The Eight Bells, in London Road, Canterbury, is a small traditional style pub which I haven’t been in for at least 30 years.
Now serves good quality home cooked food and guest real ales, and puts on events for the guests.
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Ye Olde Beverlie building adjoins a row of almshouses dating back to 1570 according to the sign on the outside of the pub. It’s a Shepherd Neame pub and the only one in the St Stephens area of Canterbury.
The pub serves Mexican and English food, and the emphasis is on this rather than the real ales it serves, hence I have no immediate plans to visit.
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The Butchers Arms was the first micro pub in the country, a big honour for the village of Herne. Opened in 2005, by the same enthusiast who runs the pub now. The pub is only a few yards from a Shepherds Neame pub, so if you like your real ales, the choice is pretty simple to make.
There are normally 4 cask conditioned ales on sale, so plenty to chose from for the real ale drinkers.
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The village of Herne has one bus pub, one micro pub, and a former pub all placed around the roundabout on the Canterbury to Herne Bay main Road. The Smugglers Inn is in School Lane, and a 17th century public house, with a good beer garden, and friendly local atmosphere.
Shepherd Neame’s are prevalent in Herne Bay, and the Smugglers Inn is one of their most welcoming.
On the way into Herne Bay on the main Canterbury Road, in Herne Common, sits the Free House called the First and Last.
The First and Last has a really good reputation for home cooked food, and is especially popular for Sunday Roast. All the reviews seem to be very positive, and with the traditional pub setting of open fires, cask ales and friendly staff, this is a pub on my waiting list.
There is the added bonus of a large function room to the rear, if you are looking for somewhere to hold events.
The Old Buttermarket is a free house belonging to the Nicholson chain. It is tucked in the corner of the court-yard by the main entrance to the Cathedral and in Summer obviously very busy with tourists.
It has real ales on hand pump, and is going to be one of my pubs to visit in summer time, to see what they offer. Only downside is I expect the location is going to make it a little bit expensive.
The pub was formerly known as the Olive Branch.