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The Unicorn (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Robinsons - TrooperExcellent2
Mighty Oak - Elf GarnettExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster StoutExcellent1
Hopdaemon - ChristmasExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's AleExcellent1
Kent - Session PaleExcellent1
Exmoor - StagExcellent1
Hopdaemon - Session AleGood1
Long Man - Sleeping GiantGood1
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterGood3
Mighty Oak - SilversmithGood1
Bath Ales - Gem BitterAcceptable1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterPoor1
Long Man - Long Blonde Not Tried0
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Black Taxi to the MoonNot Tried0
Butcombe - Original Not Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsNot Tried0
Robinsons - Trooper (superseded by 4.7% version)Not Tried0
Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)Not Tried0
Picture 1. The Unicorn, Canterbury, Kent
Picture 2. The Unicorn, Canterbury, Kent

Visits Details

11 Dec 2021 (Jack William)
Just after opening Saturday lunchtime - half a dozen people in and getting busier - always has a good buzz to this pub. Good ale selection.
Hopdaemon - Christmas4.40ExcellentChalked up as “Xmas Ale 4%” I’m not sure if this is the same beer. But it was very good and seasonal.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Butcombe - Rare Breed (or Adam Henson's Rare Breed)3.80Not Tried
Robinsons - Trooper4.70Not Tried
10 Dec 2021 (ChrisE)
Soon after opening time, we were informed that the lines had just been cleaned. Our Bath Gem turned out to be Kent Session Pale Ale, and after asking the cellarman to check the lines he agreed that the two pumps had been connected the wrong way round. I have done that myself so not a problem, the barmaid offered to take the beer back and change it for what we ordered but I hate to see beer go to waste so I drank it.
Kent - Session Pale3.70Excellent
Robinsons - Trooper4.70Excellent
Bath Ales - Gem Bitter4.10AcceptableI think this was last knockings. Hazy with a thick yeasty head.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
25 Nov 2021 (Magnus Greel)
Mid evening relaxed comfortable atmosphere as always here just the soft background noise of folk conversing. One of my favourite pubs in Canterbury convenient for the nearby Bahnhof.
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster Stout6.20ExcellentSmooth creamy nectar with roasted coffee bean on the palate.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Bath Ales - Gem Bitter4.10Not Tried
Robinsons - Trooper (superseded by 4.7% version)4.80Not Tried
19 Nov 2021 (Jack William)
Afternoon visit - heaving - until a group of 11 left - then a bit quieter.
Exmoor - Stag5.20ExcellentReplaced the Harvey’s.
Robinsons - Trooper4.70ExcellentCouldn’t fault it.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00PoorMy friend thought this was ok until I pointed out that it was opaque. Rapidly replaced - as was the barrel.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea Shells4.70Not Tried
30 Sep 2021 (Archie14)
Steady afternoon visit in this wonderful old unspoilt boozer.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70ExcellentSay what you like about Shepherd Neame but in a world flooded by hazy, sour beers flavoured with candy and god knows what, IN my honest opinion a well kept pint of Master Brew is hard to beat if what your looking for is a pint of proper quaffable, session hoppy bitter. Served in excellent condition here.
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's Ale3.90Excellent
Butcombe - Original 4.00Not Tried
01 May 2020 (Jack William)
Are we allowed take-away entries? Laurie the landlord is doing a takeaway service from the front door at £2.50 a pint. No choice and served in old plastic milk containers but very welcome all the same. I stood and stared longingly into the interior while my half gallon was drawn.
Hopdaemon - Session Ale3.80Good
06 Mar 2020 (ChrisE)
Late evening visit. I was served a very short pint by a barman who promptly disappeared towards the kitchen. When he returned I asked for a top up and was told that "10% below is O.K." I did get a full measure after some effort but I am not impressed.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Acceptable
26 Dec 2019 (Jack William)
Lunchtime, busy with some old stalwarts who had been playing football (I gave up about 10 years ago).
Mighty Oak - Elf Garnett4.10ExcellentVery tasty amber ale.
Mighty Oak - Silversmith4.60GoodA good pale ale.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
07 Sep 2019 (ChrisE)
Saturday evening for a very quick pint before catching a train. A good pub atmosphere tonight. There were four cask ales on but they were all ones with weird flavours or others that I did not fancy so I settled for a good old Sheps.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70ExcellentSuperb Master Brew.
20 Jul 2019 (Magnus Greel)
Last pub before train home with a few of our group enjoying a pint here. Great atmosphere as usual in this proper drinkers pub.
Long Man - Sleeping Giant3.80GoodLight pale slightly salty yet refreshing
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Long Man - Long Blonde 3.80Not Tried
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Black Taxi to the Moon5.40Not Tried

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About The Unicorn

The pub sign. The Unicorn, Canterbury, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8BS.

Tudor style, low ceilinged pub with U-shaped bar counter which is close to Canterbury West railway station. A corridor leads to the toilets and then a well appointed garden. Good selection of beers and a cider served in good condition. 5 handpumps. CAMRA Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable Branch Pub of the Year 2014.

We have visited this pub 79 times, seen 94 different beers and tried 65 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT2 8BS