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Ales of the Unexpected, Margate

Pub added by Dave McNally
105 Canterbury Road
Postal town: Margate

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Will Larter left this review about Ales of the Unexpected

I turned up slightly before opening time at this, my sixth micropub of the day, and witnessed the opening process: shutter up, door open, bicycle on pavement. Once inside, it is a deep and narrow room, with the front room having maps adorning the walls, and the bar counter in the back room. As with most of these Kent micros there are no hand pumps, beers being brought out from the cold room. This is a very friendly pub, with the owner as well as the barman leading the conversation. The owner attempted to change my beer for me, after we'd been discussing local beer styles for a few minutes, saying that Isle of Purbeck Best Bitter 3.6% was towards the end of the barrel and the more recently tapped Leigh on Sea Two Tree Island 4.5% would be better. I resisted, because to me there was nothing wrong with my beer, and besides, I didn't want to be switching to a stronger beer as I still had two more pubs to do and then cycle back to Canterbury from Herne. I'd be happy to call in here again if in the area.

Date of visit: 1st May 2019

On 30th May 2019 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Ales Of The Unexpected

Very quiet on our Saturday afternoon visit, with only one customer sitting near the bar. Most probably everyone had headed down to the beach for the afternoon. The barman was friendly and chatty which made this a worthy visit, along with a very good pint of Pig and Porter Lilac Time Mild. There was also a choice of two other beers, which were Milestone Hoptimsim and Banks and Taylor Glider, plus a choice of 8 ciders.

On 8th June 2018 - rating: 7
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Aqualung . left this review about Ales Of The Unexpected

This mircopub is in a more residential part of Margate on the East edge of Westbrook but not too far from the Rail Station. It's a shop conversion that is a long narrow room with a small bar counter and cold room at the rear. There was some low seating here but as noted below it is rather dark and I had trouble reading what beers were on. There were four in total something by Cottage and Mighty Oak then Salopian Hoptwister and Canterbury Knights. I went for the Canterbury Knights (£3.00) which was excellent. I didn't have a lot of time to spend here as I had a train to catch but it seemed well worth the visit.

On 13th January 2017 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Ales Of The Unexpected

Relatively new micro-pub located in a small terraced shop unit almost opposite the former Royal Sea Bathing Hospital. Limited amount of furniture in the front seating area, with a few more seats in the back room housing the unadorned bar counter. Dark inside, apart from adjacent to the glazed double-doors at the front (propped open on a hot summer afternoon). Decor comprises large maps on the walls, numerous pump clips and other bits of breweriana and bric-a-brac. Four real ales on offer, all served direct from the casks housed in a room to the rear, including Gadds 6.0% Thoroughly Modern Mild (excellent value at £3.00). Three ciders also available. Well worth a stop if in the area.

On 23rd August 2015 - rating: 7
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