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Water Lane Coffeehouse

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, Contemporary
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Stour Street | Off Stour Street, Canterbury CT1 2NQ, England
+44 1227 464797
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Essex, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Great coffee and nice atmosphere. We didn't stop for long but the ambience was nice and the coffee and hot chocolate worth the short detour from the high street.

Thank from_Essex
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

Literally the best coffee in Canterbury, served in a gorgeous location on the riverside. The staff are genuinely passionate about what they do, and it is great to feel that your barista is a professional, not simply a university enrolled part timer as per the usual high street dross

Thank Jimithy73
Whitstable, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Someone said this place did a nice cup of coffee, and they weren't joking. On a hot day, with its doors open it was a welcome stop on a wander through the city. Friendly staff, and wonderful coffee, what more can you ask for. Try it, worth stopping for, and you can go for a punt from here too!!

Thank Jon L
London, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Cute little coffeehouse, my partner had read about this place having the best coffee. He felt a bit let down, but the coffee was still ok. Full of students doing work which is the perfect setting for it. The cakes are tasty too.

Thank Raychell16
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

Visited a Saturday am. Had visited previously and more or less enjoyed. This coffe house is in a beautiful location, the coffee comes highly recommended! The staff are pleasant. Lukewarm coffee and loo's needed servicing.

Thank marywalker
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

I have found a super coffee shop in Canterbury. I won't visit any other place now. Super surroundings, lovely people. Love the coffee and you are super dog friendly .

Thank Toni H
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

Always visit whenever in Canterbury - lovely location overlooking the river, great quality coffee & wonderful, relaxed atmosphere. Loads of natural light & good atmosphere for socialising or working solo (free wi-fi available). Well worth a visit :)

Thank Kathryn L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Popped in whilst during a shopping trip to Canterbury, had a macchiato, hot choc and a lovely slice of orange, carrot and courgette cake... All delicious and consumed looking out over the river. Lovely x

1 Thank Drew R
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2016

I like to think of myself as a coffee connoisseur but then again, I'm just a normal person who likes coffee. Try this coffeehouse, and you'll become that desired connoisseur. The coffee is of a high quality and really looks professional. I would go for the biggest cup they offer which usually costs under £3. It is small and is... More 

Thank Matt M
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2016

Found the coffee shop just by the canal, next to the punting company. We decided to stop for a coffee while waiting for the rain to stop. It was a really good coffee and the atmosphere was lively!

Thank Xtinextine

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Stour Street | Off Stour Street, Canterbury CT1 2NQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Canterbury
  • Phone Number: +44 1227 464797

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?