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Draper’s Arms

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.

The Draper’s Arms (formerly 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.

As its name implies, the Draper’s Arms was formerly a draper’s shop and 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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