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Kent pub and bar guide

Here's a guide to the pubs and bars of Kent - good or bad, we bring you the most talked about venues and the places you have to visit at least once. We've included a few user reviews, to give you an idea of what to expect when you get there. Or you can follow the links to see full details and all reviews for each pub.

The New Inn, Canterbury

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Address: 19 Havelock Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1NP
Phone: 01227 464584
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Nearest train stations: Canterbury West (0.6 miles), Canterbury East (0.7 miles), Sturry (1.9 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

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.
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.
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!
22 May 2015 14:00

The Man of Kent Ale House, Rochester

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Address: 6-8 John Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1YN
Phone: 01634 818771
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Nearest train stations: Rochester (0.3 miles), Chatham (0.7 miles), Strood (0.9 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

I found it more okay on this visit rather than exceptional. Had to share seating space with a mangy looking mutt shedding fur (or was it a pot bellied pig - difficult to be sure from some angles). Some seem to think there is a blurred distinction between character and hygiene - character is more' old faithful dog in basket by the fire', unhygienic is 'diseased looking pooch licking it's privates on seating used by the punters'.
19 Aug 2015 19:43
Oh dear! I'd not visited the Man of Kent for some years so looked forward to returning at last. A superb array of handpumps serving Kentish beers and my pint of Gadds IPA was fine. It certainly seemed to have been brightened up since my last visit as we discovered an outdoor decking area. Never mind the grubby seats which could all do with a scrub or replacing, and then we noticed a dog turd, then a second, then another. Five dog turds - the landlord's dog or a customers - were dotted around the edges of the deck. We found this disgusting and they had clearly been there for some days. My mate now refuses to return. Reading previous reports, there are clearly some issues with this pub which need addressing. A shame as it's got so much potential. 5/10 unfortunately.
24 Apr 2015 09:05
I was relieved to find that the Pawley Farm cider is back on sale - it had disappeared on the previous time I called in. With the real cider back this pub is as good as ever. The helpful landlady retrieved a bottle of my favourite, the dry, from the cellar.
8 Mar 2015 11:35

The Bedford, Tunbridge Wells

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Address: 2 High Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1UX
Phone: 01892 544662
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Nearest train stations: Tunbridge Wells (0.1 miles), High Brooms (1.6 miles), Frant (2.4 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Pleased to see the standard of the place has not dropped as a few years ago this place was one to be avoided in my view. A sports bar full of lager louts!

Nowadays the place has friendly knowledgeable bar staff, TVs with the sound down and a wider mix of clientele.
It's hard to think of a better "closest to the railway station" pub around.

There are plenty of real ales available: Bedfordshire Zingiber, Gadds #5, Bedford Steam Best, Turners Gold Spice, Pilgrim Gold Spice, Old Dairy Snow Top and some Greene King beers on my visit.

Definitely worth going to if you're in the area!
31 Dec 2015 03:16
Decent enough alehouse with well kept selection of beers. As mentioned handy for the station - can be a bit pricey.
20 Sep 2015 07:42
Pub number 1 of a day of pub ticking & football in Tunbridge Wells.

Smallish corner plot pub right by the station that is very focused on ales. I wasn’t aware of this having never been here before so I was pleased and surprised to see such a cracking selection of ales that are charged as per their abv. 11 hand pumps with a different ale on each pump.

Due to it’s location I ended up visiting twice in 1 day. Visit number 1 @ lunchtime I went for Hardy and Hanson’s Bedford Steam @ 3.9%, on my evening visit I had Old Diary Brewery Summer Top @ 3.6%, both very good pints & kept well.

6 punters in who were chatting to the landlord and chef when I first visited then in the evening @ 10pm it was pretty packed with music playing and a mixed crowd.

Friendly little pub that I will be returning to on my next visit to TW not just because of it’s convenient location by the station.
17 Aug 2015 16:55

The Old Neptune, Whitstable

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Address: Marine Terrace, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1EJ
Phone: 01227 272262
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Nearest train station: Chestfield & Swalecliffe (2.2 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

An old fashioned feel to the pub with bare floorboards, uneven in places and lots of nautical artifacts spread around. The artwork is more modern and added to the charm. The pub is practically on the beach and there are planty of picnic tables on the shingle which are very popular in the Summer.
Not a wide selection of real ales but with Harveys on that doesn't matter!
The clientele is mixed and the staff are friendly.
Bands play on Sunday aftenoons. The day I was there We Ghosts were on and I can recommend anyone to catch them if they are in the area.
All told a very enjoyable time wa had!
24 Nov 2015 04:46
An interesting pub, like going back in time, I would certainly pop in again next time I am in Whitstable.

