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New Inn, Whitstable

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Backstreet Shepherd Neame local. It has a long thin bar area, which opens up to a larger room with a pool table and dart board at the rear. Loud music was being played in that area. Spitfire Gold was the solitary ale. Another disappointment.
blue_scrumpy - 13 Jan 2019 20:52
Excellent corner local, one the friendliest in town and makes the best of Shepherd Neame beers (somewhat over-rated brewery). Changed hands since I was last in but new landlord seems to have kept and grown the custom. An easy going no-nonsense local that's happy to have dogs provided they are well behaved.
Indy - 24 May 2012 16:14
Traditional back street pub not far from the main shopping streets/harbour. Comfortable and friendly with a decent pint of Master Brew on offer at a reaonsable (for the area) £2.90. Reccommended for anyone who appreciates a genuine pub atmosphere.
edchambers - 13 Aug 2011 21:42
A cosy little back street pub. Well kept Master Brew but could do with another ale. Otherwise a nice place to stop for a quiet drink.
steedyo - 10 Sep 2009 12:20
very quiet for early evening on a saturday, but friendly staff, and reasonably friendly dog! Only the master brew on, more choice of ales would be nice, but overall a good friendly pub for non-locals
BrucetheMoose - 6 Sep 2009 21:06
Would you like a pub in which you can have a conversation rather than compete with loud music and louder customers? Somewhere which welcomes locals and visitors equally? A bit of food, perhaps? This pub, while small and narrow, manages to get an 8-seater restaurant in, even if you might have to go in one door and out of the other to avoid embarrassing contact near the bar! If you want amusement, you can always watch in awe as the landlady runs out to respond to being called out on a Lifeboat "shout" or snigger at the landlord as he tries in vain to complete the crossword. The dog is friendly. If you're a visitor to the town and like the more traditional pub, get past Harbour Street and give it a try. They've recently redecorated many parts and now have some seating outside for the warmer weather.
jomaca - 11 Jul 2009 21:14
The New Inn looks fascinating and promising from the outside - a traditional corner style hostelry by Shepherd Neame. However on a visit it was empty and two lively (coughs) dogs were running about.
Maybe we didn't pass by at peak time.

The beer was fine and service was decent but hard to get enthusiastic about in this context.
terenced - 21 Apr 2009 09:25
Was in Whitstable today and my son me and me found this fine pub.We were made to feel welcome straight away by one of the friendliest barmaids in Kent.We will certainly go back to the New Inn.
ARKent - 23 Dec 2008 16:17
This is apparently Kent’s (and possibly England’s) first purpose built Ale house, dating from 1830. This cottage style corner pub was originally 3 rooms but these have now been knocked through to make 1 elongated narrow pub that would probably make a good bowling alley. There are areas that are embarrassingly narrow and you may need to squeeze past a few people to get around the bar area. The décor is fairly plain and basic with some nice old etched windows including one still depicting the bottle and jug area, a precursor to today’s off licence. Note also the wooden ceiling with several inlaid coins. Plenty of dimpled pint pots, decorative mirrors and a nice brick fireplace give the place a good homely local feel and the landlord was extremely friendly and accommodating during our visit. The beers come from a rather truncated Shepherd Neame range – only Master Brew was available on hand pump but the quality was fine. To the rear is a pool and darts area with a few trophies on the shelves and fruit / quiz machines. Not really a pub to specifically go out of the way for but if you like good honest down to earth pubs, you can’t really go wrong here.
RogerB - 20 Feb 2007 16:08

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