East Cliff Tavern

East Cliff Tavern, Folkestone: Hours, Address, East Cliff Tavern Reviews: 3.5/5

East Cliff Tavern
3.5
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

3.5
9 reviews
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snailman78
28 contributions
Hidden gem
Jan 2020 • Couples
This lovely little pub is hidden away , but a real treat awaits those seeking a teaditional old quirky pub, friendly landlord great beers and ales , check it out !
Written March 5, 2020
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slow_cooker_steve
Folkestone, UK152 contributions
Time travelling with a pint
Aug 2019 • Couples
as soon as you enter the tavern you are instantly teleported back to the 1950's.
It's brilliant. Real ales on tap from Kent Brewery and cider in a box from Taunton.
The locals are good value and have great banter !
Richard the pub landlord is a wealth of knowledge and provides good service.
Wednesday is Stitch & B...... where you can knit and complain about the weather and world affairs (a favourite British past time). Thursday is Live Music night with a mix of folk and country. Friday is darts and Sunday is the very popular Meat Raffle.
This is now become our favourite local pub. Good prices and unpretentious.
totally recommend.
Written August 20, 2019
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Michael H
Wakefield, UK7 contributions
Locals boozer, Great beers and friendly staff.
Dec 2018 • Couples
Go to place for beer, darts and friendly banter. Very dog friendly. Unpretentious and old world. Bring did treats for pub dog, ask if it's ok first.
Written December 14, 2018
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Abeonas
Kent, UK4,257 contributions
Taking u back
Aug 2015 • Couples
This place has proper beer on sale. There's plenty to admire here. Times gone by jump out at you. The loos are out the back. Small area outside in warm weather. Only one of the two bars is in use. If you are going take cheese to share with the regulars and Richard the Landlord.Great pub for conversation. It is well worth the effort to find this establishment.
Written April 8, 2016
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Carl G
Pasco, WA40 contributions
A warm and inviting pub
Jul 2015 • Friends
Having recently moved to Folkestone, we were invited by friends to meet at the East Cliff Tavern. We found it to be the quintessential English local. We were warmly greeted and felt that people went out of their way to make us feel welcome after they found out we were new to the area. Richard, behind the bar, is knowledgeable about the craft beers he offers and has a wealth of knowledge of other local pubs.
Written October 19, 2015
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eavyumble
Folkestone, UK2 contributions
A real locals local
Oct 2015 • Friends
Let`s get a few things sorted first. It`s certainly NOT a micro-pub by any definition. It is, and always has been - in my opinion - a basic, unpretentious "back-street-local", in the way they always used to be. Sure, it can feel a bit offputting if you are a complete stranger - what pub can`t? But, speak to people and you`ll soon feel welcome. As in any pub, if you are prepared to make an effort to engage in conversation you won`t be ignored. You may find yourself disagreed with, but that`s life. We don`t all agree with everyone all the time.

Now to the pub itself. It`s small, and the second (formerly Lounge) bar is seldom used. The decor and the carpets are dated, but I don`t use pubs for the decor or carpets. Beer-wise it majors on cask-conditioned beer. Normally two available, sometimes three. Majors on Kent breweries. Condition-wise it can`t really be faulted - though someone always has to get the end of the barrel! It`s a beer pub, so only one lager, and the wines DO come from boxes. It`s not a wine bar! As regards snacks, unless there`s something provided on the bar - or one of the locals` "pop-up" buffets, then it`s crisps or scratchings or nuts. Simple! It`s a PUB.

The toilet facilities are basic, to say the least. The gents is almost primitive. As regards the ladies being overlooked by the smoking area, that`s true. It`s always been the case, but nowadays smokers are forced to smoke outside, so some curtains should be provided.

Dogs are welcome in the pub, but no children.
Written October 11, 2015
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secret4x4
28 contributions
Definitely a 'local's' pub
Sep 2014 • Friends
Sadly disappointing. Wine comes from a box, it's a tiny pokey micro-pub and it is very much a local's pub. If you are new, or your face doesn't fit, you are made to feel unwelcome. I used to go there with someone I considered a friend at the time and a lot of the patrons seemed to be extremely unhappy that I had started to come along as I wasn't a regular there.

There is one woman in particular who instantly latches onto you and if you don't agree with her point of view on everything, she immediately dislikes you and feels the need to belittle you and be as horrid to you as possible.

The toilets are outside with the usual collection of spiders and other creepy crawlies and ladies, make your you bring your own blackout curtains, as the smoking area faces the ladies so everyone can see what you are doing in there!

They usually have a real cider which seems to be it's redeeming feature. Dogs are welcome, but even the ECT's pub dog is unfriendly.

Would be a lovely place to frequent if the locals were friendlier and made you feel welcome but they sadly don't and you find that the same people go there over and over.

It is well known in Folkestone for being an 'Old Man's pub' or the 'inbreeding centre' of Folkestone.

Unless you like being treated like a fish in a bowl, avoid at all costs!
Written August 14, 2015
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crystalcatLondon
london154 contributions
Real Ale Lovers' pub
May 2014 • Friends
This quirky pub looks as though it is in someone's front room and it probably is. The pub has been here for decades. The decor is unlovely, but the loyal regulars and the owner, Richard, are very friendly. The main attraction is the provision of real ale on pump. These ales are not generally available, so the pub attracts CAMRA members from afar. Glasses are sparkling because Richard polishes them. The loo facilities are also very clean, so don't be put off by the faded decor.

Alas wine comes out of a box, but it is better than some bottled house wines in other venues.

This is a weird and wonderful drinking hole. The only reason for a 3/5 rating is that the decor lets it down. If you are near the harbour, give it a try. Dogs are welcome.
Written May 9, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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