Whitstable brewery , and Harveys were on draught although not a great selection.

13 Nov 2015 17:26
No longer SHepherd Neame but Whitstable brewery I think given my Columbo like observation of what was on the side of the pub.

Oyster stout was decent. The wind was strong on the beach and it blew empty crisp packets away and I don;t think that should be allowed in this modern age.

Great location and decent pub.
23 Jul 2015 16:19

The Chapel, Broadstairs

Address: 44-46 Albion Street, Broadstairs, Kent, CT9 1EU
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Nearest train stations: Margate (0.5 miles), Westgate-on-sea (2.1 miles), Broadstairs (3.3 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

A wonderful little place with excellent beers, very well kept.
Very pleasant, welcoming staff and a superb atmosphere among books and a small stage.
24 Jul 2015 10:04
Wow. What a find. Friends had been here and wanted us to see it. Next minute we are inside and wow again. Beer excellent. Old dairy Kentish and Goachers. Not a World War Two plane in site !


4 Jul 2015 12:48
Sunday night in Broadstairs and with live music advertised the Chapel looked very inviting. The music was provided by a 3 piece band that were playing a mix of old and new country music, they went down a storm.

6 barrels on behind the counter that were offering 4 ales with all of these being local Kent ales. Goachers Real Mild, Wantsum Ravening Wolf, Gadds Dragons Blood and my choice which was Tonbridge Blonde Ambition @ 4.2%. As well as the ales there was a decent selection of boxed ciders also available.

if you are unaware this is no ordinary bar it’s a bookshop aswell ! They also do small plates of food.

A cracking little bookshop, bar and music venue that needs to be seen to be enjoyed, but be your own judge and make a visit I personally don't think you'll be disappointed.
1 Jul 2015 16:06

Yard of Ale, Broadstairs

Address: 61 Church Street, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 2TU
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Nearest train stations: Broadstairs (0.7 miles), Dumpton Park (1.6 miles), Ramsgate (2.1 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Got to post again...the pub is shortlisted in the top 4 'best pubs in the land'....and well deserved too! Results are out in February so watch this space!
24 Nov 2015 12:58
All of whar Steamer said and more....a lovely little micropub ably run by Shaun, Ian and the rest of the team. A good selection of ever changing beers, no wifi, jukebox or tv.
24 Oct 2015 15:37
Absolutely wonderful experience. This micropub is situated in an old flint stable. The 3 real ales and 3 cider/perrys are served on gravity and are temperature controlled. There are snacks, a wood stove, a "garden" and a very friendly landlord/owner. This was the first of three micropubs we visited in Broadstairs on Saturday and wish we didn't have to travel so far.
6 Apr 2015 18:15

The Tartar Frigate, Broadstairs

Address: 37-39, Harbour St, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 1EU
Phone: 01843 862013
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Nearest train stations: Broadstairs (0.5 miles), Dumpton Park (1.3 miles), Ramsgate (2.2 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Best beer so far in Kent. Well kept and a good temperature despite weather but not artificially chilled.

Rams gate brewed Gadds No5 in perfect condition.

Landlord in attendance and proud of his product.

4 Jul 2015 12:25
A good honest pub by the sea.... Well worth a drop in, if you're in Broadstairs!
24 Apr 2015 17:38
Pleasant old building by the sea front. Gadds No 5, from just down the road in Ramsgate, in great nick. The food is perfectly adequate, not overpriced synthetic junk. Service is effective if a tad fussy for a pub restaurant. A timewarp in many ways, and not necessarily the worse for that.
3 Nov 2014 06:33

Furlongs Ale House, Faversham

Address: 6A Preston Street, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8NS
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Nearest train stations: Faversham (0.2 miles), Selling (3.6 miles), Teynham (4.2 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Perfectly good micropub marred by lack of seating, with what there is hogged by locals who spread themselves out as much as they can creating an unwelcoming atmosphere.
15 Aug 2015 19:34
Cracking pub. I must admit to being a big fan of the micropub concept and this is now my pub of choice. Beer is always in fine condition and the staff are knowledgeable and friendly. I have lived in Faversham for about 20 years and have sadly seen the closure of about 10 pubs in that time. I have recently heard that planning permission has been granted for another micropub. Great. I hope it's not the last.

