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GBG 2019 Entry. Back Street Terraced locals boozer just out the City Walls. You have to go looking for it.

Lovely greeting from the landlady. So easy to provide but so rare.

Six or so real ales on. Played safe with a decent Adnams Ghost Ship.
Mappiman - 11 Mar 2019 17:26
A number of visits over the last week due to holiday. Upwards of 15 different ales came on and were drunk, each and every one in tip top condition. Far too many to recall and record here. Ever changing selection from local Kent breweries as well as small breweries nationwide.
Looking forward to the weekend of 22-24 September with a Green Hop themed beer festival, 10 beers promised over the weekend.
TonyMitch - 10 Sep 2017 19:30
The New Inn was our first stop on a short crawl of Canterbury pubs. It's a back street pub on a terraced street to the east of town. 5 ales were on - Purity Pure Gold, Harveys Sussex Best Bitter, Oakham Citra, Adnams Ghost Ship & Thornbridge Jaipur. I was hoping they'd have a real cider. But sadly the best available was Aspalls Harry Sparrow on keg. The front bar is quite small and it leads into a conservatory. Nice enough pub. But would have preferred a dark beer or a cider.
blue_scrumpy - 6 Mar 2016 16:54
Off the beaten track a little but well worth seeking out. Very much a local pub with the same old faces lined up along the bar whenever I visit!
That said it's not a cliquey pub and both the customers and the staff are friendly.

At first glance looking up Havelock St there doesn't appear to be a pub there at all as most of the street is made up of residential housing.

It's larger inside than expected, long and narrow with the bar just inside the door and a beer garden out the back.

Excellent selection of beers, Summer Lightning, Betty Stoggs and Tribute were all available on my last visit.

outtamehead - 31 Dec 2015 00:00
Themed weekend, 3G's and 2 C's. Gadds beers, Goodys Ales and G2 as well as micro brewery Turnstone Two Seas from Whitstable, BBQ and music. Beers all excellent condition and the pub was buzzing, as it deserves to be. Sunday lunchtime is a continuation of the same and the monthly cooking competition is back on, free food for judges. Undoubtedly the best beers in Canterbury.
TonyMitch - 7 Jun 2015 00:40
Spring has sprung! The New Inn spring beer festival has started. 22 beers over the weekend with food, music. Jaipur, Chimera IPA, Ossian, Good Heavens, Betty stogs, Mahseer IPA, Summer Lightning, Gadds She sells seashells, Citra Sonic, Shropshire Gold, Gadds seasider, Otter, Nova, Big hop little beer, The Duke IPA, Glaslyn, Amarillo, Bay's Gold, AVA, Brewsters Hophead, Turnstone Two Seas and High seas. Craft lager from western am and 3 ciders. What's not to like!
TonyMitch - 22 May 2015 14:00
After braving the snow flurries and a quick stop in The Parrot we made our way to the 3rd pub from the 2015 GBG on my list and possibly the best so far.

On a side street just off the main road and resembling more of a house than a pub The New Inn was busy with ale drinkers just after 5.30pm when we arrived.

6 hand pumps with 4 ales on & an additional pump with real cider. I went for Castle Rock Breweries Red Riding Hood @ 4.5%. This was another new beer for me and very drinkable.

Small bar area with most punters in the front room and no-one in the 2 small alcove rooms out the bar in the conservatory.

The interior is Spartan but it works. There was no music or television on but the chatter was plentiful.

Another very good pub but it seriously looks like someone's house.

As I say probably the best pub of the day.
lezford - 13 Feb 2015 14:42

TonyMitch - 9 Feb 2015 21:19
Visited on Monday lunchtime - 3beers on, the Tribute was first rate as the beers always seem to be. There is a poster telling of the annual August beer festival over the bank holiday. Upwards of 20 beers from across the country, music, hog roast on Saturday. Looks like we are sorted!
TonyMitch - 19 Aug 2014 13:20
I called in again. Busy and with 6 pumps working with a range of excellent beers. The Biddendens cider on draught was also selling well. I hear that there is a weekend with Thornbridge Jaipur coming very soon, so may need to get in early!
TonyMitch - 10 Dec 2013 21:02
Ale quality was better on this visit though the pub's main draw is that it is what a 'local' should be like.
anonymous - 9 Sep 2013 18:44
as always a great pint, welcome retreat when in canters
drinkupquick - 8 May 2013 12:14
This pub continues to go from strength to strength. The manager seeks out a vast selection of beers both local and from afar. Recent themed weekends include Thornbridge, Dark Star, Fyne. The beers are always in tip top condition. GBG listed and without a shadow of a doubt THE best pub in the City. Also very reasonable prices.
TonyMitch - 15 Feb 2013 09:37
Nice enough small bar at the front with a more food orientated conservatory to the rear and a garden beyond that. Friendly enough 'off the main road local' though there wasa a limited 'mainstream' offering on the ale front and the Black Sheep wasn't particularly nice.
anonymous - 5 Nov 2011 23:25
Not the easiest of pubs to find but well worth the search. A mellow perhaps bohemian feel to the place. The service is prompt and friendly as are most of the regulars who tend to congregate around the end of the bar just inside the door. The pub goes further back than expected and there is a small garden too.
There's usually a fair selection of real ales on, often from breweries not often seen in the area.
outtamehead - 21 Aug 2011 01:15
8 years after I last got here, fortunately nothing much has changed. It still feels like a mellow, relaxed frontroom beerhouse, like those common in Victorian times. The rear is basically a long corridor, well-lit by the glass roof reminiscent of a greenhouse. A jolly welcome was given by the barman, who was chatting with some old gents who looked very at home. Beer-wise, not perhaps the most exhilarating choice, but still acceptable; perhaps we didn't hit it at its peak as it's currently GBG-listed. My Black Sheep Golden Sheep went down refreshingly, albeit hardly a 'locale'. Still a nice vibe here and I think I'll be able to return maybe years from now and it should still be the same.
TWG - 24 Jul 2011 18:33
Visited over the weekend again. A treat in store, with the Jaipur IPA, which is normally never seen in the South. This was a superb bitter and at 5.9%, strong for a modern IPA. Specially arranged by the Manager for a particularly demanding customer, I hear!
TT Landlord, Wherry, Harveys, GK IPA made up the selection and all were in fine fettle.
TonyMitch - 13 Jul 2011 19:08
Another visit or 3 over the weekend. A choice from 8 different beers between Friday and Monday and all of them absolutely spot on!

