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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

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