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Campaign for Real Ale

Local Cider Guide

Here's a list of the pubs across our branch serving real cider.

CAMRA's Definition of Real Cider and Perry.
You can find out more about CAMRA's definition of real cider and perry, reflecting the current practices and processes of cider and perry makers across the UK. You can find out all about the definition at https://camra.org.uk/beer-and-cider/cider/promoting-real-cider-and-perry/

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  • Coldred
    • Carpenters Arms The Green Coldred CT15 5AJ Telephone(01304) 830190

      Overlooking the village green and duck pond, this 18th-century two-roomed pub is one of CAMRA's Real Heritage Pubs and has been in the same family for over 100 years. Its simple furniture and decor has remained largely unchanged for 50 years.

      It is a community pub for conversation, good fellowship and a place for local societies to meet. Three charities are supported by the pub: Prostate Cancer and the local Lions Club. Their third charity is Toilet Twinning: The Gent's toilet is twinned with a toilet in Bechani, Malawi and the Ladies toilet with a toilet in Makawanpur, Nepal.

      At least two real ales are available. One is always from a Kent brewery. The second provides the element of surprise, being from a brewery from anywhere in the UK.

      At least three ciders, from Kentish Pip, are available.

      A summer beer festival is held in the last weekend in June, to coincide with the Church Fete.

      Entertainment varies from darts, dominoes and skittles to auctions/competitions of local produce, community-themed food nights and a maggot race. Dog-friendly.

      The pub may open in the afternoon for small groups.Historic England Entry:
      Kent’s Public House Archive: Carpenters Arms, ColdredPhotos courtesy of the Carpenter's Arm's Coldred.

  • Deal
    • Bar, The 152 High Street Deal CT14 6BG Telephone(01304) 363306

      The floor-to-ceiling windows give this atmospheric pub a bright, light feeling and the exposed wood and brickwork add to the congenial environment.

      At the bar a good range of real and KeyKeg ales are available, many from Kent breweries, along with imported beers from Belgium and Germany . One cider is also served, typically from a Kent cider maker.

      Rooms downstairs provide a more intimate surrounding for a drink with a few friends or a game, from the games cabinet.

      There is ample parking in the Market Place car park opposite the pub.Kent’s Public House Archive: The Bar, Deal

    • Bohemian 47 Beach Street Deal CT14 6HY Telephone(01304) 361939

      Modern seafront pub with fine views of Deal pier and the sea. Notice, the Antwerp pub sign which reflects the original name of the pub.

      Apart from the five hand pulled real ales and real ciders there is a large selection of Belgian bottled beers and other international ales.

      Good, restaurant-standard meals are available lunchtime and early to mid evening.

      Outside seating is available at the front and in the heated courtyard at the rear of the pub – a real sun trap in summer. Upstairs there is a function room.Kent’s Public House Archive: Bohemian, DealPhoto courtesy of Bohemian, Deal

    • Deal Hoy 16 Duke Street Deal CT14 6DU Telephone(01304) 363972

      This cosy Shepherd Neame pub is situated a few minutes walk from Deal town centre.

      The interior of the pub reflects its Georgian and nautical past. There is lots of space to relax around the pub's U-shaped bar or in the pub's comfortable armchairs. In winter the wood burning stove provides a warm welcome.

      At the back the patio garden makes pleasant outdoor seating in summer.

      Food includes authentic "Italian-style" pizza, cooked on a wood-fired oven, and seafood.

      There's plenty of on-street parking and it's a short walk to the Union Street Car Park.Kent’s Public House Archive: Deal Hoy, Deal

    • Just Reproach 14 King Street Deal CT14 6HX

      Branch Pub of the Year Finalist 2022
      Branch Pub of the Year Winner 2021

      This friendly, family-run micro-pub is located in Deal's town centre. It has a welcoming, convivial atmosphere which encourages conversation between customers.

      With its high benches and table service, the pub takes everything back to the absolute fundamentals: no keg, no fruit machines, no music. Fines are levied for using a mobile phone to make and receive calls and risk severe opprobrium (derision) from other customers!!

      Ale and cider is gravity dispensed from a temperature-controlled cool room. Four real ales are on offer, five on a Friday, with at least one from a Kent brewery. At least one of the ciders is from a Kent cider maker. There's also a wide, ever-changing selection of national and international Craft beers, in cans and bottles.

      Also available are wines, Prosecco, a range of gins (including one from Kent) and quality soft drinks.

      Snacks include local cheese with home-made pickled onions to die for. The pub is also a handy place for a pint while waiting for your Indian take-away from across the street.

