If you are looking for somewhere fun and exciting to eat with the family, you are going to be spoilt for choice when it comes to Canterbury. There are so many exciting places in the area. However, when dining with children, you will want to make sure that the restaurants welcome kids and that you’re not going to receive death stares when you walk into the room. With that being said, we have picked out seven of the best child-friendly restaurants and cafes in Canterbury.


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1. Il Posticino

As you may have gathered from the name, this is an authentic Italian restaurant, which brings a little slice of Italy to Kent. We love how rustic and cosy this restaurant it is. You feel welcome from the moment you walk through the door. Not only this but it has a great children’s menu. If you are tired of going to restaurants with the same old kid’s meals on the menu, you won’t be disappointed here. From breadcrumbed chicken fillets, deep-fried and served with chips to penne pasta in a pork and beef ragù; there is something for all little tastebuds. 

Address: 61 Dover St, Canterbury CT1 3HD

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Source: Il Posticino – Facebook

2. Café des Amis

If you are looking for a unique cafe to visit while you are in Canterbury, we would definitely recommend this one. Not only does it have a rich history but it has an exciting menu that draws on earthy and exotic flavours of ancient Mexico. If that was not enough, healthy and fresh ingredients are used. Children are more than welcome here, making it a great place for a family meal. Expect great Latin music and vibrant decor to round off the whole experience.

Address: 95 St. Dunstans St, Canterbury CT2 8AA

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Source: Café des Amis / Facebook

3. Café Mauresque

An atmospheric Andalucían/North African Oasis, you will find Café Mauresque located right in the centre of the historic city. The restaurant is known for having a friendly and warm atmosphere, as well as serving Moorish food that combines warm spices and distinctive herbs with delicate flavours and slow-cooked stews. There really is something for everyone here!

Address: 8 Butchery Ln, Canterbury CT1 2JR

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Source: Cafe Mauresque / Facebook

4. Pork & Co

If you are looking to pick up some affordable yet tasty food while on the go, you will love Pork & Co. not only do you have a wide range of 14-hour slow-cooked rare breed pork meals on the menu – from meaty nachos to pork rolls – but you can expect delicious scotch eggs, southern fried chicken, and burgers. There is bound to be something on the menu that your children will love!  Pork & Co is currently operating as a takeaway from Margate and Canterbury shops until further notice.

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Source: @porkandco / Instagram

5. The Refectory Kitchen

As this bistro is family-run, you know that it is going to be family-friendly. It is a modern bistro, which has a simple yet diverse menu, which uses produce that has been sourced locally whenever possible. They have also put together an exciting children’s menu as well, so you do not have to worry about your little ones going hungry! It’s worth pointing out that this is an establishment that does not take bookings, so it works on a first-come-first-serve sort of basis!

Address: 16 St. Dunstans St, Canterbury CT2 8AF

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6. Café du Soleil

Creative and exciting food can be found at this cafe, which is located in a beautiful setting on the banks of the River Stour in Canterbury. The menu takes influences from the Pacific rim, Italy, and Provence in southern France, creating a blend of exciting flavours. It is certainly one of the best places to eat at when the sun is shining and you can find a table outside. 

Address: 5 Pound Ln, Canterbury CT2 8AA

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Source: Cafe du Soleil / Facebook

7.  Olive Grove

Last but not least, we cannot talk about restaurants in Canterbury without mentioning the Olive Grove. You can expect delicious food at great prices here. There is a buffet option, enabling you to have a taster of all of the different meals on offer. There is also a kids menu as well, which consists of dishes like spaghetti bolognese, cheese and tomato pizza, fish fingers and chips, and chicken on skewers with salad and chips. This menu comes with a drink and ice cream too.

Address: 12 Best Ln, Canterbury CT1 2JB

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Source: Olive Grove Canterbury

As you can see, there are lots of great places for dining when with the entire family if you are visiting Canterbury. We hope that you have managed to find a restaurant or cafe that appeals to you when visiting this part of Kent with your children. We are sure you won’t be disappointed no matter which one you choose. 

7 Places to Eat in Canterbury with Your Children

List of Image Sources

  • Il Posticino – Facebook
  • Café des Amis / Facebook
  • Cafe Mauresque / Facebook
  • @porkandco / Instagram
  • Refectory Kitchen / Facebook
  • Cafe du Soleil / Facebook
  • Olive Grove Canterbury / Olive Grove Canterbury

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