There aren't too many left these days, but The Unicorn is neither a working-class pub, nor a scrubbed up gastro-pub. Instead it offers quality real ales as well as standard lagers, etc. in a cozy, clean and unpretentious environment. The main area in the front is a charming mixture of Jacobean exposed beams, low ceiling and an open fire, with traditional horse brasses and Kentish memorabilia on the walls. They have a flat-screen TV which is only switched on for something important (Wimbledon, World Cup, etc.) and for the most part the music is kept quiet (I wish they'd switch it off altogether). They have a few games and a fruit machine (again, I wish they'd ditch those too) but at least they are in the back room. A real delight in the back room is the traditional bar billiards game, where you can just as easily find builders, lecturers, shopkeepers and students mixing it up. If you've never played, one of the regulars would be only too happy to show you—and at £1 a game, it's terrific value and great fun. The food isn't fancy, but nicely prepared and tasty. I can't think of another pub in the area as relaxing and welcoming as this one. The mixture of clientele is also a real testament to the wide appeal of a traditional pub—a really refreshing mixture of local people from all walks of life and visitors too. In the warmer months (should we ever have any!) there is a nice garden in the rear. If you are visiting Canterbury and want to find a place to soak up an authentic local atmosphere, enjoy very well-kept real ales and have a chat with good friends, this is the place.
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