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The Handsome Sam (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
St Austell - Big JobExceptional1
Brumaison - BullionExcellent1
Kent - Elysium Excellent1
St Austell - HoptasticExcellent1
Rother Valley - BluesExcellent1
Wantsum - Ravening WolfExcellent1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurExcellent1
Kent - ProhibitionExcellent2
Kent - KGBExcellent1
Oakham - CitraExcellent1
St Austell - Proper JobExcellent1
Wantsum - HurricaneGood1
St Austell - TrelawnyGood1
Mighty Oak - Fall's GoldGood1
Brumaison - BeulterGood1
Tonbridge - American PaleGood1
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Good1
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Bombay SocialGood1
Tonbridge - Velvet RavenNot Tried0
Four Candles - BramlingNot Tried0
Rother Valley - Copper AleNot Tried0
Tonbridge - RusticNot Tried0
Mighty Oak - Cascade IPANot Tried0
Kent - Session PaleNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Firebrick Red AleNot Tried0
Sharp's - SpecialNot Tried0
Tonbridge - Old ChestnutNot Tried0
Four Candles - CometNot Tried0
Musket - Fife & Drum Golden AleNot Tried0
Musket - TriggerNot Tried0
Iron Pier - BitterNot Tried0
Hop Fuzz - English BitterNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - Slave to the MoneyNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Handsome Sam, Whitstable, Kent
Picture 2. The Handsome Sam, Whitstable, Kent

Visits Details

21 Jan 2022 (Jack William)
Stop 5. Late afternoon- very cosy in here.
Wantsum - Ravening Wolf5.90ExcellentExcellent beer to finish on.
Wantsum - Hurricane4.10Good
Pig & Porter - Slave to the Money4.10Not Tried
Tonbridge - Velvet Raven5.20Not Tried
Four Candles - Bramling4.40Not Tried
09 Jul 2021 (Magnus Greel)
Quieter than expected for a mid to late Friday evening, just two groups in we were offered the perch seats or window seats so we opted for the latter. Friendly welcome and good service hence an empty glass wasn't empty for long!
Brumaison - Bullion4.50ExcellentA refreshing single hop pale ale
Angels & Demons (also uses McCanns branding) - Bombay Social3.80GoodLight dry and refreshingly hoppy
Iron Pier - Bitter4.00Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - English Bitter4.00Not Tried
29 May 2021 (ChrisE)
After spending thirty three minutes in a very full rail replacement double decker bus with no track and trace facilities it was a relief to enjoy the safety of a pub. This pub has been under new management for two weeks now and remains a true micropub. A lady told me about her local in Charlton which, surprisingly, was not listed on What Pub. A quick email to a South East London Camra branch member soon put that matter right. There as also a beer chalked up as Goody's Porter at 5%abv, I presume that this may have been Goody Good Lord.
Kent - KGB4.10Excellent
Brumaison - Beulter4.60GoodAmber coloured best bitter. Slightly cloudy but this is probably unfined.
Musket - Fife & Drum Golden Ale3.80Not Tried
Musket - Trigger3.60Not Tried
06 Feb 2020 (Dosser)
My first visit. A good selection of light coloured beers on.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90ExcellentReally enjoyed this. £4 a pint.
12 Sep 2019 (Jack William)
Lunchtime- our group of 9 took over the large table for a good session.
Oakham - Citra4.20ExcellentTop condition for this Oakham classic.
Kent - Prohibition4.80ExcellentLovely dry finish. Can’t fault the condition of the beers here.
Kent - Elysium 5.90ExcellentRich and hoppy - very good.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not TriedTo replace the Citra which we had drunk dry.
St Austell - Trelawny3.80Not Tried
16 Jul 2019 (Jack William)
Late lunchtime- one table of regulars having a good session with the guv.
Tonbridge - American Pale5.00GoodQuite malty for an APA.
Tonbridge - Old Chestnut4.40Not Tried
Four Candles - Comet3.80Not Tried
28 May 2019 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit, we listened to tales of a recent stag party to Margate and were glad we were not part of the group.
St Austell - Trelawny3.80Good
Sharp's - Special5.00Not Tried
Kent - Prohibition4.80Not TriedJust listed on the blackboard as Prohibition, I am assuming it was from Kent Brewery.
19 May 2019 (Wittenden)
Mid afternoon on a cloudy Sunday.Several in.
Kent - Prohibition4.80ExcellentThundering APA.
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Not Tried
Kent - Session Pale3.70Not Tried
Tonbridge - Firebrick Red Ale4.50Not Tried
05 Apr 2019 (Magnus Greel)
Mid to late evening busy with a few folk milling about by the entrance however we managed to perch at the table adjacent to the bar. Excellent atmopshere we stayed far longer than planned as got involved in a conversation about motorbikes with a couple alongside us.
St Austell - Proper Job4.50ExcellentI'd like to see this more available on cask
St Austell - Hoptastic4.20ExcellentAptly named box ticking ale..
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Good
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Not Tried
Mighty Oak - Cascade IPA6.20Not Tried
08 Nov 2018 (Jack William)
Early lunchtime - our party of 4 doubled the customer numbers. Pleasant as usual - only issue was that the beer board did not include the brewery name.
St Austell - Big Job7.20ExceptionalAbsolutely wonderful. A full bodied, lip-smacking ale in top condition.
Rother Valley - Blues5.00ExcellentA very nice smokey porter.
Mighty Oak - Fall's Gold4.00GoodFresh but rather cool - rather pleasant hoppy flavour came through as the beer warmed up.
Rother Valley - Copper Ale4.10Not Tried

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About The Handsome Sam

The pub sign. The Handsome Sam, Whitstable, Kent

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Whitstable, Kent, CT5 4HJ.

Edge of town centre Micropub which opened on Tuesday 4th November 2014 in a former antiques shop. Located in Canterbury Road just by the railway overbridge. Named after the owner's cat which died exactly 4 years before the pub opened. High ceilinged room which retains some original wooden beams with a temperature controlled cellar room at the back from which real ales and ciders are sold on gravity dispense from a 2 level stillage - this is called the Beer Tent. High tables and bench seats and stools provide the seating. Hops adorn the 2 front bay windows. Unisex toilet at the right rear. Closed Mondays.

We have visited this pub 23 times, seen 67 different beers and tried 35 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CT5 4HJ