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Tartar Frigate, Broadstairs

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Nice old fashioned pub, good friendly service, sea view.
Hugh1971 - 6 Jul 2015 18:55
Best beer so far in Kent. Well kept and a good temperature despite weather but not artificially chilled.

Rams gate brewed Gadds No5 in perfect condition.

Landlord in attendance and proud of his product.

Burridge60 - 4 Jul 2015 12:25
A good honest pub by the sea.... Well worth a drop in, if you're in Broadstairs!

harlequin - 24 Apr 2015 17:38
Pleasant old building by the sea front. Gadds No 5, from just down the road in Ramsgate, in great nick. The food is perfectly adequate, not overpriced synthetic junk. Service is effective if a tad fussy for a pub restaurant. A timewarp in many ways, and not necessarily the worse for that.
richythemole - 3 Nov 2014 06:33
First saw this pub on our first family holiday in 1962 but had never tried it! Last Thursday I arranged to meet some friends for dinner in the upstairs restaurant. Arriving early, I found the interior just to my liking, plenrty of history and atmosphere. A friendly local recommended the Gadds from Ramsgate so I tried some and it was in excellent nick and so was part way through my second when my friends arrived. The bar staff were friendly and efficient and the same can be said for those in the superb upstairs restaurant. Our food choices were all excellent and a lovely evening was had by all. When we came downstairs, the bar was populated with locals chatting and enjoying their drinks - just like a pub should be! I don't think I'll be waiting another 51 years for another visit!
roobs52 - 12 Sep 2013 22:51
Olde Worlde pub with wooden floor and beams, and quite a history. Cool in the summer and cosy in the winter when they have a fire going. Staff are usually efficient and friendly, and the restaurant upstairs is pretty good, albeit a tad pricey. Like the bar food, which is at least of a reasonably good quality. All the booze seems okay, the beer well kept.
Codrotten - 21 Oct 2011 19:12
Went here the other day. Impressed with the service. 3 real ales on. Especially good pub to go to at this time of year as you can take drinks outside and walk out on the harbour. Decent pub in an excellent location.
outtamehead - 8 Aug 2011 13:08
Went yesterday evening -- a Saturday on a nice Summer evening -- but had no trouble getting a table for four of us. The Abbot Ale was spot on. The locals would be justified in being annoyed by tourists, but instead seemed friendly to non-locals: while waiting at the bar I heard a local chatting with two American visitors.
JdeP - 17 Jul 2011 09:52
Very inviting 18th century pub, just a stones throw away from the beach / harbour. As far as I'm aware, this pub does not have a garden but during the summer months you can take your drink and sit on the beach or harbour (bar staff will obviously provide plastics). The inside of the pub is very warm and welcoming, and during the winter months, there is always a log fire on the go!. Last time I visited the pub on a Sunday lunchtime, there were so many roast potatoes, sausages, cheese chunks etc up at the bar, I didn't need to eat again until later in the evening!. There is a seafood restuarant attached to this pub, it also provides many other dishes (I haven't yet sampled the food). I visit this pub everytime I go to Broadstairs
lynzUK - 3 May 2011 08:13
Excellent location right by the Bay. Lovely unspoilt pub.
jack4pints - 20 May 2010 15:09
I love this pub, simply great atmosphere in a wonderful location. Some conflict with the Restaurant upstairs. You do feel that you are in the front hall sometimes whilst the dinner guests are arriving. But can't take away from the charm and oldness of the place.
spooky123 - 18 May 2010 10:17
A lively bar. Friendly with attractive bar staff, (at least there was on my last visit!). Decent beer. Best visited on a warm summers afternoon when you can take your drink outside and sit by the harbour and look across the bay.
outtamehead - 11 Feb 2010 22:44
Great food although a little expensive..... good beer and a friendly welcoming atmopshere
phonak - 17 Jan 2010 18:34
Expensive, but a lovely pub. Great beer, friendly bar staff when I was there. Lovely place to spend a few hours.
mattyboy - 4 Jul 2008 10:25
We must have picked the wrong day judged by other reviews. Decidedly short measures of bland beer served up by a charmless barmaid. Came to have a few pints but left after one. Better luck next time perhaps.
realmeerkat - 4 Feb 2007 13:41
As thorleys go this one isn't all too bad. Usually got at least one ale on, although like the rest of brodstairs it's hideously expensive.

Hang on I can't believe someone wrote that Thorley Taverns is a 'fine company'. Obviously they don't know much about them as Mr Thorley has single handedly nearly destroyed all of Thanets pubs. I'll stop there before I start ranting.
Thebman - 28 Jan 2007 19:17
Always had a decent pint here but they seem to favour the maltier brews.
robnest - 20 Oct 2006 14:07
I live in Chingford, London, but I love Broadstairs and love the Tartar Frigate. Charles Dickens (quote: 'my favourite watering place') and Edward Heath used to use it. It's in need of work but Thorley Taverns, a fine company, are not allowed to do what they want with it (quite right). You still feel the smugglers from many years ago around you!!!
Been going to the Frigate for many years and hope to be much more of a regular soon!!! Cheers, all.
roneigh - 18 Aug 2006 17:41
An excellent old pub overlooking the sea. Sells good beer and I can recommend the food.
Nice and quiet when we went at lunchtime but it was out of season. I can imagine that it gets very busy during the summer!
Davidgeorge - 5 Oct 2005 19:32
A spectacular pub. No good for a big weekend out but for getting slowly drunk on a weeknight the tartar is 1st rate. Spent the last 3 years drinking, playing the class duke box and trying to charm the barmaid.

The Tartar is a legend in its own life time. Though they must ban Omah.
sharpe - 5 Jul 2005 14:16
Very nice real ales and friendly staff plus a fab seafood restaurant upstairs with sea views!
Gemma Hunt - 14 Apr 2005 00:05

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