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The Foundry, Canterbury

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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Foundry

I liked this brewery tap and found the staff to be friendly and engaging. Six ales on handpump and some on keg, so I went for their Canterbury American Pale Ale, which was excellent. They also had an interesting and varied food menu which looked very enticing. I would definitely pay this pub a second visit, when in Canterbury again.

On 14th November 2016 - rating: 8
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Aqualung . left this review about The Foundry

If we all agreed on everything life would be boring and this site rather dull. I really liked this place and found the staff helpful and friendly (they asked if I was a CAMRA member). On my early Tuesday afternoon visit most people seemed to be beer tourists apart from the room upstairs which had a coach party of Oriental tourists who had presumably booked a meal. I spotted a man with a beard slaving away in the brewery to the right of the bar. Cider was available but I didn't note how it was served.
The six hand pumps just had beers from Canterbury Ales, Harvest Night, East Kent Red Rye, Seriously Saison, Foundryman's Gold, Le Petit Belge and GB Pale. I went for the Harvest Night and Red Rye (£3.70 discounted to £3.33). Both were in first class condition but the Harvest Night wasn't much like a Black IPA to me.
I would gladly return here especially as with the CAMRA discount it's reasonably priced.

On 17th October 2016 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Foundry

Home of Canterbury Brewers, this small converted building houses a compact, rustic main bar and an upstairs seating area with another small bar (not in use when I visited). More patio seating is available in the side alley. Part of the brew plant is visible from bar, and a good selection of their beers was available from the seven handpumps downstairs. These included three seasonal green-hopped beers, with the Seriously Saison (£3.83) being the best of this micro-brewery's beers that I have tried to date. With the friendly staff on duty, I quite enjoyed my brief visit here.

On 28th September 2014 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Foundry

In a quiet backstreet off the main drag. A converted foundry (as the name implies) which originally made lampposts so I’m told, this is now the home of the Canterbury brewery and has a pub area for you to sample their wares. The bar is a fairly spartan high-ceilinged room with a flagstone floor. An upstairs room was roped off so remained unexplored. Some simple outside decking also available. The brewery is to the rear. Seven Canterbury ales available across a range of styles, I opted for the porter which was in decent shape. Also some stuff on keg. I didn’t notice any cider but reviews elsewhere assure me that there was some. 10% CAMRA discount available. Decent whisky selection though Mrs Quinno's choice from the bar list turned out not to be in stock so a health & safety bothering tiptoed stretch from the barmaid in order to get down a bottle of Laphroig. WiFi available and food offered. Decent little ale stop though it didn’t do a huge amount for me as a venue.

On 22nd May 2014 - rating: 7
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Michael Wright left this review about The Foundry

My visit was short, Sunday lunchtime, had to tell them they opened at 12, so they did, but seemed very unwelcoming and cold atmosphere. I only went for the beer range, local brew etc.

I guess if in Canterbury go just to see it, but from personal perspective & experience there are better pubs nearby

On 15th April 2014 - rating: 5
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. Wittenden left this review about The Foundry

A new broom in the rather staid world of Canterbury pubs. Just off the tourist throngs in the High Street, past a student pub and into a post industrial backland. A sturdy Victorian brick workshop at right angles to the street formerly part of the Bigglestone’s and Dury engineering works, suppliers of lampposts to the empire. Two rooms, a ground floor reminiscent of a Victorian schoolroom, with glimpses of the brewing kit to the rear, together with a mezzanine level with a scattering of comfy chairs.
Our visit was fairly early on a damp October Saturday lunchtime: a varied clientele, but with a preponderance of the middle aged. The barmaid told me that as the day ages, the customers get younger,and a nightclub atmosphere prevails, at least upstairs. As is only right in a city with three universities. The space rapidly filled up with a balanced mix of diners and drinkers.
For me ,the main attraction is the range of beers produced by the microbrewery, under the name of the Canterbury Brewers. These beers have rapidly gained a strong local following, and I have enjoyed several bottles of Foundry Torpedo at home. Unfortunately, this was unavailable on our visit, but the two beers I did try ,LocoIPA and Streetlight Porter were excellent, in the modern idiom. The food offering, likewise is developing a good reputation: my pork pie was definitely up to scratch.
We enjoyed our visit, and would definitely return.

On 27th November 2012 - no rating submitted
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