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Fantastic pub, fantastic decor & fantastic hosts

Unfortunately, we only had one day and night frequenting this pub but we are so glad we found it it... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2018
HAPPYTRAVELLERS191
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Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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What a pub should be ...

This is what great pubs are all about,interesting, top quality drinks, great atmosphere and... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2018
Garry K
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Whitstables newest Micropub. Dog and child friendly with a constantly changing Real Ale menu as well as ciders and small but specifically chosen wine list. Pub snacks such as Scotch Eggs & pork pies & cheese always available. Named after the owners...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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3 Canterbury Road, Whitstable CT5 4HJ, England
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+44 7931 662081
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Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately, we only had one day and night frequenting this pub but we are so glad we found it it made our stay in Whitstable even better! We found "The Handsome Sam" by chance in the afternoon and loved it so much after a meal...More

Thank HAPPYTRAVELLERS191
chris w, Owner at The Handsome Sam, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi BackPacker. thanks for your very generous review, it was a pleasure having you and look forward to your return (I'll make sure we have plenty of ice!)

Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

This is what great pubs are all about,interesting, top quality drinks, great atmosphere and conversation, reasonable prices. This is well worth discovering 😊

Thank Garry K
chris w, Owner at The Handsome Sam, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Gary K. Thanks for your kind review. its nice to know that for a lot of people we are getting it right! You are always welcome at The Handsome Sam

Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Yes this is a quirky venue, but lacked the atmosphere, range and quality of ales of other micro pubs in Whitstable.More

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chris w, Owner at The Handsome Sam, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2018

You're a hard customer to please Bad Bob! On the day you came we had HSBB 3.8% (a Camra Silver Champion bitter) Kings Citra 4.2% Adnams Broadside 4.7% & Salopian High Frequency 5.2% and atmosphere is generated by the clientel in at the time. Did...More

Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

Great small pub, excellent real ales and great crowd. Highly recommended. The atmosphere makes it a very pleasant place to have a few beers and a nice social evening.

Thank Neil M
chris w, Owner at The Handsome Sam, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

Hi Neil, thanks for such a great review! I hope you can get back soon. Chris

Reviewed 6 August 2018

We've been visiting The Handsome Sam for a couple of years now at least since Chris opened the place. Have to say that this is one of the nicest pubs to visit ! Always has friendly folks in there having a good chat. The range...More

Thank Neil T
chris w, Owner at The Handsome Sam, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2018

Thanks for your great review Neil, its always a pleasure to know we're getting a few things right. Cheers

Reviewed 18 July 2018

We stumbled across this fabulous and quirky pub on a Sunny Friday afternoon on a recent visit to Whitstable. Lovely warm welcome by the charming Landlord and good choice of Ales and ciders - we both tried the Cherry Cider! delicious and potent! anyone on...More

Thank Luckylotty
chris w, Owner at The Handsome Sam, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2018

Hi Luckylotty Thanks for taking time to give such a wonderful review of The Handsome Sam. Im glad you liked the place and our selection of drinks. Hope to see you again Regards Chris

Reviewed 2 July 2018

We visited on Saturday evening, came back on Sunday afternoon, were immediately recognised and welcomed and offered free saussages. With a broad range of beers and ciders, and good whiskies at £3 (£5 a double), you can't say better than that! The interior is distinctly...More

Thank guy_and_fmy
chris w, Owner at The Handsome Sam, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Hi Thanks for such a lovely review. I try to keep prices keen and glad you liked the cat connection. Hope to see you back sometime. Regards Chris

Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

Full of happy locals. Friendly. Great selection of ciders. No tables as such, just high benches / high tables with communal seating.

Thank Darren066_11
chris w, Owner at The Handsome Sam, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2018

Hi Darren Thanks for your great review and your comment on the locals (they're not such a bad bunch!) You came during our Cider Festival so Im glad you liked the selection. Hope to see you again Chris

Reviewed 2 April 2018

We were staying in a cottage that backed on to The Handsome Sam in March. We decided to venture in and what a lovely surprise. Excellent ales and a good selection of wines and spirits. The staff made you very welcome and were really helpful...More

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chris w, Owner at The Handsome Sam, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Hi Mo. This is one of the nicest reviews we've had. So glad you managed to get in, Not sure who was serving when you were in but whether it was me or one of my staff Im happy we looked after you. Hope to...More

Reviewed 8 February 2018

What a wonderful, friendly pub, run by simply the best landlord in all of the land. Always a great range of non-flat beers. You'll have a laugh and leave with a smile.

1  Thank alex101087
chris w, Owner at The Handsome Sam, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2018

Hi Alex. Thanks for such a great review. When it stops being fun I'll give it all up so hopefully not for a while yet! Cheers Chris

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Lesley R
18 December 2017|
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Response from chris w | Property representative |
Hi Lesley, we're not really a lager pub but I do keep some Czech Budvar 5% for those that need it! We call it "Craft" beer so please come in and ask for a "Crafty one"
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Jannerbloke
17 June 2016|
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Response from chris w | Property representative |
Do you have full disabled access? No sorry Do you allow children and or well behaved dogs? Yes & yes What are your opening days and hours? Open every day lunchtimes and Eves Do you have free wifi? no Do you have TV? yes... More
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MARKHM67
14 April 2016|
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Response from chris w | Property representative |
Sorry but only just seen your question! if you want one they are £10. let me know size and where you want it sent 07931 662081
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