This weekend, a group of us celebrated one of our friends birthdays and we headed to Canterbury. For those that have never been to Canterbury, I would recommend it for shopping, dining out, sight seeing or even punting down the river. It is definitely a popular tourist destination in Kent and its said that Canterbury is consistently one of the most visited cities in the UK. I am sure you will be aware of Canterbury Cathedral, well that’s where we headed to an old cobbled lane with the cathedral as our backdrop.
We had dinner at a restaurant called Cafe Mauresque along Buchery Lane, the delights of Spanish and Moroccan dishes are on offer here. A few of us have been there before however, that was maybe 4-5 years ago, so couldn’t remember too much about it, other than we liked the food.
In brief, the food was delicious, we had a mixture of platters to start for us all to share, but I couldn’t resist ordering extra meatballs as I was super hungry and even though it was part of the platters, you can never have too many meatballs I say.
We had huge portions for our mains. We all went for something different, I found myself with food envy but fortunately I have nice friends that let me try their dinners. I sound ever so greedy already but I can tell you I didn’t eat all my main course (maybe because I ate most of my friends) I was absolutely stuffed. It was the bread and houmous that filled me up, oh, and meatballs. It was all very scrumptious though. The atmosphere was great and it really did feel like we were abroad for a few hours. If you like this type of food I really would give this place a go.
My friend was having a great evening and laughed a lot which is exactly what we all wanted for her and we were so happy to be celebrating her birthday all together. We went onto a club later in the evening. Now, I must be getting really old, I remember those days, looking forward to the Fridays and Saturday nights, dressing up and hitting the town.
NO, those days for me are done. I’m 31 by the way. I am feeling so old.
I was kindly reminded by my Iphone, the “Time for bed” message appeared at 11.30pm and I kid you not, as soon as I saw that notification on my phone, from then on all I could think about was my bed. I still carried on regardless but, really those cosy nights in are looking increasingly favorable over nights out past midnight. Nevertheless, I still had a fabulous time and I was really chuffed that a bottle of water from the bar over a beer meant that I woke up feeling better than say the birthday girl, who woke up with her face in the toilet bowl with a bleeding foot and most definitely feeling rough. Yes, exactly, those cosy nights seem even more appealing.
The night was a hit and we all have stories to tell which means it was a good night if we can talk about if for ages.
Here’s some other places I would recommend going if you are heading to Canterbury
- The Old Weavers Restaurant- A stunning 15th Century building that sits on the riverside with an outdoor seating area. The food is homemade and hearty, they offer great roast dinners and all at reasonable prices. This would be my go to restaurant every single time in Canterbury. They offer dine and punting price packages too. I love it here especially in the summer months. Please take a visit.
- Abode – A Tudor style former bank now a hotel and restaurant. This has a champagne bar and offers afternoon tea should you wish to have a break whilst doing some shopping. This is somewhat pricey so make sure you budget for that extra glass of champers. I do like it here though.
- Canterbury Cathedral- Obviously. Although beautiful in all seasons, winter is by far my favourite time to go. The choirs and the cathedral itself, oh wow. I have no words to describe the beauty.
- The Marlow Theatre- From Shakespeare to Panto- This seats 1,200 people and this is where the film “The Canterbury Tale” received its world premiere. Ta da.
Now, if you want to do some serious shopping you have Whitefriars which has all the mainstream shops and Fenwick which is your large department store for all those high end goodies. Go take a walk down the cobbles streets and you will come across so many amazing independent shops too.
If you have a sweet tooth like me you will love Hardy’s original sweet shop, they offer old fashioned retro sweets. If you cant make it to the Canterbury shop there are a few stores in London or you can order online.
I have no doubt that if you visit Canterbury you will have a great time. It really easy to get to once you reach London if you are coming via Train, the high speed service from St Pancras International has a direct train. Alternatively by car its still super easy to reach.
I would love to hear of your trip to Canterbury please do leave comments below.
This post is dedicated to my fabulous friend Biffa. Love you dearly and so happy you had a great birthday.
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