Northern Belle, Margate

Northern Belle

The Northern Belle, built in 1680 and hidden away in a back street near the harbour, is the oldest pub in Margate and is listed in the 2011 CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

Originally the Waterman’s Arms, the pub was renamed following the rescue, by local men, of the crew of an American transatlantic ship, the Northern Belle, which sank off the coast. Timbers from the wreck can still be seen in the bar today having been used in renovations.

Popular with locals and known for its friendly, relaxed atmosphere the pub  a good selection of ales and lagers. Customers are welcome to play darts, dominoes and cards and there is occasional live music.

The Northern Belle is supposedly haunted by the whispy white form of a woman in a veil who has been seen many times over the centuries drifting through the cellars, bars and rooms above the pub.