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The Millers Arms (Shepherd Neame)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Shepherd Neame - Late RedExcellent3
Shepherd Neame - PorterGood4
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterAcceptable3
Shepherd Neame - SpitfireNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Whitstable Bay Organic AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Millers Arms, Canterbury, Kent
Picture 2. The Millers Arms, Canterbury, Kent

Visits Details

28 Sep 2009 (Andrew)
Was out hunting the Late Red. Guessed it would be found here. As I sat drinking it 3 young lads (clearly students) came in and shuffled about at the bar. One of them looked at the hand pumps a little unsure of himself an said, "Er, I'll have a pint of this Late Red then". As the baraman walked off he turned to his mates and said, "Better get used to this Kentish Ale now we're down here for 3 years". At least he'd started off with a good one.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Late Red4.50ExcellentReddish. Very tangy and fruity with a leafy hop bite at the end - but importantly not as overpowering as last year.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
20 Dec 2008 (Ian)
We went to the Bishops Finger, but it didn't have the Porter on, so the good thing about Canterbury is that it is small enough that we can get to another pub in 5-10 mins max.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Porter4.80GoodChoccy flavour, Sheps yeast aroma. Lacked the depth and character of the half I had at the Bishops Finger a few days earlier, but still very drinkable stuff.
20 Dec 2008 (Andrew)
3rd pub in the mini-crawl. We sat in the rear bar which always feels like a school cafeteria and is a bit soulless. The front barís much more pleasant but was busy. We originally went to the Bishopís Finger near Westgate but it didnít have the porter on so we came here instead as the beer here is fairly certain to be in good nick.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Porter4.80Good£3.05 a pint is a bit steep if you ask me - Shep's porter ain't that good! Anyway, the porter this year is much better than in previous years. It still has that weird powderiness to it but it has a bit of a fruity body now that perks it up a bit.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
24 Nov 2008 (Andrew)
I was going to go to Thomas Inglesby's to see if any beer-festival beers were still on but after reading Ian's review of Late Red I fancied some of that instead. The pub wasn't very busy and I sat in the side bar on a stool and stared out over the mill pond opposite. The subtle Christmas docorations on the door made me feel quite seasonal - that and the cold weather outside.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Late Red4.50GoodThis wasn't how I remembered it. It was a deep red colour and the aroma was of red fruit as before but the finish was quite astringent with a coffee-grounds bitterness to it. The red cherry flavours in the body were there but you had to fight the astringent coffee-grounds bitterness to appreciate them. It was good but maybe if it mellowed a bit it would be better. It was also £3.05 a pint!
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
15 Dec 2007 (Andrew)
Arrived about 3.30pm and sat in the main bar with a view of the mill pond outside. About 5 minutes later Brian, Pete and Mark turned up so we moved to the comfy seats at the rear. It was fairly quiet except for a couple of large Christmas party groups.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Porter4.80GoodBlack with a frothy short-lived head. Rich with some dark fruit but still that overpowering burnt powdery flavour to it.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
27 Oct 2007 (Brian)
The pub was empty, there were a few people outside. The juke box was playing "Wide open space" and it took me three days to remember who the band were.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70AcceptableBrown, good head. Lacked any real body and there was nothing memorable about the taste either. This beer bothers me as you feel that with a bit more effort it could be special.
05 Oct 2007 (Andrew)
Popped in for a crafty pint with Adrian. The side room was busy but the bar was fairly quiet.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Late Red4.50ExcellentWhat a cracking pint. Tangy and sweet with good earthy hops.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
18 Aug 2007 (Andrew)
Jane and I came here to meet Ian and Martin and to have a pint of Master Brew (...well Jane had a cup of tea). Ah Master Brew... I'd been looking forward to this for ages. Shame it was so lack lustre. I think this pint has cured me of my unexplainable longing for Master Brew.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70AcceptableTree resin bitterness with a bit of malt. Bit disappointing reallly
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Whitstable Bay Organic Ale4.50Not Tried
18 Aug 2007 (Ian)
Met up with Andrew, Jane and Martin here as Andrew wanted a pint of Master Brew.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70AcceptableInstantly forgettable.
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Whitstable Bay Organic Ale4.50Not Tried
27 Dec 2006 (Ian)
It was the day after Boxing Day, so there were a fair few people in Canterbury doing the sales shopping thing, and also people still on holiday and the clientele in the pub/hotel reflected that. I like this place very much though. Tastefully redeocrated and a cracking location on the weir.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Shepherd Neame - Porter4.80AcceptableSome chocolate, but a bit powdery, no fruit to speak of and just a bit unintegrated with the flavours.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire4.20Not Tried

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About The Millers Arms

The pub sign. The Millers Arms, Canterbury, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent4
Good13
Acceptable7
Poor2

Website.

The pub is found in Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AW.

Corner pub/hotel near the River Stour. Once the home of Canterbury Brewery, an early Kentish micro-brewery, in the 1980s. Just a tad corporate decor wise. Nice location on the Stour with very attractive buildings around it. Long central bar serves up to 3 hand pulled Shepherd Neame beers. Conservatory and restaurant area around a corner.

We have visited this pub 25 times, seen 9 different beers and tried 8 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT1 2AW