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Rafael's

Station Road West, Canterbury CT2 8AN, England
+44 (0)1227 459153
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Ranked #50 of 285 Restaurants in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $61 - $61
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Los Angeles, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Read in a guide book the Goods Shed was a place to check out, and ended up deciding to eat at Rafael's (which is within it). My dinner was so incredibly delicious, I had to wipe the sauce off the plate with the remaining bread. It was fresh and light, while still having incredible depth of flavor. I was there... More

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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Visited the Goods Shed several times but decided to eat our breakfast there today. Absolutely delicious! The sausages were meaty and full of flavour, the bacon cooked to perfection and I can honestly say the scrambled eggs were the best I have ever tasted. Good coffee, thick crispy toast. Brilliant surroundings, excellent local produce . Will recommend and encourage friends... More

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Had a delicious meal here with a group of friends. Really impressed by the quality and freshness of the ingredients. Also relieved that the food was all I had expected from reading other reviews as I had suggested the venue. Superb wine list too - and we loved the decor and ambience.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We have been here a couple of times and the food has always been delicious - cooked with expertise in a way that really brings out the flavour and uses tasty combinations. The surroundings and styling are quirky but I like that. If you like starched tablecloths and formal service then this is not for you. I agree with other... More

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Sussex
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Great quality and use local ingredients to good effect, Local beers are good. staff were very good. venue was full of character and had plenty of space for relaxed dining

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Dover, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

we went for lunch today as we had heard good things about the Goods Shed in which the restaurant is located. Overall the food was quite good if a little overpriced, however we had to wait a long time for dessert. My father just wanted 2 scoops of ice cream and we waited 15 minutes to arrive! The tall blonde... More

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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Good food, friendly service, pleasant environment. What's not to like.? Well, a lack of management for one. Friendliness does not make up for a lack of efficiency. We enjoyed lunch because we were here to enjoy ourselves, but at the prices charged, high by any standards, we expected a little more attention to detail. Overall impression was a place relying... More

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I have never been disappointed, but proprietor and head chef Rafael surprises my friends and me time and again by steadily improving. The atmosphere is relaxed: no waiters in dinner jackets, half a flight of stairs above a busy indoor market, simple wooden tables and all that make it unlikely they will ever get a Michelin star. I've been in... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Build a breakfast up from scratch, no other place in Canterbury will this match, fresh, and local and very scrummy..the perfect place to take your Mummy...for a great start to the day, a feast for the senses in every way! The whole place is an experience, of foodie heaven..in every sense. After breakfast take a stroll,, around fresh baked breads... More

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Cornwall, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Great environment in the Goods Shed for breakfast. Lovely location and good breakfast. We all loved the complete freedom of choice of build your own breakfast, and sampled almost everything on the menu between us. Not bad value either, although not cheap. Only let down was a surly waitress who didn't appear to have normal polite communication skills. Lovely to... More

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