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The Mechanical Elephant (Wetherspoon)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Frome (formerly Milk Street) - Gulp IPAExcellent1
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Original Port StoutExcellent1
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Blue TopExcellent1
Hook Norton - Cambridge Flower Child IPAExcellent1
Exmoor - BeastExcellent1
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Bruin's (was Bruins Ruin)Excellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsExcellent1
Grainstore - Rutland BeastExcellent1
Greene King - AbbotGood2
Hook Norton - Old HookyAcceptable2
Ringwood - Old ThumperUndrinkable1
Ringwood - FortyninerNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles BestNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Top Dog StoutNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Mechanical Elephant, Margate, Kent

Visits Details

22 Feb 2024 (Dosser)
Pouring outside so a quick visit was in order. 3 guests on. Had to top up all beers. Only £2.24 a pint with a voucher. Miles cheaper than the RVP.
Exmoor - Beast6.60ExcellentGreat condition
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70ExcellentIn great nick
06 Apr 2023 (Dosser)
Burger chips and a beer on a miserable afternoon in Margit. 3 ales on.
Hook Norton - Cambridge Flower Child IPA6.00ExcellentLovely IPA
23 Sep 2022 (Dosser)
3 guests on tonight
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Original Port Stout4.80ExcellentFresh on and it showed
15 Sep 2022 (Dosser)
After checking the app and finding a bunch of uninspiring beers we decided to go in anyway. And found two lovely surprises.
Grainstore - Rutland Beast5.30ExcellentAnother beer in great condition. Both beers were fresh on and it showed.
Frome (formerly Milk Street) - Gulp IPA4.80ExcellentExcellent citrusy IPA. Only £1'79 with a voucher.
07 Jul 2022 (Jack William)
Mid morning - I am on the first day of 22 cycling Margate to Jon O’Groats (via Land’s End). 20 miles from home to get here and I thought I’d mark the start with a pint. A scattering of punters throughout these extensive premises.
Beartown (latterly part of Manning Brewers) - Bruin's (was Bruins Ruin)5.00Excellent Very acceptable, good hoppy, dry finish.
Greene King - Abbot5.00Not Tried
Ringwood - Fortyniner4.90Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Greene King - Ruddles Best3.70Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Top Dog Stout5.00Not Tried
26 May 2022 (Dosser)
4 beers on
Greene King - Abbot5.00GoodNice
Ringwood - Old Thumper5.10UndrinkableAll 4 of us who had this returned it. End of cask.
21 Apr 2022 (Dosser)
3 ales on at bargain prices.
Old Dairy (being contract brewed after it closed) - Blue Top4.80ExcellentQuality ale today
19 May 2021 (Dosser)
4 ales on. Covid compliant. Enjoyed a burger and chips.
Hook Norton - Old Hooky4.60AcceptableLacking body but acceptable.
02 Nov 2020 (Dosser)
Poor selection of beers and only a couple of gloombar and Abbott in the cellar so no price reductions here. Meal b4 lockdown on a gloomy Monday
Greene King - Abbot5.00GoodA nice pint of beer
22 Oct 2020 (Dosser)
2 guests in, social distancing yet again.
Hook Norton - Old Hooky4.60AcceptableNot enjoyable. Tasted like a national brand!

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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 90 times, seen 148 different beers and tried 83 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT9 1XJ