Permanently Closed - Deeson's British Restaurant

4.4
934 reviews
£25 and under
British
This restaurant is permanently closed. Deeson's restaurant is a British restaurant set in the heart of the historic Cathedral city of Canterbury. At Deeson's we pride ourselves on serving the best of seasonal produce that is available to us from Kent the allotment of England and Britain. Our menu celebrates everything that is great about Britain and it's culinary history.
At Deeson's we have the freedom to change our menu's on a daily basis directed by the feedback we receive from our suppliers letting us know which products are particularly good at any given time.
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Laughable
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant but only come here if you eat like a mouse ! The amount of food put on your plate is ridiculous and at a costly price!
£7 for the grilled sardines starter for which you receive the 4 smallest sardines imaginable.
£22 for the beef of which you receive 3 tiny chunks on top of some sort of potato and some greens.
And unfortunately it was a visit to the toilet for the both of us as soon as we got home !
As I said lovely restaurant and great service but a massive no to the food !

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An entirely memorable 'couple's' birthday event due to the superb service, food and ambience. We chose this restaurant especially, and were not disappointed. Bravo!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last visited a few years ago for my Son's graduation celebration meal. My daughter is now at Kent Uni and we chose this visit to Deesons to celebrate her Birthday. A great evening was had by all. Thank you

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viplondondiner
London
74 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The service was very poor compared to a previous visit. With hardly anybody in the restaurant I had to go find a waiter on at least three occasions. Music was blaring out from one of their smart phones connected to the audio system. The food is good but a very measly portion of beef. i told the waitress but she wasn't interested. The staff really didn't care. I'll look for somewhere else in Canterbury for Sunday lunch.

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KarenB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The restaurant had been recommended to us for a special occasion so our expectations were quite high (the beautiful view from the loo was also mentioned!) However, we were very disappointed. Service (on a 6.30pm booking) was slow and not particularly friendly. A main course of beef (requested 'the rarer the better') came overcooked and cold on a cold plate. A main of chicken breast was bland with no flavour in the supposedly truffle gnocchi. Coming in at £72 for 2 courses, 2 beers and 1 soft drink, we certainly didn't feel it offered value for money. Whilst there was a lovely view of the cathedral from the toilet, the seat was broken and the floor was filthy. We left, underwhelmed and bought dessert elsewhere on the journey home, leaving drinks unfinished. A shame as much was promised. With so many excellent places to eat in the city centre, we certainly won't return, nor would we recommend.

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TC67
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose here on a recommendation from a friend to celebrate by Graduation. The food was superb and the staff very efficient. Definitely recommend and will return again.

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Clare
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

On arrival we were greeted by friendly staff and shown straight to our table. The speed of service was good, you didn't feel rushed or left out. Could not fault the meal and during dessert as we were celebrating a birthday a plate with "happy birthday" written in chocolate sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream was brought to our table, which I thought was a nice touch as it wasn't over done but a subtle nod towards the event we had booked for.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriends birthday meal was a treat. Super tasty food, friendly service and they brought out a happy birthday pudding after I mentioned on the booking notes. Will deffo be going again. Also alot cheaper than local rumours led me to believe, starters, two drinks and mains under £100...bargain for the level of quality.

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LesH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I have been to this restaurant many times and have always been pleased with the food and service. Food is excellent and service very good but the restaurant can get very noisy when busy. So Friday evening is better than Saturday.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, friendly and good atmosphere

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vipAdamS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great New Year’s Eve family dinner, good food, nice atmosphere

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Beehappy
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great family run restaurant in the heart of Canterbury; great place to meet up with a group of friends , a special date or family meet up. Local produce and experienced staff working well to produce a good night out.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual, but cold, but it was Christmas eve

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MightySchweity
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Dependably consistent with quality of food, friendly and efficient service, easy atmosphere, local community feel, amenable fellow diners, home grown and raised ingredients from their own small-holding, longevity, comfortable interior with spacious table placings, central location close to the cathedral, reasonable and fair prices and convenient access. What more could one possibly want in a favourite restaurant?

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OpenTable Diner
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Cozy, food is good !

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal, in a fabulous location.
We've been here several times and have never been disappointed.
Word of warning, make sure you book first.

EH
EmilyH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had a bad experience here, great food, great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and wine, friendly and professional service, the place to be in Canterbury!

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food. Went there for our wedding anniversary. I prefer booked two glasses of champagne. When dessert came out, the chef had done a nice little chocolate swoosh and written happy anniversary on it, great touch.

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Jane
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate there while spending a few days in Canterbury. Very good location. Good food and service. Nice Christmas atmosphere, without being over the top.

CB
ClareB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deesons is my favourite place for Sunday roast! Delicious local produce and wines and great friendly service

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of many trips to Deeson’s! Never disappointed! Whole experience is amazing and worth every penny!

