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The Unicorn (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Exmoor - StagExcellent1
Robinsons - TrooperExcellent1
Mighty Oak - Elf GarnettExcellent1
Iron Pier - Wealdway IPAExcellent1
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - Black Pearl Oyster StoutExcellent1
Iron Pier - Barbe Rouge & Bramling Cross Joined at the HopExcellent1
Canterbury Ales (sometimes badged as Canterbrew) - The Wife of Bath's AleExcellent1
Shepherd Neame - Master Brew BitterGood3
Hopdaemon - Skrimshander IPAGood1
Mighty Oak - SilversmithGood1
Long Man - Long Blonde Good1
Hopdaemon - Session AleGood1
Long Man - Sleeping GiantGood1
Salopian - Lemon DreamAcceptable1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterPoor1
Butcombe - Original Not Tried0
Ramsgate Brewery (Gadds') - She Sells Sea ShellsNot Tried0
Bath Ales - Gem BitterNot Tried0
Robinsons - Trooper (superseded by 4.7% version)Not Tried0
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Black Taxi to the MoonNot Tried0
Kent - Session PaleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Unicorn, Canterbury, Kent
Picture 2. The Unicorn, Canterbury, Kent

Visits Details

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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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Robinsons - Trooper (superseded by 4.7% version)4.80Not Tried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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
BeerABVScoreNotes
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).
BeerABVScoreNotes
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.
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 Cross Joined at the Hop3.80ExcellentLovely 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

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About The Unicorn

The pub sign. The Unicorn, Canterbury, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent42
Good35
Acceptable17
Poor1

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 77 times, seen 92 different beers and tried 62 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT2 8BS