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FAMOUS FOR SECRET TUNNELS DUG TO HELP MONKS ESCAPE FROM THE CATHEDRAL

You will find The Old Buttermarket in Canterbury within a short stroll of Mercery Lane, Burgate and Canterbury Cathedral - however you won't find another like it.

Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.

There has been a public house on this site for over 500 years; a coaching inn called the Black Boy, stood here from the 1600s until 1908. A butter market used to be held in the square outside our pub, and the site is quite historic. Flint pieces in the cellars indicate it may stand on Roman remains and we know that we used to be connected by tunnels to Canterbury Cathedral.

The Old Buttermarket is one of many rare gems in theNicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.

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Rugby World Cup 2019

Happening from 20/09/2019 to 02/11/2019 [Expired]

Follow every tackle, try and scrum from the Rugby World Cup right here at Nicholson’s!

We’ll be showing select games live and in HD from Friday 20th September - Saturday 2nd November.

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Nicholson's Gin Festival

Happening from 06/08/2018 to 02/09/2018 [Expired]

Our 3rd annual Gin Festival has arrived for the summer, and there’s even more for you to explore this summer…

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Beer Day Britain 2018

Happening on 15/06/2018 [Expired]

Friday 15th June marks the annual celebration of the nation's best-loved bevvy - real ale! So why not come down and join us in raising a glass of the good stuff and say #CheersToBeer!