9 Aug 2015 13:46
When they say it a micro pub they are not kidding, a small bar at the back of the pub and a few tables and stools on either side of the room, did some cracking ale on our visit, sadly can't remember what, and also a good local cider.

Good enthusiastic staff who know what they are on about, only been open for a few month and i hope it is a success.
14 Apr 2015 16:39

The Ship, Erith

Address: 110 West Street, Erith, Kent, DA8 1AN
Phone: 01322 439673
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Nearest train stations: Erith (0.3 miles), Belvedere (1.1 miles), Slade Green (1.6 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Just needed a nice pub to kill a few hours in while I wait to drop a friend home who has to work late. Didn't read the reviews, just went to the to the highest rated pub in Erith. Lovely locals boozer with big screen football, friendly punters and cheap drinks. What more could anyone want?
1 Oct 2015 19:01
I wouldn't necessarily take any notice of the last review, coincidentally it has was posted the morning after the local village idiot was ejected for his drunken behaviour. The landlady was merely protecting the reputation of her business when the alcohol with mental health issues was looking for trouble by provoking a more established secure gentleman and starting a fight for no reason at all.
The Ship as far as I'm concerned is a civil establishment frequented in the main by friendly folk.

4 Jun 2015 21:00
What a shit hole with the most two faced gossip ever to walk the earth of a landlady.
19 Mar 2015 11:37

The Lanes, Dover

Address: 15 Worthington Street, Dover, Kent, CT17 9AQ
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Nearest train stations: Dover Priory (0.3 miles), Kearsney (2.5 miles), Martin Mill (3.7 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Last entry should have read a wide selection of CIDERS available!
24 Nov 2015 05:59
One of the new micro pubs which are becoming popular in this neck of the woods.

Very friendly and welcoming (as many micros are) it's run by a pleasent couple. Very smart and tidy with decent toilets. Something that can't be said about some other micros I've visited!

The day I visited the real ales were Gadds Just the Ticket, Canterbury Ales Friars, Grindstone Triple B and Rockin Robin Really Rockin. Both the Gadds and the Canterbury Ales were excellent snd well kept.
There was a wide selection of ales available too though I didn't touch any of them.

The pub's not too far from the station and I will definitely visit agin. A welcome addition to what is a pretty average collection of pubs in Dover.
24 Nov 2015 05:58
This is one of at least 2 self-styled micro-pubs in Dover (Oct 2015). The Lanes is a great little boozer with a nice selection of beer.

The lady who runs it was very welcoming and was delighted to help. There is no bar as such, she'll just come up to you and guide you through the list of beers, ciders and wine etc.

Part of the shop is set out like someone's front room with sofas around a table. You can just sit down and chat to the locals. Alternatively there are tables near the window where you can sit and please yourself. Highly recommended and I hope it does well.
6 Oct 2015 21:43

The Harrow, Stockbury

Address: The Street, Stockbury, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 7UH
Phone: 01795 842546
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Nearest train stations: Newington (2.4 miles), Rainham - Kent (3.3 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

I have just read a comment from the landlord which I would like to correct. I am the gentlemen referred to in his comment. I am not partnered and never have been with his ex Di she is just a friend. This delusion of his lead to him barring me from the pub and assaulting me which he has been cautioned by the police for. He is an unstable, lazy and devious person who will serve you cheap wine bottled into Shepherd Neame labled bottles. You will know if you have been conned as he will pocket your money or not ring it through the till. Do not run up a tab. The food is not fresh it is prepacked or frozen, My recommendation is for you to go the The Rose and Crown in Hartlip where you will get treated with respect as a customer and their drinks and food are first rate. I stand by everything I have written as true.
12 Aug 2015 11:10
The last comment by dolly 66 is the ex landlady Di NIcholls trying to discredit The Harrow .please come and judge for yourself and don't be put off by a bitter and twisted landlady or her new partner Peter Allen

Hope to see you soon

9 Jul 2015 13:24
I would just like to let you know that Di is no longer at the pub.....which is a huge shame because it has gone down hill since she was thrown out! The beer is not nice and the food is not the same! I was in the pub a while ago and a poor customer left with dog mess on his shoe....having just eaten a meal in there! I will be avoiding this pub at all costs from now on!!
2 Jul 2015 23:40

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