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top 7 places to eat in Canterbury

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April 4, 2018

Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat is perfectly placed to explore the local area and restaurants in the historic city. Opening its doors in 2017, Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat has fast become a popular holiday destination in Kent. And if you’re looking for places to eat in Canterbury, we are ideally placed to explore all the delicious restaurants on offer. We’ve put together this fantastic and varied list of the top restaurants in Canterbury.

kathton house


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Where: 6 High Street, CT2 0BD / 20 minutes’ drive / Open: Tues – Sat, 12 – 2pm / 7pm – 9pm

Visit this beautiful and quaint restaurant along the high street for a wonderfully relaxed and intimate meal of delicious fine dining, including starts such as smoked salmon or goats cheese and toasted pecan nut salad, mouth-watering mains such as braised beef in ginger or a three bean chilli, as well as delicious deserts such as crème brulee or vanilla panna cotta with strawberries! Your tastebuds will be tickles with every dish at Kathton House, while enjoying the fabulous atmosphere.

the corner house

Where: 1 Dover Street, CT1 3HD / 20 minutes’ drive / Open: Mon – Fri, 12 – 2:30pm & 5:30pm – 9:30pm / Sat, 12 – 9:30pm / Sun, 12 – 3:30pm

Visit The Corner House for homemade, award winning food! The local restaurant recently received the Restaurant of the Year in the Taste of Kent Awards in 2015 and 2017, along with being recommended in the Michelin Guide for both 2015 and 2016. The Corner House offers mouth-watering dishes from locally sauced produce, in outstanding surroundings of a 16th Century former coach house, which retains much of its original character after undergoing its recent refurbishment.

saint smokey’s bbq house


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Where: 17 – 18 Borough, CT1 2DR / 20 minutes’ drive / Open: Mon – Wed, 12 – 10pm / Thurs – Sat, 12 – 11pm

You’ve never had chicken like Saint Smokey’s, there is a whole range of BBQ chicken, as well as chicken wings, strips, wraps and burgers, all smothered in the mouth-watering Saint Smokey’s BBQ sauce. The father and son team also have a special lunch time offer, which is popular with foodies all over Kent. Inspired by old family recipes from 4 generations of talented Caribbean family members, they’ve spent years perfecting their knowledge together to create the delicious BBQ Saint Smokey’s sauce.

il posticino restaurant

Where: 61 Dover Street, CT1 3HD / 10 minutes’ drive / Open: Sun – Sat, 12 – 3pm / Tues – Thurs, 6pm – 9:30pm / Fri – Sat, 6pm – 10pm

Visit this authentic Italian Restaurant for a slice of Italy in the heart of Canterbury. With a wide selection of pasta, homemade dumplings, creamy wild mushroom sauce and salmon, as well as a delicious selection of Tuscan cured meats and cheese to tickle your taste buds. This family run business also serves mouth-watering main meals, including duck breast, chicken breast and even T-bone steaks, along with a range of decadent desserts to choose from. Delight your palate with traditional Italian flavours at this wonderful rustic restaurant for a truly unforgettable experience at this tip Canterbury restaurant.

the lady luck


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Where: 18 St. Peters Street, CT1 2BQ / 20 minutes’ drive / Open: Mon – Sat, 12 – 7pm / Sun, 12 – 3pm

Enjoy delicious fresh homemade food, locally sauced produce including locally produced cheese and British raised meat from local butchers, plus a wide range of vegetarian and vegan dishes available. A friendly rock and roll pub in the heart of Canterbury, with a fantastic Jukebox playing the best metal, punk and rock bands from 1950’s to present day! The bar is fully stocked with a range of real ales and ciders, as well as specialist rums to sample, while enjoying a range of live music events. The ever changing menu offers dishes including Hunters Chicken and delectable homemade pies.

the ambrette

Where: 14 – 15 Beer Cart Lane, CT1 2NY / 15 minutes’ drive / Open: Sun, 12 – 2:30pm / Mon – Sat, 11am – 4:30pm / Mon – Thurs, 6pm – 9:30pm / Fri – Sun, 5:30pm – 10pm

A favourite eatery to both visitors and locals in Canterbury, since opening its doors in 2014. With Head Chef and founder, Dev Biswal creating a fresh and unique menu for the whole family to enjoy. Dev has combined traditional Indian dishes with influences from France and South East Asia, creating global cuisine but using locally sauced ingredients. Located close to the famous Canterbury Cathedral, you can enjoy a day of exploring historical architecture before tickling your tastebuds at the ever popular Ambrette restaurant.

the moat tea rooms


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Where: 67 Burgate, CT1 2HJ / 15 minutes’ drive / Open: Mon – Sun, 9am – 5pm

The best place in Canterbury for a mouth-watering afternoon tea, nestled in a stunning 16th Century building offering homemade sandwiches and cake, as well as 47 loose leaf tea options. Enter this wonderful haven away from the hustle and bustle of Canterbury’s high street. Bought back in 1998, Nimmy Sandhu realised his dreams of creating a beautiful and cosy, traditional English tea room, with his two nephew’s joining the business. The Moat Tea Room has grown a reputation of impeccable service, delicious food and a wide variety of tea’s over the past 10 years, serving traditional High Tea, a mouth-watering Cream Tea and even a wonderful Champagne Cream Tea for a special occasions. Visit the delightful Secret Garden, a brand new addition to The Moat Tea Rooms, where you can enjoy the bloom of flowers and soak up the peaceful atmosphere, and if the weather isn’t on your side, never fear, the garden comes equipped with shelter and heaters to keep you warm!

So if you’re looking for the best restaurant in Canterbury we’ve got you covered! Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat offers the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the top restaurants in Canterbury, taking your tastebuds on a trip through the historical city.

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