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Pilgrims English Restaurant

$$ - $$$
British, Bar, Pub
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18 The Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS, England
+44 1227 464531
12:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had their afternoon tea for 2 which was excellent value with a large warm scone, butter, jam and cream. Another time, I also had a baguette which was freshly prepared, filled with prawns and served with a large portion of chips and salad. Again very good value. Drinks were a reasonable price too. Well worth trying.

Thank bandslondon
Folkestone, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We turned up without a booking and were shown to a quiet table. Wait staff were very friendly and efficient and kept checking around the restaurant to see if they were needed. They did this without being intrusive. The meals we had were full of flavour, well presented & reasonably priced. We enjoyed a lovely New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc which... More 

Thank invicta054
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

We frequently eat here before going on the Marlowe Theatre opposite. The food is good and the menu varied. There is a childrens' menu. The restaurant is popular with families pre pantomime season. Booking is essential.

Thank pagan43
Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

I cannot praise this restaurant/bar enough. To start with the staff were so friendly and helpful, especially the waiter. The food was first class, beautifully cooked and obviously home made. Lovely decor and atmosphere and if you are going to see a show at The Marlowe Theatre, then this place is ideal for either pre/post meal, and you can even... More 

Thank Sharon G
Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Me and my husband had a night in canterbury one monday , we came across this pub opposite the marlowe theatre it was empty so thought we would go in. it was a lovely decorated pub, nice staff. We had garlic mushroom to start and i had the stew which was lovely, the beef just fell apart. My husband had... More 

Thank nikkisloan
Herne bay
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

We went to the Pilgrim by accident. Next week will head there first.Amazing meal .Nice surroundings and live piano music made it magic.The pre theatre dinner is incredibly good value

Thank Linda H
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Visited the Pilgrims for sunday lunch while xmas shopping, I can honestly say the worst meal we have had for a long while. I had beef stew, if thats what they call it, lumps of meat in a tomato and paprika greasy gravy and only luke warm, no dumplings or veg. My wife had roast Lamb again luke warm undercooked... More 

2 Thank hawkwi
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Somewhat dubious about visiting any restaurant for a meal after a show at the Marlowe Theatre, since the expectation would be that the place would be crowded and service possibly slow. Not so at The Pilgrim's Rest! Fourteen of us on one table, joined by several other tables in the same room and yet service was slick, waiters and waitresses... More 

1 Thank Valentino13
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297 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Dropped in here for a lovely glass of rose wine before going to the theatre this evening. Lovely ambiance. Quite busy with people having an evening meal. Nice decor and nice toilets too! Worth a visit if you are in Canterbury. A nice place to go for a bit of peace and quite.

1 Thank Julie E
London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

we had sunday lunch there today and found it a pleasant experience ,we were greeted by a pleasant young lady who showed us to our table ,the tables and surrounding area was absolutely spotless and the room also had a nice atmosphere about it ,our waiter was a polite young man who went through the menu with us ,we ordered... More 

Thank Carol S
AndrewLuck, General Manager at Pilgrims English Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks Carol! We have a our daily menu available but the Sunday Roasts and the Afternoon Teas are especially popular on a Sunday we've worked hard to make these the best they possibly can be, so it's great to see your comments. We've been told our Vegan Roasts are also outstanding so if you know any vegetarians/vegans, do bring them... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$21
British, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 The Friars, Canterbury CT1 2AS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Canterbury
  • Phone Number: +44 1227 464531
A traditional, independent city-centre restaurant serving traditional English food - including Afternoon Teas and Sunday Roasts - freshly cooked at sensible prices. We are the nearest restaurant to The Marlowe Theatre and located just one minute from the High Street. The kitchen is open daily from 12 pm to 9 pm and the bar remains open until 11 pm everyday except Sunday, 10.30 pm.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?