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The Old Buttermarket, Canterbury

39 Burgate
Phone: 01227462170

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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Old Buttermarket

Not wishing to end our tour of Kent's pubs in such a poor pub as the nearby City Arms, we moved on to this Nicholson's pub in the shadow of Canterbury's impressive (albeit scaffolded at present) cathedral.

We sat in the dark and atmospheric front bar of the pub. There were undoubtedly further spaces to the rear that we didn't explore.

On the beer front, Nicholson's outlets appear to have really gone downhill in recent years. I finally used the opportunity to sample my first St Austell Nicholson's Pale Ale, as neither London Pride nor Doom Bar appealed. It was better than I'd expected. But I won't be rushing to seek out another.

On 20th January 2022 - rating: 5
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Old Buttermarket

A small Nicholson's pub right in the heart of the tourist area, with the main draw being outdoor tables in the market square. Inside is a smallish bar with flock wallpaper and brass fittings, with a larger dining room behind. On handpump were London Pride, Summer Lightning, Doom Bar and Old Rosie, plus the house brew from St Austell.

On 18th August 2019 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Old Buttermarket

Nicholson's pub with the name = the address, located in a prime position by the cathedral entrance. As traditional in appearance as you would expect, both outside and within, with a smallish bar at the front and a split-level arrangement of various dining areas further back with a separate servery. A (duplicated) bank of five handpumps can be found on each counter, dispensing the 'house' NPA, Doom Bar, Pride, Windsor & Eton Knight of the Garter and the seasonal Thornbridge Wild Holly (£4.35).

On 29th December 2017 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Old Buttermarket

A tastefully decorated Nicholson's house consisting of a front room with bar over to the left, a rear dining area and some tables and chairs out front. The timber work and bar counter were finished in a dark Jacobean colour and various sections were wallpapered. Five ales on handpump, so we went for the Windsor and Eaton Knight of the Garter. The pub seemed to be short staffed on our visit, so waiting at the bar took some time, as the two staff on were ferrying meals outside and around the front bar. The pub attracts the majority of tourists in the area. I don't think I'd like to visit here in peak season.

On 11th November 2016 - rating: 7
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E TA left this review about The Old Buttermarket

This historic pub is currently run by Nicholson's. Previous embarrassing incarnations as a trendy bar, drug den and scabby dive are long gone, and the pub is now an exceptionally pleasant place to enjoy excellent beer and averagely good food. Its location – right by the Cathedral gate – means it attracts a fair load of tourists. The original building, which dates fron the 14th Century, has been adapted and changed over the centuries, most recently with the addition of a slightly anomalous conservatory at the back, but it remains atmospheric and quaint for the most part. Five ales on – I had Hopdaemon Incubus and Leeds Brewery's Gathering Storm stout, both in superb condition. The staff were mixed – a slightly idiotic prepubescent male yoof who insisted on addressing everyone as 'guys' and a Rubenesque female who was charming, helpful and efficient, while the manager was professional and welcoming. Well worth a visit and inclusion in a crawl.

On 29th January 2014 - rating: 8
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Old Blue left this review about The Old Buttermarket

This Nicholson’s pub opposite the cathedral gate is on the site of the17th century Black Boy coaching inn, which was apparently connected by tunnels to the cathedral itself as a monks’ escape route. The present building is early 20th century. The front bar is not huge, but like many locally the building goes back a long way, and through the doorway at the back are larger rear areas served from the other side of the central bar. Two banks of five hand pumps offer the same ale choice to each room, on Saturday being Elgood Black Dog (a decent pint at £3.35), Rudgate IPA and Adnams Southwold, with a reversed Revd James clip on the fourth and the fifth vacant. The Nicholson’s lunch menu is priced at £6.50-£8 and the ‘pub classics’ menu from £8, though I didn’t try it.

I found the service to be pretty indifferent, and waited what seemed to be a long time unacknowledged at a bar with only one other being served, before receiving fairly perfunctory service myself. Unsurprisingly however, given its location it seemed to be doing a brisk tourist lunch trade, which with the pricing at the top end of the local market I daresay makes it a good earner for Nicholsons. I may well have picked a bad day: I am sure I would rate this pub better had it not been the only one that weekend which I didn’t find welcoming from the start.

On 23rd January 2012 - rating: 6
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john mcgraw left this review about The Old Buttermarket

Right opposite the very grand entrance to the Canterbury Cathedral ( for which it will cost you £7.50 to get in)

On 18th April 2009 - no rating submitted
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