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The Old Buttermarket (Nicholson's (Mitchells & Butlers))

We believe this pub is CLOSED

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ilkley - The NorsemanExceptional1
Sharp's - AtlanticExcellent1
Purity - Warlord IPAExcellent1
Acorn - StrongheartGood1
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale AleGood1
Butcombe - Great Grey OwlGood1
St Austell - TributeGood1
Temperance Union - Vfm SoftyGood1
Cotleigh - TawnyGood1
Liberation (was called Jersey) - RougeGood1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - SeveriniaAcceptable1
Hopdaemon - IncubusNot Tried0
Liberation (was called Jersey) - India Pale Ale (IPA)Not Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - GladnessNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Roc FallNot Tried0
Itchen Valley - BelgarumNot Tried0
Truman's - UK GoldNot Tried0
Truman's - US PaleNot Tried0
Marston's - Wychwood HobgoblinNot Tried0
Jarrow - Rivet CatcherNot Tried0
Holt's (see also Joseph Holt) - Two HootsNot Tried0
Camerons - Gold BullionNot Tried0
Marston's - BassNot Tried0
Exmoor - AleNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPANot Tried0
Brains - The Rev James OriginalNot Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Wells Bombardier Burning Gold (now superseded by 4.1% version)Not Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English)Not Tried0
Bays - GoldNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild HollyNot Tried0
Bad Co. - Whiter Shade of PaleNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - BeerkeepersNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - LucariaNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - SampoNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Old Buttermarket, Canterbury, Kent
Picture 2. The Old Buttermarket, Canterbury, Kent

Visits Details

14 Jul 2018 (Andrew)
Ah the Olive Branch. We sat outside, like we used to years ago, and wondered how someone had managed to put a sign up on the Olive Branch saying the Butter Market.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Severinia4.10AcceptableClearly the evening was getting on because my notes on this beer only say, "Lemon wazz".
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Beerkeepers5.30Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Lucaria6.00Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Sampo5.00Not Tried
26 Jan 2017 (Andrew)
Ah I remember when this was the Olive Branch. It's a better pub now but even so I miss the Olive Branch.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Cotleigh - Tawny3.80GoodNice brown bitter
Bays - Gold4.30Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild Holly4.80Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Bad Co. - Whiter Shade of Pale3.20Not Tried
27 Sep 2015 (Alenomore)
15:00 and time for a Pot of tea! First visit earlier on gleaned nil service, so try again. Sat outside but the sun doesn't catch this area. Amazed at the uncleared tables all around me, and nearly all the plates wrere piled high with unwanted food. I wonder why.....!
BeerABVScoreNotes
Temperance Union - Vfm Softy1.00GoodGot two cups from my £2:25 Pot, and it was rather nice too.
24 Apr 2015 (Andrew)
Busy outside with parties of school children. Quiet at the back though.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Tribute4.20GoodFruity, hint of yeast.
Brains - The Rev James Original4.50Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Wells Bombardier Burning Gold (now superseded by 4.1% version)4.70Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English)4.10Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
13 Sep 2014 (Jack William)
Lunchtime, quite busy, plenty of eaters and drinkers outside in the sunshine overlooking the Cathedral Gate. Good barman "I'll just let that settle and then top it up for you sir" Good selection of ales - has improved in the last couple of years by the looks of things.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sharp's - Atlantic4.20ExcellentFull bodied and slightly fruity. Very nice condition.
Marston's - Bass4.40Not Tried
Exmoor - Ale3.80Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
25 Oct 2013 (Andrew)
Fair few in including a lady from North America after a steak n kidney pie. Here during their beer festival, according to their pump clips, apparently.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Liberation (was called Jersey) - Rouge4.50GoodLight brown mellow fruity plumy beer. Soft in the mouth.
Acorn - Strongheart4.10GoodPale gold. Hint of butter. Peanut hints and light lemon.
Holt's (see also Joseph Holt) - Two Hoots4.20Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Camerons - Gold Bullion4.30Not Tried
13 Oct 2013 (Tobes)
BeerABVScoreNotes
Ilkley - The Norseman5.00Exceptional
Purity - Warlord IPA5.00Excellent
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin4.50Not Tried
Jarrow - Rivet Catcher4.00Not TriedComing soon
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
23 Sep 2013 (Alenomore)
12:30 visit. Busy busy with visitors outside for a Monday I thought. Quiet inside at this time, but an excellent bonus for my Northern pals with the two Truman ales on?
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Itchen Valley - Belgarum3.90Not Tried
Truman's - UK Gold4.30Not Tried
Truman's - US Pale4.60Not Tried
21 Aug 2013 (Andrew)
End of the day on the day before my hols. Busy-ish.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Butcombe - Great Grey Owl3.60GoodEasy drinking soft brown bitter
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Roc Fall4.30Not Tried
28 Jun 2013 (Andrew)
Passing trade dominated. Sat at the back wondering how long ago it was that this was the Olive Branch with its heady days of lager-tops.
BeerABVScoreNotes
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00GoodReasonable condition. Pale amber beer. No real bite on the finish.
Hopdaemon - Incubus4.00Not Tried
Liberation (was called Jersey) - India Pale Ale (IPA)5.20Not Tried
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Gladness4.20Not Tried

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About The Old Buttermarket

The pub sign. The Old Buttermarket, Canterbury, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional4
Excellent7
Good13
Acceptable7
Poor-

Website.

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

Previously the Olive Branch, excellent location in the corner of the old Butter Market opposite the Canterbury Cathedral main gate. Very popular in the summer with tourists sitting at the chairs and tables in the square itself. Closed for refurbishment 11th November 2019, re-opening 4th December 2019.

We have visited this pub 27 times, seen 63 different beers and tried 29 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT1 2HW