The Corner House – Canterbury
Overlooking the city walls, this newly refurbished 16th-century coach house is a welcome addition to the beautiful city of Canterbury. There’s a real sense of theatre in the dining room, with the open-plan layout showcasing the chefs at work in the stylish kitchen – though the striking character of this beautiful Grade II listed building is also maintained. The Corner House’s charm doesn’t stop at the restaurant thanks to the beautiful garden, which has plenty of seating, and the characterful en-suite bedrooms.
Seasonality and locality are at the heart of the menu with every element carefully created from scratch, including the homemade bread that’s made each morning. The flat-iron steak is a staple dish, served with a beef dripping carrot, seasonal greens, proper beef jus and homemade mushroom ketchup – it’s a real favourite with the regulars. Other excellent options include sharing dishes such as such as the Romney Marsh lamb for two – a delicious slow-cooked dish that’s carved at your table and served with Dauphinoise potatoes, seasonal vegetables and lamb jus. When it comes to dessert, diners are spoilt for choice with the likes of the ever-popular sticky toffee banana sponge pudding, which is drizzled in salted caramel sauce and paired with homemade peanut butter ice cream. The Corner House is led by experienced chef-patron Matt Sworder, who also oversees the award-winning sister site in Minster. Having opened its doors in July 2016, The Corner House in Canterbury boasts two AA rosettes and has been praised in national publications like The Guardian and The Telegraph and was even named one of the five best restaurants in Kent by The Financial Times. Booking is essential.