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Willows Secret Kitchen

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42 Stour Street, Canterbury CT1 2PH, England
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Kent, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is a great little eating spot tucked away from the main high street. The smoothies were amazing - natural, chilled and refreshing. The sandwich we shared was also v good with fresh crusty bread. The young lady serving behind the counter couldn't have been more friendly. We watched the world go past from one of the benches at the... More 

Thank Rob007Kent_UK
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

Very comforting grilled cheese sandwich which was massive and very filling! Awesome flat white. Definitely a favourite. Worth a trip away from the bustling and busy high street for a little something special.

Thank AKD2
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Do not be fooled by the size of this place, the food and amazing customer service should be worthy of the biggest building in Canterbury! I regularly go for lunch and thought I'd contribute my two pence on trip advisor as the food really is great. Very generous portion sizes in the sandwiches/baguettes, great coffee, nice selection of locally sourced... More 

Thank Farang87
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Such a pleasant, friendly couple run this small coffee shop. Inside may be small but the welcome is BIG. Homemade cakes, tempting unusual fillings for sandwiches and jacket potatoes, delicious coffee. Well worth a visit.

Thank Lesley J
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

Amazing, freshly made sandwiches with great quality produce. Sublime coffee too. This is my new local café - Happy Days!

Thank sync24
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

Really friendly atmosphere, very nice coffee, amazing grilled cheese for sure. I could be there everyday! Maybe the food could be just a bit cheaper :)

Thank Maria K
Brighton, United Kingdom
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191 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

A preliminary review: in need of a coffee while wandering around after shopping on Good Friday afternoon, we were struggling, as lots of places had closed early. A quick search identified Willows as nearby, so after a bit of searching (not that hard, we were just being stupid) we found it. It's very small, so pretty cosy, but very friendly.... More 

1 Thank Phil H
Colchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

We were wandering around Canterbury, it was cool and I wanted a coffee. We saw a small cafe, we asked if the dog could come in, they loved dogs - great we went into a cosy warm cafe. Staff were super friendly, coffee and tea were good. Everyone that came in was greated as an old friend, we are going... More 

1 Thank gcdavidson
Canterbury, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

I ordered my favourite sandwich and although it wasn't on the menu, the lovely staff were very willing to make it for me: tuna and avocado on malted grain bread (a doorstop!) with lemon juice and plenty of black pepper. Totally delicious and kept me going for the whole day.

Thank cma229
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016 via mobile

What a great find. The sandwiches are large, coffee delish and the owner/staff were extremely friendly, as well as the patrons. I would highly recommend lunch here and will myself, go back again!

Thank koffiebeans

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cafe, British
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42 Stour Street, Canterbury CT1 2PH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Canterbury
  • Phone Number: 441227788777
Hi fellow Tripadvisor people, we thought we would give you a little info about us.

We are a casual very small Sandwich & Coffee Bar, serving you great coffee in the hidden back streets of Canterbury. We are not easy to find, but hope you will try.

Feel free to call ahead and ask if we have space as we are tiny but very welcoming, we have just launched our Grilled Cheese sandwiches and all are Iron Grilled to order just for you.

We hope to see you soon



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