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Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Canterbury

4.2
4.2
595 Reviews
£25 and under
Breakfast

In the beating heart of Canterbury’s shopping district, surrounded by the picture perfect historical architecture Canterbury has to offer, Bill’s is a lively and popular British restaurant, also teeming with history and heritage. Open all day & into the night, expect a vibrant mix of brunch, dinner specials and cocktails.

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Booked 68 times today
Experiences are available.
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Breakfast, British, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Tue 08:00–21:30
    Wed–Fri 08:00–22:00
    Sat 08:30–22:00
    Sun 09:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    020 4512 6647

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

Experiences

  • Bill’s Christmas Set Menu

    £29.95 per person

    16 Nov - 30 Dec 2021
    Christmas group dining at Bill’s This menu must be booked a minimum of 7 days in advance If you book within 7 days of your booking we will try to accommodate, subject to availability, A La Carte menu may be offered. Enjoy three festive dishes with a welcome drink included. Choose from dishes such as a starter of smoked salmon mousse, avocado and crayfish salad, our mouth-watering festive feast burger, and for dessert our famous panettone bread and butter pudding with cinnamon-spiced vanilla custard. Please opt into email marketing for information on this, future group bookings & offers. We will contact you in regards to this booking to pre-order your food. Please keep an eye out for emails from Bills Restaurants in order to pre-order.

Menu

Breakfast

  • Traditional Breakfast£9.50

    Fried free range eggs, Cumberland sausage, smoked streaky bacon, roasted plum tomatoes, mushrooms & toast

    • Vegan Breakfast£8.95

      Toasted sourdough with hummus, smashed avocado, spinach, roasted plum tomatoes, mushrooms & mixed seeds

      • Garden Breakfast£9.95

        Poached free range eggs, halloumi, roasted plum tomato, charred red peppers, smashed avocado, hollandaise, pea shoots, mixed seeds & toast

        • Bill's Brunch£12.95

          Two fried free range eggs, smoked streaky bacon, Cumberland sausage, roasted plum tomatoes, mushrooms, potato rösti, baked beans, black pudding & toast

          • Bill's Garden Plate£12.95

            Two poached free range eggs, halloumi, roasted plum tomato, charred red peppers, smashed avocado, hollandaise, mushrooms, potato rösti, baked beans, pea shoots, mixed seeds & toast

            • Cumberland Sausage or Smoked Streaky Bacon Bun£4.50

              • Yoghurt, Granola and Berries£5.95

                Homemade granola, berries & agave syrup mixed with a soy yogurt

                • Toast£3.50

                  Two slices of white sourdough or dark sourdough with butter & Bill's jams

                  • Porridge*£4.50

                    with banana, toasted hazelnuts & blueberries

                    Eggs

                    • Smashed Avocado on Toast£7.95

                      with two poached free range eggs, spinach, coriander & chilli

                      • Scrambled Eggs on Toast£5.95

                        • Eggs Royale£9.95

                          Two poached free range eggs, smoked salmon & hollandaise served on a toasted muffin

                          • Eggs Avocado Florentine£8.95

                            Two poached free range eggs, smashed avocado & spinach on a toasted muffin with hollandaise & mixed seeds

                            • Eggs Benedict£7.95

                              Two poached free range eggs, Wiltshire ham & hollandaise served on a toasted muffin

                              Buttermilk Pancakes

                              • Banana, Strawberries and Blueberries

                                with Bill's pancake syrup

                                • 3 Stack (Vegetarian)£6.95
                                • 5 Stack (Vegetarian)£8.95
                              • Smoked Streaky Bacon

                                with Bill's pancake syrup

                                • 3 Stack£7.95
                                • 5 Stack£9.95

                              Extras

                              • Smashed Avocado£1.95

                                • Baked Beans£1.30

                                  • Crispy Rösti£1.30

                                    • Black Pudding£1.95

                                      • Smoked Streaky Bacon£1.95

                                        • Smoked Salmon£3.50

                                          Last updated: 5 January 2021

                                          What 595 people are saying

                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                          Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                          4.2
                                          4.2 based on recent ratings
                                          • 4.2Food
                                          • 4.2Service
                                          • 4.2Ambience
                                          • 4Value

                                          NoiseModerate

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                                          1. VM

                                            VyvienneM

                                            Kent

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 2 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Lovely restaurant, excellent food and pleasant staff. Nice dining experience.

