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The Handsome Sam (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's AleExcellent1
St Austell - HSDExcellent1
Rother Valley - Wealden BitterExcellent1
Mighty Oak - Maldon GoldExcellent2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Excellent1
Four Candles - CitraExcellent1
Dark Star - American Pale AleExcellent1
Mighty Oak - English OakGood1
Kent - CobnutGood1
Tonbridge - American PaleGood1
Mighty Oak - Berry XmasGood1
Mighty Oak - Dragon's Flagon Good1
Goacher's - Fine Light AleGood1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dark ConspiracyGood1
Mighty Oak - Kings (was 3.9% before 2013)Acceptable1
Rockin Robin - Reckless RobinAcceptable1
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidAcceptable1
Milton - PegasusAcceptable1
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)Not Tried0
Sharp's - SpecialNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPANot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Rocky RaccoonNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Tap Room TippleNot Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Moorhouse's - White WitchNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Silver SurferNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Trusty HuskyNot Tried0
Milton - JustinianNot Tried0
Lincoln Green - Little JohnNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Silver EagleNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - HSBBNot Tried0
Rother Valley - Cinque Ports PaleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Handsome Sam, Whitstable, Kent
Picture 2. The Handsome Sam, Whitstable, Kent

Visits Details

09 Nov 2017 (Jack William)
Early lunchtime on a Whitstable micro tour. One of our party of six was celebrating his 71st birthday. The landlord did the first round for £3 a pint as a treat and joined us for some jolly local banter. Nice.
Four Candles - Citra4.10ExcellentBeautiful.
Tonbridge - American Pale5.00GoodLovely flavoured beer - first out the barrel and just a little hazy or would have scored higher.
Mighty Oak - HSBB3.80Not TriedHouse bitter (Handsome Samís Best Bitter) - a good seller apparently and rated well by 3 of our party.
Rother Valley - Cinque Ports Pale4.40Not Tried
30 Jun 2017 (ChrisE)
This was pub number one of what was originally going to be a tour of Whitstable and Herne Bay but ended up just being Whitstable. My first visit to this pub and I was pleasantly surprised to find it full at just after Noon. For some reason every beer that we had was charged at £3 although they ranged from £3.20 to £3.50 on the price list. There was a house beer named HSSB (Handsome Sam Special Bitter) at 3.8% which I believe is brewed by Mighty Oak, this ran out before I could try one. It was nice to see pictures of the Maunsell Forts on the wall.
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70Excellent
St Austell - HSD5.00Excellent
Rother Valley - Wealden Bitter3.70ExcellentFirst one from a new cask. good.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Not TriedThis ran out.
29 Sep 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening. Pretty well patronised.
Milton - Pegasus4.10AcceptableOK but early promise soon dissipated at it went flat. In fact ran out a few minutes later
Milton - Justinian3.90Not Tried
Lincoln Green - Little John4.30Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Silver Eagle4.50Not TriedWhen will MO reach its millionth different beer name? And in how many different recipes?
04 Dec 2015 (Andrew)
3rd pub in work's Christmas tour. Busy with our main party already here.
Mighty Oak - Berry Xmas3.90GoodBlack and nice to drink
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Moorhouse's - White Witch3.90Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Silver Surfer4.10Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Trusty Husky4.20Not Tried
22 Oct 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. 2nd Micropub I have come across with a TV for the Rugby World Cup. Not listed below but pub was also selling "Blend No. 7" which was a mix of the Mighty Oak Kings and Mighty Oak Tap Room Tipple mixed at time of dispense into a jug at 4.2%.
Mighty Oak - Kings (was 3.9% before 2013)4.20Acceptable
Rockin Robin - Reckless Robin4.50AcceptableToo fresh
Mighty Oak - Tap Room Tipple4.20Not Tried
31 Aug 2015 (Tobes)
12pm Took my dad in for a beer on a very rainy bank holiday Monday afternoon. First one's in but by the time we left around 20 in. Very friendly landlord & good conversation. Very well set out IMO as well, i'd take this micro over the Black Dog any day much better set up and much more welcoming host.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70Good
Mighty Oak - English Oak4.80Good
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
06 May 2015 (Jack William)
8 ish - a few in but quiet. Not the friendliest of micros on this experience. All three ales from the same brewery.
Mighty Oak - Maldon Gold3.80Goodcrystal clear, but a little flat, nice body and bite for a low strength beer,
Mighty Oak - Dragon's Flagon 4.20GoodRed beer with a nutty taste, very good aftertaste that lingered.
Mighty Oak - English Oak4.80Not Tried
28 Mar 2015 (Andrew)
First time here. Nice place and friendly. The seating is a homage to the mother of all micro pubs, the Butchers Arms.
Mighty Oak - Maldon Gold3.80ExcellentDry fruits. Pale gold. Hint of astringency.
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Rocky Raccoon4.10Not Tried
20 Nov 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until gone 9. My colleague had a fortuitous opportunity to "interview" Peter Meaney of Mad Cat Brewery. He told us why he had dropped Meaney's from beer names and pub clips.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's Ale3.90ExcellentIn good form
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dark Conspiracy4.90Good
Kent - Cobnut4.10Good
Sharp's - Special5.00Not Tried
06 Nov 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until close. On its 3rd day of opening but already settled in as if it had been open for years. Friendly atmosphere and the layout encourage conversation here.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40Excellent
Hopdaemon - Golden Braid3.70AcceptableRather flat. In fact it soon ran out
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)4.00Not Tried

About The Handsome Sam

The pub sign. The Handsome Sam, Whitstable, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Whitstable, Kent, CT5 4HJ.

Edge of town centre Micropub which opened on Tuesday 4th November 2014 in a former antiques shop. Located in Canterbury Road just by the railway overbridge. Named after the owner's cat which died exactly 4 years before the pub opened. High ceilinged room which retains some original wooden beams with a temperature controlled cellar room at the back from which real ales and ciders are sold on gravity dispense from a 2 level stillage - this is called the Beer Tent. High tables and bench seats and stools provide the seating. Hops adorn the 2 front bay windows. Unisex toilet at the right rear. Closed Mondays.

We have visited this pub 10 times, seen 33 different beers and tried 18 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT5 4HJ