EATING AND SHOPPING
Eating out in Canterbury is a joy, with so much on offer within the compact city. Top choices among the many cafés and coffee shops include Café St Pierre, Kitch, The Refectory Kitchen, The Moat Tea Rooms, Micro Roastery and Burgate Coffee House. There are dozens of great restaurants to choose from too, including The Corner House, The Goods Shed, The Ambrette, A La Turka, Pinocchio’s, Saint Smokey’s BBQ House, Pork & Co, Azouma, Oscar & Bentley’s, Il Posticino and the County Restaurant at ABode. And one of Canterbury’s favourite eateries, the Mexican/Mediterranean Café des Amis, celebrated its 30th birthday this year.
New additions to the city include Five Guys burgers, The Parade Room at One Pound Lane and The Stag cocktail and coffee bar. Among the many good pubs and bars, seek out The Thomas Tallis alehouse, The Foundry brew pub and
The Pound. Further afield, don’t miss The Tyler’s Kiln on Tyler Hill, Kathton House in Sturry, The Dog at Wingham and of course The Fordwich Arms – now proudly displaying its gleaming new Michelin star.
Keen shoppers are spoilt for choice in Canterbury, with everything you need within a short walk. Whitefriars has all the big brands, including Fenwick and M&S, with the far end of the High Street and the King’s Mile Quarter offering plenty of independents. My name is Emma North and along with my husband Simon, we own and run our independent vintage furniture, gift, interiors, and coffee shop called Queen Bee Home in the heart of historic Canterbury.
Queen Bee Home was established five years ago. We stock vintage furniture, gifts and accessories. We try to source quirky things not found anywhere else in Canterbury.
The idea behind it was a dream for a number of years; we both love interiors and furniture renovation. Our motto is ‘how hard can it be?’ Jolly hard actually, but enjoyable and rewarding too!
Simon is a trained chef, working in many prestigious restaurants in London and Europe over the years, so to add a coffee shop in store
Some of our favourites include The Fudge Kitchen, Vinylstore Jr, 925 Silver, Queen Bee Home (see our postcard from Canterbury), Siesta, Madame Oiseau Fine Chocolates, Minster Glass Studio, The Goods Shed, Ortwin Thyssen jewellery, The Chaucer Bookshop and Revivals. was a no-brainer to us. He bakes daily, producing gorgeous cakes and tasty savoury items, including gluten free and vegan options.
Canterbury is a beautiful city; the history alone makes it a pleasure to be in. We enjoy it when we arrive early in the morning, when the Christ Church Gates are closed and it is so quiet. The feeling that the city is just waking up is lovely. The High Street is pedestrianised for most of the day, making it a safe and family friendly environment.
There are a huge variety of restaurants, cafés, parks and some great shopping to be taken advantage of. We rarely have any time to eat out or go to the pub, but when we do we pop for a pizza at Chapter, or for something a little different we love The Ambrette in Beer Cart Lane.
ABOVE: The King’s Mile Quarter offers a rich variety of independent traders