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Montefiore Arms, Ramsgate

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When we were there, the place was heaving!
However, everyone in the crowd was careful to make sure we could get to the bar where we found an excellent range of beers.
Again, we found somewhere to sit in a back room to enjoy a couple of welcome pints. A true "local" with very friendly staff and clientele!
thefirkintaster - 24 Jul 2015 10:26
Always a nice drop of beer, and with the feel of a side-street local which is all too painfully rare these days.
I enjoy this pub a lot, though the hours do mean that I don't get to visit as often as I would like.
Soldrax - 31 May 2012 21:07
We visited here this evening, very quiet but engaging pub. Strangely authentic but a real 'local'. Friendly owner (I assume), relaxed atmosphere, real ale (we had screeching owl and Lancaster blonde), clean, tidy with some formica tables. Older clientel, no chavs, which is always a bonus. We will visit again.
nooboots - 26 Feb 2012 00:01
This is a strange pub in a sense - as it seems just very normal. Positioned in a quiet sidestreet just outside the perimeter of the extended shopping area. You will be greeted by the landlord, who maybe supping ale from a half-pint glass and if you approach the ale section, he will instantly notify you of the alcohol volume. The ales are rotated regularly but a local Gadds is always on tap and this is a favourite drinking hole of Eddie Gadd and his staff. I visit this pub often and it is quite obvious that a tight ship is kept here, it is very well managed, the ales are well-priced as are the snacks. The clientele are all very decent, educated and loyal. There is a pool room in the back although it is very rarely used.
sefpacific - 25 Apr 2011 11:18

On first approaching the building , it looks to be well maintained which is more that can be said for a lot of Ramsgate ,especially its public houses.

On entry one is welcomed by a clean and pleasant environment.Knowledgeable and helpful barman . Warm friendly , pleasant locals.

3 real ales, Gadd's, Itchen Valley and boondoggle, plus Biddenden cider.The Gadd's we drank was very pleasant.

Verdict. This and the artillery arms and by far and way the best pubs in the immediate vicinity for the real ale drinker.

Polypinmath - 19 Apr 2010 12:14
The Monty is one of the best pubs in Thanet and in recognition of this was awarded with the high acolade of winner of the Thanet CAMRA branch Pub of The Year last night. It is also a CAMRA LocAle accredited pub as it always beers from the Ramsgate Brewery.

Henceforth a very generous 8.5/10
caskisbest - 21 Feb 2009 18:29
As good as ever, 4 guestbeers, had a nice pint of porter.
Very friendly barmaid and nice people to chat with.
The landlord wasn't there as he was off at a day to Ascot.

markos - 30 Sep 2008 13:20
I popped in with some friends after a little trundle around Ramsgate. Andy now has three engines on at all times and I fell victim to Dark Star's "Critical Mass" @ 7.8%

A few pints of that and I endedup as a Critical Mess. Subsequently, I had to remove a page from my diary. Marvellous stuff!
5thearlofwimbourne - 25 Jan 2008 12:00
Great little pub tucked away where hopefully no chavs will be able to find it.
The guest ale is always interesting, Gadds - Dogbolter is on quite regularly. Also there is a large pool room behind the bar, just ask Andy about it. The only thing I would change is to make both of the ales guest, not a fan of the archers.
Thebman - 28 Jan 2007 17:54
Lovely little boozer with a good, if a little odd, atmosphere. Two handpumps on the bar, one of which hosts a regular ale and the other which hosts a changing tide of guest ales. Not so sure about Gadds being normally available but I've seen it on in there on occasion. No jukebox but there's a pool room out the back with a pinball machine and, oddly enough, a pool table in it.
The landlord, Andy, is quite a character and I get the impression that pretty much everything that happens in the pub is at his discretion.
Dennis_Wheatbeer - 21 Oct 2006 09:46
Great little pub with a friendly atmosphere. Ale kept very well - Archers and normally a local brew from Gadds. If Gadds isn't on, ask the landlord why not and watch him go red in the face - very amusing! Sunday lunchtimes are packed with locals - great atmosphere.
robnest - 15 Sep 2006 16:55
Popped in the other night with a couple of buddies. The curmudgeonly one stuck to his usual tipple of Archers Village ( 3.6% ), whilst I and my other imibibing companion partook of Eddie Gadd's "Dr Sunshine's Special Friendly Wheat Beer".

This pub gets crowded on Thursday evenings if "Andy's Angels" are playing darts at home, but Andy takes it all in his stride and he never keeps you waiting long for a beer. You do, however, run the risk of being mugged by the girls' darts team for raffle tickets. Still, they'll always offer you some of their nosebag!

Just up the road is Feeny's, which has recently changed hands, possibly reverting in due course to its original name of "The North Pole". Quality of ale varies from undrinkable to good.

Tucked behind Feeny's is The Honeysuckle - also worth a visit if in that part of Ramsgate.

The Monty rates a well deserved 8/10
5thearlofwimbourne - 11 Sep 2006 16:44
This pub is named after Sir Moses Haim Montefiore (1784-1885), the most famous British Jew and Philanthropist of the 19th century. The last decade of his life was passed in comparative quiet upon his estate near Ramsgate.

This Thanet CAMRA Pub of the Year - 2005, is an excellent no-frills pub less than 10 minutes walk from the town centre. There is no intrusive juke box blaring out. Although there are but two real ales on, Andy the landlord serves them in the best of conditiion. The "cooker" is normally Archers ( 3.8% ) and the other is in the 4.5%+ bracket, and changes most frequently. Last week's offering was Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout - absolutely delicious.

A very friendly pub situated adjacent to the Thanet Loop bus route. The "Monty" is halfway between the "Elephant & Castle" and "The North Pole" bus stops.

Andy runs the pub on his own hence the Wednesday closing, and the traditional pub hours.
5thearlofwimbourne - 3 Mar 2006 12:29

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