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Water Lane Brasserie

22-24 Stour Street | at the end of Water Lane, on the Stour river, Canterbury CT1 2NQ, England
+44 1227 634530
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“cakes” (13 reviews)
“tapas” (3 reviews)
“coffee house” (11 reviews)
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Cafe, International, Contemporary, Wine Bar
££ - £££
22-24 Stour Street | at the end of Water Lane, on the Stour river, Canterbury CT1 2NQ, England
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Reviewed 19 August 2018

The premises are now run by the Canterbury Punting Company (see separate review). It offers simpler snacks and various drinks to customers for the punts, as well as the public at large..

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank JanInJapan
Reviewed 9 June 2018

Wandering the back doubles of Canterbury we happened across this amazing little place. Sited right on the river (and home to Canterbury Punts if you fancy twice the experience) this is great place for just a coffee or much more. An eclectic range of furniture...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank hjpop
Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

We visited this lovely quirky cafe today and we loved it. A very welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. We sat outside on the table placed over small bridge on the river. Lots of birds helping themselves from the bird feeders near our table was a pleasant...More

Date of visit: May 2018
1  Thank cermila t
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

Just stopped for a drink as passing by and the setting on the river was too tempting! I had beautiful wine, my husband had great beer. Staff were really friendly, will definitely go back to try the tapas.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Quest383787
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We each had a bowl of soup (Parsnip and apple) with bread before heading out on a boat trip which began from the Cafe. It's a great coffee shop for having some basic snacks. Hard to find unless you happen to be taking the route...More

Date of visit: March 2018
1  Thank Wisprof
Reviewed 2 April 2018

I enjoyed an evening with a group of friends here, eating small tapas-style snacks and acceptable house wine. The (new) owner was very welcoming, and enthusiastic about plans for the future — outside seating by the river, a pétanque court, etc. I will visit again!

Date of visit: March 2018
1  Thank JanInJapan
Reviewed 16 March 2018

This place has a charming location right next to the river and has a lovely relaxed atmosphere inside. The staff are always so friendly and attentive. The coffee is very good and the food delicious. Would definitely recommend!

Date of visit: March 2018
1  Thank adriana972017
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

While we chose this place in part because it was dog friendly, that’s not why we now love it. We were treated to a small plates feast, put together after some back and forth with the owner. The meal included an amazing soup, salad, swiss...More

Date of visit: February 2018
1  Thank Martin L
Reviewed 19 February 2018

A must go! Stumbled upon Waterlane Coffee brasserie tucked away next to the river, exceptional service - relaxing chatty atmosphere where every customer is made to feel welcome. Good prices, Monday night student night is excellent, discounted drinks and tapas, good music and games, definitely...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank mollyfloyd24
Adam S, Owner at Water Lane Brasserie, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Thank you for your kind words, we look forward to hosting you again very soon!

Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

Went with a party of seven to try the tapas and cocktails- we weren’t disappointed. The pork belly and halloumi were particular highlights. A personal atmosphere, you do not feel like “just another customer”, which is a really refreshing feeling

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Halleloo
Adam S, Owner at Water Lane Brasserie, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Thank you Halleloo, we really enjoyed hosting you! Hope to see you all soon for the much anticipated Greek night!

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Questions & Answers
20 December 2017|
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Response from Adam S | Property representative |
Absolutely, we have Almond milk, Soya milk & Oat milk.
Piotr K
25 August 2017|
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Response from Adam S | Property representative |
Hi Piotr, I really appreciate your feedback and I am sorry I haven’t replied sooner, I’ve only just been able to get access by Tripadvisor to this section. You are totally right. When I bought this place 3 months ago it... More
Emily W
22 March 2017|
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Response from Luke R | Property representative |
I'm afraid not but we are just down the road from the Greyfriars garden.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$10
Cafe, International, Contemporary, Wine Bar
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22-24 Stour Street | at the end of Water Lane, on the Stour river, Canterbury CT1 2NQ, England (Formerly Water Lane Cafe)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Canterbury
  • Phone Number: +44 1227 634530
  • E-mail
Canterbury's best kept secret. A locals favourite that welcomes travelers from near and far to enjoy great coffee, tea, food and service.
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