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Thomas Becket, Canterbury

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One-roomed 18th century pub although the front bar looked a little Victorian to my eyes whereas there are timber noggings in the rear dining area. My pint of Old Dairy Red Top was nothing special (didn't try the Hopdaemon Incubus) but there was some good early 80s music playing and the landlord gave us a potted history of fishtail parkas and was keen to explain that you can't buy Jägerbombs or similar there (which must be a good sign).
paul_d102 - 13 Sep 2022 09:36
Guy who served me was polite, and the beer was OK, but when I left and thanked the barmaid, she just ignored me, and kept chatting to a friend. So not impressed by that.
Perry - 18 Aug 2012 00:16
Gorgeous aroma with vast amounts of hops hanging from the ceiling,only �5.90 for two pints of guest ale too. 6/10
fat_beer_badger - 14 Oct 2010 16:25
The previous reviewer has it spot-on. The TB is a lovely pub for a quiet pint, but the quality and service in the dining area has dropped in the past year to the point that every visit is now an exercise in annoyance and frustration.
boone - 25 Jul 2010 14:07
What on earth has happened to the food in this pub?
Even as recently as a year ago this was the pub to go for food in Canterbury. We went almost every Sunday, but slowly little by little the quality dropped so far that it became was little more than uninspiring, cheap, under/over cooked mess on a plate. Its such a shame as this really is a gem inside. Always got a good selection of beers on although the beer quality was a little tepid but by no means bad.
A great shame, as I used to love eating here, it hasn't changed hands so maybe the eye has been taken off the ball.
The place to eat pub food in Canterbury has to be the Two Sawyers Ivy Lane for quality or perhaps the Unicorn, St Dunstans for something tasty if not a little basic.
canters12 - 23 May 2010 15:34
Comfy, welcoming pub with a back room that seemed set up for food. Decent pint & attentive bar staff just off the main drag.
UrbanGenieThing - 3 Apr 2010 16:00
If I want to eat in Canterbury, instead of dining out, I go here. Beer good, food good. Good.
salminkarkku - 30 Jul 2009 10:47
Had a single drink in here on the 8th of Feb, beer was in good nick, selection less than appeared to be advertised outside. It looks set up for food with drink as the sideline though.

mikecterry - 15 Feb 2009 10:06
I have only a fleeting visit en route to other hostelries on which to base this comment, but by and large the TB seemed to be a tidy, efficient and frinedly sort of boozer, if perhaps one of the less memorable. Fairly standard decor and layout, and an equally uninspiring ale selection, but in fairness, in keeping with the area and the beer was in good nick. I suspect this is the sort of place which one would include on a city crawl and enjoy for a brief jar, but perhaps not aim to spend an entire evening there? Maybe others will correct me if I am wrong...
TWG - 6 Aug 2008 13:36
Bare red brick walls. Bare wood tables. Wooden floor. Hops hanging from the ceiling. Attractive stained glass windows. Some false Tudor style wooden beams and a bit of standard issue "Olde Worlde" tat spoil the charm. 4 casks - Flowers original, Ordinary, Adnams and guest. No music (except in main restaurant area further into pub), no pool table and no games machines. Decent back street pub in central Canterbury, though a little more restaurant than pub.
SilkTork - 29 Jul 2008 19:47

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