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“Medieval St. Radigunds Hall now a Pub” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Parrot Pub

The Parrot Pub
1-9 Church Lane St Radigund's, Canterbury CT1 2AG, England
01227 454170
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Ranked #55 of 148 things to do in Canterbury
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“Medieval St. Radigunds Hall now a Pub”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We stumbled across the Parrot after we had eaten at the Dolphin, but after reading the history of the building we had to go in. What an amazing building, full of old beams and woodwork and decorated with an eclectic mix of old furniture. In the 30’s this 14th century gem was set for demolition until after stripping off a couple of recent layers they realized what lay underneath.

The Parrot was once know as St. Radigunds Hall and was built on the foundations of the old Roman Wall. Much of this wall survives today and forms the north wall of St. Marys Church, which is next door to the Parrot.

The bartender let us wander upstairs and told us ghost stories and the history of the pub. The upstairs room really transports you back a couple of centuries. That we didn’t eat here was my biggest disappointment in Canterbury but we did imbibe in a couple of pints before we headed out. My next visit to Canterbury, the Parrot will be on the top of my list to return to.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“Bring back Simple Simons!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

I used to regularly use this pub for both food and drink under it's old independent name of Simple Simon's. Since being taken over and re-branded 'The Parrot', it is just not the same. The range of beers has gone down whilst prices have gone up. The pub has lost all its charm and character, and despite the ancient building itself the place now just feels like any other chain pub out there. Sitting in the courtyard is still pleasant enough, but overall the pub is a shadow of its former self.

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“Friendly, helpful staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

My husband and I love going to this pub. The staff are always friendly and go out of their way to make us feel welcomed and at home.

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“Real ale in a friendly pub”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Only went for the beer so cannot comment on the food. Excellent selection of real ales enjoyed in a real old English pub. Friendly staff - even gave me a sample to try ! Steady flow of local clientele gives it a lively feel. Definately would go again if in town.

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“Lovely social garden”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

it has a nice old wooden interior, lovely bar staff and i nice big garden with nice comfortable furniture, lovely in the summer.

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