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Canterbury Ales

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5 Ratings
Ratings: 5
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 3.1%
$$ - reasonable
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46 Audrey Avenue
Oyster Bay, New York, 11771
United States
phone: (516) 922-3614

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-30-2005)
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Rumrunner

California

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

My first visit to New York in fifteen years and we rented a car and headed out to Oyster Bay. Being a fan of Theodore Roosevelt, I had to take the tour of his house. A great tour which I highly recommend. He was certainly a special person. TR was not much of a drinker but he certainly was a person worthy of raising a pint to.

I knew after the tour I would be hungry and thirsty so thanks to beerfly this place was listed. I knew we were going to eat here before we landed in NYC but ironically it came highly recommeded by the operator of the TR museum at Sagamore Hill. Cheers to her.

The town of Oyster Bay is small and Canterbury Ales is right on the main street. A small town which feels right out of a story from a seaside whaling tale. It represents an old fashioned view of Long Island. Sleepy and beautiful, where the bay has very much to do with its history.

Canterbury Ales may seem more New England than New York but it fits in well with the down to earth vibe this small town gives off.

The first look upon entering gives a person a feel of a good quality tavern with food and drink. A place a traveller or a local would feel quite welcome. The walls have many pictures which date over one hundred years old and a person can take a limited visual history of Oyster Bay. In the back of the tavern there is a seating area they call the Theodore Roosevelt Library. It has plenty of pictures and books and some history about TR, his family and their lives in Oyster Bay.

A medium sized wooden bar. Plenty of booths in the bar area and in the back of the restaurant. My only complaint with the atmoshphere is the lack of windows. Only the front of the establishment has windows. The back gets no natural light. This may be very Victorian, as they liked darkness but some natural light could add some warmth to the place.

We had very good service. We sat at the bar and the bartender was most accomodating. She was in to beer and we talked about seasonals. She hoped to get some different seasonals in this winter. I don't know if she orders for the place but she mentioned that some of the taps do rotate and they love to give their regulars something new now and again.

Being in Oyster Bay, I had to try the oyster sampler. A selection of three each of four styles of oysters. One style local. Very tasty but somewhat expensive. I thought the local oysters were damn good. A quick mention: TR and his family ate oysters at most meals because they were abundant. They also did a fine job with my order of fish n' chips and my girlfriend had the shrimp n' chips which she enjoyed. We also had a cup of the clam chowder and I recommend it. The menu has many offerings from salads, to burgers, fish, plus much more. A good quality menu. Plenty to choose from no matter what the persons taste.

They have a good selection of beer on tap and a much larger selection in the cooler. Nine taps from three separate towers across the bar. The towers do add to the atmosphere. They look appropriate for this tavern. On tap was Magic Hat, Red Seal, Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss, Brooklyn, Delerium Tremens, Spaten, Flying Dog and a couple of other offerings. They have an extensive bottle selection. Many countries are represented. For $18.00 you can get a 6.2oz bottle of 1987 Thomas Hardy's. I had my first Harpoon IPA here. A great beer. They have plenty in the bottle if the taps don't suffice. They also rotate a couple of their taps from time to time and always try to have a couple of seasonals available. A very good selection.

If you are in Oyster Bay to do the Theodore Roosevelt tour or you are just in town, Canterbury Ales is a must stop. The city is beautiful and this place fits right in with its style. We really enjoyed our short visit.

10-08-2005 07:35:24 | More by Rumrunner
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DRINKSAROUND

New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

I was alittle surprised about the size of this place when I get there (very small) but the food was great and the beer selection was even better. Got myself a flying dog pale ale and a capt lawerence liquid gold with my pulled pork sandwich. I was told by the bartender they change the tap beer regularly and the bottle selection is always increasing. The prices were on the high side for the food like most places in Oyster Bay but the beer was fair $5-$6. I would recomend this place if you want a to enjoy a good beer with really good food.

