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The Canterbury Tales (Punch Taverns)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
St Austell - TributeGood2
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood1
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)Acceptable1
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Canterbury Tales, Canterbury, Kent

Visits Details

05 Dec 2015 (Jack William)
Late afternoon - quite busy as the Marlowe has something going on. Looked in but with two clips turned round and only Doombar on I decided life was too short and moved on.
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
14 Jul 2015 (Jack William)
Quite pleased to report that the demise of this pub has been exaggerated (by me) - although it is not a patch on its heyday in the 90s (in my view). I passed the pub at 1925 - rammed - and then returned at 1935 - almost empty - Jimmy Carr was due on in the Marlowe Theatre across the road - I wasn't sorry that I was outside.
St Austell - Tribute4.20Good
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
27 Dec 2014 (Jack William)
Seems closed - sign down, no lights, locked.
20 Oct 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Shortly after arrival a crowd of musicians and theatregoers crowded in. Nice smell of wood fire.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good£4 pp was the most expensive of a Canterbury evening
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
15 Oct 2014 (Jack William)
About 6 pm - empty, real effect fire but cold. Shame - I was a regular here about 20 years ago and it used to buzz early evening.
St Austell - Tribute4.20GoodPleasant enough - good condition.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
23 Mar 2007 (Brian)
Coming here from the Hobgoblin was a bit of a culture shock, here we had carnations and candlelight on the tables and a young guy playing contemporary tunes on the piano. The bar staff were friendly and it was fairly quiet. However, Debbie was unimpressed as it lacked atmosphere.
Eagle (formerly Wells & Young's, formerly Charles Wells, formerly Wells) - Young's London Original (was Bitter)3.70AcceptableOK, but watery nonsense to be honest. It had some maltiness but nothing else. It was also the only beer on, although I think another was coming on as we left.

About The Canterbury Tales

The pub sign. The Canterbury Tales, Canterbury, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS.

Named The Mitre until 1981, this pub red-brick is situated right outside the Marlowe Theatre which can make it quite busy at certain times of the day / evening as it is not very large. There is a central bar with drinking areas to either side. Real fire and comfortable furniture give it a sophisticated feel. "The Dress Circle" upstairs bar is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 pm until 1.30 am" but you'll need to go downstairs for real ale and cider. 4 handpumps on the downstairs bar counter only. Real fire on the downstairs left hand wall.

We have visited this pub 6 times, seen 4 different beers and tried 3 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT1 2AS