MAJOR pub chain Wetherspoons may plan to open in Deal next year but a much more intimate public house is out to steal their thunder.
The Just Reproach micropub, named after Daniel Defoe's poem written about Deal in the 1700's, will open at the end of November in King Street, opposite the Royal Snooker Club.
A maximum of 20 to 25 people can fit into the small pub at any one time, which will only be selling real ale from micro brewers from across the country, complemented by a small selection of wines.
Landlord Mark Robson, 53, a former head teacher from Kingston Close in River, can't wait to start pulling pints for punters.
The father-of-three said: "Deal is a lovely town, and opening a pub is something I have always wanted to do.
"This new breed of pub means I don't have to spend silly amounts of money on a big premises.
"It is like going back to when the pub was first created.
No televisions, fruit machines or jukeboxes, people can just come in and have a chat with a few beers.
Mr Robson added: "I have received a great reaction from locals so far, many people come up to me in the pub asking me what's going on, when am I opening and what will I be selling."
Andy Stevens from the Deal and Walmer Chamber of Trade welcomed this forthcoming addition to Deal's host of independent traders.
He said: "The Just Reproach looks like it will be just the type of quality enterprise Deal needs.
"Micropubs are all the rage nationally, as people become more discerning about how they spend their leisure time.
Mr Stevens added: "If the owners do it well, build up a decent clientele who enjoy a civilised drinking environment, then all power to them.
"It's another good example of Deal's increasing desirability as a place to live and set up businesses."