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Pub Of The Month - March 2019 with Real Ale Ray on the Pub Forum

The Cherry Tree, Canterbury Central, Canterbury

10 White Horse Lane
Canterbury
CT1 2RU

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E TA left this review about The Cherry Tree

There has been an ale house on this site since the 14th Century, and the current building shows traces of the architectural changes which have taken place since then. It is Spartan inside, with exposed brick walls and tiled floors, basic wooden furniture and a no-frills décor. There is a screen and projector in the back room, and a couple of gaming machines in the front. Food is basic pub grub at a fair price. The locals are a decent bunch, while the landlord was reasonably friendly. There were 4 handpumps on the bar, two dispensing local ciders and one with London Pride, which was in poor condition. Worth a revisit in the hope the ale problem was a one-off.

On 29th January 2019 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Cherry Tree

Compact side-street pub, with a partially opened-out two-room layout featuring alehouse-style furniture and decor. Also has some wooden picnic tables outside in the closed-off street. Four handpumps on the counter, offering Adnams Lighthouse, G2 Southern Cross, Good Heavens from Goody Ales (£3.40) and a Biddenden cider.

On 12th February 2017 - rating: 6
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Cherry Tree

A basic two roomed pub, with a short pine bar along the back wall. Four pumps, with two ales on, one from Whitstable Bay and one from G2 brewery Vela Blonde. I went for the G2, which was decent enough and had good flavour, as the beer was around the 4.2% mark. A mixed crowd here, the barman was chatty, but looked a little off putting with a decent sized black eye. His pal sitting at the end of the bar was nosey and had too much to say in my opinion. Then a couple of respectable young girls walked in for a drink, carrying designer bags after doing a bit of upmarket shopping. So a bit of a mixed bag this one.

On 13th November 2016 - rating: 5
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Michael Wright left this review about The Cherry Tree

My visit was April Sunday, afternoon. Worth popping in. Given time of day [around 2] it was not full but had customers, all locals I guess from general banter.

The food I saw looked lovely, normal pub grub stuff, but the two I saw where getting stuck into with vigour so were also tasty I assume

There were real ales on, but forgotten what they were, my pint was fine BTW

It is two bars, but no door between, one is what would have been the Public, other is Saloon, but nothing to really tell them apart from what I could see, and I doubt it makes any difference, same food & beer

Another pub to try out, nothing outstandin during my brief visit, but worth seeking out if in Canterbury

Your Wife / GF / ma in law may take some convincing, no carpets, plush chairs etc, just decent beer & food

On 15th April 2014 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Cherry Tree

The Cherry Tree is an interesting free house, just of the High Street, that seems to attract a diverse range of customers, but was predominantly full of students on our Friday evening visit. Originally known as the Fleur de Lys Tap, the pub changed to its current name back in 1949. Due to being packed when we arrived and even harder to navigate once all 16 of us had filled up any remaining space, I didn't get a chance to properly explore what appeared to be a two bar set up. We stayed in the simply apportioned right hand bar with its two rows of scrubbed tables and tile flooring. It seems that live music is a staple ingredient and apparently the pub's chef took part in the BBC's 'The Voice' programme in 2012.
There were a few ales visible through in the other, cosier looking bar, but I didn't get anywhere near close enough to make a note. Unfortunately for me, the best man was ordering the drinks by this point, so I ended up with a bottled Mexican beer called Desperados which tasted terrible. I should perhaps be thankful that he didn't notice the pub's legendary cocktail, a gloopy red mess called The Pig Fucker.
I thought this was a fairly unpretentious pub with a few characters milling around and a lively atmosphere. It would be interesting to visit during a quieter moment, but on first impressions I would say it's worth a quick visit.

On 16th November 2013 - rating: 6
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Victor Powers left this review about The Cherry Tree

The Cherry tree in Canterbury is one of those pub that I really wanted to like, but could'nt. The selection of Ales was quite impressive for such a small pub, and considering that it really is geared toward students, I was hopeful. However, what let the place down wasn't the selection of beers, or the food, but the staff. The student s who work their are nice enough, but the management behind the bar and the end of the bar made you really feel unwelcome. Very dissapointing!!

On 24th January 2010 - rating: 4
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