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The Lifeboat Ale And Cider House

1 Market Street, Margate CT9 1EU, England
+44 7837 024259
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible6%
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“mash” (14 reviews)
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Bar, Pub, British, Vegetarian Friendly
1 Market Street, Margate CT9 1EU, England
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1 - 10 of 146 reviews

Reviewed 30 August 2017

This place used to have racks of cask beer and was cosy and quaint, now it is dominated by Brewdog beers, which I am a fan of, but they seem a little out of place here... don't think the Saturday DJ scenario works either.

Thank spwait
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Popped in as had half an hour to spare before our table was ready in a restaurant nearby. Hadn't been before, so can't comment on the negative views from others on here, but I quite liked it. Could have imagined getting comfortable if we hadn't...More

Thank TravellingMatt2013
Reviewed 25 August 2017

A tiny bar with an interesting selection of drinks. Beware the cider. It's very nice but lethal! Evening somewhat spoilt by drunks at the large pub opposite which offers very cheap beer.

1  Thank ElksLondon
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Been several times, also to its sister place in Broadstairs... this could be the last visit to the Lifeboat... bar person was a bit 'out of it'... few people in but dirty glasses and ashtrays on tables outside, one of our drinks should've been a...More

Thank Lili S
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Went in for a cider with friends and dog customers were great but cider from plastic boxes was warm disgusting I will not be going back

Thank jimaharding
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to stop by for drinks. There are loads of choices of drinks on tap. Will return here.

Thank SuiteAsOuzo
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Since I originally visited The Lifeboat, they've unfortunately made some changes, totally reworking to place for the worst. The barrels no longer sit in the main bar and the interior has been stripped of any charm with tacky cheap bar stools and plastic pricing boards...More

Thank fishmeatfish
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

Fantastic selection of Brewdog drinks available, warm and friendly service, perfect place to people watch.

Thank sallyjarman
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Well in have been popping into this lovely pub for a few years. Lovely beers and amazing crfat beers but the price of the food is shocking. £8.00 for microwaved pie and mash. Up to £16.00 for crab that can be bought for £5.00- 7.00...More

3  Thank publooker
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Came in here for one drink and stayed for several! Once the music started up, there seemed little reason to go elsewhere, so we settled into our corner for the night. Reallly good selection of "different" ciders and beers - if you're not sure what...More

Thank TanyaC158
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18 September 2016|
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Response from Bob J | Reviewed this property |
Please contact them direct.
Trish H
7 July 2016|
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Response from Phil M | Reviewed this property |
I'm pretty sure they are very relaxed as far as bringing your dog into the bar providing it's not the size of a St. Bernard as the bar is quite small
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Market Street, Margate CT9 1EU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Isle of Thanet  >  Margate
  • Phone Number: +44 7837 024259
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