5 restaurants to visit in Canterbury

For a small city, Canterbury is full to the brim with restaurants and foodie places. We live inside the city railway route and in Canterbury that means you’re only 10 minutes away from the high street and city centre on foot, so we can easily wander into town for dinner and not have to think about parking. Canterbury is a foodie city that attracts locals wanting to try all of the independent places, as well as tourists who want to visit the Cathedral and get enticed by the restaurants nearby. From the pubs to the more sophisticated gourmet restaurants, there are restaurants for everyone in Canterbury.

Old buildings on Canterbury high street

1. Cafe Des Amis

Cafe des Amis, Canterbury

If you like Mexican food, make sure you book a table at Cafe Des Amis. It’s only a small place but it’s incredibly popular and if you manage to get a table on a Saturday or Sunday, treat it like gold dust. They serve Mexican classics such as fajitas, burritos and tacos, as well as some lighter salad-based options too. If you can visit at lunchtime, their ‘lunch specials’ menu is very affordable.You can get a portion of quesadillas for 6.95 which in the grand scheme of things isn’t a huge amount more than some cafes charge for paninis.

Nachos for starter at Cafe des Amis, Canterbury

2. The Ancient Raj

Starters at The Ancient Raj, Canterbury

The Ancient Raj is by far my favourite curry house in Canterbury. The restaurant is situated in a very old building on the outskirts of Canterbury town centre and the place is always packed. Starters and main courses are on the slightly pricier side, but the quality of food and service make the price forgivable. The Ancient Raj is popular with evening diners because it’s a little bit fancier than your local pizza place and if you dress up, you don’t feel out of place. The dimmed lighting and old interior make it a really nice place to visit for a curry night out with friends or family.

3. Oscar & Bentleys

Decorations inside Oscar & Bentleys, Canterbury

A little gem just off the high street, Oscar & Bentleys is an independent bistro that serves British food along with some further afield cuisine. I found out about the restaurant when they were listed on Groupon earlier this year and after visiting with friends, I can definitely recommend it. When you walk inside you notice their attention to detail as there are fairy lights and floral decorations up on the walls. There isn’t a huge amount of tables but this is part of the fun, as the place feels like your typical small ‘continental bistro’.  I ordered the vegetable dhal curry for my main course and the Chocolate Fudge sundae for dessert and neither were a disappointment!

Ice cream sundaes for dessert at Oscar & Bentleys, Canterbury

4. The Old Weavers

Outside The Old Weavers, Canterbury

The oldest restaurant in Canterbury and hugely popular with tourists, The Old Weavers does some of the best roasts and pies in the city. We went there in July and I enjoyed it so much that I dedicated an entire post to our meal. In the Summer you can sit outside in their terrace area overlooking the River Stour and during the colder months you can sit inside in the cosy dining area.  If we ever go out for a Sunday roast, The Old Weavers is my first choice.

5. Cafe Du Soleil

Cafe du Soleil, Canterbury
Pizzas are the specialty at Cafe Du Soleil: the sister restaurant to Cafe des Amis. Cafe du Soleil offers Mediterranean food in a beautifully lit setting that is perfect for Winter meals out. Cafe Du Soleil is located right next to the Westgate and a car park, so it’s a great place to go for dinner if you’re driving into the city centre.

Pizza for dinner at Cafe du Soleil, Canterbury

These restaurants are only a handful of the ones on offer in the city. We have almost every type of cuisine here, so if you visit you’ll easily find somewhere special to eat. 

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