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Page Updated:- Tuesday, 14 February, 2023.


Nov 2012

Firkin Alehouse

Open 2023+

21 Cheriton Place


07894 068432

Firkin Alehouse November 2012

Above photo by Jan Pedersen November 2012.

Firkin Alehouse 2009 as Barrington's barbers

Above photo when building was Barrington's barbers, from Google July 2009.

Neil King

Above showing Neil King inside the "Firkin Alehouse."

Firkin Alehouse inside 2014

Photo taken 1 February 2014 from by Jelltex.


This pub is one of a number of micro-pubs that are springing up in the villages and towns of Kent and opened in November 2012.


From This is Kent, Saturday 17th November 2012.

By Mike Sims

NO MOBILE phone use, no music or TV, no lager and no bar area – welcome to Shepway's first "micropub", which aims to strip boozing back to the basics.

The Firkin Alehouse is due to open in Cheriton Place in Folkestone today, with its owner hoping it will establish itself as a social place to drink and chat.

The pub will not serve spirits or alcopops, instead offering a table service for thirsty punters wanting local ales, ciders and wines.

Landlord Neil King, 37, has high hopes for the venture, pointing to the success of similar micropubs which have sprung up in areas such as Deal and Herne.

The Hawkinge resident, who managed pubs for Wetherspoon's for five years and has just left the "Telegraph" in Deal, said: "It's stripping it all back to basics, and in a way going back to how pubs were is looking like the way forward."

Drinkers who use the pub, which was previously a hairdressers, will be asked to go outside if they wish to use their phones and will be able to see their ales poured direct from the barrel.

Mr King, a father of one, said: "I want it to have a real community feel.

"I hope it'll encourage chat and develop a good atmosphere.

"It's working in other parts of Kent so there's no reason why Folkestone can't have a successful micropub."

The boozer will have about four ales at a time, rotating the choice so that it offers punters hundreds of different brews over several months.

Mr King added: "Pubs are really struggling, but this removes a lot of the overheads and aims to offer people something a bit different."

The Firkin Alehouse will be open Tuesdays to Saturdays 11.30am to 2.30pm and 4.30 to 9pm (10pm on Fridays and Saturdays), and Sundays 11.30am to 3pm.


This was named the 2014 CAMRA pub of the year for the Ashford, Folkestone and Romney branch.

In 2017 it had moved into a new premises right next door to the old at number 20 that was formerly an estate agents.


Firkin Alehouse 2019

Above photo by Jan Pedersen 2019.


Apparently as of December 2022 the premises has moved again, they are now at number 21.


Firkin Alehouse 2022

Above photo December 2022.

Neil King 2022

Above photo, showing Neil King behind the bar December 2022.



Last pub licensee had KING Neil November/2012-23+


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