Yard of Ale micropub to shut at end of August

Last orders at the Yard of Ale (Photo Yard of Ale)

It has been announced that an award-winning micropub in St Peter’s will call last orders for the final time at the end of this month.

The Yard of Ale, in Church Street, has been a popular watering hole for the past 10 years.

The micropub, which was created in a former stable block building by Shawn Galvin and Ian Noble, is a former CAMRA Kent Pub of the Year winner.

The  Mind The Gap railway themed micropub in Broadstairs High Street owned by Shawn and wife Clare will continue to trade as usual.

In an announcement published on the micropub’s facebook page, Shawn and Clare said: “It is with great regret that we need to inform everyone that the Yard of Ale in St Peter’s will cease trading after Thursday 31st August 2023.

“This is due to the landlord requiring possession of the building back.

“For us it’s been 10 years, far more than we ever anticipated. We would like to thank all of our customers for the support over the years. We will walk out of there with our heads held high.

“Mind the Gap Micropub will continue to trade as normal.”


  1. A shame – it will be sorely missed – where else in Broadstairs
    will you be able to stand at the bar beside a small horse?

  2. Too many pubs and micro pubs, all bars should be in the town or sea rent not on residential streets, it will be easier to police and bring money to high streets and fronts, may over a period lead to the end of larger louts and more social drinkers. #buildonbrownfieldbuildonmanston

    • I presume you never set foot in the yard of ale. If you had, you wouldn’t be saying things like that. It was a very quiet pub and there had never ever been any trouble or bad behaviour in the yard. It’s was a hub of the community and went out of the way to provide a safe space for people to enjoy good beer at affordable prices. People took pride in looking out for each other. You are spouting utter nonsense. Another key board warrior who gets pleasure in moaning in the comment section.

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