Bottle Shop - Canterbury

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Fin  (931) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 14, 2016


We visited The Bottle Shop, Friday 11th March 2016 and again Saturday 12th March, weíd been here before a few years ago with Ian (Harrisoni) but for some reason I hadnít reviewed it back then. This place is situated in an old Goods Shed to the RH side of Canterbury West railway station itís about 8-10 mins walk from the centre of town but it is well signposted.

The Bottle Shop shares floor space in this market type environment with a restaurant, bar, butchers, fishmongers, two cheese stalls, greengrocers etc.and it can be found centrally located by a door against the wall. It is essentially two book shelf type shelving units, a fridge and a counter with a keykeg chiller dispensing unit offering two tap choices. Any of the beers can be purchased and taken away or consumed on site at one of the centrally located tables or if these are busy there are a couple of small tables and chairs by side the door adjacent to the bottle shop.

The service is great, Drew who was working on the Friday was especially knowledgeable and really friendly and chatty. I guess that one very slight criticism and this is only a slight knock at what is a great venture, is that it is a little pricey, but for most people they are unlikely to get more than the odd couple of bottles so I guess it is not a huge issue, but it is a bit expensive. For its size the choice is surprisingly good with some great american offerings alongside Mikkeller, Buxton, Magic Rock, Beavertown, BBN, etc. On the Friday we had the Magic Rock Ginspired and Common Ground both on tap. On the Saturday we arrived much later in the day when many other businesses were starting to shut up shop, we sat here for a while people watching, it was great, we had a BBN DIPA, an Ironfire can a Burning Sky bottle and one further bottle (name forgotten) it was fascinating watching the butcher putting away all of his meats he has quite a system for doing this. Itís well worth a walk from the centre, itís clearly not a pub/bar in the usual sense but it works well here, so well that these guys branched out to join the Bermondsey beer mile by opening a much bigger unit under the arches there.

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
jackl  (654) Minneapolis, Minnesota | October 5, 2013
Iíve used this place for online orders many times. Nicely refined selection of UK micros. The foreign stuff (especially from the lowlands) is also quite good. The ordering systemís a bit inefficient (you email them, they email you back, then you send payment if everythingís in stock), but the staff are friendly. The packing job is always excellent, bomb-proof. My only quibble is with the prices. The more limited stuff seems to get priced so itíll sit around for a while (BoE have charged half as much for certain beers). Overall, an impressive operation.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham  (609) Halden, Norway | March 4, 2015
A really lovely beer selection. And quite decent prices! Recommendable
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
pivnizub  (527) Bochum, PorķřŪ, Germany | November 4, 2011| Updated November 5, 2011
Located in a former goods-shed close to the Canterbury railway-station, this īmarket-stall ī offers an almost incredible selection of english quality beers - in aitumn 2011 for example 21 different "Kernels". Very friendly and knowledgeable service. Worth a journey, one of the best beers shops in the U.K.Ö
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil  (427) Tallinn, Estonia | September 5, 2012
Great place. What a selection! I think I saw about 200 different beers in the tiniest space imaginable. The dude working there was great, he chatted to us the whole time and we discussed what we liked, and he discussed what he had. We ended up only buying 2 mixed 4-packs, as we knew we had to drink them for breakfast on coming days. But my goodness, what a breakfast some of them were. To visit Canterbury and not visit here is a sin before malt and before hop.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken  (322) Tokyo, Japan | April 29, 2012
Great place very near the station. Tiny, but a very good selection and reasonable prices. Helpful and friendly staff. I really didnít need to buy something for the train, but couldnít help myself!
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
ads135  (239) Omaha, Nebraska | June 3, 2012
A nice little corner of an artisanal food shop in Canterbury. A great selection of some tough to find bottles from small and distinguished breweries in Europe and North America. If youíre ever in the area, a must visit!
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk  (213) Edinburgh , Scotland | October 11, 2011| Updated December 14, 2011
The best place for online Kernel Beer sales. need i say more. Nice friendly staff, very helpful, easy delivery. all told i was very pleased with my shop.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Cuso  (213) Bratislava, Slovak Republic | November 3, 2012
I have experience only with their web page. In fact this is not webshop, you can choose from a list and write to Andrew and he sends you box. Anyway, nice selection of British, American and other beers. Communication is smooth, packaging is perfect, box would survive moon landing. prices are reasonable. I like this "web shop"
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck  (196) Gent, Belgium | April 13, 2012| Updated November 5, 2012
I was swinging by to pick up some beers as I was driving across the channel anyway and Canterbury isnít too far away from Dover. I placed a collective order with a couple of friends from Belgium, through e-mail. Everything was ready and awaiting us. As there was some confusion with which bottles they did or didnít have, I gave my printed list to the clergy who checked everything off as me and my friends had lunch in the restaurant in the same building. Rating for the food is btw actually for the Good Shed restaurant, but since they seem to be cooperating, it seemed stupid to add another entry. The food was delicious by the way. Afterwards the clergy and me went through the whole list again, checking off every bottle. It was quite a bit of work, but then again, they were selling a lot of beers at once. ;-) An amazing selection, one of which we in Belgium are sometimes jealous, at least the people who like some American imports. Only reason I subtracted 2 points is because of the non availability of about 10% of the stuff I ordered, especially because I waited for their updated list only 5 days before ordering and had to gather orders from a couple of friends. Despite that, some bottles were sold out anyway. Friendly staff, just in general a good place. Maybe a bit expensive, yes. But then again, England in general is pretty expensive, so there you go. Will visit again next time I cross the channel with the car.

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