Probably the smallest pub in the UK is about to open in Ramsgate.
The Little King Richard Arms will serve draft beer and lager alongside bottles of beer, wine and spirits in its 5ft wide and 2ft 2in deep venue at Ramsgate Promenade Market (formerly the Belgian Bar ) on the waterfront.
The small bar, which stands opposite the largest Wetherspoon pub in the country, was named after ‘true gentleman’ Richard Brown, who sadly died following a fire in Ramsgate last year.
Richard, 71, was a much-loved member of the Belgian Bar/Green Tara family – now Ramsgate Promenade Market – and a longtime friend of owner Andy Barrett.
Andy said: “”He was a wonderful man and so full of generosity, he would help everyone from all walks of life. When you first met him he had such a big impact and was a huge man in his own right.
“He was just an interesting guy who really cared about people, everyone he met had their lives touched by him.”
The Little King Richard Arms opens its doors this Monday (April 18), marking exactly one year since Richard lost his life.
The miniature pub contains the bar area and the room at the bar to place your order. There is seating inside the boardwalk venue, including a dedicated space for Richard.
Andy said: “It has to be the smallest bar in the UK. We already had a cocktail bar and stocked bottled beers, but people were asking for draft beer. We thought it would be weird to have the smaller pub opposite the largest Wetherspoon pub in the UK.
“It will open a year to the day after the day we lost Richard. He loved a drink and was a bit of a legend, he took care of the place for me when I wanted to leave. It will be a good legacy. »
The Little King Richard Arms is even smaller than Andy’s other little pub, The Little Prince in Margate’s Old Kent Market. This pub is six feet, six inches wide and 11 feet long and was recognized as the smallest pub in the UK by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2016.
The Little King Richard Arms opens at 1 p.m. Monday. The Ramsgate Promenade Market is also home to businesses including a vegan stall, breakfast stall, pizza and pasta stall which is also due to open and a music store is set up at the rear of the site.