Dining Alfresco in Canterbury
With summer upon us, what better way to spend the day than relaxing in the sunny outdoors with some good food and drinks? There are plenty of places in Canterbury to enjoy the summer sun, here are a few of our top picks.
Explore this fabulous bistro, covered with clocks and paintings, which leads through to a beautifully landscaped seating area at the rear. Sit in the garden during the summer and get away from it all with a cold glass of wine and some delicious locally sourced food. Its a family-run business with plenty to offer.
The Old Weaver’s Restaurant
The Old Weaver’s Restaurant has been serving British dishes such as traditional roasts, tender fillet steaks, and puff pastry pies for many years. Established in 1500 AD as a Huguenot Weaver’s centre, the restaurant boasts a beautiful riverside garden and views of the historic witches ducking stool.
Explore a beautiful hidden garden at the rear of Zizzi's. Although gorgeous on a sunny day, the garden is also decorated with fairy lights for those meals that linger into the evening twilight. Expect pizza, vegan food, and medieval period features within the restaurant.
A La Turka
This very popular restaurant now boasts two outlets in Canterbury, one near the Westgate Towers and the other over at Northgate. A La Turka Westgate has installed a fantastic retractable roof, which they open up on hot, sunny days. Diners can soak up the sun in the courtyard whilst enjoying delicious mezzes and the best of Turkish delicacies.
The Drapers Arms
If you make your way up to the first floor you will find a rooftop terrace, This fascinating building originated as a drapers shop which ran for 150 years. Now they serve delicious food and drink and fantastic views of the hustle and bustle of the Kings Mile.
An independent kitchen, bar and shisha lounge in the heart of the city, just a stone’s throw from the Cathedral. Enjoy exclusive shisha on the terrace, covered and heated to suit rain or shine.
The White Hart
The White Hart is cosy little pub with the largest beer garden within the city walls of Canterbury. It offers a fine selection of freshly home-made dishes, prepared with top quality ingredients sourced from local suppliers, and a range of real ales from Shepherd Neame. It also offers a fine selection of wines, ciders and cocktails.
The Dolphin Public House
An enormous, welcoming pub garden with plenty of space to stretch out and an outdoor festoon for the evening. Appropriately, you'll find fishcakes, burgers, fish and chips, and a range of desserts.
This pub garden is surely one of the best kept secrets in Canterbury, inconspicuously tucked away behind a deceivingly cosy pub interior. Enjoy sitting in the gardens in one of the charming intimate alcoves for conversation in the sunshine.
Pop over to the Dane John gardens, for a coffee or some absolutely delicious South American cuisine in the park. Here you can often find homemade cakes, empanadas, home made mint lemonade, Spanish omelettes and more.
While away the hours in the rustic pub garden of the Parrot, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets.
Old Buttermarket Pub
Famous for its secret tunnels used to help the monks escape from the Cathedral, The Old Buttermarket is revered for its collection of original ales. Sit with the magnificent view of the Cathedral gate in front of you and watch people come and go as your sip your drink.
The Bishop's Finger
The pub’s traditional frontage suggests small and quaint, but this place holds a secret or two. The rear of the pub opens out onto one of the largest beer gardens in Canterbury - a real hidden gem in the city, and the place to be on a summer’s day.
The Pound on One Pound Lane
Soak up the sun on the terrace by the River Stour and admire Canterbury's historic Westgate Towers while enjoying a fabulous selection of cocktails.