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4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
Since I found myself in Huntington for something non-beer related, I thought I would brave the snowy Long Island streets and check this place out. And I'm glad I did...
Canterbury Ales is a cosy, two-roomed, traditional British-styled pub. The wooden panelled walls feature a number of UK brewery mirrors which made me feel I was back in England.
The bar area is in the main bar at the back, on the left. A couple of dozen taps feature a number of microbrews, including beers from Brooklyn and Blue Point. There are some good bottles too, including delicacies such as Orkney Skullsplitter.
Service was friendly and efficient, the bartender (Lara) knew her stuff despite admitting she had only been working there a few days. And, when I was done, I unexpectedly got a lift back to the railway station from the owner as it was snowing - a '5' for service is totally justified here!
To sum up, this is a nice, cosy, friendly bar with good beer. I could have spent all evening there if I didn't have a train to catch. Not the ultimate in beer choice on the planet, and slightly pricey - but a good beer selection for Long Island can be found.
Canterbury Ales is a highly recommended place to hang out for good beer and good company.
01-31-2005 13:39:55 | More by Imbiber
4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
20 brews on tap with a decent sampling of local brews. Southampton, Blue Point and Brooklyn are all represented. Typical English pub fare on the menu as well as some great burgers. Sat at the small bar on a slow Monday night. There is a separate dining area in addition to the bar. The girl behind the bar was very helpful in both describing the beers and making recommendations from the menu. Sampled a Southampton Secret Ale and a Brooklyn Brown Ale, both were quite good. My only complaint was the prices. Food is a bit pricey, as well as the pints.
02-06-2007 02:55:00 | More by FLBeerGuy
4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
This is one of my favorite bars on Long Island. The woody, pub atmosphere is perfect for a nice beer, and Canterbury usually has a pretty good selection. There are two rooms, the bar room which has some tables, and the other dining room with more tables. The decor is really nice and beer-related, and I just really like the wood element - very home-like, warm and comfortable.
There is always good beer here. Nothing too exotic, but Fullers ESB (!) is a staple and there is usually a great selection of New York beer. Sixpoint Bengali Tiger is almost always on draft there, I see Brooklyn Monster there a lot during the summer, and recently they got some Captain Lawrence Imperial IPA - solid. I could do without Blue Moon and the like, but there's enough choices that it's not a problem. There are usually two Blue Point selections too.
Honestly, it's one of the best bars around LI not because of its selection (which is still good) but because of the whole package. Service is quick and good, usually knowledgeable. Food is better-than-average English pub style. Price is the one drawback, because it is expensive - I got charged $10 for a Captain Lawrence Imperial, but I bought a couple and the bartender gave me the next beer for free. The people there are nice, and it's a great place to spend a quiet night, especially in the winter.
01-22-2009 20:25:49 | More by rasta16ry
4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
First a bit of history. Before anyone in New York knew what a real beer was, you could get one here. No lie, you could buy a real beer in this bar 30 years ago. I had my first English Ales (Whateys and Double Diamond)and my first Guinness in this place when Ronnie Reagan was the new President. Whatneys wasn't so great, but at least it wasn't Bud or Piels.
The bar is small, so come with friends and get a table. The bar and restaurant get real crowded on the weekends. They also have beer dinners with food and beer pairings. They always sell out, so make reservation early.
The best taps are local, Southampton Secret Ale, and Blue Point Rasta Rye are worth asking for. Brooklyn Monster in the winter. No Belgians on tap when I've been there. The food is better than most beer bars, the service can get too slow when the place is busy. About 15 taps.
This is a fun walk-about town, so if you hang out in Huntington, or go to a movie, then this is the best spot to spend a couple hours with good beer before heading back to where you came from.
01-20-2010 21:53:18 | More by brewerRob
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
Me and my wife stopped by this restaurant this evening before a wake for a friend of mine, I was told "he would be upset if you showed up sober so I obliged into a few craft brews before hand, and beleive me I could have had many here they had a nice selection. This was certainly the first place I have ever seen No Aplogies on tap and damn was it GOOD! The Appetizers were nice my wife and I really enjoyed the onion rings. We both got burgers for dinner.... alehouse = burgers always for me and they did them right. I had a legacy Euphoria, a BPBC no apologies and a sixpoints bengali tiger! Very impressive, the atmospher is very cozy, I could have done without the stupid drunk guys, but,.... it is a bar! Nice place to check out, certainly for local favorites! Remember think global drink local :D
07-27-2008 01:49:09 | More by Biggness
3.95/5 rDev -4.1%
My review may be a bit low due to my unusually high expectations from living in Boston for several years. There selection is one of the best for my area. They do have Sixpoint, Southampton, and Blue Point on tap regularly as well as some UK ales like Fuller's. My server didn't really now the beers, but when I went to the bar later the bartender did. Other taps included SA summer, Ruination, Lagunitas IPA (then Sirius the next time), and Flying Dog. I had the burger and my girlfriend had one of their sandwiches. The food was pretty good, but I expected slightly better food. Maybe next time I won't get a burger and it may be better.
$4 a pint applied to only a small handful of beers. which included sixpoint and black dog in the summer. their regular pints tend to be a bit higher. Recently got a pint of Brooklyn Monster Ale for $10. So it all depends.
08-15-2007 04:11:56 | More by shaebs99
3.9/5 rDev -5.3%
My preferred beer bar when I am in Huntington Village.
A very attractive medieval appearance from the outside. Inside, the bar area is small and cozy. The walls are nicely decorated wth antique items and prints. A nicely done British style pub.
The beer selection is the best in town. They have Blue Point Hoptical Illusion on tap, which goes a long way with me. The other micros include Brooklyn and Samuel Adams. They also have some very nice imports that are not available on draft in the area - Double Diamond, Old Speckled Hen, John Courage, etc.
I recommend stopping in for a pint. The food is average and the prices are very expensive for Long Island.
04-27-2006 00:53:27 | More by plaid75
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
I don't know how to gauge this one exactly. They've got 16 beers on tap, yes. It's an English pub. They've got English beers. They're not great English beers though. Newcastle, Double Diamond, Bass, Old Speckled Hen, John Courage, and the best of the lot, Fullers ESB. Then there's the other imports, Hoegaarden, Guinness, Harp. Okay, American brews, Sam Adams Lager and the Sam Adams Summer Ale (eesh), a cider, the Bluepoint Toasted Lager (but sadly not a Southampton beer to be found) and the saving grace (for me anyway) is a pair of Brooklyn beers being the Weisse and my old friend Brown Ale.
It's an English pub, so perhaps the English/Irish imports selection is par for course? I don't know but the remainder of the tap list is questionable.
Okay. It's a tight little bar room with 5 or 6 stools for the bar and about half a dozen tables. The decor is dark wood and standard brewery signs and mirrors from the likes of Sam Adams and Heineken (which I feel detracts from the feel of the English pub scene, but that's just me) and there's another room where the restaurant side is but I didn't get in there.
Canterbury Ales is located about a mile or two from Shoreline Beverage just past the Main Street intersection in Huntington. Ain't that convenient?
06-17-2003 21:26:03 | More by slander
Canterbury Ales in Huntington, NY
91 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.