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The Lifeboat, Folkestone

42 North Street
CT19 6AF
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Steve C left this review about The Lifeboat

The Lifeboat is a small and comfortable pub off the beaten track that doesn’t open until 13:00 during the week and midday at the weekend. There are extended opening hours until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, but on Sundays and Mondays the pub closes at 21:00. My visit was at 16:00 on Monday last week when there were two other customers. There was some sporadic music playing off the jukebox at an unobtrusive level and the plasma screen was off with no signs of live sport, which didn’t surprise as this doesn’t seem the sort of place that would show football.
A standard draught range along with Amstel is available from the bar that is found on the right hand wall. I counted seven hand pumps, but three of these were unused and the Ruddles was off leaving Deuchars, Morland Original and Young’s Ordinary as the ale options. The woman behind the bar, who I took to be the landlady, was in the process of putting a guest pump clip on one of the unused hand pumps so the limited selection of ale was probably just down to my time of visit.

I liked it in here and would have no problem returning.

On 13th June 2013 - rating: 7
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Clive Thompson left this review about The Lifeboat

It's not a place that you'd just happen across but if you are looking for a good real ale experience it's worth checking a map and searching it out. It's a small corner pub quite close to the harbour and the railway bridges. It doesn't open until 1pm on weekdays although I guess that could change in the Summer months. There were four handpumps on with London Pride, Doombar, Sharps Special and Harveys Sussex. We spent a pleasant afternoon in there drinking the Sharps Special and had the place to ourselves until about 4.30 when a couple of other customers came in. Friendly banter and good beer kept us amused as well as trying to find the worst song on the jukebox (my All Night Holiday by Russ Abbott was beaten a short head by Hands Up Hands Up by Zig and Zag, I was gutted). An afternoon lost but not wasted.

On 14th February 2010 - rating: 8
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Manky Badger left this review about The Lifeboat

Really welcoming traditional pub with five ales on the hand pump and good food. It's a bit off the beaten track, but well worth finding.

On 7th February 2010 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Folkestone Central, 1.06 miles, 20 min walk (show)
Folkestone West, 1.93 miles, 37 min walk (show)
Sandling, 6.72 miles, 2 hr 9 min walk (show)
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