We stumbled across the Parrot after we had eaten at the Dolphin, but after reading the history of the building we had to go in. What an amazing building, full of old beams and woodwork and decorated with an eclectic mix of old furniture. In the 30’s this 14th century gem was set for demolition until after stripping off a couple of recent layers they realized what lay underneath.
The Parrot was once know as St. Radigunds Hall and was built on the foundations of the old Roman Wall. Much of this wall survives today and forms the north wall of St. Marys Church, which is next door to the Parrot.
The bartender let us wander upstairs and told us ghost stories and the history of the pub. The upstairs room really transports you back a couple of centuries. That we didn’t eat here was my biggest disappointment in Canterbury but we did imbibe in a couple of pints before we headed out. My next visit to Canterbury, the Parrot will be on the top of my list to return to.
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