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The Unicorn (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Box Steam - Tunnel VisionExcellent1
Breakwater - BestExcellent1
Kent - ProhibitionExcellent1
Oakham - CitraExcellent1
Pig & Porter - Big K IPAGood1
Purple Moose - Cwrw Eryri (Snowdonia Ale)Excellent1
Ripple Steam - Original Best BitterExcellent1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordAcceptable1
Whitstable - Winkle PickerExcellent1
Wickwar - BOB (Brand Oak Bitter)Excellent1
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - A.D.H. MENot Tried0
Boutilliers - Oatmeal Brown StoutNot Tried0
Colchester - No. 1Not Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's London GoldNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Battersea RyeNot Tried0
Sharp's - Dawn PatrolNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterNot Tried0
Whitstable - Try Time!Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Unicorn, Canterbury, Kent
Picture 2. The Unicorn, Canterbury, Kent

Visits Details

23 Apr 2018 (ChrisE)
I was surprised to see such an interesting range of beers on tonight, some of the customers were bemoaning the loss of their usual stuff so it may come back.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Breakwater - Best4.00Excellent
Colchester - No. 14.10Not Tried
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - A.D.H. ME5.20Not Tried
Boutilliers - Oatmeal Brown Stout4.60Not Tried
02 Mar 2018 (Jack William)
Friday evening - splendidly busy (about 50, mainly drinkers, in) and very welcoming after my 2 mile walk through the snow.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Purple Moose - Cwrw Eryri (Snowdonia Ale)3.60ExcellentA good, fresh, tasty beer. No idea how to pronounce it though.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Whitstable - Try Time!4.20Not Tried
23 Nov 2017 (Jack William)
Evening - good crowd of mainly mature drinkers in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Prohibition4.80ExcellentDelicious.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's London Gold4.00Not Tried
09 Nov 2017 (Jack William)
Mid afternoon - a nice buzz with a handful of drinkers at the bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - Citra4.20ExcellentSpot on.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Sambrook's - Battersea Rye4.50Not Tried
17 Aug 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Perfect railway station waiting room, not too busy for a weekday mid evening. This place hasn't changed a bit, glad the temptation by the owners to wreck it has so far been unfounded.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Pig & Porter - Big K IPA5.20GoodVery hoppy and malty but lacking the bitterness I was expecting.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not TriedI must need my eyes testing, first sighting today but nevertheless heartwarming.
Sharp's - Dawn Patrol4.00Not Tried
21 Oct 2016 (Magnus Greel)
Second visit late evening, waiting room for last train home. Busier than earlier.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wickwar - BOB (Brand Oak Bitter)4.00Excellent
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not TriedGood to see this in Canterbury
Ripple Steam - Original Best Bitter4.10Not Tried
21 Oct 2016 (Magnus Greel)
Late afternoon quieter than I expected for this time on a Friday.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ripple Steam - Original Best Bitter4.10ExcellentFull bodied bitter hit.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not TriedGood to see this in Canterbury
Wickwar - BOB (Brand Oak Bitter)4.00Not Tried
26 Mar 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening - quick pint before off to the West station. Other beers details lost in this website's server crash.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30AcceptableNot at its best. Some haze
22 Aug 2015 (John)
Nice sunny day for a visit to one of Canterbury's best pub gardens.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Whitstable - Winkle Picker4.50Excellent
10 Jun 2015 (Jack William)
Mid evening usual buzz of people coming and going ... and staying. Seems to do well for passing trade and regulars. Continues to be a good traditional boozer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Box Steam - Tunnel Vision4.20ExcellentThis really was delicious - but I had cycled about 5 miles to get here (via the pretty route),
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried

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About The Unicorn

The pub sign. The Unicorn, Canterbury, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent29
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 60 times, seen 59 different beers and tried 42 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT2 8BS