The Corner House
I have walked past The Corner House building for many years and have never been inside but last night, on a whim, we decided to pop on in for dinner and drinks. Over the course of those year’s, it has exchanged hands a couple of times but for the last 18 months it has been the incredibly successful restaurant, The Corner House. The Corner House has two restaurants in Kent, one in Minster and one in Canterbury. The Minster location has been around for 5 years of so and has won the title of Kent Restaurant of the Year in 2015 and 2017 and this year, they find out if the Canterbury restaurant has won the title (they find out on Thursday 8th March 2018)!
The Corner House is a stunning 16th Century former Coach House overlooking the city walls and is incredibly local, offering superb convenience to visiting the City, benefits from being super close to Canterbury East station and has parking right behind the building.
Inside is cosy, welcoming and warm and retains a lot of the Coach House’s original character. The staff are incredibly polite, well-trained and can’t do enough for you and overall, it’s a lovely small little restaurant with fabulous original features.
The Food is absolutely out of this world. I’ve been to a lot of places across Kent and cannot believe that not only have I not really heard much of a buzz about The Corner House but also how incredible the food is. Whenever I ask someone what reasonably priced fine dining restaurants there are in Canterbury, I get the same response – Abode, Deeson’s (which has sadly now closed) and The Ambrette but I’ve never been told about The Corner House before, which absolutely astounds me as it’s by far, one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in Kent. I’m not alone – their reviews are top notch!
To start I had the mackerel with a trio of beetroots and a horseradish cream – the mackerel was sweet and delicious, melting away in my mouth but the beetroot was incredible. On the base of the plate, the mackerel was sat on some thinly sliced pickled beetroot coloured with turmeric and the sweetness of the beetroot served with the creamy strong horseradish was like an explosion of flavour in my mouth – so beautiful.
For my main, I had the mussels. It’s hard to really ‘dress’ up mussels but these were lovely, not too salty but fresh, cooked perfectly and served in a delicious onion and white wine sauce and served with chips, cooked three times and a handmade mushroom ketchup (which they need to bottle up immediately because it is incredible)!
For dessert I was practically silent throughout – a stunning creamy white chocolate cheesecake on a ginger crumb served with beautiful homemade honeycomb and orange segments. Again, cheesecake is usually hard to ‘dress’ up – it is what it is but this was served beautifully as well – in a lovely little glass mason jar on plank of wood which gave it such a lovely little character. Not too sweet and definitely not too filling – just perfect.
You have to go to this hidden gem. I’m kicking myself that I haven’t been here before because it’s now top of my list for future visits. They have great deals and events for those who want to save a few pounds but their pricing structure is incredibly fair for the amount of effort gone into your plate of food and the atmosphere is so welcoming, fabulous drinks menu and very comfortable and quiet. The food though, is out of this world good – you can tell that every chef in the kitchen takes the quality of their food to heart and that shows on the plate.
My only comment is that they could do with perhaps one or two more vegetarian options in the starter section of the menu but apart from that, overall, this place is stunning and I couldn’t recommend it enough.
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