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Thanet: We visited the newest addition in the micropub capital of Kent

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Original article from Kent Live

If you like a pint, there are few better places to visit than Broadstairs.

The coastal town has an abundance of bars, cafes and more recently Micro-pubs!

The newest addition to the ever-growing list of micropubs is The Royston on the Broadway.

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The ‘community focused’ bar opened its doors for the first time on Thursday (September 9) after a summer of renovations.

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Two days on from the grand opening, I went down to visit Broadstairs' newest bar to see exactly what they had on offer.

Owner Andy Smith is running the business with his partner Melissa and despite little experience, they've done a fantastic job.

The Micro pub is, unsurprisingly, small and cosy but the high seating gives off a real trendy vibe.

The Royston in Broadstairs

As you may have already noticed, there's plenty of competition in Broadstairs.

The Thirty Nine Steps, Mind The Gap, The Magnet and The Four Candles have all built up glowing reputations among locals and visitors alike.

Andy, who had previously been a Sales Executive, told me that the high seats make it less awkward for those who arrive and the pub is full.

He explained how the high seats mean that whether you’re sitting or standing, you’re all at the same level.

That wasn't really an issue for me as it was a fairly quiet affair early on Saturday afternoon.

There is plenty of beer on offer

The pub celebrates cask ale but me, being under the age of 50, decided to go for a can of lighthouse lager.

The lager, and a cheeky soft drink on the side, came to £6 – a fairly reasonable price!

If there’s one drawback it would probably be the location.

The pub is just that little bit further away from the main strip of restaurants and bars which dominate the seafront and high street.

Inside The Royston in Broadstairs

However, the bar’s location at the top of the town does have one perk.

After a couple of drinks the train home may be the best way of heading home and the micro-pub sits just 100 yards from Broadstairs station.

If the opening night is anything to go by, The Royston will prove very popular.

It's smart and both Andy and Melissa were very welcoming.

There's room for about 25 seats and 20 standing

Even at 2pm, a couple of locals came in to express their delight about having a new bar at the end of the road.

As a local myself, I can only agree!

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