The Chapel

The Chapel, Broadstairs: Address, Phone Number, The Chapel Reviews: 4.5/5

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Timothy O
9 contributions
A wonderful time
Jun 2021 • Family
We had a fantastic afternoon/evening in the Chapel last Sunday. We are regular visitors but this was our first time since coivd restrictions came in. It was well organised to comply with the rules and as a party of 9 we were seated at 2 tables but this worked fine. Our families had not seen each other for a long time so there was much merryment and we were a little bit loud but the bar staff were very accommodating. Jed and Gale attended to our every need and we all had a wonderful time. Many thanks the Jed and Gayle for looking after us 😁😁
Written June 26, 2021
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Larkfield, UK72 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
The blonde lady behind the bar made a dark & stormy cocktail that both tickled my tongue in ways that such drinks hadn't before. The atmosphere is unique, welcoming & refreshing amongst the cancerous growth of wine bars & the like in the surrounding towns. A shame they had no Tolstoy or dostoevsky on the maze of shelves but sincerly, it was a pleasure.
Would highly recommend and will be back to try the other cocktails.
Written May 27, 2021
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Simon B
Heybridge, UK164 contributions
Beer on a wet October evening
Nov 2020 • Couples
What a find! A mixture of beer and old books permeate the air. Stay away if book dust sets off the alagies, but definitely go and peruse the shelves as you sup! Great staff.
Written November 1, 2020
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London4 contributions
Don't bother, you won't miss anything.
Oct 2020
This bar was on the top of the list for us to visit whilst we have a prolonged stay in Broadstairs. A bar in a bookshop? Seemed right up our alley and a bit different than the normal offerings of a seaside town.

However, it was a disappointment from start to finish. Not all bars can get away with using covid as an excuse for shocking service and this bar is no exception. One bartender was practically making a game out of how much he could ignore me and my partner (note, he was perfectly happy to talk to/serve others in our section, especially if they were pretty women). I had to get out of my seat (which in normal times wouldn't be an issue but we were told it was strictly table service like everywhere else at the moment) to flag staff down, or had to wave or call out at the staff to the point of it being uncomfortable - it was palatable how much we were being ignored. The bloke in the suspenders clearly never learnt basic manners in hospitality either - a grunt is not how you talk to an average person, let alone clientele in your bar (although it must be said that this was an improvement on the silence we normally got from him). My partner and I tend to be over polite, and quietly sat drinking our drinks so can't find any excuse for being treated this way.

Other points: Toilets were grim and the Margzarita tasted like pure lemon juice - if you're going to do a twist on a classic, make it at least a bit drinkable. Also calling a very mediocre bar "cool and quirky" is quite the oversell - it would be bang average if it was placed in any other town. If you don't visit it, you won't miss anything - only vaguely decent thing about the bar was the playlist.

We were looking to have a friendly local whilst we are in Broadstairs, but this will not be it.
Written October 18, 2020
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Tom Sole
Workington, UK1 contribution
A bookshop for the illiterate
Sep 2020
The opening line of the Steven Patrick Morrissey biopic ‘England Is Mine’ goes as follows, ‘Life. In its humdrum sense is worth avoiding.’ What I would advise avoiding is The Chapel Bar and Bookshop in Broadstairs. Upon departing for my 4th annual trip to the coastal town of Broadstairs in east Kent, The Chapel was on my list of taverns to return to. I can now confirm, it is no longer on that list. Such is the decline in staff and clientele of this establishment. Attempts to avail oneself in an enticing selection of rums (the only compliment this review will offer) were halted by capacity issues and early closing hours on the Friday night. Not to worry, Saturday is in the offing. I should have worried. As the group before us trotted indoors (upon completing a track and trace form, of course), it was our turn to take to the stand. Third time’s the charm… full again? But sir, it cannot be, I see more empty seats than not. Corona was the only response offered, and not the pale lager produced by Mexican brewery Cervecería Modelo. I sympathise with the complicated nature of the global pandemic that has been thrust upon us by the deities above, but sympathies are suspended when the acute respiratory syndrome is used as a blanket term by lackadaisical employees. Now, I have watched enough football to know that it is a fool’s errand to go about reversing an official’s decision (Massimo Busacca’s red card given to Robin van Persie in the Champions League fixture between Barcelona & Arsenal comes to mind). What the rather delightful barman (sarcasm) was missing, was an explanation for our repeated refusal. Instead, my friends and I were greeted with a wave of torrid abuse from a nearby customer, who had evidently not made use of the walls lined with literature, as he resorted to jejune insults of ‘queers’ and ‘c**ts’ (rounded off with a graceful invitation to take one outside). Unlike the tide on the beachfront, said customer did not look to be retreating to the depths from which he came, and more notably, was sided by the oh so accommodating bar staff (sarcasm). One thing I did not expect this seaside town to be harbouring was a tolerance for homophobic insults and physical threats. I walked so those of you reading this could run, and I urge that to be as far away from The Chapel as possible.
Written September 18, 2020
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Cambridge, UK1 contribution
Fab place!
Sep 2020 • Friends
Visited here last night, my first ever visit to broadstairs and quite frankly I wasn’t impressed the whole weekend.

That is, until I came here with my friends! The premises are absolutely wonderful, good selection of drinks to suit any type of person and the staff!

Utterly impressed, being a bar owner... it can be very hard to pull in a team that have the chemistry to run a pub well, aswell as having fun whilst doing it! Perfect balance with the both of them. I was so impressed to the point that I even created an account on here just to congratulate them on their work.

Will be visiting broadstairs again and I really hope to see George and Freddy in there again!
Written September 6, 2020
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Ferenc M
United Kingdom840 contributions
Absolutely super little bar...
Aug 2020
Had to try three times to get in as it's pretty small so was full. They have the Covid stuff really well sorted. Nice beers and cocktails, super service.

Absolutely 100% we will come here next time we are in Broadstairs.

And you like books, you'll be in heaven!

Good place to go for a drink on date night.
Written August 22, 2020
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Kent, UK4,210 contributions
Bookworm city
Mar 2020 • Couples
Loads of books above the bar area, a decent sized bar and seating at different levels. Service was ok , lots of variety coffee, ales and spirits available. Situated on the main drag down to the beach.
Written March 11, 2020
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Lucy R
Greater London, UK260 contributions
Cool quirky bar
Jan 2020
A bit cold in January but great to have so many little rooms and corners to hideaway in, and the choice of drinks will keep you warm!
Written January 25, 2020
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London, UK107 contributions
Star of the High Street
Nov 2019 • Friends
We always pop in when visiting Broadstairs. This place has a curious charm, it's in an old Chapel building and has walls covered in bookshelves that go up to the mezzanine floor above. The range of beers is enough for any real ale fanatic. Once inside you don't want to leave. I went upstairs to see if I could get seats in the room up there but it was full. We would gave sat at one of the tables on the landing but the lighting was so poor, bulbs were out and needed replacing, it was dark and the table rocked and squeaked so headed back downstairs. I felt on this visit that it needed a bit of TLC, someone in charge does not love it anymore. Needs bringing back to what it was a few years ago. Also noticed that it does food, a table near us ordered some interesting looking pies! Chap on the bar was rushed off his feet and seemed to be on his own on a busy Saturday afternoon. There is competition now with the Magnet over the road so I feel the place needs to up its game to survive. would not want to lose it.
Written November 18, 2019
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