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Smugglers, Sandwich

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10 Delf Street
CT13 9BZ
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Steve of N21 left this review about Smugglers Beer & Music Cafe

Recently opened in May 2019 earlier this year I guess you can define this one as a new micropub. It is situated in Delf Street in Sandwich in between the New Inn and next door to the Fleur de Lis, and the name is actually quite descriptive of how it functions.
The building is owned and staffed by Smugglers Records, a folk and new world music label operating out of Deal, who put on regular music sessions usually featuring artists on their own label, thus hence the music part.
The beer part comes from the fact that they collaborate with the nearby Time and Tide micro brewery operating on a farm just outside sandwich and this functions as the tap room for them and the small serving area at the back of this one room cafe bar has a tap wall with nine taps for craft and key keg beers and then there is a plain glass chiller unit holding two casks. And then the cafe part comes from the fact that they do snack type food during the day.
Internally it’s one square space with bench and table seating along the two sides with a small stage area back left and the aforementioned bar area back right. Decor comes from the form of shelves housing vinyl record sleeves of artists I have to say I largely hadn’t heard of.
We utilised it on a couple of occasions during our stay in Sandwich including catching one of the Wednesday night music sessions where a main artist played for 45 minutes followed by an open mic session and it was certainly well attended and standing room only at times.
As they offer a three beer tasting paddle for a fiver I went through a few of the Time and Tide beers and they were largely inoffensive craft IPA’s and Pale Ales and a half decent stout and fortunately none of the fruit bomb sour monstrosities craft brewers seem to want to have in their repertoire. Only one cask available during our visits which was their Pale Ale and again it was decent enough.
We enjoyed our visits here and in a Cinque Port town that is lagging behind the others on the micropub count , it is a welcome addition. Opening times seem to be a bit flexible at the moment as they find their feet and are now being extended as they become known. Currently they open at 4.00pm during the week and at 12 at the weekends

On 12th September 2019 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Steve of N21
Sandwich, 0.48 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Deal, 5.45 miles, 1 hr 45 min walk (show)
Minster, 5.62 miles, 1 hr 48 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Smugglers, Sandwich
13th Sep 2019, 15:28
Request to add pub to area Sandwich Town by ROB Camra approved
13th Sep 2019, 15:28
Request to add pub to area Sandwich Town by ROB Camra

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