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The Unicorn (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Breakwater - BestExcellent1
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Second ComingExcellent1
Hopdaemon - RedExcellent1
Oakham - CitraExcellent1
Kent - ProhibitionExcellent1
Purple Moose - Cwrw Eryri (Snowdonia Ale)Excellent1
Salopian - OracleExcellent1
Mighty Oak - Little Red RocketGood1
Pig & Porter - Big K IPAGood1
Whitstable - Bullion BestGood1
Whitstable - Pearl of KentGood1
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Sharp's - Dawn PatrolNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Battersea RyeNot Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's London GoldNot Tried0
Whitstable - Try Time!Not Tried0
Colchester - No. 1Not Tried0
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - A.D.H. MENot Tried0
Boutilliers - Oatmeal Brown StoutNot Tried0
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The MooseNot Tried0
Long Man - Best BitterNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Flying CarrotNot Tried0
Purity - XPA - Xtra Hoppy Pale Ale Not Tried0
Boutilliers - Sleep DelaysNot Tried0
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kent Rye PorterNot Tried0
Whitstable - East India Pale AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Unicorn, Canterbury, Kent
Picture 2. The Unicorn, Canterbury, Kent

Visits Details

30 Nov 2018 (Jack William)
Early evening - quite busy - but after an excellent pint I waited for 5 minutes to be served - landlord mainly preoccupied with his parcel business sideline - so I left. Was a 4th beer from Exmoor on - Exile Apollo chalked up on pump clip.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Second Coming4.50ExcellentA very well crafted IPA in top condition.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Whitstable - East India Pale Ale4.10Not Tried
25 Nov 2018 (Jack William)
Early lunchtime- the pub now also serves as a delivery depot and I had to pick up a package. Would have been rude not to have a drink as well. Good beers and an interesting chat with a couple of regulars - they said it was the first time they had seen anyone picking up a package and having a drink there.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Salopian - Oracle4.00ExcellentSuperb flavour, in excellent condition.
Whitstable - Pearl of Kent4.50GoodSmooth with a good body.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - Kent Rye Porter5.40Not Tried
07 Oct 2018 (Jack William)
Mid afternoon - warm ambience, comfortably busy. Look to be a bit more adventurous with their beer selection today.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Whitstable - Bullion Best4.80GoodGreen hop version, very pleasing.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Purity - XPA - Xtra Hoppy Pale Ale 3.50Not Tried
Boutilliers - Sleep Delays3.10Not TriedOdd name, low ABV - I really should have sampled this.
05 Aug 2018 (Jack William)
Evening, a gentle buzz. More adventurous selection of beer on - but slightly irritatingly they have dispensed with traditional pump clips and replaced with handwritten chalk-on-slate clips that are difficult to read.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Red4.20ExcellentNot a type of beer I tend to go for - but this was delightful.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Long Man - Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Flying Carrot3.70Not Tried
19 Jul 2018 (Andrew)
Sat in the garden in a shady spot
BeerABVScoreNotes
Mighty Oak - Little Red Rocket3.80Good
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60Not Tried
23 Apr 2018 (ChrisE)
I was surprised to see such an interesting range of beers on tonight, some of the customers were bemoaning the loss of their usual stuff so it may come back.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Breakwater - Best4.00Excellent
Colchester - No. 14.10Not Tried
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - A.D.H. ME5.20Not Tried
Boutilliers - Oatmeal Brown Stout4.60Not Tried
02 Mar 2018 (Jack William)
Friday evening - splendidly busy (about 50, mainly drinkers, in) and very welcoming after my 2 mile walk through the snow.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Purple Moose - Cwrw Eryri (Snowdonia Ale)3.60ExcellentA good, fresh, tasty beer. No idea how to pronounce it though.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Whitstable - Try Time!4.20Not Tried
23 Nov 2017 (Jack William)
Evening - good crowd of mainly mature drinkers in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Prohibition4.80ExcellentDelicious.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's London Gold4.00Not Tried
09 Nov 2017 (Jack William)
Mid afternoon - a nice buzz with a handful of drinkers at the bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Oakham - Citra4.20ExcellentSpot on.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Sambrook's - Battersea Rye4.50Not Tried
17 Aug 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Perfect railway station waiting room, not too busy for a weekday mid evening. This place hasn't changed a bit, glad the temptation by the owners to wreck it has so far been unfounded.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Pig & Porter - Big K IPA5.20GoodVery hoppy and malty but lacking the bitterness I was expecting.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not TriedI must need my eyes testing, first sighting today but nevertheless heartwarming.
Sharp's - Dawn Patrol4.00Not Tried

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About The Unicorn

The pub sign. The Unicorn, Canterbury, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent32
Good28
Acceptable15
Poor-

Website.

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 65 times, seen 69 different beers and tried 47 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT2 8BS