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The Unicorn (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Thwaites - Wainwright (please now use the Banks's entry)Excellent1
Ringwood - Razorback (renamed from Best Bitter late 2015)Excellent2
Pig & Porter - Strangely BrownExcellent1
Colchester - No. 1Excellent1
Hopdaemon - BewitchedExcellent1
Pig & Porter - Red Spider RyeGood1
Colchester - Red DieselGood1
Hopdaemon - IncubusGood3
Thwaites - Lancaster Bomber (please now use the Banks's entry)Acceptable1
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterNot Tried0
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - Oxford GoldNot Tried0
Caledonian - Flying Scotsman (superseded by 3.5% version)Not Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPANot Tried0
Black Sheep - Golden SheepNot Tried0
Black Sheep - Best BitterNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Unicorn, Canterbury, Kent
Picture 2. The Unicorn, Canterbury, Kent

Visits Details

20 Oct 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Well run house with relaxed atmosphere. Amused when someone asked the strength of the Kentish Pip real cider and was told "anything between 5 and 6 per cent".
BeerABVScoreNotes
Pig & Porter - Red Spider Rye4.80GoodLittle white sticker showed abv as 4.7%
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Black Sheep - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
27 Sep 2014 (Jack William)
Late evening - heaving - the death of the English pub has been greatly exagerated.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Thwaites - Wainwright (please now use the Banks's entry)4.10ExcellentNew on as the Golden Sheep ran out.
Pig & Porter - Strangely Brown4.40ExcellentGreen hop porter - taste the freshness.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Black Sheep - Golden Sheep3.80Not Tried
23 Jul 2014 (Jack William)
Mid evening - good few drinkers in - nice low key atmosphere
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Bewitched3.70ExcellentDistinctive ginger flavoured bitter - nice.
Colchester - Red Diesel4.20GoodFull rounded maltiness.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
04 Jun 2014 (Baymart)
Busy for a Wed lunchtime, homely, low ceiling, good beer
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00GoodGood, but served in a Tim Taylor glass!
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
25 Apr 2014 (Dosser)
Canterbury Pub of the Year. Looking forward to our visit but what a disappointment. Gloombar, Master brew and Bombadier on 3 of the pumps. No thank you. Moved on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
02 Jan 2014 (Jack William)
Mid afternoon - busy. Much newspaper reading going on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Thwaites - Lancaster Bomber (please now use the Banks's entry)4.40AcceptableClear and bright but with a faint soapiness.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
16 Dec 2012 (Alenomore)
13:00 visit. En-route to the centre and always worth a look in. Not too busy at this time.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Colchester - No. 14.10ExcellentA new ale for me. Very good too.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Caledonian - Flying Scotsman (superseded by 3.5% version)4.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
06 Oct 2012 (Eddie)
12:00 visit. Not been in here for a year or so but nice to see that nothing changes:) David the bar men is still behind the helm and I recognise many familular faces :)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ringwood - Razorback (renamed from Best Bitter late 2015)3.80ExcellentGood malty notes with a hint of digestive biscuit :)
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00GoodVery tasty :)
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
18 Aug 2012 (Blair)
Last port of call before the train and we ended up staying for a few hours thanks to the bar billiards table. Sat outside and saw off the last of the sunshine before heading indoors.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ringwood - Razorback (renamed from Best Bitter late 2015)3.80GoodAn uninspired but pleasant bitter.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
30 Jun 2012 (Blair)
First port of call in Canterbury, we sat in the lovely beer garden and chilled out for a while.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00ExcellentTop condition.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Brakspear (at Marston's Wychwood) - Oxford Gold4.00Not Tried

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About The Unicorn

The pub sign. The Unicorn, Canterbury, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent26
Good25
Acceptable15
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8BS.

Tudor style, low ceilinged pub with U-shaped bar counter which is close to Canterbury West railway station. A corridor leads to the toilets and then a well appointed garden. Good selection of beers and a cider served in good condition. 5 handpumps. CAMRA Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable Branch Pub of the Year 2014.

We have visited this pub 57 times, seen 52 different beers and tried 39 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT2 8BS