Fin (1143) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 14, 2016
We visited The Bottle Shop, Friday 11th March 2016 and again Saturday 12th March, we’d been here before a few years ago with Ian (Harrisoni) but for some reason I hadn’t reviewed it back then. This place is situated in an old Goods Shed to the RH side of Canterbury West railway station it’s 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. It’s well worth a walk from the centre, it’s 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.
This place is little more than a few shelves and a two-tap bar, but they manage to cram a lot of good beer into the limited space. Lots of UK classics, plenty of internationals (think US, Scandinavia, Belgium). Good prices, energetic service. There are a bunch of other nifty stalls in the Goods Shed, the collective that the Bottle Shop shares. Overall, this place is not a destination in and of itself, but it is spitting distance from the train station (Canterbury West) so if you’re passing through town by train you may as well pop in to check it out.
I’ve 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 system’s a bit inefficient (you email them, they email you back, then you send payment if everything’s 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 it’ll sit around for a while (BoE have charged half as much for certain beers). Overall, an impressive operation.
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.
pivnizub (571) Bochum, Porúří, Germany | November 4, 2011| Updated November 5, 2011
Located in a former goods-shed close to the Canterbury railway-station, this ´market-stall ´ 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.…
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 you’re ever in the area, a must visit!
Cuso (233) 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"