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. Read a review of the pub in The Telegraph.

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 (families welcome) features another open fire and huge old leather sofas, as well as the original 18th Century bakers oven as a backdrop to the raised Stage area at the rear.

In the warmer months the beautiful riverside family cottage garden is filled with traditional flowers, shrubs and trees and is a joy to behold. There is now also a recently added idyllic 'quiet garden' overlooking the lake for adults only, which is fast becoming a favourite for couples to relax in.

Alongside the excellent Cask Ales and lovely wines, the excellent 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! Whilst on Thursday nights there's often live Jazz/Folk etc. on the Bakers Oven Stage.

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