A popular pub that’s stood the test of time since 1680, the Northern Belle is Margate’s oldest ale house
Tucked away in a quiet back street just a short walk from the harbour, it’s a friendly, relaxed place where locals and visitors seek sanctuary and a selection of real ales.
Simple pleasures reign supreme here, with darts, dominoes, cards and community spirit in place of blaring sports on TV. And speaking of spirit, you might even get to mingle with our resident ghost.
The Northern Belle, named after an American ship that sank just off the Margate coast in 1857, is supposedly haunted by the wispy white form of a woman in a veil. She has been seen many times over the centuries, drifting through the cellars, bars and rooms above the pub.
Timbers from the shipwreck can also be spotted in the pub, having been used as part of renovations past - lending the Northern Belle an extra edge as Margate’s most historic hostelry.