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The first micropub in Birchington
Micropubs - What are 'Micropubs'?
The word/term 'micropub' is a new one in the English language and, at the point this page was written (April 2013), the word micropub didn't exist - it was neither in the OED or accepted as a 'Scrabble word'. There is no known 'official definition' of the word.
So, again, what is a micropub? As the name suggests, a micropub is generally considered to refer to a pub that is small - but that's about it (and size is relative - just how big is small!). However, most places that call themselves micropubs also adhere to most of the following -
Many micropubs are too small to have a bar. The Wheel is a touch bigger and does have a small bar.
No Fruit Machines
These take-away the original concept of a pub (but you might find games like Shove Ha'penny or Cribbage being enjoyed).
No TVs or Juke Boxes
These also take-away the original concept of a pub (a place to enjoy a quiet drink and talk to friends - or talk to strangers, who quickly become friends).
Although pubs are closing all over the country, micropubs (and micro-breweries) are a rapidly growing trend. That is particularly true here in Kent (The Butcher's Arms in Herne is considered the original micropub - it opened in 2005 and started the boom in the micropub concept).
On the Isle-of-Thanet, there are now numerous micropubs (including slightly larger ones).
Below are links to The Butcher's Arms in Herne (the pub that started the micropub revolution), two other micropubs in Thanet and Thanet's own branch of the Campaign for Real Ale -
Other Thanet micro-pubs
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