wick) - Pale XX No. 25.10Good
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Crate - Golden Ale3.80Not Tried
Oddly - Session Pale Ale3.30Not Tried
03 Jun 2017 (Andrew)
Pub number 7. First time here and very impressed. Down a side street. An oasis of beer.
One Mile End Brew Co. (formerly Mulligans at the White Hart and then WH Brew Pub) - Temperance Session Ale3.50ExcellentGrapefruit.
Gun - Pale Ale4.60Not Tried
Gun - Scaramanga Extra Pale Ale3.90Not Tried
Hepworth - Hiver The Honey Ale5.40Not Tried
24 Jan 2016 (Dosser)
Interesting discussion with the family. Excellent nibbles brought in by the local baker. Totally yummy. Great to see Goachers being delivered here.
Great Heck - Black Jesus6.50ExceptionalQuality dark un. Beer of the day.
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10ExcellentStill a quality beer.
21 Jan 2016 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit, we had a good chat with the landlord and a former pub landlord who was enjoying his retirement.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80ExcellentThe best No.7 that I have had for some time.
Late Knights - Worm Catcher IPA5.00ExcellentJust a taster but excellent.
Wantsum - Red Raddle5.00Not Tried
Great Heck - Black Jesus6.50Not TriedThere seems to be a lot of Great Heck beers in this region at the moment.
14 Jan 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening after being cut to pieces by some of the strongest wind I have ever walked in. Good to see this is now permanently open and pleased to be recognised from my previous Easter 2015 visit. Ticks all the Micropub boxes.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Good
Late Knights - Morning Glory4.40GoodBetter Late Knights than I have had in Late Knights's pubs
Isla Vale Alesmiths - IPA5.50Not TriedJust a taster and seemed to be heavily sugar-laden so no go for me
13 Jan 2016 (Dosser)
Found it! Great micro pub in the traditional format. Proper cold room means the beers were in great condition. Bedford camra group were in attempting to do 40,000 visits to pubs and the rest.Welcome addition to the loop bus pub tour.
Isla Vale Alesmiths - IPA5.50ExcellentSuperb condition. Half price as young lad shut up 15 mins early last Saturday!
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Not Tried
30 Dec 2015 (ChrisE)
It is nice to see this pub open now open on a regular basis. This was my first visit here after quite a long wait and it was nice to be able to dispel all the rumours as to why the pub had closed soon after the initial opening.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Excellent
Late Knights - Penge Porter4.60ExcellentRare to see Late Knights beers in pubs other than their own.
11 Apr 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Latest Micropub to open in Kent and at last makes a reason for visiting Cliftonville. Long conversation about beer and Micropubs with the family licensees. A rather abv heavy beer range.
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - East Kent India Pale Ale6.50Excellent
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 1010.00GoodAn Imperial Stout. The licensees' son has produced a convincing Gadds' pumpclip for, apparently, the only cask not sold through Planet Thanet Beer Festival over Easter
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Brass Castle - Burnout5.80Not Tried

About The Tap Room

The pub sign. The Tap Room, Cliftonville, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Cliftonville, Kent, CT9 2NR.

Family-run Micropub on Northdown Parade (just off Northdown Road in Price's Avenue) in a former end of terrace take-away food shop which opened on Good Friday April 2015 after a number of false starts. The walls are adorned with various advertisements in enamel and framed. Real ale is served on gravity dispense through 5 wall-mounted quarter turn taps which are directly connected to casks in a temperature controlled cellar room behind the wall. There is a bar counter and 2 KeyKeg beers have recently been introduced with beer taps with skull head handles. Easy to get to from much of Thanet on the regular Loop bus service. ** Reported as temporarily closed for "Council reasons" after no more than about a week of being open** so watch the pub's Facebook page for latest updates. Re-opened December 2015 after reapplication for premises licence. Latterly no cask beer served here.

We have visited this pub 8 times, seen 23 different beers and tried 14 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT9 2NR