The Chapel

44–46 Albion Street Broadstairs CT9 1EU

From the same people as Margate's splendid Lifeboat Ale and Cider House comes this charming, idiosyncratic and very cosy drinking hole. It's not just the Kentish beer, cider and perry that appeals, nor simply the delicious pub grub (local cheeses, pickles, sausages and pies, along with fresh local bread and some hot food). Exuding a friendly, remarkably laid-back atmosphere, this place is something rather special – a ramshackle old chapel, just footsteps from Broadstairs beach, lined from floor to ceiling with groaning shelves of secondhand books. Rickety stairs lead you up to quiet cubby holes and a scattering of mismatched furniture on the mezzanine level, where you can enjoy a chat  with your mates or curl up for hours with a well-thumbed paperback – all the books are for sale, so if you can't tear yourself away from that novel or mathematics text book you've plucked from the pile, then you can take it away with you. Downstairs, locals and visitors put the world to rights – and yes, discuss books – around the communal table, illuminated at night by the massive chapel chandelier. Barrels and batches of the latest ciders, perries and ales come from breweries including Hop Fuzz, Wantsum, Old Forge and Gadd's, vineyards such as Biddenden and orchards including the Little Stour Orchard. Open mic nights, jazz and acoustic gigs, too, usually on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, with a quiz on Tuesday night.

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