Seaside pub with an emphasis on imaginative food, several local ales and good mix of customers
The good pub guide review
Appealing décor including driftwood walls, settles with scatter cushions, captain's chairs and leather armchairs on a stripped-wood floor, and carefully considered extra touches such as big flower arrangements on the bar counter, help make this welcoming beachside pub special. The two front bars are divided by a central chimney. You'll find a thoughtful range of drinks and interesting food, and there's plenty of space for enjoying both. Courteous staff serve Pearsons Arms (named for the pub from Adnams) and Sharps Doom Bar plus two guests such as Ramsgate Gadds Seasider and Timothy Taylors Landlord on handpump, 21 good wines by the glass and an extensive list of cocktails; background music and reguar live music nights. A cosy lower room has a bookcase mural and a couple of big chesterfields and dining chairs around plain tables on a stone floor. Up a couple of flights of stairs, the restaurant (overlooking the water) has mushroom-coloured paintwork, contemporary wallpaper, more driftwood and church chairs and pine tables on nice wide floorboards.
The good pub guide food review
Highly regarded food includes sandwiches and small plates (salt and pepper squid, Whitstable rock oysters, grilled aubergine with basil pesto, mini chorizo sausages), plus pan-fried scallops with yuzu mayonnaise, roquefort and chicory salad with toasted walnuts, beef bourguignon, seafood platter, linguine with local crab, chilli and lime, lamb rump with pea, broad bean and feta ragout and salsa verde, roasted basil gnocchi with ratatouille and pesto, and puddings such as blueberry pannacotta with blueberry gel and meringue, and sticky toffee pudding with caramelised banana and butterscotch sauce; they also offer a two- and three-course weekday set lunch.