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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Canterbury Brewers - Pale AleExcellent1
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's GoldExcellent2
Canterbury Brewers - Little Red RyeExcellent1
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry TorpedoExcellent4
Canterbury Brewers - Biggleston's Bird ManGood2
Sharp's - Sea FuryAcceptable1
Sharp's - Atlantic Pale AleAcceptable1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Festiv'AleNot Tried0
Canterbury Brewers - TopazNot Tried0
Canterbury Brewers - Oktoberfest AleNot Tried0
Canterbury Brewers - Biggleton's Brown AleNot Tried0
Canterbury Brewers - Red RyeNot Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 7Not Tried0
Canterbury Brewers - Saxon InvaderNot Tried0
Picture 1. City Arms, Canterbury, Kent
Picture 2. City Arms, Canterbury, Kent

Visits Details

06 Nov 2021 (Jack William)
BAD NEWS - despite 14 taps now this pub no longer serves cask ale. Has gone from a sister pub of the Foundry to no real ale in a few years - very disappointing as it used to have a lot of character. At least 4 TV screens showing live football - plenty of customers, mostly gawping at the screens. I didn’t linger for more than a swift half.
Sharp's - Atlantic Pale Ale4.20AcceptableKeg version.
26 Jul 2019 (Jack William)
Mid afternoon - swift half between shops. The pub is definitely open again but has been taken over by a new owner and is no longer associated with the Foundry. The layout is the same but the walls are now decked out in tin signs, many of them US number plates. The music was quite loud and had a Country and Western feel. Beer £4.50 a pint.
Sharp's - Sea Fury5.00AcceptableDespite being assured by the barman that the real ales were very cool - this wasn’t. Glad I only went for a half.
Sharp's - Atlantic Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
08 Dec 2017 (Jack William)
Late lunchtime- quiet. Just the two ales on.
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Torpedo4.50Good
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's Gold4.00Not Tried
31 Oct 2017 (Andrew)
Done up for Halloween. A lady with a home countries accent asked her companion what "Mac and Cheese" was and then expressed horror at the explaination.
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Torpedo4.50ExcellentSpot on (if a little more ruby flavoured and slightly less hippy than I recall)
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's Gold4.00Not Tried
16 Jan 2016 (Andrew)
First pub in a random tour of where ever the bus goes. Reasonably busy.
Canterbury Brewers - Pale Ale4.00Excellent
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's Gold4.00Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Oktoberfest Ale4.80Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Saxon Invader4.60Not Tried
14 Mar 2015 (Jack William)
Lunchtime, busy - but got a window seat. Good buzz.
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Torpedo4.50ExcellentAt its best.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - No. 73.80Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's Gold4.00Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Little Red Rye4.50Not Tried
12 Dec 2014 (Andrew)
Quite busy.
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Torpedo4.50ExcellentFruity with great nettly hops.
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's Gold4.00Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Red Rye5.60Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Biggleston's Bird Man3.60Not Tried
27 Nov 2014 (Jack William)
Mid evening, quiet. but a very good welcome from the barman who ingratiated himself with my wife by samples of the unusual ciders on - a warm mulled dry cider with cinnamon and a toffee-apple flavoured offering. I stuck with the rather good beer selection.
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's Gold4.00Excellent Spot on.
Canterbury Brewers - Little Red Rye4.50ExcellentA cheek sucking bitterness in excellent condition.
Canterbury Brewers - Biggleton's Brown Ale3.80Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Topaz4.70Not Tried
22 Oct 2014 (ChrisE)
Early afternoon and the diners were just starting to disperse. Friendly and helpful bar staff made us welcome, Camra discount applied on our beers.
Canterbury Brewers - Biggleston's Bird Man3.60ExcellentA good brown ale.
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's Gold4.00Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Oktoberfest Ale4.80Not Tried
07 Aug 2014 (Jack William)
Small handful of drinkers in. Good beer knowledge - Canterbury brewer behind the bar.
Canterbury Brewers - Foundry Man's Gold4.00ExcellentGreat fresh hop taste - excellent condition.
Canterbury Brewers - Biggleston's Bird Man3.60PoorBrewer admitted he wasn't happy with this - and it tasted old and stale.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Festiv'Ale3.80Not Tried
Canterbury Brewers - Topaz4.70Not Tried

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About the City Arms

The pub sign. City Arms, Canterbury, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores


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

Found in one of the side streets near the Cathedral this is a long single roomed pub popular with drinkers. Had links to Canterbury Brewers at The Foundry at one time but this link has now been severed.

We have visited this pub 45 times, seen 52 different beers and tried 34 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT1 2JR