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The Mechanical Elephant (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Oakham - JHBExcellent1
Wantsum - GolgothaExcellent1
Wantsum - HengistExcellent1
Westerham - Little Scotney Green Hop AleExcellent1
Wantsum - Ravening WolfExcellent1
Wantsum - Black PigExcellent1
Greene King - Abbot AleGood3
Wantsum - Heart of DarknessGood1
Brains - Bread of HeavenAcceptable1
Exmoor - GoldAcceptable1
Whitstable - Cockle WarmerPoor1
Old Dairy - Snow TopNot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Mechanical Elephant, Margate, Kent

Visits Details

13 Jun 2019 (Dosser)
Half a mill refit and reopened with a disappointing selection of beers. Loads of new seats and tables to pack in the punters who want to eat.
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00GoodNot too bad
Exmoor - Gold4.50AcceptableMost uninspiring and tired
06 Mar 2019 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon fairly busy with the stereotypical Spoonites associated with such venues including the pushchair brigade with their screaming accessories. Our group had finished a round of crazy golf early so decided to pop in here until the real pubs opened. I've only listed the non National Blands..
Brains - Bread of Heaven4.00AcceptableDoes what it says on the tin - alas on the tired side and a struggle to finish.
Whitstable - Cockle Warmer4.70PoorSharp acetic twang to this, luckily only a taster
21 Feb 2019 (Dosser)
Disappointing selection of guests
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00GoodA good pint
09 Jan 2019 (beery steve)
First stop on a lunchtime outing.
Wantsum - Black Pig4.80Excellent
Wantsum - Hengist5.00Not Tried
10 Sep 2018 (Dosser)
2 wantsum as guests
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90ExcellentTop pint. Hope the elephant keeps up this standard.
10 Sep 2018 (beery steve)
First port of call on a tour around the Isle of Thanet
Wantsum - Hengist5.00ExcellentVery Malty
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90Not Tried
17 Aug 2018 (Dosser)
Afternoon visit. Only 2 guests on in a pub packed with kids.
Wantsum - Golgotha5.50ExcellentTop quality and with a voucher well under 2 quid. Bargain.Nice to find an enjoyable beer here.
02 May 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit on way back to the railway station. A Margate sea front institution these days, waiting for the summer crowds due soon.
Oakham - JHB3.80ExcellentMust say was the best ale of the evening. A while since I've had JHB and this was very bitter (more so than I recall in the past) but tiptop in condition
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
28 Feb 2018 (Dosser)
Small crowd on a freezing day
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00GoodNot bad
Wantsum - Heart of Darkness4.40GoodTop beer
15 Nov 2017 (beery steve)
Early visit for breakfast not many in.
Westerham - Little Scotney Green Hop Ale4.30ExcellentSuperb example of a green hop beer and rarely for this pub in excellent condition.
Old Dairy - Snow Top6.00Not Tried

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About The Mechanical Elephant

The pub sign. The Mechanical Elephant, Margate, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Margate, Kent, CT9 1XJ.

Typical Wetherspoon's, although at one time was a Lloyds No.1 Bar at the weekend thus got pretty busy and had music playing loudly at the weekend. Since early 2013 the formerly dance floor partitioned off area for weekend music has been converted to carpeted bar seating to make this Wetherspoon traditional through and through. 10 handpumps in 2 banks of 5.

We have visited this pub 74 times, seen 136 different beers and tried 72 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT9 1XJ