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Browns Coffeehouse

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Bakery, Contemporary, Café
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Water Lane | Off Stour Street, Canterbury CT1 2NQ, England
01227 464 797
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Today
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Takeout
Good for:
Local cuisine

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  • 43
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  • 13
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
excellent coffee

Sad to say I am a coffee snob, but Water Lane coffee does among the best I have ever had anywhere. Really good, rich flavour; just my cup of tea, so to speak. There has only been coffee and cakes available each time I have been (maybe 15 times in the past 6 months) but thats fine by me. Quite... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
JohnandJanie
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London, England
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Takeout
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London, England
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Sad to say I am a coffee snob, but Water Lane coffee does among the best I have ever had anywhere. Really good, rich flavour; just my cup of tea, so to speak. There has only been coffee and cakes available each time I have been (maybe 15 times in the past 6 months) but thats fine by me. Quite... More 

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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73 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Made a change from the chains of coffee houses littering the centre of Canterbury. Great atmosphere and friendly staff. Coffee was good although on the small size.

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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

After a river tour (definitely recommend if you are visiting Canterbury or are a local) pop into Water Lane Coffeehouse for a coffee. They serve the best!

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ENGLAND
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

A change of name and new owner and still the best coffee in town bar none. Good cakes to go with as well.

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Wallington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I found this gem of a place by accident but so pleased I did! Great hub for work or generally relaxing.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We "migrated" from a terrible coffee shop on St. Margaret's Street (rather not mention) to Browns Coffee (now called Waterlane Coffee) due to poor customer service, zero to nothing ambiance and notthing-to-shout-about coffee there. And I am so glad we did! The coffee is great and of an exquisite variety. It's cosy, and chilled. Not too noisy & man, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Came here today after a bad experience with a different coffee shop with a group of friends and wow were we impressed. The staff went above and beyond to make us feel welcomed here, and it doesn't hurt that the coffee is gorgeous. 100% making this my new spot, such a cosy place.

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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

It's tucked away near the heritage museum and is in a wonderful locationby the river. Lovely interior and excellent coffee. Worth taking a detour to find.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Firstly, the Browns Coffeehouse now it is Water Lane coffeehouse, so don't be confused when you got into the right address and did not find Browns Coffeehouse. The place is lovely with a good vibe to drink coffee, read a book or chat with some friends. The coffee is amazing, they have a good variety and a excellent service.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 via mobile

I love Water Lane Coffeehouse. This was formerly Brown's coffeehouse but I believe it had changed owners, but the coffee is still the same. I am an absolute coffee addict. And nothing makes me smile more than seeing an artisan coffeehouse two minutes walk away from my house. This cafe treats coffee like a delicate, multi dimensional piece of art.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Water Lane | Off Stour Street, Canterbury CT1 2NQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Canterbury
  • Phone Number: 01227 464 797

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Bakery, Contemporary, Café

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?