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Black Griffin (Ei Group (formerly Enterprise Inns))

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Black Sheep - Best BitterGood1
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Wells Golden CauldronGood1
Exmoor - WildcatGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood1
Exmoor - Exile Wicked WolfGood1
Otter - AmberGood1
Exmoor - AleGood1
Wadworth - Dirty RuckerGood1
Marston's - Wychwood HobgoblinGood1
Brains - Café PhoenixAcceptable1
Whitstable - Native BitterAcceptable1
Robinsons - Right Beer Right NowAcceptable1
Black Sheep - Baa BaaUndrinkable1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Hook Norton - Old HookyNot Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English)Not Tried0
Hopdaemon - IncubusNot Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best BitterNot Tried0
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's GoldNot Tried0
Thwaites - Yule Love It!Not Tried0
Goddards - ScrumdiggityNot Tried0
Tonbridge - CoppernobNot Tried0
Caledonian - Autumn RedNot Tried0
Moorhouse's - Blond WitchNot Tried0
Salopian - Shropshire GoldNot Tried0
Camerons - BowlineNot Tried0
Black Sheep - Monty Python's Holy GrailNot Tried0
Picture 1. Black Griffin, Canterbury, Kent
Picture 2. Black Griffin, Canterbury, Kent
Picture 3. Black Griffin, Canterbury, Kent

Visits Details

19 Jun 2019 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening sat in front bar with a handful of other customers.
Robinsons - Right Beer Right Now3.80AcceptableA malty kind of Blonde
Black Sheep - Monty Python's Holy Grail4.00Not Tried
28 Mar 2019 (Andrew)
Quiet so we sat in the back on the comfy seats.
Exmoor - Exile Wicked Wolf4.20GoodLight brown. Tart. Hint of orange. Bit of yeast.
Camerons - Bowline3.60Not Tried
15 Apr 2017 (Jack William)
Saturday afternoon, not crowded, sat outside watching the world go by.
Black Sheep - Best Bitter3.80GoodA very pleasant pint in good condition.
Brains - Café Phoenix4.40AcceptableJust a taster - this had powerful chocolatey flavour - not to my taste.
Black Sheep - Baa Baa4.00UndrinkableTwo sips and handed it back flat with a hint of vinegar - to be fair it was replaced rapidly.
18 Feb 2017 (Andrew)
Busy but we squeezed into a table by the door.
Wadworth - Dirty Rucker3.90Good
Moorhouse's - Blond Witch4.50Not Tried
Salopian - Shropshire Gold3.80Not Tried
04 Nov 2016 (Brian)
Mid afternoon, loud jukebox playing some good tunes. Sat in the back room with a couple of others. There was a Wickwar beer on as well but I didn't catch the name.
Exmoor - Wildcat4.40GoodNice pint, specific heathery taste.
Otter - Amber4.00GoodBit cold to start and only average on the condition, but nice bitter taste.
Caledonian - Autumn Red4.40Not Tried
26 Mar 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. DJ was playing but distorting bass through his speakers as if it was going out of fashion. Other beers details lost in this server's website crash.
Whitstable - Native Bitter3.70Acceptable
26 Oct 2014 (Jack William)
Early Sunday lunchtime - a few in, bit of cleaning still going on unfortunately. I'm glad that the name has reverted to Black Griffin - a strong real pub name and relevant being on the corner of Black Griffin Lane . I lived in the Lane 35 years ago and once received a letter addressed to 71 Slack Puffin Lane. Still delivered OK.
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin4.50GoodWith that distinctive Wychwood maltiness.
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Wells Golden Cauldron4.10GoodLooks as though Halloween themed beers are apon us - clear and crisp but not much of a bite.
Goddards - Scrumdiggity4.00Not Tried
Tonbridge - Coppernob3.80Not Tried
31 Dec 2013 (Andrew)
Having been chatting to Ian about the 15 sure-bets in Canterbury we'd ummed and ahhed as to whether the Griffin should be in the list... So I felt a visit was in order. Friendly for sure but I'm still umming.
Exmoor - Ale3.80GoodA bit tart a bit yeasty but quite drinkable.
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin4.50Not Tried
Thwaites - Yule Love It!4.00Not Tried
23 Sep 2013 (Alenomore)
16:30 visit, our last today, as I arranged to meet two other pals from Maidstone for the ride home, and very nearly empty here. My two other, Northern pals, were quite happy with there three day "jolly" and went away for a rest at the hotel, before tackling the Phoenix, for their last taste of Canterbury...
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Courage Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Hook Norton - Old Hooky4.60Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's Gold4.00Not Tried
03 Sep 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Short stop on way from bus station to railway station.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Hook Norton - Old Hooky4.60Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English)4.10Not Tried

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About the Black Griffin

The pub sign. Black Griffin, Canterbury, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2BG.

Street corner building situated on the main street through Canterbury next to Black Griffin Lane. Spent a while re-named as Hobgoblin but thankfully reverted to its original name. Long narrow pub with the bar counter at the front and a rear room with large tables and, at the very rear, a walled courtyard outside area. 5 handpumps.

We have visited this pub 20 times, seen 35 different beers and tried 19 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT1 2BG

This pub was formally know as the Hobgoblin.