A sourdough pizzeria & bar on one of our favourite Canterbury streets? Muddy hoovers up the menu for the team!
Chapter is positioned at the top of Burgate, one of our fave Canterbury streets. It’s not only a beautiful cobbled lane in a historic part of town but it’s also steadily becoming a wonderful hub of good, independent shops restaurants and cafes, leading away from the Cathedral gates, that make you just want to fill your face and scratch a credit card itch.
Despite the limited outdoor eating area, Chapter delivers in buckets in terms of interior space and décor. There is the obligatory pizza & wood-fired oven and bar proudly on display as you arrive with booth sitting options which would work well for small groups or a cozy date night with the pendant lighting overhead. Alternatively, you have lovely tables for two in the window so you can watch the great and good of Canterbury saunter by or there is a lower seating area with sky lights which is where we were tactfully seated when I returned with my two rowdy toddlers.
SCOFF & QUAFF
There was a LOT to like on the menu and I really had to play ‘eeny meeny miny mo’ to try and eliminate some options. In the end, I went for Prosciutto di San Daniele with black pepper tarallis, and pickles for a starter. Yes, I also didn’t know what tarallis are but I can now confirm that they are basically mini peppery bread sticks fashioned into a little croissant shape and v tasty indeed. My friend opted for Calamari, aioli and lemon which were the perfect of mix of crunchy outside and tender (up there with moist as a word that I am a little bit allergic to) squid on the inside.
Onto the pizzzzzzza. I went for Melanzane Parmigiana pizza which was topped with roasted aubergine, tomato, baby plum tomatoes, fior di latte & parmesan while my oh-so-healthy friend, had a salad (I know, the cheek of it!) – buffalo Mozzarella, Heritage tomatoes, Kalamata olives, basil pesto – which she didn’t even finish as despite being delicious, was too filling. While there was not one crust left of my pizza…
There was no way that I was going to suggest pudding post salad-gate *sniff* however IF I had been the pudding-person that day, the fig & almond tart with sweet whipped ricotta would have definitely got my vote.
Two important points to note – Chapter runs a very popular Bottomless Brunch every Saturday from 11am to 4pm where you can dine for two hours and enjoy two courses for £29 or three for £34 with unlimited Bellinis or Prosecco. Mains include brunch staples like Eggs Benedict and Smashed Avocado on toast with poached eggs but also extends to any pizza on the menu. It’s a real mystery why it is so popular…
Secondly, Chapter has a very good space upstairs which is perfect for private hire with capacity for 40 people sitting down. There are plenty of catering options including antipasti boards, pizzas (obvs) served with sides of salad and mac ‘n’ cheese plus puddings as well as canapes. You have your own music station, loo (mind boggles) and an area for dining or cocktail party vibe. Due to fact that the space is upstairs, I would say that this room would be enjoyed best in the colder months when you can just hunker down with a glass of fizz, slice of pizza and enjoy the view of Canterbury Cathedral from its windows with your friends.
OUT & ABOUT
Chapter has a couple of tables and chairs on the pavement but thanks to the skylight windows in the restaurant, you don’t feel as though you are lurking indoors on a sunny day. Parking-wise, nearest spots are Queningate Car Park or cruise around the back roads like Broad Street until you find a suitable space.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: LOTS of separate occasions. Worked well as a girls’ lunch but also for family feeding (crayons and drawing paper provided plus good kiddie food options) and private party plus I would love to return in the evening with my husband and take full advantage of that bar. Not forgetting the bottomless brunch of course. Hic.
Not for: Alfresco dining.
The damage: Reasonable considering portion sizes and yum factor. Starters err on the more expensive side, costing around £5, but the pizzas range from £6.5 to £9.00. Pasta dishes, cooked in the wood-fired oven, and salads also cost around £9 but look out for their two-course lunch deals during the weekday for £10.
Chapter Sourdough Pizzeria & Bar, 11-12 Burgate, Canterbury, CT1 2HG, Tel: 01227 809 198, chaptercanterbury.co.uk