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The City Arms, Canterbury

7 Butchery Lane
Canterbury
CT1 2JR
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E TA left this review about The City Arms

Summed up nicely by others, below, the potential of this pub stemming from its history and location is far from being realised, despite the erroneous sign at the door proclaiming it as a traditional English pub. It still has no real ale. When I asked, the under-intelligent barmaid said “What is that? Is that like IPA? They sold it back in the day but no-one sells it anymore because it’s a hassle to clean the pumps.” The choices were Staropramen, Meantime IPA (oh the irony), Carling, Atlantic, Blue Moon, Guinness, Grolsch, Asahi, Stella, Madri and Praha. Not worth the bother.

On 13th June 2023 - rating: 4
[User has posted 3337 recommendations about 3302 pubs]


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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The City Arms

City centre pub situated up a narrow street and which looks quite promising on approach.

However, this was a major disappointment. Real ales are no longer served, leaving a keg selection of Sharp's Offshore & Atlantic, Madri, Stella Artois, Coors, Asahi, Pravha, Carling, Aspalls, Guinness, Meantime IPA, Peroni, Blue Moon, Staropramen, Grolsh & Carling Black Fruit.

The pub/bar appears to be Thai-owned and there is a small list of Thai snacks you can order.

The interior is dark and walls are decorated with loads of American signs and number plates, along with a working UK pedestrian crossing button. All very strange and not quite what we'd expected.

On 20th January 2022 - rating: 3
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The City Arms

Could be a good pub, but isn't, unfortunately... It must be old, given its location and the low ceilings, but the decor mostly comprises breweriana and old American number-plates. Mix of junk-shop furniture too. The real ale (a concept seemingly unknown to the bar-staff, mostly new students starting the academic year I suspect) seems to have gone, so the Sharp's Atlantic (£4.50) was probably the least worst option from the keg taps on two hooped founts.

On 27th September 2021 - rating: 5
[User has posted 8268 recommendations about 8268 pubs]


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Map location corrected by Just a quick pint, then I'm off
Canterbury West, 0.6 miles, 11 min walk (show)
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Latest updates View all updates for The City Arms, Canterbury
13th Jun 2023, 18:41
Web Link submitted by Tris C approved
 
13th Jun 2023, 17:52
Web Link submitted by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 02 April 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 02 April 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 02 April 2019 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No - Discount withdrawn - last updated 02 April 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 02 April 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 02 April 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : No last updated 02 April 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 02 April 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 02 April 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : No last updated 20 January 2022 by Blue Scrumpy
  • Real Cider : No last updated 02 April 2019 by ROB Camra
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