Woodfordes Wherry, TT Landlord, Harveys Sussex, Gadds No. 3, Rudgate Ruby Mild, GK IPA, Skinners Betty Stogs and at least one more that I forgot (understandably!) as well as the Biddendens cider.

PLUS the list is now available for their Annual May BEER FESTIVAL, from this Thursday through all the BH weekend. Music, food weather permitting it seems and beers - a great selection by the looks of it. SORTED!
TonyMitch - 23 May 2011 22:04
WELL WORTH A VISIT. This excellent free house is back to its former glory. The owner and manager run the pub like all English free houses should be run. Visited it 3 times over the bank holiday and found all of the following beers on and in excellent condition - tried them all! Black Sheep, Harveys, Summer Lightning, Greene King IPA, St Austell Tinners, Barngates Westmoreland, Woodfordes Wherry, Skinners Betty Stogs, Thwaits Wainwright and even draught Biddenden's cider.
There was a BBQ, pub olympics raising money for a local charity, superb food on the menu too.
Ever better, a beer festival is planned for the bank holiday at the end of May, so that's me sorted!
TonyMitch - 26 Apr 2011 00:47
The new New Inn retains the spirit and feel of the old New Inn. Visited over the weekend and there were 5 beers available - Fullers ESB, Ruddles County, Greene King IPA, Crouch Vale and Herveys. Tried them all and every one was spot on - fresh and well kept.
A good mix of students and locals and the pub should soon see a new wave of the more discerning students that like to eat, drink and talk and all at very reasonable prices.
Well worth the short walk away from the mess and noise that is the City Centre!
TonyMitch - 26 Sep 2010 17:53
Not the easiest of pubs to find but well worth the trek. A good selection of real ales. The pub can get busy with people tending to congregate around the end of the bar close to the door.
However the pub goes further back than you might think and there's a small garden or yard available too.
Agree with earlier reviewers about the nice mix of clientele.
outtamehead - 23 Jan 2010 05:14
This is by far the best pub in Canterbury;
Kurt and Margaret have now sold and the place has been under new management since mid 2008. It has been extended and spruced up but this has added the character and has not taken anything away. Charming landlord who continues to foster the previous owners community spirit with the punters. Ever changing selection of real ale with at least three pumps on but they do have anything up to six. Somehow has managed to get a good mix between residents and students, which gives the place a lovely atmosphere.
Good prices, give it a go.
canters12 - 31 Dec 2009 00:01
Tried the Wherry, didn't taste very fresh and was too warm
anonymous - 25 Oct 2007 16:10
Kurt was out but his charming wife and daft Boxer dog were in charge. It was very quiet on my visit - only two other customers, who were very friendly locals.

Both the Woodforde's Wherry and Harvey's Best were both served in excellent condition. Totally enjoyable visit - just a shame it wasn't long enough.

Serves basic, good value food such as Ham, Egg and Chips, and no television to annoy or distract you from a decent pint and good ale.

Excellent pub - 8/10.
5thearlofwimbourne - 4 Nov 2006 14:58
A superb pub well worth the hunt! Kurt looks after his beers well. Perhaps he ought to show them how it's done @ The Hobgoblin. Well, perhaps not.
5thearlofwimbourne - 9 Feb 2005 15:47
It's a local pub for local people, if you know what I mean. Looks like an ordinary terrace from the outside, once you get in it looks just like a gutted out ordinary terrace with a bar in the front parlour.Not to everybodys taste, but have to admit I like it, despite the odd looks from the "regulars". Staff friendly, beer good, bogs clean. Nuff said.

carbs - 14 Jan 2005 11:47
it's so tiny!
anonymous - 30 Nov 2003 23:58
Great old man pub for when everywhere else is full, complete with assorted hostile old people.
Woo - 30 Jun 2003 23:51

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