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Leaving The Duke of Cumberland walk up the right hand pavement to discover The Royal Naval Reserve. After the Royal Naval Reserve there is The Black Dog micro pub. Cross over the road and continue walking up the High St to reach The Ship Centurion and then on to The Coach and Horses.
Up from here you can find the roundabout, where a left turn takes you back to the station or a bus stop to return to Canterbury.
Of course bus travellers could all of the pubs on the way down to the coast and get a return bus from Harbour St (to the right of The Duke of Cumberland).
The Coach and Horses (Shepherd Neame) is a two roomed pub with a dining part and outside garden area. The bar serves both the rooms. To the right is a small snug like area. While to the left is a lounge area stretching beyond the curving bar. This has a dining area beyond it
Have a pint here
Real ale :Master Brew; Goldings Ale
Lager :Oranjeboom; Hurlimann
There are two trails described for Whitstable. The first takes in the High St while the second is along the front of the town.
For the High St bus (from Caterbury) or train would do to start the trail at the railway bridge going into town.
For the second a bus to Harbour St would be best. Using the train would not take much longer it is just that you would walk past most of the High St pubs on the way to the start of the trail and may be tempted to stop.
The Black Dog is a micropub in the centre of Whitstable serving only real ale and cider. Some wine available. It is a small room with the bar at the far end. There are high settles down each side and a thin bench table in front of the seats. Beers are not from the pumps but from barrels in room behind the bar – pouring can be viewed through window.
Have a few pints here.
Good Beer Guide 2016
Major feature in Pete Brown's book "The Pub"
Real ale : Hophead (Dark Star); No 5 (Gadds); Festive Ale (Gadds); Red Eye (Brighton Bier);
Pankhurst Pale Ale
The Ship Centurion Arminius has a bar right inside the door. This serves customers sitting on stools. There is seating to each side of the bar. There are settles around the side which are a little thin for the larger backside. There is a back room round to the left. Music on Thursday evenings. Pictures of old Whitstable (plus info) on walls. There is a German theme to food and lager.
Good Beer Guide (CAMRA) 2013-2016
Have a few pints here
Real ale :Hoppin’ Robbin (Rocking Robin); Spratwaffler Pale Ale (Time and Tide); Southwold (Adnams);
Old Golden Hen; Red Top (Old Dairy); Black Dog Mild
Bitter : DNA (Wells)
Lager :Bitburger; Erdinger; Estrella; Fosters; Becks
Cider :Symonds; Biddenden Guinness
The Royal Naval Reserve (Shepherd Neame) is a tradition lounge bar. A bit dimly lit with low ceilings; and brasses and pictures. The bar is awkward because of a central wall which splits access to the serving counter. There is a large beer garden and a well thought of fish restaurant.
Have a half here unless choice is better
Real ale : Master Brew
Kentish Ale Mild
Lager :Oranjeboom; Hurlimann
Cider :Strongbow Guinness
Whitstable is a Shepherd Neame town as they have almost half the pubs (7/18) visited by the web site. These offer a very similar drinks range which reduces the variety available in town.
Not as many pubs offer food, especially in the evening, as you would expect in a beach tourist town. This may be due to the number of small restaurants in the town.
Dogs are very welcome in lots of the pubs.
You don't buy beer, you just rent it..."