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186 High Street

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About the Pub

The only remaining pub in the town centre since the conversion of the Victoria at the other end of the High Street to a pizza restaurant, the Woolpack is a brick and tile building with a large porch over the main entrance. Inside is a single bar with a lounge to the left and an open area with a glass-fronted log burner to the right. To the rear there is a restaurant adjacent to a terraced open air dining area under a permanent canopy. Terrestrially televised sporting events are occasionally shown on TV. Formerly a Barclay Perkins house, it was latterly Courage for many years becoming a Spirit pub when they were taken over by Scottish & Newcastle. The pub was then sold to Punch and in May 2009 it was sold again, this time to Shepherd Neame, its current owners. Excellent home-made food is available all day until 9pm (7pm Sun), featuring daily specials plus roasts on Sunday. Monday night is the regular quiz night. There are sometimes live bands at weekends plus afternoon jazz sessions on the last Tuesday of the month. The guest beers may either be Shepherd Neame beers or from local breweries such as Pilgrim or Hogs Back. An annual beer festival is held over the August bank holiday. Children are only allowed in the pub when eating as a family away from the bar. It was named Shepherd Neame Pub of the Year in 2011. Dogs are welcome in the pub on leads except in the restaurant. Free WiFi is available. There are disabled parking spaces and a ramp from the side entrance.

Regular ales

This pub serves 3 regular beers.

  • Shepherd Neame Bishops Finger
  • Shepherd Neame Spitfire
  • Shepherd Neame Whitstable Bay Pale Ale

Changing ales

This pub serves 2 changing beers.

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  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Garden
  • Parking Parking
  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • Restaurant Restaurant Area
  • WiFi Wifi

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186 High Street

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51.324203, -0.195651

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Nearby Bus Routes (< ½ mile)

166, 318, 420, S1

Closest Station (1265m)


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186 High Street

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Disabled Access
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Dog Friendly
  • Restaurant Area
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes

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