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Blakes, Dover

52 Castle Street
CT16 1PJ
Phone: 01304202194
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E TA left this review about Blakes

An easy to miss cellar bar under a restaurant and B&B in a Georgian terrace, Blakes has a well-deserved reputation for quality ales and is a GBG regular. There are flagstone floors throughout, and there are stairs at the back leading up to the garden. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable, a couple of the locals were hostile but I put that down to in-breeding. The atmosphere was calm overall, and the tv screen was switched off. Six ales on, 3 from gravity fed casks, this time I had a pint of Cottage Brewing's MGA which was a truly excellent pint. Well worth finding and an essential part of a town crawl.

On 28th July 2013 - rating: 9
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Manky Badger left this review about Blakes

Visited yesterday, In the past I’ve encountered a very conceited attitude from the bar staff and the locals. There was none of that on this visit: in fact the bar staff were very helpful. I've put the rating up to 7/10. Had I visited for the first time yesterday it would have got 9/10, but I'm afraid the history counts against it.

On 6th February 2011 - rating: 7
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Manky Badger left this review about Blakes

Two years ago I visited Blakes of Dover and wasn’t impressed. I would so dearly love to have this place in my top ten list of pubs. It has everything I rate in a pub. It’s off the beaten track, but easily accessible on public transport. It’s downstairs in an obscure basement. It has decent ale from the best breweries – and some of the ale is poured from the barrel. It even has pickled eggs.
However it also has bar staff who know how marvellous their pub is. And rather than clientele or regulars, it has an “in-crowd” who make a point of staring at the newcomer. On my last visit I rather slated the place in my last review, and today’s visit gave me no reason to change my opinion of the place.

It gets 4/10, which for me is "could do better"

On 5th December 2010 - rating: 4
[User has posted 5 recommendations about 5 pubs]

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 28 July 2013 by hondo .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 28 July 2013 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 28 July 2013 by hondo .
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