      The pub is kept very busy with a variety of events, including quiz nights, vegetable growing competitions, cycling and golf. Many of these are charity events with over £20,000 being raised, which includes £14,000 for the Pilgrims Hospice.

      They also like cheese. There's the pub's Cheese Sunday, on the first Sunday of very month, and an unofficial Cheese Monday, with staff and customers bringing along their own contributions.

      Dogs and children welcome. The pub is adjacent to public car parking.

      Note: Hours vary according to the season so please check their FaceBook page for any updates.

      Instagram tag: thejustreproachKent’s Public House Archive: Just Reproach, Deal

    • Le Pinardier 102 High Street Deal CT14 6EE Telephone07572 421966

      The name in French means "Wine Merchant".

      Which sort of makes sense given that it is a quirky wine shop & bar on Deal's High Street.

      Real Ale in a Bottle from Wantsum is available alongside bottled ciders from Pippin's. Light snacks, such as French cheese and pate, is available to accompany your drink. Their wine club holds wine tasting session twice a month.Kent’s Public House Archive: Le Pinardier, Deal

    • Queen Street Tap 42 Queen Street Deal CT14 6EY Telephone(01304) 803644

      Modern bar/eatery in the middle of Deal.

    • Smugglers Record Shop 9 King Street Deal CT14 6HX Telephone(01304) 362368

      This independent & vibrant vinyl record shop & bar is situated between Deal's seafront and the pedestrian precinct

      There is a large selection of vinyl records including new releases & 2nd hand.

      Music is an eclectic mix featuring local bands, world, folk, psych and roots.

      Two cask ales are available, with a third on busier weekends. These are gravity fed from a cooler cabinet and usually feature an ale or two from a local brewery, for example Time & Tide.

      As well as a real cider, from Kentish Pip, there's also a great selection of craft beer, canned and bottled beers, cider and wines, including wine from the local Barnsole vineyard.

      There's a Pay & Display car park nearby.

    • Taphouse Beer Cafe 5 South Street Deal CT14 7AW Telephone(01304) 448196

      Deal's newest bar offers an American-style tap bar drinking experience.

      The decor is quirky with subtle lighting and there is plenty of seating from comfortable window seats to tall bar stools and tables. The background music has an interesting and eclectic feel to it.

      Behind the bar the 14 taps and 3 stillages dispense a great range of cask ales, KeyKeg ales and 2 real ciders offer the discerning drinker lots of choice.

      The intriguing menu ranges from breakfast, sandwiches, cakes and light snacks.

      Being situated on South Street, the bar makes a great place to relax while waiting for your bus.Kent’s Public House Archive: Taphouse Beer Cafe, Deal

  • Dover
    • Blakes of Dover 52 Castle Street Dover CT16 1PJ Telephone(01304) 202194

      A short walk from the town centre and bus station, this pleasant cellar bar can be easily missed.

      The stone-flagged room is a quiet haven from the bustle of the town where a good selection of real ales from handpumps and stillage is on offer. This is complemented by ciders from local cidermakers such as East Stour and Broomfield, and a good range of whiskies.

      A small courtyard garden provides a pleasant place to relax in summer.

      Lunches are available, including excellent sandwiches.Kent’s Public House Archive: Blakes of Dover, Dover

    • Breakwater Brewery Taproom St Martin's Yard, Lorne Road Dover CT16 2AA Telephone07866 198075

      Branch Pub of the Year Finalist 2022.

      Opened in December 2016, the brewery is located on the site of the Harding's Wellington Brewery which closed in 1890. The brewery tap room can be found in a single storey building, where the brewing takes place, and some brewery vessels are visible from the bar area.

      The bar is modern, well lit and furnished with chunky wooden furniture, colourful table runners and a bar counter that resembles a stone breakwater.

      At the front, there's a large patio with pergola and there's a smaller paved patio overlooking the river to the side.

      From a temperature controlled cellar room the brewery's own cask ales and ciders are sold on gravity.

      On the menu, there are stone-baked pizzas from their own pizzeria. The restaurant can be booked for private functions.

      Events include regular live music events, open mic nights and hog roasts in the summer months. Full details can be found on their FaceBook page.Kent’s Public House Archive: Breakwater Brewery Taproom, DoverPhotos courtesy of Breakwater Brewery Tap, Dover

    • Breakwater Marina Curve New Marina Curve Road Dover CT17 9FS Telephone07443 945551

      This open-air bar, owned and run by the Breakwater Brewery, is located on the Marina Curve, adjacent to the clock tower.

