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Royal Victoria Pavilion (JD Wetherspoon), Ramsgate Central, Ramsgate

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Pub SignMan left this review about Royal Victoria Pavilion (JD Wetherspoon)

This eye-catching Edwardian seaside pavilion has been thoughtfully restored by the Wetherspoons pub chain following a decade of disuse, becoming the company’s largest pub in the process. The pavilion opened in 1904, operating mainly as a cinema and variety theatre before its eventual closure in 1970, when it was converted to a casino. Unfortunately, a lot of the original features, including the domes at either end of the building and the decorative ceilings, have been lost over time, so that the initial impact upon entering is more a sense of marvel at the size rather than awe of the building. The main bar area is an enormous open plan space with dark wood flooring, the servery along the front wall and an open kitchen over to the left. There are loads of high tables and stools in this area, but it was virtually empty on our Sunday morning visit, making it feel cold and somewhat soulless as a result. Moving to the right, past some basic dark wood panelled partitioning walls and a few simple banquettes, you emerge into another very large space, carpeted throughout and furnished with some curved banquettes, chairs and tub chairs. Several pillars break up the space which seems to act as the child-friendly part of the pub judging by the chaos on display with kids running around, food crushed into the carpet and tables heaped high with no sign of anyone to clear them. Aside from a few decorative light fittings and some half-decent views out towards the beach, there was little to recommend here. Stairs lead you up to a first-floor area with a balcony, lined with muted TV screens, which looks down into the main bar area. There’s a whole load of extra seating up here including some decent padded bench booths, all running around the perimeter of the room, with many giving nice elevated views out to sea. The best views are probably to be found from the sizable upper deck area which offers plenty more seating but was far too cold to test out on a bitter Winter’s morning.
The twelve handpulls had a reasonable selection of cask ales, with three Spoon’s regulars doubled up and six guest ales on the remaining pumps. It being early in the morning, I opted to forgo the beer for a change and instead enjoyed a nice mug of tea with my full English. The staff seemed nice enough although were a little short-handed hence some of the uncleared tables. Unusually for a Wetherspoons, signs around the pub advertised a weekly quiz.
As with a lot of these ‘Spoons conversions of local landmark buildings, the best thing to come out of this pub opening is the opportunity for the public to explore a fine building that is an important part of Ramsgate’s history. For me though, the place didn’t really work all that well, seeming far too big for a town of this size and having lost a lot of original features, struggled to convey a sense of the building’s past use. It’s a perfectly functional ‘Spoons that I’m sure would be a good spot for a bit of summer drinking, but I can’t enthuse about it much more than that.

On 30th March 2020 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about Royal Victoria Pavilion (JD Wetherspoon)

I will concur this really is an impressive Wetherspoons, which all came as a bit of a surprise to us. After parking the car in the East Cliffs car park on a glorious late August afternoon we were walking across the expanse of sand that is Ramsgate beach aiming for the town centre when we came across this fine example of Edwardian seaside architecture glinting in the sun. But more importantly it was being extremely well utilised with the upstairs balcony facing the beach overflowing with people enjoying themselves.
Enticed inside the sheer size of this one is difficult to take in until you fully explore the place top and bottom and even more difficult to describe in print and do it justice, but if I say we were lucky enough to grab an outside balcony seat upstairs which had just been vacated and our table number was 437, you will get some idea.
Things I liked about this one were:-
A) The building itself. This really is a fine piece of seaside Edwardian architecture originally built to celebrate the reign of Queen Victoria and full marks to Wetherspoons in prolonging it’s life as a building to be enjoyed by the public. And the almost 360 degree outside upstairs balcony affording great views of the beach to the back, the town to the front and the Marina to the side is truly impressive.
B) As a non-smoker I liked the way there was designated smoking areas at the two extremes of the outside balcony thus leaving a sizeable middle portion smoke free.
C) The hoards of black shirt clad Staff that swarmed about the various areas of the pub serving and clearing the multitude of tables so that the usual ‘spoons scourge of dirty tables and piles of empty glasses and plates was not seen here.
I agree with some comments below that it would have been nice if the available beers had included some locales, but there are plenty of Kent brewery beers available in the other towns pubs and what was on offer was far from shabby. These included Hanson’s Firefly, Ringwood Old Thumper, Coachhouse Brewery Coachman’s Autumn Ale, Celt Citra and Veterans Brewing Tracer Amber ale and the couple we tried were in good nick. A fine spot to while away an hour or so waiting for the towns Micro’s to open.

On 4th October 2019 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Royal Victoria Pavilion (JD Wetherspoon)

Well worth a visit just to see the sheer size of the place, we got in here on a cold and wet Tuesday night so a look around the outside was definitely out of the question, but a good wander around the ground and first floor kept us occupied. I agree with Aqualung in his review about there not being enough locale to be had. We too had the same experience even though they had nine guest beers on handpump. The closest beer was Summerskill Whistle Belly Vengeance from Plymouth, which was ok.

On 16th November 2018 - rating: 7
[User has posted 2974 recommendations about 2974 pubs]

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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Graham Mason
Ramsgate, 1.17 miles, 22 min walk (show)
Dumpton Park, 1.25 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Broadstairs, 2.47 miles, 47 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Royal Victoria Pavilion (JD Wetherspoon), Ramsgate
30th Mar 2020, 16:41
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
4th Oct 2019, 10:40
Review submitted by Steve of N21 amended by Steve of N21

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 28 July 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 28 July 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 28 July 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Three outdoor areas - last updated 08 October 2017 by Aqualung .
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 28 July 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : No last updated 07 October 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 28 July 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Darts : No last updated 07 October 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 28 July 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Function Room : No last updated 07 October 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 28 July 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 28 July 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 28 July 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : No last updated 28 July 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 07 October 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Micropub : No last updated 28 July 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 28 July 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 28 July 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 30 March 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 28 July 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Real Cider : No - July festival only - last updated 07 October 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 28 July 2017 by Aqualung .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 28 July 2017 by Aqualung .
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