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The Black Dog (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Kent - Brewers ReserveExcellent1
Kent - Session PaleExcellent4
Triple fff - Citra SonicExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Excellent1
Goacher's - Fine Light AleExcellent1
Blackedge - Pike Pale AleExcellent1
Kent - CobnutGood1
Lines - Small Beer ‘Cryo Hop’ – LINE AD (Phat Firkin)Good1
Rudgate - AstridNot Tried0
Rudgate - Wild MildNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPANot Tried0
Bude - Black RockNot Tried0
Froth Blowers - John Bull's BestNot Tried0
Goacher's - Real Mild AleNot Tried0
Springhead - Left LionNot Tried0
Triple fff - Stairway To HeavenNot Tried0
Titanic - SteerageNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Full Nutty JacketNot Tried0
Beachy Head - South Downs AleNot Tried0
Exeter - LightermanNot Tried0
Kelham Island - LegendNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Pale RiderNot Tried0
Slater's - PremiumNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Made NorthNot Tried0
Tonbridge - RusticNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Red Spider Rye (superseded by 5.5% version)Not Tried0
RedWillow - FecklessNot Tried0
Wantsum - GolgothaNot Tried0
Gun - Pale AleNot Tried0
Arbor Ales - American Amber Ale (Cascade, Citra, Mosaic & Simcoe)Not Tried0
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - A.D.H. MENot Tried0
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Panama JazzNot Tried0
360° - BestNot Tried0
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Black Taxi to the MoonNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Black Dog, Whitstable, Kent
Picture 2. The Black Dog, Whitstable, Kent

Visits Details

10 Mar 2018 (Andrew)
Eclectic. Liked the Led Zep posters.
Kent - Session Pale3.70AcceptableNothing wrong with it but once you've had it at the Pottle it's never going to be as good.
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - A.D.H. ME5.20Not Tried
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Panama Jazz4.80Not Tried
360° - Best4.20Not Tried
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Black Taxi to the Moon5.40Not Tried
09 Nov 2017 (Jack William)
Lunchtime - genuinely pleased to see 6 of us even if the request for “mead” was not.
Kent - Session Pale3.70ExcellentA very nice brew in tip top condition.
RedWillow - Feckless4.10Not Tried
Wantsum - Golgotha5.50Not Tried
Gun - Pale Ale4.60Not Tried
Arbor Ales - American Amber Ale (Cascade, Citra, Mosaic & Simcoe)5.60Not Tried
23 Sep 2017 (Wittenden)
On my way to buy onions.Popular today.No Kent Green Hop beers on yet...
Blackedge - Pike Pale Ale4.00ExcellentPale chestnut.Citrus hops .Cucumber on the finish.
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Pig & Porter - Red Spider Rye (superseded by 5.5% version)4.80Not Tried
26 Aug 2017 (Wittenden)
Early afternoon on a hot Saturday.Busy.
Lines - Small Beer ‘Cryo Hop’ – LINE AD (Phat Firkin)3.20GoodDry and fruity,but with a high level of turbidity. Unsure if this is the right name, as the pumpclip was difficult to read, and the website is out of Pseuds' Corner.Enamel raspingly hoppy.
Kelham Island - Pale Rider5.20Not Tried
Slater's - Premium4.40Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Made North3.80Not Tried
12 Aug 2017 (Wittenden)
Pleasantly busy on a Saturday lunchtime.
Triple fff - Citra Sonic4.10ExcellentOatstraw.Rich piney hops.Delicious.
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Beachy Head - South Downs Ale4.40Not Tried
Exeter - Lighterman3.50Not Tried
Kelham Island - Legend4.60Not Tried
22 Jul 2017 (Wittenden)
Brief escape from the al fresco consumption of oysters outside in the High Street.
Kent - Session Pale3.70ExceptionalAlways top notch here.Delicious, minty hops.
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Triple fff - Stairway To Heaven4.30Not Tried
Titanic - Steerage3.80Not Tried
Kelham Island - Full Nutty Jacket4.30Not Tried
15 Jul 2017 (Alex )
fabulous interior
Kent - Cobnut4.10Good
Kent - Session Pale3.70Good
08 Jul 2017 (Wittenden)
I needed a walk to ease my backache. Quiet on a sultry Whitstable Saturday afternoon.
Kent - Brewers Reserve5.00ExcellentPale,resinous hops.Poplars.Grand stuff.
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not TriedSorely tempted.
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Springhead - Left Lion4.00Not Tried
24 Jun 2017 (Wittenden)
My regular end of the farmers market visit.A number of beer lovers appreciatively drinking.
Goacher's - Fine Light Ale3.70ExcellentVery fresh:oranges before becoming marmalade.
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
Bude - Black Rock5.10Not Tried
Froth Blowers - John Bull's Best4.40Not Tried
10 Jun 2017 (Wittenden)
Very quiet on a quiet Whitstable Saturday noon. A party of elderly beer lovers had passed through.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 54.40ExcellentSurprisingly I'd never tried this from cask. Grand malty, biscuitty best bitter.Not at all cloying.
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Rudgate - Astrid4.00Not Tried
Rudgate - Wild Mild4.00Not Tried

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About The Black Dog

The pub sign. The Black Dog, Whitstable, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1BB.

Micropub in central Whitstable in the High Street. Formerly a delicatessen called Olivias. Various problems dogged the opening date but it finally opened for business on Sunday 22nd September 2013. A very narrow building with black tiled floor and a traditional bar counter at the back with 5 unused handpumps for decoration only although are however adorned with the current pumpclips, behind which is a viewing panel into the same level cellar where the real ales and ciders are dispensed on gravity stillage. The bar walls are part tiled, part upholstered with a number of pictures hung. High level bench seats are along the full length of both side walls and are accompanied by high tables. The interior has a dark gothic feel. From the bar up one step to pass the entrance to the cellar on the way to the toilet.

We have visited this pub 53 times, seen 136 different beers and tried 51 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT5 1BB