The Old Weavers, Canterbury

The Old Weavers is a bustling restaurant steeping in history; the foundations of the building date back to the 12th Century, the frontage 15th Century and in the 16th Century it was an old weavers, and here it gained its name. With an eclectic mix of styles, there are also several alterations and additions from the 20th Century that make this restaurant a beautiful, colourful ambient place to sit and relax with a glass of wine by the river.

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At the moment, The Old Weavers Restaurant has an absolutely fabulous offer available in conjunction with The Canterbury Punting Company you can dine from their exclusive Dine & Punt Menu for just £16.99 per person and enjoy a 40-minute punt down the river with comical and historical commentary along the way.

We have been to the restaurant a couple of times before but haven’t ever seen the Dine & Punt offer (available summer only), and we have never been able to sit outside in the orangery directly on the riverbank as it’s always been so busy. If you haven’t booked, my advice would be to arrive between 11.45 and 12.15pm because you’re pretty much guaranteed to get a table outside – any later than that, and the chances are slim, although you’ll probably get a table inside which is a fascinating and quirky little treasure trove everywhere you look, so is equally appealing.

The menu is extensive with a great selection of home-cooked, “proper British grub” as Beard would say, but it’s far more than “grub”, it’s delicious food in an ambient setting, with pleasant staff making the experience all the more enjoyable. The children’s menu portion sizes are generous, and include a drink and ice cream for £7.25; Josh went for the halloumi which was apparently perfect while Finn opted for the roast which was a very generous portion to his delight.
The standard menu prices are reasonable for the quality of the food. In particular, the lunch menu is outstanding value, however, be aware that you do need to request the Dine & Punt menu, which is different from the standard menu.
Also bear in mind that although you can see a punt on the river near to the restaurant, that company actually isn’t the punting route associated with the Dine & Punt offer, nor is the next one close by – you need to come out of The Old Weavers take a left, go over the bridge and then follow the cobble street until you reach the river, there you will see The Canterbury Punting Company around a 2 minute walk away. It is off the beaten track slightly, therefore, be sure you book the correct tour and meal deal. It really is the perfect way to spend the afternoon after a fabulous lunch on the riverside on a summers day. We thoroughly enjoyed our time and our lunch at The Old Weavers, our waiter was incredible, and the setting simply stunning. My new favourite place in Canterbury.

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