The Harbour Arms
The maritime micropub in Margate (cunningly hidden on Margate's Harbour Arm!)
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Micropubs - What is a micropub, micro-pub or micro pub?
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 Harbour Arms has a serving area, but you can't really class it as a 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).
We'll say this in bold as this is the golden rule of any micropub, NO lager whatsoever. This simple fact is on display at the Micropub Association's website: Click here for the Micropub Association's site. In a true micropub, you cannot even say the word lager - if you say that word, then you are expected to put something (20p or more) in the charity jar in the pub (if you need to mention this drink, a few polite people might say 'the L word'. But the vast majority, the realistic and truthful people, describe it accurately and use the term 'cold, fizzy urine', or here, with the nautical/marine theme in mind, lager is commonly referred to as 'alcoholic bilge water').
This rule (the micropub 'law') is obten abbreviated to NFL - an acronym standing for 'No Fizzy Lager', or something like that!
Many micropubs and pubs have this simple abbreviation displayed in their windows - 'NFL' (if you see NFL in the window anywhere, you know that's code for 'only good drinks available').
Again, most true micropubs do not sell spirits. The range is usually Ale, Cider & Wine - with soft-drinks available for the driver and the children (generally, these are traditional English drinks, such as dandelion and burdock, ginger beer, cloudy lemonade and orange squash - tap water is normally on offer too). However, some micro-pubs vary this 'rule' a tiny bit - so you might find one or two spirits on (but not the dozens you'll find in bigger pubs).
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 nearly ten micropubs at the moment (including the slightly larger ones that meet all the other requirements and run with the standard of NFL).
Below are links to The Butcher's Arms in Herne (the pub that started the micropub revolution in 2005 and created the slogan of 'NFL'), two other micropubs in Thanet and Thanet's own branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (simply click on the picture to visit their own site)-
Other Thanet micro-pubs (click on the name to go to the web site)