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Two Sawyers, Canterbury

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Working our way into the City along the back streets and we stumbled on this inviting inn, prompting a chance to get out the rain.

Very smart exterior and interior. Mainly setup for dining but with some seats around the bar and in the front windows. A battle to get through the bar hounds, who were friendly enough.

Three or four real ales on but I was surprised to see TT Ram Tam - very rare to see a mild anyway, but a TT one outside of Yorkshire.

It was decent enough.
Mappiman - 11 Mar 2019 11:11
popped in yesterday early eve and was very busy surprising for a tues after bank hols, nice pint of elsie mo was told that generally busy days & early eves with local businesses and teachers and local residents have to say nice buzz with wide range of people. Apart from few bits of chipped paint place is still immaculate. looks like pub has turned a corner will be back next time in canters
drinkupquick - 8 May 2013 12:12
Wandered into this pub by accident, as it's not in the main part of the city, and it was very pleasant. Had a couple of Harveys, which was in good form, although the barmaid seemed a bit of a novice at pulling beer through a handpump..
Seems that it's only been open for 3 weeks, under new ownership, and it was very clean and bright. Had a meal in there, which was very good.
Certainly worth a visit.
Perry - 18 Aug 2012 00:38
Wow, this is a hidden gem. Stumbled upon this pub over the weekend. Ben the new landlord has spent a fortune on the refurb and it certainly shows. The decor is stylish and very comfortable, plus with an outside courtyard it was a real sun trap over the weekend. We tried their speciality burgers and were very impressed plus they had a great range of beers and a good wine list, prices seemed very reasonable. Just wish this was closer to our home but next time we are in Canterbury we will certainly visit! Lovely and highly recommended!!
savvy_blank - 7 Aug 2012 09:29
Wow or what ! This has been refurbed i cant believe it, 3 ales on just had black sheep was great. Really smart pub in such short space of time, contemporary yet traditional.. food looked good too. New owners to boot.
drinkupquick - 6 Aug 2012 15:52
pub is open and trading JUST very limited on everthing and very tired, souless joint needs lots of money spending on it, has banner advertising it to let still
years ago was a good PROPER pub .. shame
drinkupquick - 9 May 2012 23:30
Sadly the pub has gone down hill in the last 18 months. The food offering which used to be great really went off the number. A sense of decline seemed to sweep over the place, it was always incredibly dark with noisy piped music, the good ale choice although unchanging was let down by poor cellar keeping. The pub says it's closed for important decorating work but I'm not sure this is re-opening any time soon. It's a shame, if it was brightened up and given more comfortable seating it could work.
canters12 - 18 Oct 2011 20:31
A very very good pub two minutes from city centre down the beautiful Ivy Lane. The interior is rustic and traditional. Seating could be a tad more comfortable. Three real ales including Adnams Broadside, GK IPA and Doombar. Selection of standard largers but some bottled beers including Leffe and Crabbies. Nice sunny courtyard garden.
The food at this pub is its biggest selling point it really is amongst the best traditional pub food you can get. Its high quality and locally sourced. All cooked on site and looks the part; cooked to order including the veg served on hot plates. Just had Roast Belly of Pork which was a snatch at 8.00.
This really is the pub to eat in if your in Canterbury. Friendly barstaff, no fuss just good service. Thoroughly recommended!
canters12 - 23 May 2010 15:25
I only used this pub for the first time last year. A place tucked away a little off the beaten track. It was busy with a cross section, agewise, of drinkers.
I didn't eat but those who were appeared to be enjoying themselves.
The pub had a very pleasant atmosphere with friendly staff.
Greene King and Doombar were on. I didn't have the GK. The DB was fine.
outtamehead - 16 Apr 2010 17:23
i recently went on a training course with the new owner of this establishment - what a thoroughly splendid chap he is . i have subsequently paid a visit to the pub and may i say what a fantastic place it is . the real ale , the food and the general conviviality of the place is outstanding . congratulations doug and smithy for a job well done , you've managed to turn a tired little drinking hole into a sparkling , shiny , splendid and magnificent pub in the heart of historic canterbury . nice one dudes !!!
zodiacstarchild - 12 Sep 2009 13:08
i recently went on a training course with the new owner of this establishment - what a thoroughly splendid chap he is . i have subsequently paid a visit to the pub and may i say what a fantastic place it is . the real ale , the food and the general conviviality of the place is outstanding . congratulations doug and smithy for a job well done , you've managed to turn a tired little drinking hole into a sparkling , shiny , splendid and magnificent pub in the heart of historic canterbury . nice one dudes !!!
zodiacstarchild - 12 Sep 2009 13:08
Love it. If I can get a table, I could stay here all night.
grotfairy - 22 Sep 2008 20:44
Visited the pub last week and a good quality pint of Guinness. A really cosy pleasant place to have a beer and read the newspaper. Young lady behind the bar was very efficient and kept the bar area very clean, which is a rareity these days.
jk01 - 20 May 2007 17:50
It's a genius little pub, properly cosy, just a nice quiet place.
gibber2 - 3 Jan 2007 16:58
The best pub in Canterbury for one simple reason: WIRELESS LAN !!! perfectly working.
Besides nice people real fire great atmosphere.

I have had to come here from Austria to find out about this :-))
anonymous - 17 Feb 2005 09:55
Lovely pub, great atmosphere, mixed agegroup, never seen any trouble even when crowded to busting point, great range of beers, largers and spirits (probably soft drinks too!!)
carbs - 13 Jan 2005 22:11
has a nice garden and lovely log fires and is cheap- i had a vodka and cranberry for 1.10
claire - 30 Jun 2004 15:48
A delightful pub situated on the outskirts of the City Wall. A large selection of real ales and a team of very sexy bar staff !
Sinead Penn - sineadpenn@hotmail.com - 27 May 2004 13:47

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