The Parrot

88 Reviews

Star Travel Rating

4/5

Review type

Things to do

Location

Date of travel

November, 2021

Product name

The Parrot

Product country

Canterbury

Product city

Canterbury

Travelled with

Reasons for trip

I’ve lived in Canterbury for over 20 years and until last month I had never been to The Parrot, a pub/restaurant in the city centre; however, I have now been twice in the last month. The Parrot is a Shepherd Neame pub. Shepherd Neame is an independent brewery in this part of the country, having been in operation in the market town of Faversham for over 300 years. They currently have over 300 pubs in London and the Southeast. Booking is advisable.

The Parrot is said to be the oldest pub in Canterbury but I think that just means it’s the oldest building that is a pub premise, having been built over Roman foundations in the 14th century, at the same time that Canterbury Cathedral was under construction. It was originally called Radigund’s Hall, named after the monks of St Radigunds from Bradsole near Dover who owned properties in this area. In 1937 it was a row of 7 cottages that were declared unfit for human habitation but due to its important architectural details from the 14th century it was saved and renovated as one property again and became a club for girls. Then from 1960 to 1970 it was used for some classes by Canterbury College of Art (my sister used to do printing of fabrics there). In 1987 it became a pub and was called Simple Simon’s until 2008. It is located in a picturesque street and right in front of the pub are the remains of the Roman city walls. The interior has some lovely historic architectural details – there are medieval beams and old timber floors. On the ground floor there is one long room with several tables for dining and also a bar; on the first floor is a large medieval function room/restaurant that I haven’t yet seen but there’s a fine roof with brackets and crown posts as you would expect in a hall house of that period. Outside at the back is a large brick and paved courtyard with tables and chairs which must be a lovely place to eat or drink when the weather is warm.

I thought the staff were friendly and efficient. When the pubs reopened following lockdown Shepherd Neame, to be cost-effective, simplified their menus so all the pubs have a few dishes that are common to all their properties although seaside locations have more fish and seafood choices. At The Parrot the prices are reasonable and include, predictably, burgers, fish and chips (in two sizes) and pies. There are small plates at £5.95 to £6.25 and main courses range in price from £8.95 for a small fish and chips to £14.95 for maple glazed pressed pork belly. There’s also a selection of sandwiches on the menu. On my first visit I chose the pork belly but there was just too much meat for me so the next time I’d have liked to try wild boar raviolini but there was none left so I had a small fish, chips and peas which was so nice I regretted not having a large portion. The beer is said to be good but I can’t comment on it as the only Shepherd Neame beer I ever drink is Whitstable Bay, which is a Pale Ale.

The Parrot is a short walk from the centre of Canterbury – along Palace Street and Northgate – but St Radigund’s car park is only about 100 metres away and is large, although the parking fee is £2.30 an hour so it’s cheaper to use Canterbury’s Park and Ride service which costs £4 a day for a car with up to six people. I will certainly eat at The Parrot again but there are still a few other restaurants I want to try before I return.

“See menus and opening times”:https://www.parrotcanterbury.co.uk/

hardyplant

Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.