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The Dolphin (Ei Group (formerly Enterprise Inns))

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsExceptional1
Surrey Hills - Shere DropExcellent1
Timothy Taylor - Boltmaker (formerly Best Bitter)Excellent1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideGood1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordGood4
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Good2
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPAGood2
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Dolphin, Canterbury, Kent
Picture 2. The Dolphin, Canterbury, Kent

Visits Details

02 Dec 2023 (Andrew)
I used to like this pub when it had world bank notes on the ceiling, partitioned booths, and a proper wee-on-the-wall toilet. Now-days it's like a posh London pub trying to be a country pub.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80AcceptableIt was okay -nothing wrong with it but a bit too creamy.
Timothy Taylor - Boltmaker (formerly Best Bitter)4.00Not Tried
08 Nov 2023 (Magnus Greel)
A fairly busy midweek evening with a mix of drinkers and diners. A quiet relaxed feel with even a chap stuck into a book of biblical sized proportions, given my protensity for exaggerating!
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Good
20 Apr 2023 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon a few others in. Friendly welcome for our group of a dozen of us with plenty of room to spare. Just the one cask beer on offer which was in superb condition.
Timothy Taylor - Boltmaker (formerly Best Bitter)4.00ExcellentAll the TT expectations fulfilled.
27 Jun 2022 (Magnus Greel)
Mid to late afternoon a fair few enjoying the sun trap outside area including us.
Surrey Hills - Shere Drop4.20ExcellentAn unexpected find and more unexpected served in excellent condition for this dry peppery ale with a lip-smacking bitter kick.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
30 May 2021 (Jack William)
Mid afternoon drinks with family we haven’t seen for a while. I believe that this pub changed hands shortly before COVID a struck. The previous owner had a lucky break. Nice to see this thriving - the, mainly covered, garden was very busy. But rather expensive and an unimaginative beer choice so I probably won’t be rushing back.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Good
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Good
02 Oct 2020 (Magnus Greel)
Fairly busy with a few groups in though well spaced thanks to the layout. Friendly and welcoming with efficient table service made for a pleasant relaxed stay.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30AcceptableHad an unexpected nutty, caramel twang?
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
22 Dec 2019 (Jack William)
Stop 10. Quiet. I checks that the vintage Jimmy Saville poster advertising the railways had been removed. Had been a feature for years on the wall facing the gents, most off-putting even before his notoriety.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30GoodGood condition- should be at £2.50 a half.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Not Tried
24 Jul 2018 (Andrew)
Sat in the garden.
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50ExcellentReally good Skrim but at a price - £4.60 a pint!
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
06 Sep 2017 (Andrew)
Very quiet so we sat in the corner where the poster of Jimmy Savile used to stare down at you.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70ExceptionalStunningly good. Superb condition. Soft in the mouth with excellent body and juicy hops
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
26 Oct 2016 (Andrew)
Let the train take the strain said Jimmy Saville on the long gone posyer on the wall at the Dolphin.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Excellent
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50AcceptableI've had better pints of Skrim.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried

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About The Dolphin

The pub sign. The Dolphin, Canterbury, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



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

This pub in St Radigund's Street has undergone quite an extensive refurbishment and is now a very nice pub reminiscent of a very comfy hotel bar. The garden to the rear is now very impressive. Books and board games available.

We have visited this pub 62 times, seen 28 different beers and tried 24 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT1 2AA