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The Mechanical Elephant (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Oakham - JHBExcellent1
Shepherd Neame - Saint Louis Schlafly Continental IPAExcellent1
Westerham - Little Scotney Green Hop AleExcellent1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurExcellent1
Wantsum - Heart of DarknessGood1
Greene King - Abbot AleGood3
Westerham - One Hop ProgressGood1
Whitstable - Kentish ReserveGood1
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Brimmer Kawasaki Red AleAcceptable1
Nelson - Nelsons BloodAcceptable1
Ringwood - FortyninerAcceptable1
Whitstable - Single Hop Brewers GoldPoor1
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

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
28 Jul 2017 (Dosser)
camra meeting with only one guest ale on! An appearance was made by the new manager of the giant Ramsgate spoons and his assistant. He was an area coordinator for Peterboro spoons and she was a manager in Cambridge spoons so plenty of experience being thrown at ramsgate and free tickets to the pre opening parties. Pity Im not around for opening!
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00GoodNice pint
Whitstable - Kentish Reserve5.00GoodNot bad
17 Jul 2017 (Dosser)
Lovely day
Nelson - Nelsons Blood6.00AcceptableNothing like the blood of the old days.Acceptable though.
31 May 2017 (Dosser)
Lots in. Needs a clean.
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00GoodBetter than I expected.
Westerham - One Hop Progress4.00GoodOk
12 May 2017 (Dosser)
Friday afternoon. Only 3 available soons on.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90ExcellentBest beer I've had here in ages. £2.15 a pint with voucher. Bargain!!
02 May 2017 (Dosser)
Here for dinner which was nicer than the beer
Ringwood - Fortyniner4.90AcceptableTook 5 mins to pour.
06 Apr 2017 (Dosser)
Lovely afternoon in Margate.
Shepherd Neame - Saint Louis Schlafly Continental IPA6.50ExcellentBest sheps beer for ages. Hippy festival beer brewed by a yank.
15 Jan 2017 (Dosser)
5 ales on tonight, 2 guests. Rumour that spoons has put in an application to buy the old court house in the old town.
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Brimmer Kawasaki Red Ale5.00AcceptableNot my sort of beer
Whitstable - Single Hop Brewers Gold4.40Poor

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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 67 times, seen 131 different beers and tried 67 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT9 1XJ