The Corner House on Cheese and Biscuits

The Corner house in Canterbury has recently been featured on the Cheese and Biscuits blog site. See what they have to say about us...

I've said before on this blog that the real measure of a healthy dining scene isn't what's going on in the multi Michelin-starred high-falutin' fine dining establishments, but instead what you get for £30-40/head with a glass or two of wine. Don't get me wrong, I love places like Moor Hall, and L'Enclume, and the Fat Duck, of course I do - you'd have to be missing a soul not to have the time of your life eating dinner there, assuming you can stomach the bill - but they exist in their own international jet set tier of restaurants, separate and apart from anywhere you'd just pop into of a cold Tuesday night because you didn't fancy cooking.

And the sad reality is, if you do look at the vast majority of high streets in towns and cities up and down the country, it's still grim pickings for the food-lover. Cookie-cutter Italians like Ask, Zizzi or Prezzo dominate, with fried chicken shops and Nando's taking up whatever grade A spaces are left. Some days, and in some towns, it seems we are further away than ever from having a healthy independent food scene and nothing can save us from the relentless March of the Chains.

So what can we, who care about eating out and eating well, do about all of this? Only to find your precious local gastropub or bistro, with its seasonal menu cooked by proper chefs who get up early to prep all the fresh ingredients themselves, and where it's all served by people who love what they do, and you give them your custom. And if you happen to find yourself in Kent, and need some inspiration for how to find such a place, well let me tell you about the Corner House in Canterbury.

The menu at the Corner House is familiar and comforting as a hug from an old friend. This is, of course, exactly how it should be - you can't win hearts and minds by being stubborn when it comes to traditional gastropub favourites. So there's pork scratchings and sausage rolls, roast sirloin and Yorkshire puddings. There's triple-cooked chips, and braised shoulder of lamb for two. There is, in short, something for everyone, and judging by the happy mix of young and old we sat with on Sunday, they know their audience well.

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Taste of Kent Awards Finalist 2018

Corner House Canterbury - Taste of Kent Awards Finalist 2018

We are extremely pleased to announce that we have been placed in the Top 4 for the Taste of Kent Restaurant of the Year award!

We are so very grateful to all that voted for us - we couldn't have done it without your continued support!

We are in great company with The Carriage Restaurant, Buoy & Oyster and The Mulberry Tree who make up the top 4!

Results will be announced on March 8th so stay tuned!

A Celebration of Game!

Wednesday 15th November at 7pm

To celebrate one of our favourite seasons, we are celebrating in true Corner House style with an exclusive 1 night only event showcasing the best in British game! To book, call today on 01843 823000 or 01227 780793.


Rabbit loin in parma ham, piccalilli, crispy sage
Paired with our Romanian Pinot Noir 2016

Venison scotch egg, Jerusalem artichoke puree, toasted hazlenuts
Paired with our Crozes Hermitage 2015

Roasted crown of partridge, chestnut puree, bread sauce, game chips, roast parsnip
Paired with our Smart Dog Syrah 2015

Salted caramel tart, quince, blackberries, honeycomb
Paired with our local Thunder toffee vodka

£45 per guest
£59 per guest with our recommended drink’s flight

5 Minutes with Matt Sworder

5 Minutes with Matt Sworder

Chef and restaurateur Matt Sworder is the owner of Kent-based company The Corner House Restaurant Group. The son of restaurateur David Sworder (Morton’s Fork, The Chequers and Bayside Brasserie in Kent) Matt began a marketing career with an insurance firm before realising he missed the buzz of the restaurant kitchen. He worked for Gordon Ramsay Group, Anthony Demetre and Adam Byatt before opening his first restaurant – the Corner House in Minster, Kent, in 2013. A second restaurant opened in Canterbury last year.

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Christmas 2017 at The Corner House

Christmas Day bookings are now being taken, so if you would like to come along and celebrate with us this year, call our Minster restaurant today on 01843 823000, or our Canterbury restaurant on 01227 780793.


Canapés and a glass of Chapel Down Three Graces

Parsnip, pear & honey soup, blue cheese crumble (v)
Pan fried scallops, Jerusalem artichoke puree, toasted hazelnuts, bacon & apple
Trio of beetroot, goats cheese mousse, kale & walnut pesto (v)
Stour valley venison tartare, quail egg, mushroom ketchup & crispy shallots

Roast turkey thigh, with the ultimate trimmings
Monkfish wrapped in Parma ham, monkish scampi, grilled baby gem & warm tartare sauce
Fillet of beef wellington, dauphinoise potatoes, winter vegetables, beef jus
Crispy parmesan polenta with wild mushrooms, squash puree, roasted chestnuts & sage (v)

Homemade Christmas pudding, brandy butter, proper custard
Chilled chocolate fondant, salted caramel sauce, toasted hazelnuts
Lemon posset, mulled berries, homemade honeycomb, white chocolate biscotti
A selection of British cheeses, quince puree, homemade walnut & raisin bread & a glass of port

Artisan tea or coffee, homemade truffles & mince pies

Adults £100pp / Kids £90pp

*Ingredients are subject to seasonal availability so dishes may vary*

Do We Get Your Vote?

Vote for the Corner House

Corner House Canterbury has been open over a year now and what an exciting time it has been for us! We are so grateful for all the support we have received and want to know whether you think we deserve Newcomer of the Year in the Kent Life Food & Drink Awards 2017?

The prestigious awards, which launched in 2013, are designed to champion, highlight and offer a showcase to the good and the great from the region’s food and drink industry, including local producers and suppliers, small farming businesses, chefs, restaurants, pubs and hoteliers. All the finalists will be people who care about the countryside and the future of our local environment.

Support the awards and vote here for your favourite in Kent and perhaps Corner House Canterbury as Newcomer of the Year!

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