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The Moat Tea Rooms

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67 Burgate, Canterbury CT1 2HJ, England
01227 784514
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Small, charming, the best place to get tea and scones for a mid afternoon snack!

Nestled in a very old historic building very close to the Canterbury cathedral, the Moat has maybe 3 small rooms, low ceilings, exposed beams and a counter for take out cakes and pastries. Very charming. We had some tea and some pastries, all excellent at moderate prices. Good place for a break... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Nestled in a very old historic building very close to the Canterbury cathedral, the Moat has maybe 3 small rooms, low ceilings, exposed beams and a counter for take out cakes and pastries. Very charming. We had some tea and some pastries, all excellent at moderate prices. Good place for a break after walking the town and sightseeing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Service is quiet yet very attentive. Cream tea is small, filling and freshly prepared. This place is Canterbury's best kept secret!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Excellent service, a little slow when they're very busy, but I take this popularity as a sign of a good tea rooms. wonderful fragrant teas served in old fashioned cups and teapots. when ever we visit Canterbury we always make a point of trying to visit the Moat Tea Rooms

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

god choice, great quality, fresh moist cake, warm scones, (doubt it was home made jam tho?!) well presented, good friendly service, not too expensive, gorgeous medieval, clean, tasteful, surroundings and ambience, no complaints at all! recommended

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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We visited on a Saturday afternoon after a day of sightseeing in Canterbury. We ordered two teas and two scones. We were served our tea and then waited 15 minutes for our scones. When we finally received our scones we had virtually drunk all of our tea and there was no cutlery so then had to go downstairs to get... More 

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KpSandhu, Owner at The Moat Tea Rooms, responded to this review

Hello there, I'm sorry to hear of your bad experience, I do think you may have caught us on a bad day, however there's no excuss, If your in the area again I do hope you will give us another chance. Please make your self know if you do come by. sorry again. Kelvin More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is exactly the sort of independent business which deserves our support. It quietly provides a service which is excellent, distinctive, surprising and enchanting. People travel to grand hotels to experience a proper afternoon tea. They pay a fortune for an often uninspiring experience. This tea room is in the centre of Canterbury and is possibly it's best kept secret.... More 

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KpSandhu, Owner at The Moat Tea Rooms, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review, I'm glad you found us, and hope to see you in the Tearooms again soon. Kelvin More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This tea room is a little off the main drag in Canterbury, but well worth seeking out. They have an excellent choice of teas (and coffee) which makes it a cut about the usual afternoon tea. Service is delightful vintage china cups and the scones were very fresh and warm, with plenty of cream and jam. The other cakes (which... More 

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

A group of us cycled to Canterbury and stopped here for morning coffee and cake. We had very attentive service, great cakes and coffee all at a reasonable price. Couldn't fault it . Recommended.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

A lovely memorable experience, great staff and excellent customer service. Fantastic location and setting which was made extra special with the champagne and eating outside in the garden in the sunshine. Delicious homemade scones and beautiful homemade cakes with very generous portion sizes, although they do offer a cake box to take home any leftovers. I would recommend this tea... More 

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Rochford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This is a lovely little tea room. The staff were polite & friendly. We both had hot chocolate which was superb as was the chocolate cake & the walnut cake my wife had. The building dated back to the 15th Century which was lovely to imaging how people lived back then. Next time we are in Canterbury we will pop... More 

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Additional Information about The Moat Tea Rooms

Address: 67 Burgate, Canterbury CT1 2HJ, England
Phone Number: 01227 784514
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Canterbury
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Address: 67 Burgate, Canterbury CT1 2HJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Canterbury
  • Phone Number: 01227 784514
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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