      The bar serves craft beer offerings from the Breakwater Brewery, real cider, gin & wine.

      There's plenty of bench seats and trestle tables, overlooking the Dover marina.

      Food is available from pop-up stalls.Photo(s) courtesy of the Breakwater Marina Curve, Dover.

      Opening times may vary depending on the weather.

    • Hoptimist Taproom & Bar 3 Bench Street Dover CT16 1JH Telephone07515 367802

      Branch Pub of the Year Finalist 2022.

      Newly reopened in December 2019, following major refurbishment, this taproom and bar is located near Dover's Market Square and St. James Retail Park.

      Traditional cask ale, real cider and modern craft beer is available alongside premium keg beers and an ever-changing gin menu. The cask ale and real cider is served on gravity, dispensed from the rear, chilled cellar room. The aim of the landlord is to have a selection of beer styles on at all times. Almost all ales are from Kent breweries with the occasional guests from further afield.

      On Sunday, a courtesy cheeseboard is provided.

      There’s a selection of board games. On occasion, live music and food events are held.

      Opens at midday on Saturdays when Dover Athletic FC is playing at home.Kent’s Public House Archive: Hoptimist Taproom & Bar, DoverPhotos courtesy of Hoptimist Taproom & Bar, Dover.

    • Louis Armstrong 58 Maison Dieu Road Dover CT16 1RA Telephone(01304) 204759

      Branch Pub of the Year Finalist 2022

      This down-to-earth pub and renowned local music venue has featured live music for over 50 years.

      The large L-shaped bar and stage are surrounded by music posters, a large mirror and long bench seating.

      Up to four real ales are on offer, principally from Kent microbreweries. Real cider, from Kent cider makers, is available from time to time.

      On Wednesday, good-value food is served in the evening. Charity quizzes are held periodically.

      To the rear there is a pleasant beer garden.

      The pub is easily accessible by bus and car parking is available nearby.

      The pub can open earlier by prior arrangement.Kent’s Public House Archive: Louis Armstrong, DoverPhoto(s) courtesy of the Louis Armstrong, Dover.

    • Thirsty Scarecrow 107 High Street Dover CT16 1EB Telephone07454 934833

      This cider micropub opened at the end of November 2015, in what was previously the Corner Cafe. The licensee's partner runs an appointment-only hair salon in a rear room.

      It is rustically and brightly furnished on two levels, which are linked by a small set of stairs.

      The chilled cellar room is on the upper level from which 20-25 ciders and perries and two KeyKeg (CAMRA-approved) real ales are served. There is also a small selection of bottled beers.

      The ciders/perries major on Kentish cidermakers but many still come from far and wide.

      Card and electronic payment methods are accepted.

      Recent CAMRA Awards
      Branch Cider Pub of the Year 2017

  • Great Mongeham
    • Leather Bottle 103 Mongeham Road Great Mongeham CT14 9PE

      This street-corner free house on the outskirts of Deal has a large bar room with a relaxed, smart, modern feel.

      A locals' pub with no frills, but top ales and good company.

      Large screen sports TVs and quality ale do not always agree, but they do here. There are darts and pool teams, and occasional live music, karaoke and quiz nights. Euchre night is Friday.

      Outside, there is a large garden and a small covered patio for smokers.Kent’s Public House Archive: Leather Bottle, Great Mongeham

  • Kingsdown
    • King's Head Upper Street Kingsdown CT14 8BJ Telephone(01304) 373915

      A traditional 18th-century village pub a short walk uphill from the sea.

      There are three beamed rooms surrounding a central bar. Local historical photos adorn the walls and the frosted glass front door advertises the long-closed local brewery, Thompsons of Walmer. In the winter months there's a welcoming log fire in the public bar.

      The back bar opens onto a spacious dining/family room, from which there is access to a quiet rear courtyard which has a skittle alley and covered, heated smoking area.

      Three real ales, four ales during busier times, are served. with ales from Goachers and Ramsgate making regularly appearances. Cider from Kentish Pip is served during the summer.

      A good range of home-made food, including vegetarian and gluten-free, is served in the evenings and at lunch time on Saturday and Sunday with a roast on Sunday.

      Events include a regular quiz nights, a guitar club and other fund-raising events.

      The pub can be booked for free for private functions

  • Martin
    • Lantern The Street Martin CT15 5JL Telephone(01304) 852276

      The owners have enhanced and retained this 17th century inn’s period features through loving restoration & careful curation of curios, antiques & art - the result is a welcoming and relaxed place to be. There’s a large, sunny garden to the rear with a Wendy house for children. Dogs are welcome.

