The Outstanding micropub in Westgate-on-Sea
Micropubs - What are 'Micropubs'?
The word/term 'micropub' is a new one in the English language and, at the point this page was written (August 2012), the word micropub didn't exist - it was neither in the OED or accepted as a 'Scrabble word'.
As such, there is no 'official definition' of the word (by the way, micropub is in no way related to the term microbar - as this is used to represent a unit of pressure equal to one millionth of a bar!).
So, what is a micropub?
As the name suggests, a micropub is generally considered to refer to a pub that is small (or very small) - but that's about it.
However, most places that call themselves micropubs also adhere to the following;
Although pubs are closing all over the country, micropubs (and micro-breweries) seem to be a growing trend. That is particularly true here in Kent (The Butcher's Arms in Herne is considered the original micropub - it opened in 2005 and started the boom in the micropub concept).
On the Isle-of-Thanet, there are currently four micropubs (a fifth is opening in Birchington this month - March 2013). There are also a couple of pubs that refer to themselves as micropubs, but, in the opinion of this site's author, are too large to be true micropubs (though they do meet the other requirements).