                                          2. HM

                                            HeatherM

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Beautiful tasty food with great service. We will definitely be going back

                                          3. J

                                            Jools

                                            Kent

                                            2 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                            overall3food3service4ambience4

                                            We enjoyed our brunch at Bills and the staff, even though busy were helpful and attentive. The only thing was that our food was cold when we got it. I noticed another table send their food back too, so not just a one off. A shame really.

                                          4. L

                                            Lucky

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            We have food allergies and the manager/staff could not be more accommodating and helpful. First class service and will be back.

                                          5. BC

                                            BarrieC

                                            Kent

                                            4 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined 4 days ago

                                            overall4food5service5ambience4

                                            Everything was of a very high standard. The food was very good and the service excellent. The wine was a bit on the expensive side.

                                          6. PM

                                            PeterM

                                            Kent

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                            overall4food5service4ambience4

                                            Very good meal on a busy Sunday evening. Not everything we wanted was avaliable.

                                          7. FS

                                            FifiS

                                            1 review

                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                            overall2food3service2ambience2

                                            The staff were veryy nice when they apologised for all the things that went wrong. 1.the table had been cancelled by the system 2.the food took 40 minutes to arrive 3.it was nice enough when it finally came but little things were missing or out of stock 4.we didn't have dessert because we were a bit sick of it all by then Also I felt the menu was a bit uninspiring.... there are a load of restaurants doing the same sort of stuff, I think you're going to have to do it better

                                          8. RA

                                            RoryA

                                            1 review

                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                            overall2food4service2ambience1

                                            Sat us at the bottom of the stairs so staff on the stairs (including the manager) shouted over us to other staff. Also asked to move at one point as a staff member needed to get to the cupboard under the stairs. Food took a while to come too. Shame as the food was tasty. Won’t be returning…

                                          9. CF

                                            CatherineF

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Amazing as always food spot on staff amazing and friendly

                                          10. RF

                                            ReneeF

                                            West Sussex

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Lovely food and amazing service! Maria was very attentive and so lovely :) Thank you!!

                                          11. KW

                                            KellyW

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Fantastic meal last night. Wonderful food and great service. Very attentive staff and a lovely atmosphere. Thank you.

                                          12. GG

                                            GGH73

                                            East Sussex

                                            2 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                            overall4food5service4ambience4

                                            The food was lovely it was a bit cramped. The service was good the staff were polite and smiling whilst they went about their business I did really enjoy my burger. Very tasty nice and hot.

                                          13. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Kent

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            It was our second date and we had a lovely lunch at bills lovely chilled out atmosphere and the staff were lovely and attended to everything will definately be back

                                          14. MS

                                            MariaS

                                            Kent

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great food, lovely service will definitely use again

                                          15. V

                                            Vinny

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                            overall3food2service3ambience3

                                            Luckily we booked as this is a particularly busy place, however this means the staff are pretty rushed and therefore I didn’t feel there wasnt any personal touches, as in a chat with your clientele or a smile from the guy who showed us to our table, the waitress who served us was very nice. The food was ok, not really seasoned and quite bland, the tea was warm, not piping hot as it should be. This is a busy restaurant, mainly because of the name, I don’t live far away and would visit here again if everything had been really good, however I went to non branded restaurant later that day where the staff were happy to chat and be busy and the food was delicious and hot. Sorry Bills

                                          16. AE

                                            AbyE

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                            overall3food3service2ambience3

                                            Met friends and was looking forward to being out after covid. Layout was great and beautifully decorated. Service was a little slow with food. Drinks too.

