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Winter day trip to Canterbury, Kent

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My husband and I had some time off over the Christmas break and we fancied a day out somewhere. So we set off for Canterbury looking forward to a day of shopping, good food and taking in the sights.
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Canterbury is a small city, which adds to it’s charm because you can easily walk around the centre, which is just minutes from the station. The pretty cobbled streets are filled with timber-framed houses, sweet boutique shops and restaurants.

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After a walk around the shops, we decided to find somewhere for lunch. We headed down the little side streets that surround the magnificent Canterbury cathedral. The cathedral itself was unfortunately covered with a lot of scaffolding when we visited, but that didn’t make it any less impressive.

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We stumbled across Deeson’s British Restaurant, a stone’s throw from the cathedral. The menu looked inviting and the decor is cosy and inviting but with a distinct air of quality. We were welcomed in warmly by the friendly staff, the walls covered with clean white tiles and works of art and the room filled with wooden tables and charmingly mismatched chairs. I was also pleased to read after my visit that many of the ingredients are sourced from the restaurant’s own smallholding on the outskirts of Canterbury.

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We decided to go straight for main courses, as I had my eye on the pudding menu already. After ordering, we were presented with some delicious bread and a big pot of butter, washed down with a glass of Chapel Down beer for Neil and a white wine for me.

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The mains arrived, for me shin of beef bourguignon, with mashed potato and curly kale, and for Neil the grilled salmon, with new potatoes, spinach and a dill sauce. My shin of beef was absolutely delicious, the meat just fell apart, the gravy was rich and the mash buttery and soft. Everything was very well presented as well, this was good quality comfort food, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be attractive as well, and Deeson’s have certainly got the balance right.

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Anyone who knows me knows that if there’s something chocolatey available for pudding, then I’ll choose that. Not wanting to disappoint, I plumped for the milk chocolate mousse with hazelnut crumb. Neil’s choice; apple and blackberry fruit crumble with custard. I was concerned that a mousse made with milk chocolate might not have enough flavour to pack a punch, but I needn’t have worried, this, wwas a revelation. Not only was it beautifully presented but it was smooth, creamy and rich, but with a wonderful crunch from the hazelnuts. Pure heaven. Neil was very happy when his huge crumble was placed before him, with a nice big jar of custard on the side.

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If you fancy a trip to the pretty city of Canterbury, I can recommend popping into Deeson’s whilst you’re there. The food was excellent and good value for money, the service friendly and efficient, and overall we left very happy.

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