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both loved this restaurant, really exceptionally good food. Very generous portions so I struggled to have room for pudding but couldn't resist the seasonal fruit crumble with vanilla custard and it was absolutely delicious! We had dinner at a 2 Michelin star restaurant in London the week before and I can honestly say we both enjoyed the food more at Deesons.

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vipWill83222
London
33 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, as usual. I was concerned about the scaled down menu before we arrived but the food was exceptional, as was the service.

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Micki
Kent
13 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pheasant, Beef and Fish & Chip meals were incredible! Always a wonderful, flavourful and big meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and good food as always. Interesting menu

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eaten here on a number of occasions never fails to impress and my last meal was the best yet massive thank you to the chef and all the staff, keep it best restaurant in Canterbury by a long way!!! 😃

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Jude
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant ,love the food,the people and the ambience....really pleased that I live near and can access it easily.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, attentive staff and just a real treat for the 4 of us who ate there.
If I am ever in Canterbury again I will be sure to return. Dont hesitate, just book now!

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CarolH
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A wonderful meal - shared roast beef- and wonderful efficient service

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous food and wonderful service

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Daniel
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Came here for my 2 Year Anniversary with my Girlfriend. Lovely restaurant, helpful staff, tasty food. Moderate noise simply because of a large group that we were forewarned about that came in shortly after us, but didn't spoil the evening

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Brebre
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

no longer a set menu which was a shame as it was very good value, food is good but for quick lunch can be a littel expensive, fish and chip 14.50, my duck was excellent, service good, wine good, got a bit steamy as it was wet and the floor was quite slippy.

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Lolabella
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Lovely Food as always and service was Excellent. It was very warm in the restaurant which we found slightly uncomfortable, so we didn’t have pudding or coffee because of this .

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Steve1108
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

After years of visiting with nothing but great experiences, we were surprised to find on arrival that the menu advertised on their website was not available. The wine on the menu we wanted had also been replaced. We all had chicken for the main, which was clearly defrosted and not fresh. To top it off, the surprise birthday ice cream scoop which was brought out after the main course was added to the bill without even requesting it !!

Very sad to have experienced what seemed a shambles in the running of Canterbury's once greatest restaurant.

EH
EthefoodieH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I had contacted the restaurant the previous day to advise them of dietary restrictions, e.g. no dairy.
DUCK, WALNUT AND KALE WITH A SWEET SAUCE: in a blind tasting, I could not have guessed that the (somewhat chewy) meat was duck, because the strong, sweet flavour of the sauce overwhelmed it. A cheerful waiter danced up with a couple of slices of toast and butter - I'm not sure how they were perceived to accompany this dish and I declined them.
LAMB RUMP WITH HISPI CABBAGE, CARROTS, MINTED POTATOES AND GRAVY: I'm a bit mystified why a cut of lamb from the rear of the beast was also described as "scrag end" - a cheap cut from the neck! Kent lamb ( especially marsh lamb) is famous for its sweet-salt flavour and tenderness. Though properly tender, the flavour of this meat was overwhelmed by a strong, salty gravy. Both the cabbage and carrots were overcooked and soft and had lost some flavour. Potatoes tasted 'new': were they 'local'?
DESSERT was a small bunch of fresh grapes, at my request. The local Barnsole wine was excellent, service (other than the 'toast' event) very good.
I applaud the intention to use local produce, all the more so if it is grown as organically as possible - but don't 'spoil' it by not trusting the quality and flavour of the main ingredients.
The quality of British cuisine has shot up in the last twenty years: though the food was nicely presented, Deeson's will need to up its game to compete.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent dinner.
We have been planning to go to Deesons for a while. We went last week for
My husband’s birthday x
The wood pigeon starter was tasty and soft.
My sea bass with a shellfish sauce on a bed of crushed new potatoes was wonderful.
My husband had the saddle of lamb which came served pink .
For desert I had a home made snickers bar! It was deeply choclatey and full of crunchy peanuts!
As a surprise for my husband he was given vanilla ice cream on s plate written Happy birthday!
A lovely meal!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly excellent all round. Lovely food, staff, ambience a highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I visited Deeson's to celebrate our wedding anniversary during our recent stay in Canterbury. We decide to visit Deeson's with no pre knowledge ,and only using previous reviews and we found this restaurant excellent in value, great atmosphere, with the staff who were attentive without being over fussy.
The service was quick and very efficient ,again with staff well informed regarding menu choice. Added to these recommendations was the fact that many of the food choices were locally sourced. I would have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant to anyone visiting the city for any occasion, a great British restaurant serving wonderful food in style very well.

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DebraL
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff were friendly and welcoming. The food was great and really good value for money, I would thoroughly recommend a visit.

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Permanently Closed - Deeson's British Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 934 OpenTable diners.