I like Canterbury. If it’s good enough for my niece Emily (4th year at Uni and still no trip to Thanet) it’s good enough for me.
This was my first visit since 2014, when I stayed in the Premier Inn on opening night for £29. Same room next Saturday is £115.50. Premier Inn have lost the plot.
Still a beautiful city, but arguably hit as hard by 1960s town planners as by the Luftwaffe in the Baedecker raids of 1942.
In the relative quiet (only 3 million French schoolchildren) before the Easter rush, it looked beguiling this week.
I got lost in Cathedral Green, which takes some doing, and had to squeeze through the unofficial exit onto Palace Street. Probably broke some 1479 law in the process.
One of these days I’ll be soft enough to cough up the £12.50 (that’s 17.37 of your US dollars) to actually enter the Cathedral.
Meanwhile, £3.60 will buy you entry and the beer of the month into the Thomas Tallis.
WhatPub* cautiously says “micropub-style ale house“, which means it doesn’t have to comply with Ye Ancient Laws of Herne, though it probably does. I didn’t hear Ed Sheeran or see a fruit machine, put it that way. But they will probably eviscerate you if you take a mobile phone call. If they do, blog about it.
Three rooms, all rather gorgeous and quirky (in a good way).
The snug looked a classic, but was taken (not by Mrs RM either), so it was the high tables for me.
More table service, of course, which I’m not keen on but if you haven’t got a bar it’s hard to stand at it.
This is the new keg world. 30 beers including the cans and bottles, 3 of them cask. Vote carefully next month, folks.
Three is plenty, and I can only applaud any pub that leads with Gadd’s majestic No.5, a BBB to match the very best.
And this was magnificent. Cool, foamy, rich. NBSS 4+. Beer of the month, so far.
Apart from the beer, the smell of the fire is enough to make you come in here. Quite how it would feel at 8pm on Friday with everyone standing up, I dunno.
But Canterbury’s first new GBG pub for what seems like centuries is an instant classic.