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Water Lane Coffeehouse

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Coffee Shop, Seafood, Bakeries, Contemporary
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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
Closed now
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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: Coffee & Tea, Takeout

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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Lovely coffee

Must be getting old - each time I'm without kids with my husband and we go to a cafe, I find myself asking if we can avoid chains. For this reason, we visited Water Lane. As we were waiting for our lattes (and it was 10 minutes or so, and not that busy), I had a look at the Trip... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
MrsC124
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Must be getting old - each time I'm without kids with my husband and we go to a cafe, I find myself asking if we can avoid chains. For this reason, we visited Water Lane. As we were waiting for our lattes (and it was 10 minutes or so, and not that busy), I had a look at the Trip... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We had been wanting to experience this coffee house for a while, as we prefer to go to the independent coffee houses in Canterbury. However, we were extremely disappointed. When we arrived we were ignored even though we were the only customers waiting. We then recived one drink 20 minutes before receiving the other coffee. I asked for sugar and... More 

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

An independent coffee shop making proper & brilliant coffee. If you like proper coffee then you will like it here.

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London, England
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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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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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
57 helpful votes 57 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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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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: Coffee Shop, Seafood, Bakeries, Contemporary

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?