During my three years studying at the University of Kent I have spent a considerable amount of time being in awe of and admiring the beauty of the city of Canterbury.
Along side working hard for my studies and keeping up with my all important social life I have also tried my best to discover the ins and outs of what this historic city has to offer.
Being an avid coffee drinker I spent my breaks from shopping in town… I mean buying books for my course, seeking out the best cafes.
So, here are a collection of my favourite cafes I came across in Canterbury and why I think they offer something a little more unique than your bog standard Starbucks (not that I have anything against Starbucks… they sell a mug of refillable filter coffee the size of a tankard for just £1.50 – the perfect student hangover fix).
This cute cafe is located in a rickety and supposedly haunted building (check out their website for the low down on the ghost sightings).
It is hidden away down one of Canterbury’s many cobbled paths of off the high street and offers a diverse selection of coffee and tea from all over the world (I went for the Colombian cafetière which I would highly recommend).
They also have an indulgent breakfast, lunch, cakes and desserts and afternoon tea menu all of which are at a reasonable price (£17.50 per person for afternoon/high tea and £34 per person for afternoon tea and a bottle of bubbly).
If you are looking for a quaint yet, bustling cafe which serves traditional English and Kentish food and drink then look no further.
Just be cautious when going to the toilet as this is where the ghosts are rumored to hang out…
Probably my favourite cafe in Canterbury, Boho takes bohemian decor to new heights. Directly on the high street of Canterbury, you can’t help but be absorbed by this cafe’s wacky choice of wallpaper, eccentric gallery of clocks, bizarre array of table cloths and safari-like garden terrace.
There’s enough to keep you busy here without even looking at the menu.
However, it is most definitely worth having a look at the menu…
On some of my many visits to Boho I have indulged in a fragrant bouillabaisse, a scrumptious Stilton and pine nut stuffed mushroom, a fresh parma ham, balsamic glaze and goat’s cheese sandwich and (if you’re not drooling by now) one of their impressive gourmet burgers – all of which were washed down with a pint of Whitstable’s finest raspberry beer (interesting, but definitely worth a try).
Although it may seem a little more pricey than some of the other cafes in Canterbury, the taste and presentation delivered here in the food lives up to a la carte restaurant standards and with the addition of the quirky decor and bustling atmosphere, it is a gem not to be missed whilst in Canterbury.
This elegant and traditional cafe is a new addition to Canterbury (2012) and is a coffee shop with a difference – everything it serves is gluten-free.
From having a couple of friends with an intolerance to gluten I understand how difficult it can be for them to find food which they can indulge in. Therefore, the emergence of this exciting new cafe was a god send for these friends – they could satisfy that itch for cake and biscuits without experiencing the repercussions.
However, whether you are gluten-free or not, Oscar & Bentley’s grand, twinkling chandelier, inviting outside seating area and vast selection of affordable food (I’ve heard the duck wrap is a popular choice) and drink definitely still makes it a worthwhile visit!
Last Thursday I went there after my graduation (keep an eye out for a post about graduating in the Cathedral) to make the most of their 25% off champagne offer.
It’s safe to say… It was a moment of pure indulgence and luxury – but one well deserved… I like to think.