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The Handsome Sam (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's AleExcellent1
Mighty Oak - Maldon GoldExcellent2
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 5Excellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Dark ConspiracyGood1
Kent - CobnutGood1
Mighty Oak - Dragon's Flagon Good1
Hopdaemon - Golden BraidAcceptable1
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 - English OakNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Handsome Sam, Whitstable, Kent
Picture 2. The Handsome Sam, Whitstable, Kent

Visits Details

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

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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 14 times, seen 42 different beers and tried 23 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT5 4HJ