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Jun 10, 2009 12:50 PM

Canterbury: Goods Shed Any Good?

I may try to do a day trip to Canterbury when I'm in London next week, and looking for a lunch place. I've seen very mixed reports on the Goods Shed. Wondering if it's a don't miss place, or not really worth the trouble and expense. My other option is Cafe Belge, which has a £10 lunch special.

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      1. re: Peter Cherches

        I would rate Goods Shed above anything else in Canterbury city. There are a few smarter places, but the food is only average and not cheap - its for the wealthy parents of private school students.

        I should add, of course, that one does not go to Canterbury for the food.

        1. re: mr_gimlet

          One goes to Canterbury to see where The Soft Machine got their start before seeing Robert Wyatt at Meltdown a few days later!

          1. re: Peter Cherches

            If the weather is nice, take the train over to Whitstable and Seasalter for a good meal at the Sportsman. It's gotten very good reviews here and is very close by. We're going in 2 weeks.

            1. re: zuriga1

              I second zuriga's suggestion about going to Whitstable to have lunch at the Sportsman. I have had lunch there before it got the Michelin star and it was superb. Look up the website to see if the menu catches your fancy. You MUST book as far ahead as you can; it is usually booked up and we only got a table because of a cancellation.

              1. re: medgirl

                I called ahead by almost 3 weeks and they hardly had a table left for a Saturday lunch. I am so excited to finally be eating there! It better not rain that day. :-)

                1. re: zuriga1

                  I thought it was quite nice in the rain, which it did when I was there. We watched the rain on the windows, and still went for a stormy seafront walk after lunch.

                  1. re: mr_gimlet

                    I am not British-born so do not have much patience for rainy days at the seaside. :-) It's romantic to walk in a storm along the seafront. I'll just throw a raincoat in the boot.

              2. re: zuriga1

                Well, it's a half hour train journey (two an hour) then you have to get a taxi in Whitstable to the restaurant. Then same in reverse. So there goes your afternoon. Hardly a day trip to Canterbury.

                1. re: mr_gimlet

                  Yes, I think I'll have to pass on that one. In an ideal world the restaurants would come to us. I wonder if Mohammad's mountain had a good restaurant.

      2. If I was you, I'd stick with the original Good Shed idea.

        It's not a destination sort of place but will give you a pretty good lunch. As already said, tourism is your reason for visiting, not eating. I'm not a religious man but the cathedral gives you a great sense of history. City will be packed with French schoolkids on day trips.

        Here's Jay Rayner's review (which dates from 2005 which is around when I was last there). I usually like Jay's take on food.