      Real ales are from Angel & Demons along with real cider, an ever-changing range of craft beers as well as a broad range of globally sourced fine spirits and wines.

      Mindfully sourced, locally grown produce from land & sea make-up the a la carte menu - served on Friday's and Saturday’s. Their popular Sunday roasts are served all day on Sunday - be sure to book ahead.

      Also serving authentic Neapolitan pizza from their wood-fired clay oven…Fresh dough made daily, pizzas and stretched and fired to order - available to eat-in or take-away

      The pub holds regular events, from live music to cabaret and everything in-between.

      The Lantern has two accommodation options: a two-bedroom apartment and yurt.

      Martin Mill train station is a 10-15 minute walk-away with direct links from Ramsgate to London St Pancras.Kent’s Public House Archive: Lantern, MartinPhotos courtesy of The Lantern, Martin.

  • Ripple
    • Plough Inn Church Lane Ripple CT14 8JH Telephone(01304) 360209

      An attractive rural inn, just a couple of miles from Deal.

      This wood-beamed pub has a long bar with large tables and benches, with a small room off the main bar. Outside, there's plenty of space in the marque and the large, sheltered patio garden.

      Three national beers feature on hand-pull, with a guest ale available during the busier summer months. There's also a cider from Biddenden, Kent.

      A good range of food is served, including a wide variety of vegan dishes. There are meal offers, curry & steak nights and a Sunday roast.

      Live music events are held during the summer months.

      Popular with walkers, the pub is easily accessible by footpaths from the surrounding area. Families and dogs are welcome.Kent’s Public House Archive: Plough Inn, RipplePhotos courtesy of the Plough Inn, Ripple.

  • Sandwich
    • Mermaid's Locker 8 Cattle Market Sandwich CT13 9AF Telephone(01304) 611987

      Built in the 13th century, this ale house/restaurant retains many of its original features. Inside and out, the quirky furniture and collectable items, a product of the present incumbents imagination!, provide a welcoming environment for a drink or a meal. Open fires and traditional wood furniture complete the picture.

      You can enjoy your drink at the back in the pub's sun-trap courtyard garden or seated at the front watching the town's life goes by.

      Two ales are served by handpull. Kent ales feature with the occasional guest ale from outside Kent.

      Occasional events are held including acoustic music, supper clubs and jazz & cocktail evenings.Historic England Entry: 1329930
      Kent’s Public House Archive: Mermaid's Locker, Sandwich

    • Smugglers Beer & Music Cafe 10 Delf Street Sandwich CT13 9BZ Telephone07545 893749

      Opened in May 2019. this beer & music cafe provides a relaxed environment for a drink and a chat. Inside, the wooden floors, white walls and wood chairs & tables give the cafe a modern-feel.

      At the bar you can select from a wide range of cask and KeyKeg ales (mostly from Time & Tide), real ciders and wines.

      The eclectic mixture of music is provided by Smugglers Records - many of the artists are from their own label.

      There will be regular live music events, details of which can be found on their FaceBook page.

      There's plenty of public car parking nearby.Kent’s Public House Archive: Smugglers Beer & Music Cafe, SandwichPhotos courtesy of Smugglers Beer & Music Cafe.

    • Waiting Room Cattle Market Sandwich CT13 9AE Telephone(01304) 793070

      Situated in the middle of the medieval town of Sandwich, this waiting room and ticket office was built by the East Kent Road Car Company in 1922. It reopened as a bar/cafe in May 2022, on its 100th anniversary.

      Throughout the day, it serves up coffee, local and premium beers, wine, ales and ciders, including Kentish Pip.

      Food ranges from sweet or savoury waffles, pastries through to baguettes, sandwiches. In the evening the light bites feature a range of Kent meat and cheeses.Historic England Entry: Waiting Room, SandwichPhoto(s) courtesy of the Waiting Room, Sandwich.

  • St. Margarets-at-Cliffe
    • White Cliffs Hotel High Street St. Margarets-at-Cliffe CT15 6AT Telephone(01304) 852229

      Originally dating from the 17th C. this large and imposing Kentish clapboard building is nestled in the heart of the village of St. Margarets-at-Cliffe. Noel Coward and Ian Fleming have been past patrons of the hotel, within which the bar and restaurant form the Cliffe Village Pub.

      The smart modern decor and polished wooden flooring gives a distinct boutique and comfortable feel to The Cliffe, creating a pleasant ambiance to have a drink or a meal.

      The bar serves a variety of gravity-fed ales (served from the small cool room), key keg ales and real ciders.