01-23-2010 08:01:25 | More by DRINKSAROUND
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softcough

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$

The selection here is always good. There are somewhere in the area of a hundred beers to try. Mostly bottles, and I can always find something I'm excited to purchase. As far as having particularly rare and special beers, it has been somewhat hit or miss over my several visits. The first few times, I enjoyed some older vintage Thomas Hardys that was truly a worthwhile experience regardless of the price. More recently, the best I could come up with were some good belgians like Kasteel Bruin and La Chouffe. I'm not complaining, this is probably one of the best restaurant/bar selections around Long Island. To make matters better, the food has been great. I have never had bad service or anything less than a great meal. It is definitely worth a visit.

09-26-2007 03:22:45 | More by softcough
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TongoRad

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

I'll admit up front that I lived in the area from '87 to '96 and Canterbury's was my regular haunt during that time. Recently I had an opportunity to visit the old hangout again and am pleased to say that not much has changed (and this review is based on my most recent experiance.)

It is still a comfortable place with good service and quality selections. I am told that the taps do rotate, which has always been a good thing because sometimes you aren't exactly blown away with what is available, and such was the case last night. I had the SA Winter Lager and must say that I was much more impressed with it in than the bottled version. Other than its being served too cold it was a damn nice fresh pint of beer. There are nine taps in total and it looks like 5 of them are for the regular cast of characters (Guinness, Boddington's, Bass, Coors Light, Samuel Adams Boston Lager), while the rest were seasonals.

The bottle fridge had some very nice selections (over 100 on display), including a few Unibroues and Victorys that caught my eye, and it was tempting to stay a while and drink but I was there on business and had to keep my wits about me. But it is good to know what is regularly stocked in case of another visit.

I just had to order a burger, and it was good. At $9 plus toppings it is a bit pricy but the quality is there- thick and juicy with a good grilled flavor, served on a toasted bun. The fried calamari was also enjoyable- very crisp though just a hair overdone, but a generous helping.

Hopefully my travels will take me into Oyster Bay again. If you are ever in town I am happy to report that Canterbury Ales is still the place to go.

03-08-2006 01:48:34 | More by TongoRad
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slander

New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

I don't know, Anthony had some story 'bout why he couldn't do dinner. It's about an hour and a quarter out to Southampton, I know, because I've done it before, but I was kind of beat and just not up for it. Went into dispatch and pushed my face up against the wall sized Nassua County hagstrom map looking for Oyster Bay. Hmmn, 106 North, yep yep, not too bad a ride...
A 12 seat "L" shaped wood bar off to the right with a mirrored bar back over shelves of booze and glassware, and a large cooler off to one side. 9 taps over 3 towers of 3 each (Flying Dog IPA, Sam Adams Lager & Winter Ale, Magic Hat #9, Franziskaner Hefe, Spaten Octo, Guinness, Bass, Coors Light), and they're holding 100+ bottles, roughly 1/3 of them American micros (Southampton, Brooklyn, Rogue, Acme, Stoudts, Victory, Flying Dog, Anchor, North Coast, Otter Creek, Sierra Nevada, Harpoon, Sam Adams, Magic Hat, Blue Moon), and then another 1/3 Belgian & English, some Germans and other beers of the world. Also, the seemingly out of place (but always welcome) Thomas Hardy's '87 for $18.
Brick & beige walls, with faux wood beams above, track spots & drop lamps. Forward the bar sits a pair of bar tables in a nook along the front windows, an adjacent bar counter with a wall of wondows serves to separate out the side dining area, a pair of mounted TV's, and a large wine rack above the far end of the bar.
Bar off to the right, and a dozen tables in the seating area off to the left, and another dozen tables in the rear dining area. It's a cozy place with fish, ships, hunting and sea pictures, foreign booze posters and like a million framed Teddy Roosevelt pics, prints, political cartoons everywhere. There's a rear rear room (the Teddy Roosevelt library) with books on the history of TR, his family and their life in OBay.
Good menu, I had the steak & shrimp stir fry, which was excellent and the portions were generous. Had a few beers (Victory Hop Devil, Stoudts Scarlet Lady ESB and Stoudts Winter). Service was pleasant and attentative. It was a pretty good crowd except for this pretentious wonder duo sitting next to me, doing the broken "The life of Teddy Roosevelt" record. Eeeeesh!!! Other than them, good company. Solid place on the North Shore.

02-27-2006 02:39:10 | More by slander
Canterbury Ales in Oyster Bay, NY
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