The Gate Inn, Canterbury

The Gate Inn

The Gate Inn is a complete one-off, a wonderful little gem, and one of Kent's best kept secrets. Fine Cask Ales served direct from the barrel in the traditional tap room, and hearty freshly made food at sensible prices, make The Gate "an Oasis from the Madness of the 21st Century" both for the friendly locals, and for 'real' pub fans from far & wide.

Skirted by a stream this simple 220-year-old building has a large Public Bar with a quarry tiled floor (walkers, twitchers, welly boots & dogs welcome!), church pew seating, and an original double-sided fireplace, giving plenty of room for all to feel the benefit of the lovely log fire when it's cold or wet outside. Dominoes and cards are always freely available for all to try their hand!

The carefully restored Lounge Bar in the Old Bakery is home to the restaurant / dining area - we are happy to say that our food is very popular, so booking is recommended at all times of the week.

In the warmer months the beautiful riverside family cottage garden is filled with traditional flowers, shrubs and trees and is a joy to behold. You might also meet some of our resident free range chickens and ducks!

Alongside the excellent Cask Ales and lovely wines, the home cooked (and often locally grown) pub food is traditional, hearty, and sensibly priced. Try the famous 'Gatewich' (black pudding, bacon and mango chutney sandwich), or a giant baked potato grown in the fields near the Pub... even the crisps are locally produced!

A very relaxed fun Quiz night is held every Wednesday at 9pm with jellybeans as prizes! 

What our Customers Say

The Gate is a wonderful country pub - always welcoming to locals and visitors alike; comfortable, warm and cosy with its huge log fire in winter and refreshingly cool on hot summer days. Calvia

I have used the pub from approx 1990 onwards with 4 generations of the family - the setting is idyllic, the staff friendly, the food is tasty and well priced and the Shepherd Neame real ale excellent. I can't recommend the pub highly enough. Dominic

The food is delicious as ever - brilliant, well worth the trip! Sue


A warm welcome at my local, nice to know that Norman is able to remember our favourite tipple and that Glenn produces such a fabulous roast with delicious Al dente vegetables and beautiful roast potatoes and well trimmed beef truly scrumptious and plenty of gravy and creamy horseradish sauce the whitebait starter was sublime and the chocolate fudge cake is amazing ... Well done again The Gate Inn!!!!