|The Just Reproach||
14 King Street
Opened on 14 December 20112, the "Just Reproach" micropub is run by father and daughter, Mark and Bronwen Robson. The philosophy behind a micropub is the rejection of all that the big chains tell us that we want.
There is, no television, no fruit machines, no juke box, no spirits and no lager. Conversation and social interaction are actively encouraged!
The emphasis is on good beer from microbreweries served straight from the cask but also sold on the premises is a red and white house wine and some soft drinks for the drivers.
From its opening the pub is closed Monday's and Sunday evenings but are open the rest of the week between 12.00 and 14.00, 17.00 to 21.00 Tuesday to Thursday and 17.00 to 23.00 Friday and Saturday.
The pub's name, "The Just Reproach" has been taken from Daniel Defoe's account of the Great Storm of 1703. Realising that the enormity and impact of the Great Storm across the country Defoe asked for the public to send accounts to him which he would then publish. There is uncertainty as to how many accounts Defoe received and how many he made up but accounts of Deal and its inhabitants were far from flattering! Defoe concluded the book with a poem and, in reference to Deal, he wrote:
If I had any Satire left to write.
Could I with suited spleen indite,
My verse should blast that fatal town,
And drown'd sailors' widows pull it down;
No footsteps of it should appear,
And ships no more cast anchor there.
The barbarous hated name of Deal shou'd die,
Or be a term of infamy;
And till that's done, the town will stand
A just reproach to all the land.
This is Deal's first and only micropub to date. (Jan 2012)
Closed shortly after opening for the upgrade of the cool-room, but open again shortly afterwards.
ROBSON Mark Nov 2011-13+
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