Friday, 24 January 2014

Canterbury: No 12 Tearoom & Restaurant

Surrounded by beautiful period buildings and set within the medieval Butter Market square, this looks and feels like a proper traditional English tea rooms.

Visiting at lunchtime on a busy Saturday, a sign on entering asks you to wait to be seated. We would have loved to have sat in the window, with views of the Cathedral entrance, but it was jam packed. A friendly young lass showed us to a table at the back of the building, where we perused the lunch menu.

Sat in cosy leather tub chairs, we ordered doorstep sandwiches, a cappuccino and an English Breakfast tea. The atmosphere is old school English and friendly, all the staff are smartly dressed in white shirts and aprons and the service is fast.

The massive doorstep sandwiches were divine, mature cheddar with chutney for him and egg mayo and cress for moi. Both served with a pot of sea salted handmade crisps and a small salad. All for a reasonable £6.50 each, although the wooden serving boards had seen better days.

I'm sorry to say that the coffee sampled on our visit was slightly stale, middle-of-the-road stuff.  Hopefully it was an off day, but I would stick to tea on my next visit as this was very good. They use Drurys Tea of London, which is also sold by the box at the counter along with all the scrumptious looking cakes.

The verdict?
As it is a tearooms in the traditional sense, we recommend this as a great cosy and friendly place to have a tea, cake or light lunch when out and about in Canterbury. If you can, get a window table so you can see the world go by. Good value, friendly and great if you're in a group as there is lots of space and seating.

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