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Kings Head (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Greene King - Patron Saints Ale Good1
Greene King - IPAGood1
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Bitter (was Kimberley Bitter)Good2
Greene King - Ruddles CountyGood2
Greene King - Morland Old Golden HenGood1
Greene King - XX Dark MildGood1
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled HenAcceptable1
Greene King - Morland OriginalAcceptable1
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Olde Trip Not Tried0
Greene King - Scrum DownNot Tried0
Greene King - London GloryNot Tried0
Greene King - Abbot AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterNot Tried0
Picture 1. Kings Head, Canterbury, Kent

Visits Details

05 May 2021 (Jack William)
Evening after a thunderstorm - external drinking only of course - the government continue to make the licensed trade suffer more than most. Only a few brave souls under partial cover. Landlord Mark was quite prosaic about it all but looking forward to getting people inside again hopefully this month.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - IPA3.60GoodHobson’s choice - very good condition.
18 Oct 2020 (Jack William)
Noon. Some early drinkers in and a few diners as well. Seems to be keeping its Head above water.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50AcceptableFirst one out seemed a little sharp, second ok.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
22 Dec 2019 (Jack William)
Ok - bit of a boring Sunday - all Xmas prep done - so I take myself off for a mini crawl of Canterbury early evening. Kings Head - pleasant enough, with a good few drinkers in - only a couple who appeared to have been here since lunchtime.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Ruddles County4.30AcceptableBland and a bit flat. Where did that County of my 30s go to?
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Bitter (was Kimberley Bitter)3.90Not Tried
28 Sep 2018 (Jack William)
Early evening. Not sure what is going on with this pub - had a for sale sign up for months, then scaffolding for a makeover of the frontage. Looks to have been refreshed a bit inside as well - but the old guv still there and he is very proud of a brand new inn sign that is currently in the dining room waiting to be hung up. “Free House” clearly on display but all beers are Greene King. Nice atmosphere - good spread of eaters and drinkers in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Morland Old Golden Hen4.10Good
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Bitter (was Kimberley Bitter)3.90Not Tried
10 Apr 2018 (Andrew)
Handful in watching the TV.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Bitter (was Kimberley Bitter)3.90Good
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Olde Trip 4.30Not Tried
Greene King - London Glory4.10Not Tried
28 Feb 2018 (Jack William)
Walked on the icy pavements to my local. Good few in - the common enemy - the weather - helping with a convivial atmosphere.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Ruddles County4.30GoodPleasant enough - but not the brew of days gone by.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Bitter (was Kimberley Bitter)3.90Not Tried
Greene King - Scrum Down4.20Not Tried
14 Dec 2017 (Jack William)
Early evening - swift half in passing - a few in but not the ale selection of Dover! I don’t know why there are 4 very similar, average ales on.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Morland Original4.00Acceptable
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50Not Tried
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Bitter (was Kimberley Bitter)3.90Not Tried
27 Oct 2017 (Andrew)
Handful sitting at the bar. One pump clip turned around - maybe Harveys?
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Bitter (was Kimberley Bitter)3.90Good
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Greene King - Hardys & Hansons Olde Trip 4.30Not Tried
07 May 2017 (Jack William)
Sunday lunchtime - unusually quiet - just me and two others. Sign on the blackboard apologising that there was no food. In conversation I was told that most of the regulars were probably at the Maidens Head. Doesn't bode well.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - Patron Saints Ale 4.50GoodBit worried that this had been on since St George's Day - but turned out to be very acceptable.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
10 Mar 2017 (Andrew)
A handful in watching music videos on a big screen. I think this pub reminds me of a French tavern in Normandy with all its dark wood and straight edges. Anyway, I like it.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Greene King - XX Dark Mild3.00GoodReminded me of the dark mild I used to drink in the student union in Plymouth 25 years ago. Virtually no hops and just a reedy, watery, taste.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not Tried
Greene King - Morland Old Speckled Hen4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried

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About the Kings Head

The pub sign. Kings Head, Canterbury, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional3
Excellent10
Good23
Acceptable6
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3RY.

This is a traditional one room pub on Wincheap heading south out of the city. Central bar serves 2 areas. One has darts, bar billiards, Sky Sports on wall mounted flat screen TV and a fireplace, whilst on the other side of the bar are more tables and chairs. Hops decorate the wooden beams and bar. Four handpumps. Pumpclips behind the bar and on the wall are testament to the beers they've had on in the past but the range is far more limited of late. Bat and Trap and Darts leagues also feature.

We have visited this pub 32 times, seen 45 different beers and tried 29 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT1 3RY