      Everything you eat and drink is likely to have been sourced locally. From the Kentish ales and ciders, to locally caught fish and shell fish, meat from local farms and coffee, which is roasted in Canterbury.

      At the back there is a pleasant walled garden with plenty of seating for the summer months.

      As well as the regular lunch and dinner menus, breakfast is served in the morning and Kentish cream teas during the afternoon. From Easter to September pop-up pizzas are served on Sunday from the wood-fired oven in the garden.

      There are occasional live music events.

  • Waldershare
    • Cider Works Sandwich Road Waldershare CT15 5AU Telephone(01304) 446540

      Reopened 4th July 2021

      This historic public house and restaurant has reopened after two years of rebuilding and renovation.

      Behind the bar, you will find a range of beers, ciders, spirits, and wines from across Kent.

      You can dine in the Garden Room, or the Apple Barn, from an ever changing menu made from Kentish produce. Guest chefs will be invited to take over the kitchen for an evening, presenting speciality dishes.

      The premises also has a wedding licence.Kent's Public House Archive: Cider Works, Waldershare

  • Walmer
    • Berry 23 Canada Road Walmer CT14 7EQ Telephone(01304) 362411

      Branch Pub of the Year 2022 Winner
      CAMRA Golden Award Winner - Pub Category

      This multi-CAMRA award winning traditional community alehouse is one of the top real ale pubs in the Dover district. The welcome, service and quality of the real ales and real ciders reflects the landlord's enthusiasm for his trade and it is true to say that every day at the Berry is a beer festival.

      Recently refurbished, the main bar has a light and airy feel to it and at the back there is a pleasant patio and smoking area.

      Both real ale lovers and real cider lovers are catered for. Eight cask ales are available during the week then, on Thirsty Thursday, eleven ales are served. There are seven KeyKeg ales, many from Time & Tide, and up to ten ciders/perries. Take note of the "Wall of Fame" which features those ales that have had a cask drunk in less than 24 hours.

      Three real ale festivals are held: A Winter Ales Festival in February; A Summer Cask and Craft Festival and a green hop festival in October.

      Entertainment includes darts, a monthly quiz and open mic night, occasional live music and the occasional pop-up food event. There is also Happy Half Hour from 5:30pm-6:00pm Mon-Fri.

      There's a free 24 hour car park opposite the pub.Recent CAMRA Awards
      Branch Pub of the Year 2020
      Branch Cider Pub of the Year 2020
      Kent Cider Pub of the Year 2016.
      Kent’s Public House Archive: Berry, Walmer

    • Freed Man 329 Dover Road Walmer CT14 7NX Telephone(01304) 364457

      Don't let the unremarkable exterior of this pub put you off, it offers everything for the discerning drinker in a micropub atmosphere with a twist.

      Inside the decor is cosy and warm, with loads of nautical memorabilia covering the reclaimed wood walls. There's plenty of seating from a long sofa to high tables & stools. Even the bar has a low section of bar for wheelchairs users!

      Behind the bar up to four real ales, predominantly from local breweries, are served from the Victorian beer engine. Alongside these, and this is why it's a micropub with a twist, are real ciders (occasionally from Kent cidermakers), a great selection of wines, selected spirits and authentic draught and bottled European lagers.

      Food can be brought in from the local fish & chip shop or pizzeria, for which the staff will gladly provide plates and cutlery.

      Regular events are held including a Ladies' night on Wednesday, a monthly quiz night and cheese platters on Sunday.Kent’s Public House Archive: Freed Man, WalmerPhoto(s) courtesy of the Freed Man, Walmer.

    • Lighthouse 50 The Strand Walmer CT14 7DX Telephone(01304) 366031

      Formerly the Lord Nelson, this family-run pub has a great position overlooking Walmer Green.

      Walk in through the unusual revolving doors and you find yourself in a large room furnished with simple wooden chairs and tables. There's an imposing metal-topped bar on the left, facing the musician's stage opposite.

      Outside, the front patio is a great place for a drink in summer while watching life go by.

      Hand-pulled real ales are principally from Kent breweries, such as Time & Tide, and even the keg lagers and beers are from local breweries. Real cider is from Kentish Pip.

      Primarily a music venue, the pub strives to bring an eclectic mix of music representing the best of local talent and beyond. The pub frequently hosts ticket-only events featuring more established bands.

      Other events include open-mic, food pop-up and comedy nights. Their Sunday lunch is proving very popular.

      There's plenty of free on-street parking.

      Dogs are welcome, and the revolving doors can be adjusted to admit the larger or more nervous pooch!Kent’s Public House Archive: Lighthouse, Walmer

  


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