A few weeks ago my mum and I hopped on a train, to visit the beautiful city of Canterbury. With the train taking less than an hour, a girlie overnight stay on the cards and an evening spent seeing one of my favourite comediennes, Katherine Ryan- we were pretty excited for our pint-sized stay-cation. With an afternoon of shopping on the cards, we did some research into some delicious-sounding dinner and breakfast haunts, so I thought I’d put together a teeny guide, incase anyone else had any plans to visit the city too!
After browsing various hotels and bed and breakfasts, Abode seemed to come up trumps for us! Located bang in the city centre, boutique hotel Abode was the perfect hub for plenty of city browsing, and pretty much everything being within walking distance. On top of that the interior of the hotel was modern, cosy and the staff were lovely and incredibly accommodating too (they baby-sat my take away profiteroles in the hotel fridge whilst we were out- serious kudos) and they had worlds cosiest dressing gowns. Plus, if you need any more persuading, Greg Wallace is hosting an event there in August too…
Abode: High Street, Canterbury, CT1 2RX
Breakfast: Kitch Cafe
Now, if Kitch could consider opening a branch in London, I’d be an incredibly happy lady. With a menu consisting of local, free range, natural, delicious ingredients- you’d be advised to revise the menu before your visit as everything is so damn tasty. With a choice of everything from full English breakfasts (which can be made veggie and vegan too), all the avocado breakfast dishes you could ask for, as well as granola and the most delicious buckwheat pancakes I’ve ever had, it’s a shame we were only there for one night! Saying that, we did consider staying long enough to grab lunch too- but managed with just taking away some of their delicious cakes! Next time…
Kitch Cafe: 4 St-Peters St, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AT
When it comes to finding delicious Italian restaurants I am a woman on a mission. Nothing says delicious comfort food like a bowl of home cooked pasta and some crispy garlic pizza bread to sweep up the sauce- so with that in mind, Posillipo was top of my list to try. With a huge menu spanning everything from fresh pasta, meat dishes and wood oven cooked pizza, Posillipo had a complete authentic feel of a proper trattoria. With staff so attentive you’d think you were the only people in the restaurant, everything came in record time- and left us feeling wonderfully full and satisfied (but questioning why it’s not socially acceptable to order 2 pasta dishes each, ahem)…
Posillipo: 16 The Borough, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2DR
Go: Gulbenkian Theatre
Whether you fancy seeing your favourite comedian (~raises hands~), catching a live performance or even a screening of a film you’ve yet to see- the Gulbenkian theatre and arts centre is a great way to spend a cultured couple of hours during your stay. As part of the university, the theatre isn’t the most central place in Canterbury, but is definitely worth a visit if you check out their listings beforehand- there’s some pretty impressive stuff on there!
Gulbenkian: Gulbenkian, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NB