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The Unicorn (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hopdaemon - RedExcellent1
Iron Pier - Wealdway IPAExcellent1
Canterbury Brewers - MosaicExcellent1
Iron Pier - Barbe Rouge & Bramling CrossExcellent1
Salopian - OracleExcellent1
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterExcellent1
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - The Second ComingExcellent1
Long Man - Long Blonde Good1
Pig & Porter - Sky Without SunGood1
Whitstable - Bullion BestGood1
Whitstable - CometGood1
Whitstable - Pearl of KentGood1
Long Man - Sleeping GiantGood1
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPAGood1
Salopian - Lemon DreamAcceptable1
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) - Kentish Rye PorterNot Tried0
Whitstable - East India Pale AleNot Tried0
Black Sheep - Monty Python's Holy GrailNot Tried0
Kent - Old JamaicaNot Tried0
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Black Taxi to the MoonNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Unicorn, Canterbury, Kent
Picture 2. The Unicorn, Canterbury, Kent

Visits Details

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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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
19 Jun 2019 (Stephen Harris)
I'm a rare visitor to the lovely city of Canterbury these days, but over many years I have tended to favour this pub. With good reason I think.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Iron Pier - Wealdway IPA4.50ExcellentSuch a drinkable IPA.
Iron Pier - Barbe Rouge & Bramling Cross3.80ExcellentLovely brambly hop flavours.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Long Man - Long Blonde 3.80Not Tried
25 May 2019 (Jack William)
Early lunchtime - fascinating to watch the comings and goings of the eclectic customer base here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPA4.50Good
Long Man - Long Blonde 3.80Good
Salopian - Lemon Dream4.50AcceptableBit disappointed in this - not very flavourful.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
01 Apr 2019 (Magnus Greel)
Late evening fairly busy as expected for this popular drinkers pub. We could've stayed around half hour longer had we known the train service was disrupted prior to our departure.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Whitstable - Comet4.40Good
Black Sheep - Monty Python's Holy Grail4.00Not Tried
Kent - Old Jamaica5.10Not Tried
23 Mar 2019 (Jack William)
Lunchtime- my faith in this pub is restored. A pleasant couple of pints enjoyed with the soft hubbub of conversations ongoing around the bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Canterbury Brewers - Mosaic4.70ExcellentDelicious - great body.
Pig & Porter - Sky Without Sun4.50GoodStrange name - I half expected this to be cloudy (geddit?) but it was clear and very palatable. Badged as an American Amber ale.
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew Bitter3.70Not Tried
Long Man - Long Blonde 3.80Not Tried
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) - The 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) - Kentish 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

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About The Unicorn

The pub sign. The Unicorn, Canterbury, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

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Exceptional-
Excellent36
Good33
Acceptable16
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 71 times, seen 80 different beers and tried 55 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT2 8BS