“ Address: 2 Oaten Hill Place / Canterbury / Kent CT1 3HJ „
The Old City Bar Canterbury
I seem to have spent a lot of time in the last three years visiting Canterbury in Kent because my son spent three years living here whilst studying at a Canterbury university. During this time I, along with my family, have sampled quite a few of the restaurants and pubs in the area. The closest pub to my son's flat was actually The Old City Bar, this being only a few paces from his flat. In fact he could have sat on his doorstep with a pint of beer and felt he was actually in the pub's premises.
As the pub is so close to his flat it has been an obvious place to spend an hour or two but I will say that our last visits here haven't been too enjoyable. When I first visited this pub I found it very pleasant with a friendly atmosphere emanating from its guests and staff alike but, since it recently changed hands I haven't been nearly as impressed.
My change of opinion is down to the feeling I got when visiting this pub. For some reason the type of clientele seems to have changes somewhat and I would even go so far as to say it has felt unwelcoming from our point of view. I felt uncomfortable when we had my eighteen year old daughter with us; it just seemed on our last couple of visits here that some of the customers weren't of the friendliest disposition.
The pub itself looks welcoming enough and the inside appears clean. On entering you are in a rather small bar area which is comfortable but without too much seating. One side of this bar leads to another area mainly filled with a pool table; this leads out into the pub garden. To the side of the bar there is a side area with tables where family dining is welcomed. This area also leads to the garden.
The garden area is probably the best part about the pub; it has a table tennis table here which customers can play on. Also in summer barbecues can be hired (with a deposit) and you may cook your own food upon these. This is a nice touch, especially as there are a large amount of students living in the area who don't possess a garden.
I have eaten a snack here a couple of times but not a meal as we mainly visited here for a drink and played table tennis, sat in the garden, or had a drink or two inside and played pool and the quiz machine. I thought the food was fairly good although I haven't tried much of it. It isn't as cheap as some places in the area such as the two Wetherspoon's pub, but as there as some fairly upmarket places to eat in Canterbury this compares favourably to many at the cheaper end of the price range.
At busy times there just aren't enough tables to make it easy to dine here. There are many pubs and places to eat resulting in a lot of competition in the area.
The Old City Bar has entertainment sometimes in the evening. This can take the form of live music or karaoke. The bar also has a juke box and satellite television.
The menu is typical, traditional pub fare and homemade. It definitely compares favourably to Wetherspoons in general. Snacks and light bite are served as well as Sunday roasts. There are some vegetarian options available but I have only had snacks when eating here.
MEAL TIMES: 12 noon until 3 p.m.
PUB OPENING TIMES:
Monday - Friday 12noon - 3pm and then 5pm - 11pm Saturday 12noon - 11pm.
Sunday 12noon - 10.30pm
2 Oaten Place, Canterbury,
Kent CT1 3HP
Tel. 01227 766882
Although there is some car parking I always find Canterbury is limited in car parking in general with many areas being for redsidents only and down to the nature of the old, narrow steetsparking is generally difficult. There is a small parking area opposite the pub but to secure a spot here you would have to arrive early or be very lucky. Parking here is payable by meter. There are several short stay car parks nearby and a longer stay car park but free parking is hard to find.
Although there are some good points to this pub I wouldn't recommend it due to its not so friendly atmosphere. I find Canterbury in general to be a nice place to visit and there are nicer pubs than this one to be found in the area. But it is nice to have a pub with a garden offering barbecue hire facilities along with facilities such as table tennis, a pool table, occasional entertainment, jukebox, quiz and fruit machines and television screens showing sport.