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Deakin’s, Canterbury

Muddy says: Artisan bakery, coffee house, pub and dining room in the heart of medieval Canterbury, featuring a restored balcony from the drapers situated here for over 150 years.

Deakin’s is centrally located in the Cathedral Quarter of the city at the corner of Palace, Guildhall, & Sun Streets – so just steps from the historic Canterbury Cathedraland at the start of the King’s Mile so a thriving place to be. Street side tables line both sides of the restaurant meaning it is the place to be for people watching.

Formerly a draper’s shop, Deakin’s has a certain character and charm – it’s not only a pub and dining room but also houses a bakery and coffee house. They make all their own bread on site and rumour has it that their homemade peach and amaretto cake sells out on a regular basis. So be sure to get to the front of that queue!

On a sunny day head to the stylish roof terrace over-looking Guildhall Street for early evening cocktail pre-dins. Need a party venue? The entire top floor is a great spot for private hire (up to 80 people) so how’s about having your next big celebration on their rooftop terrace ? Think lively atmosphere, great food and an impressive Gin menu.

The food is decent down-to-earth dishes and there’s a very good kiddie menu and lots of high chairs on tap. On a summer’s day surely this is one of the best spots in Canterbury to while away an afternoon with a coffee and slice of cake or something a little racier up on the roof terrace.

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