The Goods Shed. First things first. This place is what is widely believed to have put Canterbury on the map in terms of gastronomy. Featuring a stunning farmer’s market, food hall and restaurant, it’s a food-lovers heaven. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in-between with all ingredients being sourced from roughly 2ft away (in the market). Meal over, shop to your stomach’s content at the home-grown fruit, vegetable, butchery, fish, cheese, wine, bakery stalls (and more!) within the market’s brick and timber galleries.
Pinocchio’s. Authentic Italy best describes this independent eatery. Family-run, the Naples and Amalfi coast-inspired menu blends the freshest Kentish ingredients with goods imported from southern Italy.
Café du soleil. Sat next to the river Stour, this little restaurant occupies a former 18th-century wool store and access to it comes in the form of quaint bridge over trickling water. It’s more for lunch and dinner with dishes influenced by Provence and the Pacific rim.
Tamago. Head to Asia with a plate full of Japanese soul food. This casual dining spot is all about food that Japanese people crave to make you feel nothing short of deliciously happy.
Oscar & Bentleys. Onto matters tea and cake. A bit of a haven for gluten-free folk, Oscar & Bentleys is our favourite place to stop for afternoon tea. They serve savoury too, which is just as delicious, but we love it most for its indulgent cakes. They even do versions that are dairy free to make sure everyone is looked after.