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

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ilkley - The NorsemanExceptional1
Sharp's - AtlanticExcellent1
Purity - Warlord IPAExcellent1
Acorn - StrongheartGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood1
Butcombe - Great Grey OwlGood1
St Austell - TributeGood1
Temperance Union - Vfm SoftyGood1
Cotleigh - TawnyGood1
Liberation (formerly called Jersey) - RougeGood1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - SeveriniaAcceptable1
Marston's - BassNot Tried0
Exmoor - AleNot Tried0
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPANot Tried0
Brains - The Rev James OriginalNot Tried0
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Wells Bombardier Burning Gold (now superseded by 4.1% version)Not Tried0
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English) (use Eagle entry now please)Not Tried0
Hopdaemon - IncubusNot Tried0
Bays - GoldNot Tried0
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale AleNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild HollyNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Roc FallNot Tried0
Bad Co. - Whiter Shade of PaleNot Tried0
Itchen Valley - BelgarumNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - BeerkeepersNot Tried0
Truman's - UK GoldNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - LucariaNot Tried0
Truman's - US PaleNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - SampoNot Tried0
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer (was Hobgoblin)Not Tried0
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Jarrow - Rivet CatcherNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Holt's (see also Joseph Holt) - Two HootsNot Tried0
Camerons - Gold BullionNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Old Buttermarket, Canterbury, Kent
Picture 2. The Old Buttermarket, Canterbury, Kent

Visits Details

17 Aug 2021 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon visit busy upon arrival with many folk dining but quietened down noticably as the afternoon progressed to evening. I can't recall drinking inside this pub and never realised how far back it went where the room was reserved for the retirement do I was attending, which was a bonus on a cool dull day.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodAverage Harvey's
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not TriedSome of our group capitalized on this sought after ale.
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 (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Wells Bombardier Burning Gold (now superseded by 4.1% version)4.70Not Tried
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Bombardier (was Bombardier Glorious English) (use Eagle entry now please)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 (formerly 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 Hobgoblin Ruby Beer (was Hobgoblin)4.50Not 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

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About The Old Buttermarket

The pub sign. The Old Buttermarket, Canterbury, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional4
Excellent7
Good14
Acceptable7
Poor-

Website.

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

In Burgate, 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-opened 4th December 2019.

We have visited this pub 28 times, seen 64 different beers and tried 30 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT1 2HW