The Lighthouse on The Strand in Walmer have just celebrated 4 years of trading. The pub is most known for its live music, playing host to local bands several times each week. They also host quiz evenings and have started to throw stand up nights, where you can see a line up of comedians perform throughout one evening. There's always something going on at The Lighthouse.
The pub is a real hub for the community, you can spot locals and people you’ve passed on the street. They're also a major support to bands and performers. Definitely somewhere to come if you’re into music or want to sample a taste of the local scene. It’s also a great place to sit and watch the world go by, as you can see the sea from inside, or even to sit and watch the sky change colour on a winter afternoon over a pint.
The pub recently celebrated their fourth birthday with a cocktail party and customary live music. We went along to join in the celebrations. There’s a unique vibe often dictated by whoever is on stage. That night a jazzy three piece played smooth music while everyone sat around sipping gin cocktails- sophisticated and cosy. You’ll often find it filled with people, steaming up the windows and lit by fairy lights. It's a great environment of people just having fun, it feels amazingly cosy and welcoming. We'd recommend checking it out if you love live music, then the lighthouse is the place to be.
Locally run MK Catering have taken up a residency doing Sunday dinners. Having seen reports of several sold out sundays, we went along to try the food one weekend. The roasts are particularly popular, so you should try and book ahead if you can.
We ordered a beef sharing board, the whole roast was loaded onto the board and we all helped ourselves. The thin strips of beef were rare and tender, well seasoned. They gave us a chicken breast as an extra because they were worried there wasn't enough beef for all 3 of us, they needn't have worried. The chicken was just as good as the beef, succulent and juicy with a crisp skin.
There was an abundance of roast potatoes, no leathery skins like a lot of pub roasts. Just crunchy on the outside and fluffy inside, perfect. The sausage meat stuffing went down nicely and a nice touch was the sprigs of rocket strewn throughout the board, adding punches of fresh flavour.
We had a massive selection of veg to try, including red cabbage, cauliflower cheese, sweet crisp parsnips green beans and carrots. Crisp veggies, perfectly cooked and delicious, red cabbage and parsnips were particularly good. Often the veg in a pub roast can be a sloppy disappointing afterthought, but they were so good we finished all of it off.
Everything tasted home cooked and hearty, the potions were the perfect size for us and all the food was cooked to perfection. A soundtrack of Sam Cooke songs played in the background while we ate. We washed the food down with pints of Kentish cider. A perfect Sunday at The Lighthouse. We wouldn't hesitate to say this is the best roast we’ve had in Deal.
As part of our advent calendar giveaway you can win 2 tickets to The Lighthouse’s next Stand up night in January, look out for your chance to enter on our facebook and Instagram pages today.