I was looking for a new place in Canterbury to eat and stumbled across reviews on a place called Willows Secret Kitchen. The name intrigued me, could I find the secret of Canterbury, I took up this challenge and leaped for the bus and the journey began. I was lead away from the main city as I went further on the noise of the hustle and bustle gradually soften, it was if I had found a small village town even though the main city was only a stone’s throw away.
Then just in the distance I saw this delightful small shop jutting out of the corner, yes I had found the secret of Canterbury. As I entered, unclear what I would find, I was taken aback by a stylish well-designed shop, with a wall for a menu and great looking tables and chairs with interesting items dotted around, and I especially like the old arm boxes on the table.
I was greeted with a friendly, “Hello, how are you” by the staff. I do love good customer service and Willows staff has this down to a tee.
So what to order the food choices where vast from
breakfast baps - sandwiches – jackets – salad and fresh home made cakes – pastries and fresh fruit on show. After my quest I needed something filling - bring on the full breakfast bag. What can I say, just wow! All freshly made with all the trimmings, and the staff let me know that the bap and bread were made locally by their baker, fresh in every morning, as I was tucking into my bap and a mug of tea which I just say has the smartest milk jug I have seen.
Looking around Willows it has this warm friendly relaxing feeling, with people popping in and out, getting a bite to eat or getting it to go, and grading a coffee as they journey into the bustling city centre.
After smelling the rich fresh aroma of coffee that filled the shop I had to have one, but what to try, the staff were on hand to explain about the coffee and the different styles that Willows make. I went for the Aussie Latte it was served to me in a small glass with a cool piece of coffee art, always like to see this in coffee shops. The coffee had a smooth rich delicate flavour with a good old fashion kick, just what I want from a coffee.
Now that I have found Willows I will definitely be back lovely food, drinks, people, staff, custom service and much more. I have got to try the vacuum coffee, which looks amazing, but I will let you find out about that on your quest to Willows Secret Kitchen.
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