                                          17. DM

                                            DianaM

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 26 November 2021

                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                            I had already booked as I was going to be on my own. I arrived to be greeted warmly. I was offered a choice of table which is always good when eating alone. I was asked what drink I would like before I was even seated and this arrived minutes later. My order was taken promptly and the food looked good. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and the service was excellent. I would recommend booking as they were really busy. It was raining the day I visited so the outside seating could not be used which made the inside seating very busy.

                                          18. WD

                                            WendyD

                                            Kent

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 25 November 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Had a lovely evening at Bill’s Canterbury. All the staff were personable and food and service was excellent. Thank you.

                                          19. JD

                                            JamesD

                                            Kent

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 24 November 2021

                                            overall5food4service5ambience4

                                            Nice food and good service also to too busy. Not a cheap option though.

                                          20. FD

                                            FunDiner

                                            London

                                            4 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on 21 November 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Excellent service. We had booked for breakfast (I go especially for their pancakes), but we were driving in from London and missed the last breakfast order but they managed to squeeze us in. Serving staff and manager were very friendly.

                                          21. KT

                                            KellyT

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 21 November 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Service really good…pancakes delicious little tip maybe more than one small pack of sugar with a pot of tea 😉 saves pestering for more each cup - although I didn’t so maybe it was good you saved my calories (offset against the pancake syrup) 🥴

                                          22. AB

                                            AndaB

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 20 November 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great place, amazing service! Thank you Cornel 😊

                                          23. AH

                                            AlisonH

                                            London

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 20 November 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We had a lovely evening and were looked after so we’ll by the staff who were patient and generous with their time

                                          24. DK

                                            DKL123

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 20 November 2021

                                            overall3food4service4ambience5

                                            Attended early on a Saturday evening. First didn’t have any bacardi, then no sirloin steaks and then no crumble. Put a right downer on our group visit. How at a key time can you have run out, and not make diners aware before they order! Very expensive drinks!!

                                          25. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Kent

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on 20 November 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We have a lovely experience from start to finish …. Nothing was too much trouble. Thank you

                                          26. GO

                                            GeorgeO

                                            Kent

                                            1 review

                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 19 November 2021

                                            overall2food3service3ambience2

                                            Toilets were very messy and needed urgent attention

                                          27. SP

                                            SteveP

                                            1 review

                                            1.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 18 November 2021

                                            overall1food1service3ambience1

                                            We booked for my son's Birthday, disappointed, lots of menu options not available, out of only larger (peroni) they serve, very loud group singing and shouting upstairs, burger well over cooked and dry, tasteless, felt sorry for waiting staff, will not be back.

                                          28. DT

                                            DhillieT

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 17 November 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            This was a celebration meal so involved a group of different tastes and lifestyle choices. Reserved table with no bother on line. Staff were welcoming, table in nice location upstairs so a bit less hustle and bustle. Catered for everyone.

                                          29. GY

                                            GeorginaY

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 16 November 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great service & delicious food at a reasonable price. Staff friendly and helpful, will return.

                                          30. RB

                                            RyanB

                                            Kent

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 14 November 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Can’t remember her name, but our server was lovely and gave us great service

                                          31. SD

                                            SueD

                                            Kent

                                            2 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on 14 November 2021

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Although busy the service was good. There’s plenty of choice and something for everyone on the menu. It’s a good choice for our group who all have differing tastes and budgets. You can rely on Bills

                                          32. JS

                                            JayneS

                                            East Sussex

                                            1 review

                                            1.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 13 November 2021

                                            overall1food3service1ambience1

                                            Awful experience felt in the way the minute we hit in seating us at a table they didn’t then want us to sit at,got food separate! Who wants to eat on there own when only 2 of you???? Coke flat and no one came over to ask if we were ok,then another lady says very abruptly,there’s a service charge? What bloody service? I honestly feel like I’ve never been treated like it all staff seem miserable,won’t be going back,shame as I took my daughter away as we both needed a break and that was our only meal booked for the holiday,just felt cheated tbh,I’ve had better service n McDs!! Lol 😆

                                          33. T

                                            Theresa

                                            Kent

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 12 November 2021

                                            overall5food4service5ambience4

                                            Very friendly atmosphere and staff. The food was good valve. We would definitely go back.

