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Wine or coffee? That is the question for Canterbury City dwellers visiting The Shakespeare Wine and Coffee House, following the completion of a £180,000 redevelopment by Shepherd Neame.
Hot-on-the-heels of the re-launch of adjoining pub The Shakespeare, Butchery Lane, comes this stunning wine bar in the former gift shop on Burgate.
It comes complete with two trained sommeliers, Leighton and Paul, who will guide you through almost 100 wines selected by Todd’s the Wine Company from family-owned vineyards around the world.
Customers can order seven reds and seven whites by the glass. Alternatively, for those unsure what to choose why not try a ‘wine flight’, a natty chandelier-style taster tray housing three 50ml official ISO wine tasting glasses. Formal tastings with a sommelier can also be booked.
The Wine and Coffee House and The Shakespeare pub, one of the only independent food-led outlets in Canterbury, are run by joint licensees Dan Sidders and Gareth Finney.
Dan said: “It’s all about making wine accessible for everyone. None of the wine is more than £5 a glass and we’re encouraging people to try different styles and discover something new.”
Shepherd Neame property and tenanted trade director George Barnes says, “The Shakespeare Wine and Coffee House is a great asset to the existing pub business. It offers a high quality array of wines with knowledgeable staff as well as innovative wine tasting options.”
Coffee and cake are available throughout the day.