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The Chapel (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Canterbury Ales - The Knight's AleExcellent1
Old Dairy - Gold TopExcellent4
Tonbridge - CoppernobExcellent1
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby MildExcellent1
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's GoldExcellent1
Hopdaemon - Green DaemonExcellent1
Tonbridge - TraditionalGood1
Old Dairy - Blue TopGood1
Goacher's - Gold StarGood1
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish BitterGood1
Goacher's - Real Mild AleAcceptable1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Not Tried0
Whitstable - East India Pale AleNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - SeasiderNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPANot Tried0
Tonbridge - Blonde AmbitionNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Summer's DayNot Tried0
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter AleNot Tried0
Westerham - Audit AleNot Tried0
Wantsum - 1381Not Tried0
Old Dairy - Sun TopNot Tried0
Wantsum - ImperiumNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Golden BraunNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Chapel, Broadstairs, Kent
Picture 2. The Chapel, Broadstairs, Kent

Visits Details

20 Sep 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Early afternoon visit just a couple of other customers present. What a great place. As a confirmed bookworm, I was so engrossed with the shelves of books and the pile that I had accumulated on my table that I nearly forgot to drink my beer.
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40AcceptableVery dark, caramel-flavoured, hop-free mild. Not in the greatest condition here if truth be told.
Old Dairy - Gold Top4.30Not Tried
07 Sep 2013 (Michael Croxford)
16:45 Unusual but didn't like it all. Cramped, dingy and not enough seating.
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Good
Old Dairy - Sun Top3.60Not Tried
Wantsum - Imperium4.00Not Tried
Tonbridge - Golden Braun3.20Not Tried
08 Aug 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Good chat and banter with some locals all of whom supported London football clubs. Seemed dingy and work in progress inside (probably always will too).
Tonbridge - Traditional3.60Good
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter Ale4.80Not Tried
01 Aug 2013 (Pedro)
My first visit and they have moved the stairs as layout is different from photo. nice chat!
Whitstable - Renaissance Ruby Mild3.80Excellent
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's Gold4.00Excellent
Canterbury Ales - The Knight's Ale4.60Excellent
06 Jul 2013 (John B)
No a micro pub but a number of the group had not been here before so a visit was made
Tonbridge - Coppernob3.80ExcellentReally good session bitter
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's Gold4.00Not Tried
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter Ale4.80Not Tried
04 Sep 2012 (Ian)
First visit here on my whistle stop of Broadstairs. I liked it. Stood chatting to Blair about beer Italy and gin The gin selection is amazing with Martin Millers the stand out so far
Old Dairy - Gold Top4.30GoodCooler temp than at Four Candles but naybe not quite as hoppy. Arh the joys of cask beer.
Westerham - Audit Ale6.20Not Tried
Wantsum - 13813.80Not Tried
07 Aug 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
2nd visit after mulling over the first one. I concluded that the difficulty I had with the pub was its clutter and, to my mind, its disorganisation having nowhere to really stand at the bar nor any other clear focal point. This does not engender a peace of mind - it is a house style as I feel that way in the sister pub The Lifeboat too. Nevertheless a small bar emphasising local beers on gravity stillage is a welcome addition to Broadstairs's profile.
Old Dairy - Gold Top4.30ExcellentMaybe my buds but not quite the finesse of the earlier pint
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Summer's Day4.30Not Tried
Old Dairy - Blue Top4.80Not Tried
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter Ale4.80Not Tried
07 Aug 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
1st of two visits this evening. Struck by two things - firstly why the main former shop door entrance was not in use (with instead, access where the pavement is much narrower, down steep steps off a porch alley) and was told this was a Council planning condition - secondly why a bookshop should have negative signs everywhere saying "This is a bookshop - Please don't take books from shelves without intention to buy". Nevertheless very friendly, welcoming and informative bar staff.
Old Dairy - Gold Top4.30Exceptional5 stars in peak condition. A great find tonight
Old Dairy - Blue Top4.80GoodWoody tasting - nothing like the condition of the Gold Top
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Summer's Day4.30Not Tried
Westerham - 1965 Special Bitter Ale4.80Not Tried
04 Aug 2012 (ChrisE)
Opening time, and a bit disorganised. A landlady from a pub in Ramsgate popped in for a drink and joined me for a chat.
Hopdaemon - Green Daemon5.00ExcellentVery good.
Old Dairy - Gold Top4.30Excellent
Tonbridge - Blonde Ambition4.20Not Tried
03 Aug 2012 (Andrew)
Having been further inspired by Martyn Hillier's micropub revolution, the team that run the Lifeboat in Margate have opened Thanet's latest micropub. Having been talking about this pub in Martyn's micropub (the Butcher's Arms) the day before, and not wanting to take him away from the Olympics today, I thought I'd try this place out. I liked it. I liked the fact that it still had all the books from the old bookshop and yet was called the chapel - making it slightly enigmatic. I recall Blair saying that the books wouldn't be staying, but I think it would be a shame if they all went. Anyway, there were still a few workmen in so it'll be interesting to see what it's like in a few weeks.
Westerham - Grasshopper Kentish Bitter3.80GoodI always feel like David Carradine in Kung Fu when I order this beer. Lacked a bit of zing but still a nice pint.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Not Tried
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Seasider4.30Not Tried
Old Dairy - Gold Top4.30Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried

About The Chapel

The pub sign. The Chapel, Broadstairs, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 1LX.

Formerly the Albion bookshop this is now converted to a pub. From the same stable as The Lifeboat in Margate. Real ales on gravity stillage and ciders in boxes. When first opened this was served from behind a trestle table bar by the stepped entrance but this was subsequently converted to an L-shaped rough plywood bar counter. At the time of opening the venue remained a bookshop too with all books marked for sale. Drinking on several levels.

We have visited this pub 10 times, seen 23 different beers and tried 11 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT10 1LX