                                          34. DC

                                            DCSK

                                            1 review

                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 9 November 2021

                                            overall2food4service2ambience3

                                            Food was absolutely amazing as always. Service has always been very slow every time I go. we ordered 2 cocktails and had to wait for at least 15 minutes even though it was not busy at all. There was a new waitress (she had a few piercings) who was so lovely and always accommodated our needs. She is a credit to the restaurant. Also if you’re (manager) going to tell a staff member off don’t have such attitude about it…. Especially in front of customers. As someone who works in hospitality I would’ve walked straight out the restaurant

                                          35. CC

                                            CluckC

                                            Kent

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 8 November 2021

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            We had to book under two separate bookings as we had over 8 on our party but the restaurant realised this and managed to join us together, which was very thoughtful. We arrived a bit apart as the traffic in Canterbury was bad, but that did not phase the staff and the service was lovely and casual which suited our mood, it arrived quickly, was tasty and hot.

                                          36. JE

                                            JEMLINK

                                            Kent

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 8 November 2021

                                            overall3food4service1ambience3

                                            I made a reservation for 2 with Open Table. When I arrived there was no record of this (despite me having the confirmation on my phone which I showed the Host). As I was meeting another person, I asked if she had arrived and was told 'No' (she was already there, seated in a corner by the bathroom!. I was seated upstairs and we nearly missed each other. No apologies whatsoever. Not a great first impression.

                                          37. DN

                                            DanielleN

                                            Kent

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 7 November 2021

                                            overall3food2service3ambience2

                                            Considering you was not busy. We where seated at the back of the resturant. And I pre booked. Overpriced really for what it actually is. Mum and dad where disappointed.

                                          38. SH

                                            SueH

                                            Kent

                                            5 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on 7 November 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Never disappoints. Staff helpful and friendly.Would definitely recommend for breakfast. Food excellent.

                                          39. AC

                                            AmiiC

                                            Kent

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on 6 November 2021

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            As always a amazing meal , staff fantastic . Always a good experience and service .

                                          40. P

                                            Pearlyqueen

                                            London

                                            8 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            8 reviews

                                            Dined on 4 November 2021

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            We enjoyed our visit to Bill’s very much. The waiting staff were friendly and caring when told I had an allergy. The service was quick without being rushed. If you have one if their special offers (we had the special price sirloin steaks even though 15 mins earlier than the 6pm start of the offer ) it is extremely good value. Steaks were tender and flavourful. I had the carrot doughnuts. They were light and delicious. Highly recommended. We have visited Bills’ in other cities and have not been disappointed.

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                                          Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Canterbury is rated 4.2 stars by 595 OpenTable diners

                                          Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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                                          Booked 68 times today
                                          Experiences are available.
                                          Google Map for Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Canterbury

                                          5 Rose Lane Canterbury Canterbury, ENG CT1 2SJ

                                          • Area

                                            Canterbury

                                          • Hours of Operation

                                            Mon, Tue 08:00–21:30
                                            Wed–Fri 08:00–22:00
                                            Sat 08:30–22:00
                                            Sun 09:00–22:00

                                          • Cuisines

                                            Breakfast, British, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

                                          • Dining style

                                            Casual Dining

                                          • Dress Code

                                            Casual Dress

                                          • Payment Options

                                            AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                          • Additional

                                            Beer, Full Bar, Wine

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