The Parade Room at The Pound
The Parade Room at The Pound is part of Westgate towers, a historic Grade 1 listed building and medieval gatehouse in Canterbury, Kent and is the largest surviving city gate in England. It is built of Kentish ragstone from around 1379 and is incredibly well-preserved and is still, today classed as one of the most distinctive landmarks in Britain. The 1 Pound Lane (The Pound) was built in the 1800’s and is an extension to the City Gaol – (which is a jail) and it became the Canterbury City Police Station in 1870 after the gaol had moved. It was extended in the 1900’s to create a parade room and other cells.
For the last couple of years, 1 Pound Lane has been home to an upmarket little bar with the cell rooms used as bookable rooms for private drinks. Expensive but very chilled and chic – it’s a great place to go in Canterbury and where I went on my fist date with Mark which brings me the fondest memories.
But let’s get back to The Parade Room. The Parade Room is a brand new dining space that promotes a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere with a tasty British gastropub menu. Although modern and vibrant inside, it has been beautifully restored keeping lots of it’s original features which makes it a very attractive space.
Canterbury is predominantly a student town now so anything that is too pricey can sometimes be a bit detrimental to a business and when I saw the menu, I did wonder whether it was sustainable as it is a bit pricey. However, when the food arrived it was clear to see that these chefs know exactly what they are doing – the food is delicious and unique; using intriguing and locally sourced ingredients where possible. We decided against a starter as we were going out for drinks with friends so didn’t have a lot of time to fully indulge but for our main we both had the Crispy Lemon Sole with Broccoli and a Fish Pie Sauce and it really was delicious. The fish was flaky and the sauce creamy and tangy – a real treat.
For dessert I had the Carrot & Ginger Cake, Blood Orange Frosting, Stem Ginger Ice Cream – for me this dessert was a little too sweet and the frosting was slightly bitter but overall it was a tasty dessert and the ice cream was creamy and gorgeous.
The location is fantastic and the food is tasty but the service is second to none with fun staff who can’t do enough for you. Although I think it is a little costly, the food is delicious and the original features of a very awesome building add such value to the experience. It is a nice touch to have a classy restaurant among the chains and a definite treat and I would absolutely recommend The Pound and The Parade Room.