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£4 - £35
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Cafe, British
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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So often bypassed, I suspect with suspicion, because it has a small menu only a few seats inside and out and no prices on the board. This is a social kitchen run by people who need a little more time to prepare food and serve...it. You pay whatever you feel you want to pay for your meal. The meals are usually interesting salads, delicious sandwiches, soup and quiche. An array of hot and cold drinks and cakes. I have never been disappointed by the quality and generosity of the meal.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of food choice with deserts. lovely staff Vanessa and Christian worked hard. Great service very prompt but also knew when to leave us alone. Great like place for people watching too. Only pay what you think the food is worth. Worth a visit!!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 20 January 2024

Great coffee, cozy environment, excellent service. I got some work done, but there were also families having lunch and seeming to have a greta time and enjoying the food. Highly recommended!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 9 December 2023

Very cosy and friendly, good food and prompt service, I hope that these youngsters continue to get a chance to learn and build upon their experiences. Please give it a try, you wont be disappointed.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 10 November 2023

What a good find! Cafe with a difference! No prices, pay what you think it's worth. Great staff, friendly, courteous, efficient and...... good food.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 6 October 2023 via mobile

Stumbled across this little gem whilst investigating the beautiful back streets of Canterbury. The staff were great and explained about the donation policy and no price list, what a wonderful idea and a great organisation. Staff couldn’t be any eager or helpful. Great food, great...drinks. We will definitely be returning.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 29 September 2023

Absolutely brilliant, a very worthy cause too. Great food and coffee in a beautiful part of the city.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 21 September 2023

Lily's Social Kitchen is a wonderful place that made my heart sing. It's rare to see these kind of projects thriving and I urge you to try it. There's a pay what you can, pay it forward ethos and the food and drink is professionally...prepared and presented. My Dad enjoyed his Greek Salad, and my odd food requirements were met without comment (vegan, no sat. fat)More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 3 August 2023

Great food great place and staff. They have no charge as work on donations. If you visit there website site you will find the staff are volunteers and get trained up to work else were.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 8 July 2023

Had a delicious Greek salad here today, with brilliant soundtrack in the background! This cafe is part of a social enterprise which provides training and work experience for disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the community. It is also a donation cafe, so you pay what...you feel the food/ drink is worth, and more if you want to support this worthwhile enterprise.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 18 June 2023

We were on holiday in Ramsgate and was visiting Canterbury for the afternoon and wanted somewhere to eat and found Lily's Social Kitchen online and decided to go there for lunch, and glad we did. The food and drinks were delicious and all homemade. The...staff were very attentive and friendly. I will definitely be going back the next time I am in Canterbury.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 1 May 2023

What a great find on our day out. Nothing was too much trouble for the ultra friendly staff. Being vegan and finding somewhere to eat is still a challenge but the toasted sandwich was amazing and hit the spot. Knowing how much to pay (we...don't get out much) did have us scratching our heads but hey, it was all in a good cause. Would definitely go there again and recommend to friendsMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 29 April 2023

Really good service and wonderful food as well as a good price! The staff were so kind, definitely recommend!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 13 April 2023 via mobile

We chose this coffee shop in favour of others not realising it was a charity venture. The coffee was delicious, the rosé lemonade great quality, service friendly and then you just donate! Cosy atmosphere and a definite place to visit.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 8 April 2023 via mobile

After never visiting Canterbury before we where looking for somewhere to have a late lunch, we came across this place which looked ok, upon entering the back room we were offered to take a seat in the front area and someone will be with us....We asked what food there was and we where sarcastically shown the food on the blackboard, after choosing what we wanted the polite man went off and put the order in. We did feel that because the man had asked a couple of questions to another member of staff that he was spoke down too a bit. Anyway after placing the order and what we wanted the food came out it wasn’t correct but because it seemed like we were going to interrupt the people in the back room we just took what we had. It was nice food though. When we went to pay we hadn’t noticed that there wasn’t a price list so when we asked for the bill we were told that it was donation, what we thought was enough, it wasn’t posted anywhere and it took us by surprise as we where standing at the till, I was going to pay in cash but was told they don’t take cash so I had to give my donation in card by telling the person how much we where donating. After plucking a figure out of air as we wasn’t prepared we paid and left. Upon leaving we felt that the person we paid thought we hadn’t paid enough and wasn’t happy with the amount but after working out what we would have paid properly we worked out that we had paid more than what it might have been if there was a proper price on everything. Overall it has a great ethos and it’s great for giving people the experience that they need to be in a working environment but they need to show the price or tell customers first that it’s donations and card only.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Lily's Social Kitchen is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5