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The Royal Naval Reserve, Whitstable - pub details

Royal Naval Reserve

Address: 28-30 High Street, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1BQ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 30308) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Chestfield & Swalecliffe (2 miles), Herne Bay (4.4 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.7/10 (rated by 15 users)
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Came in here after a few pints in the Black Dog as they reckoned the food was great here. They weren't wrong! The cod and chips nearly beat me (and I'm no lightweight) but unfortunately we caught them with their beers down. This is a Shepherd Neame pub but their only ale up was Master Brew but a good range of lagers were available and the Oranjiboom saw us through. People in the bar were friendly, staff friendlier still and all in all a really good high Street pub. My rating only low because the beer was off but I hope to upgrade the review next time I'm in Whitstable
Baal - 29 Sep 2016 16:58
Visited here on a Monday and encountered friendly service and good beer. Traditional pub interior and a nice beer garden. Nothing not to like about it.
terenced - 23 Jul 2015 16:13
Ultimately, not a pub I had any predetermined plan to visit while in Whitstable for the wonderful oyster festival a couple of weekends back, but having left the beach and all its delights behind in the evening and taken a quick bite at a nearby Italian restaurant, I needed to walk myself back to my accommodation, which was conveniently situated at the south end of the main street. A few pub options present themselves on that lively and vibrant route - the Ship Centurion probably being my preference, but I'd already been in the morning - so I walked on having vowed to sample somewhere different. Having rejected the predictable if usually-sound Wetherspoon option, I discovered what appeared to be a traditional, cosy little local, and despite it being a Shepherd Neame house which inevitably narrows the cask beer field, I gave it a chance.

That pub was the Royal Naval Reserve. And by and large, I wasn't too far wrong in my estimation of the venue from its outward appearance. Once indoors one is presented with a traditional, seafaring (well what a novelty in Whitstable) sort of feel, which was small, but its limited floorspace encouraged a hearty intimacy amongst its customers - who numbered many as it was a busy Saturday night and everyone was in festival spirit. Whether it's always that well patronised remains to be seen, but the atmosphere was infectious that night. There were as many ladies as gents in attendance, although arguavly accented towards the 40+ demongraphic. Albeit that youthful vigour might have been lacking, music was playing and everyone was locked in lively conversations, suggesting a good old time was being had by all - an encouraging sign in a local.

The service at the small bar area was noteworthy - getting served quite promptly as an unknown face amongst a sea of locals with only one person on the bar was impressive. A well-poured pint of Sheps' was delivered by what I assumed was the landlady - and it was not your run of the mill offering; some sort of stout whose name I forget now without researching, but I do recall it went down a treat. A couple of other more routine SN beers featured for the less-adventurous, alongside the usual raft of mass-produced keg and bottled products for those not converted to cask.

I can't pass judgement on food, as it wasn't being served that late on, but from the previous review I'd be tempted to give it a try in future.

A very friendly and jolly establishment when busy, and I'd imagine a quiet and cosy haven when it isn't. Maybe not an outstanding pub but certainly not to be dismissed without trying, at least not by the pubgoer who favours tradition and community in their boozers.
TWG - 1 Aug 2012 13:52
Was taken here as I was told the food was good - it was - steak and kidney suet pudding served in a pudding cloth bt at a tad under a tenner was marginally on the high side. Only had Sheps best on together with their mild which was very nice. A bit of "a pub for the locals" and it would have been nice to have had a bit more atmosphere and perhaps a "thank you" when we took all the empties back to the bar
THATOLDMAN - 31 Jan 2012 22:37
Hilarious, had a great time. Just had pubs should be (in the 70's).
ceee73 - 20 Dec 2011 17:02

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