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Canterbury: Goods Shed Any Good?

Peter Cherches Jun 10, 2009 12:50 PM

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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    mr_gimlet RE: Peter Cherches Jun 10, 2009 01:08 PM

    are you going by train or car?

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      Peter Cherches RE: mr_gimlet Jun 10, 2009 01:40 PM


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        mr_gimlet RE: Peter Cherches Jun 10, 2009 02:36 PM

        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.

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          Peter Cherches RE: mr_gimlet Jun 10, 2009 02:43 PM

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

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            zuriga1 RE: Peter Cherches Jun 10, 2009 11:00 PM

            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.

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              medgirl RE: zuriga1 Jun 11, 2009 01:29 AM

              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.

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                zuriga1 RE: medgirl Jun 11, 2009 02:46 AM

                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. :-)

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                  mr_gimlet RE: zuriga1 Jun 11, 2009 02:54 AM

                  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.

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                    zuriga1 RE: mr_gimlet Jun 11, 2009 05:18 AM

                    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.

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                mr_gimlet RE: zuriga1 Jun 11, 2009 02:07 AM

                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.

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                  Peter Cherches RE: mr_gimlet Jun 11, 2009 02:28 AM

                  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.

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        Harters RE: Peter Cherches Jun 12, 2009 02:57 PM

        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. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

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