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The Handsome Sam, Whitstable

Pub added by aleand hearty
3 Canterbury Road
Phone: 07931662081

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Handsome Sam

Micro-pub located at the far end of the main shopping street just beyond the railway bridge. Usual sort of arrangement inside, although the suspended Snowman is a bit different and two of the four tables are really single-sided pews. There is a very compact counter in one corner, but the real ales are served on gravity from a cool room in the other corner, together with a selection of ciders. I went for the Rother Valley Hot & Bothered (£3.40, and the remaining selection was Old Hector from Four Candles, Boadicea from Rother Valley and Sharp's Sea Fury.

On 8th September 2018 - rating: 8
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. Wittenden left this review about The Handsome Sam

A double fronted micropub by the railway overbridge as one comes into Whitstable. A shop conversion,light and airy.Eclectic range of furnishings, including those auctioneer's rostrums as seen at the Butchers Arms in Herne. The beer (Kent Pale Ale in my case) is served from some kind of temperature controlled tent affair. A friendly and informative guv'nor interacting with a clientele of a certain age on my visit on a June Sunday afternoon.
Much appreciated.

On 14th July 2018 - no rating submitted
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Handsome Sam

Another excellent micro that's well worth a visit and only a five minute walk back to the railway station. The interior consists of one fairly large front room with a small bar in the far right hand corner, with the entrance to the cold opposite. Five ales, all on gravity, so we went for the Gadds Dr Sunshine, very good too. The pub was busy on our Saturday Eve visit, still we managed to get seated at a couple of judge benches along the back wall. Big silhouette of Handsome Sam over the entrance door.

On 16th June 2017 - rating: 8
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Aqualung . left this review about The Handsome Sam

This one is named after the owner's deceased cat. Can a cat be handsome? A dog yes but I'm probably biased. The use of the former cat certainly makes for a distinctive pub sign and name.
I turned up here early on a Thursday afternoon to find a few people in chatting with the friendly landlord. Although this is another shop conversion the building has some character with old beams on the higher than normal ceiling. There are just high tables and stools but some benches by the windows are a bit more comfortable. Unusually there is a TV screen but it appears this is just for the six nations rugby. It was turned off on my visit. There were a couple of guitars and other bric-a-brac on the walls. For some reason the cold room is disguised as a tent with blue and white stripes and is actually referred to as the beer tent. There were four beers available Adnam's Broadside, Mighty Oak Kings & a house HSBB which I suspect is re-badged Captain Bob and Rockin' Robin Stoutly Robin. I went for the Stoutly Robin and Kings both of which were excellent and good value at the newly introduced weekday lunchtime price of £3.00. I think they would have been £3.50 at other times. Both were excellent and served in lined glasses.
This was my favourite of the three Whitstable micropubs but they are all worth a visit.

More typical micropub hours apply here :-
Monday 12:00-14:00
Tuesday-Thursday 12:00 - 14:00 and 18:00 - 21:00
Friday-Saturday 12:00 - 14:00 and 18:00 - 23:00
Sunday 12:00 - 15:00

On 24th March 2016 - rating: 8
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