Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Canterbury

4.2
659 reviews
£25 and under
British
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.

Experiences

  • Get the gang back together

    Jan 17 - Feb 4, 2022

    Having missed out on time with friends and family in December, it's time to get the gang back together at Bill's with our special set menu offer. Indulge in this limited edition set menu and enjoy either 2 courses for £13.95, or 3 courses for £16.95 and get a Gin-uary Fizz cocktail on us! From Crispy Calamari to our delicious Beetroot Risotto, you'll find something for everyone to love. Including incredible vegetarian and vegan options, delicious desserts and of course a cocktail on us.
What 659 People Are Saying
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JAKE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Cocktails were tasteless and looked nothing like advertised, especially the gin fizz

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Dominic
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant experience, tasty food and good service. Recommend.

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Smith38
Kent
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, delicious food. Staff were attentive. The push for add ons was a bit off putting when ordering, however it hasn’t put me off wanting to visit again.

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BerlindaP
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Bill's. Delicious brunch and side of pancakes.

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Chalky
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice restaurant. Good Canterbury location. Always very pleasant atmosphere. Good food, excellent staff, good value!

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always . Great staff, menu and food . Another great afternoon with family and friends.

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MarilynG
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good, although some of the items on the set menu weren't available as deliveries hadn't been received that day. All-in-all a nice meal.

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emmal
Kent
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only had coffee but excellent friendly and quick service and good coffee

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Mario
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fast and amazing service. Food is always nice and this restaurant is very nice to dine in. Highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Freezing cold day outside, overhead heater and big rugs.
My “vegan” Son devoured a plate of steak, two eggs and truffle chips while his dad had a vegan burger which is getting better and better!

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Sarloulala
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, staff friendly and attentive , nice and relaxing

JB
JulietB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place to eat. Well priced food and you get enough. My daughter especially likes Bill's Classic Burger as she gets to chose how it's cooked. Not a massive menu but something for everyone. Service is attentive and quick. Highly recommend.

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OrdinaryBloke
London
14 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was an ok experience. Firstly the service was good, attentive, polite and efficient. Bills has become a little to corporate to have good ambience but it’s still pleasant. As is so often the problem the music is too loud. People don’t go to a restaurant to listen to music so why is it so often turned up? It makes conversation difficult.

I would have awarded a higher mark if the food had been better. Too much fried food on the menu. My wife’s sea bass was well cooked. The rest of us had fish gougons, minute steak and chicken - all over cooked sadly. And why are the chips pre salted?

Bills is excellent, usually, for breakfasts but the lunch menu isn’t special enough to make it stand out from the crowd. That’s the fault of the senior management not those in the branch. I realise the British like over cooked food so we may not have been normal customers.

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rosie
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was very good quality, waiters were extremely kind and helpful. altogether amazing!

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Barnesey
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Booked appointment but made to wait in the doorway - then they chose to answer the phone over dealing with customers standing in front of them.

Took ages to take the order, and not to mention having 2 small children made this even worse.

Kids food arrived, was just about ok. Ours 5-10 mins later and was either cold or uncooked and inedible.

Was dealt with and taken off the bill but will not return.

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Guyc
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Managed to book only 5 minutes ahead as we saw quite a long queue outside.
They were clearly best busy but looked after us really well

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Lily
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I asked for something particular and the waitress said she would look into it but didn’t come back. I ended up with something missing from my order and it was obviously an effort to go and get it, also I’d asked for brown toast and received white toast so yet again it was an effort to rectify it and took two waitresses to change it.
I declined the optional service charge as I believe in tipping when the food and service is good.
I also heard the waitresses talking about me as I left which was most uncomfortable.
I have been to Bills before and the service and food has been better however I think this may be my last visit.

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AmiraRB
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A lovely beginning to the New Year. Fantastic as usual. It was nice sitting outside for a change and I love the chairs with cushions and blankets. Lovely place 👍💜

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loly6666
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Reasonable value restaurant chain. Pleasant food, nice decor, clean toilets. Great for a casual lunch and dinner. A varied menu which caters for vegetarians as well.

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SarahJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, service great. Always a happy experience.

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Beth
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Incredibly.slow and poor service when we visited.

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Bonzo
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had the Christmas burger and thought that it was tasty, moist and a good sized portion.

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gillyanne
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Visited for lunch at Canterbury today. Had the avocado and halloumi burger with rosemary fries. No avocado in the burger when it arrived and the fries were plain and not rosemary. The waitress brought some avocado when I asked but it was not fresh and had a rancid taste and was inedible. I didn’t bother asking for replacement chips as my burger would have gone cold.

Problem is I often find that if I go to Canterbury Bills they skimp on ingredients. Often no prawns in the fish pie, never any rosemary on the fries and today no available avocado in the avocado burger! Such a shame could be really nice there.
Staff were nice and friendly though

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VincentP
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very pleasant meal here, we were well looked after and food was delicious and nicely presented. I like the touch of a bottle of sanitiser on every table.

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Maz22
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was very good and the service was speedy! Small downside is that we were sat at a table next to the end of the bar with a noisy blender which we only realised after we'd been seated and ordered. So I would definitely return but would just sit somewhere else next time.

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JWE92
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I had the Beef Burger with a side of Macaroni cheese and my partner had the Halloumi burger with a side of sugarsnap peas and maple syrup Vegetables. Our daughter had the children's fish finger and chips. Starter we had garlic bread and olives and we also had desserts. The starter and mains were very yummy. But the desserts were disappointing. I wish I had ordered extra ice cream on the side with the Brownie. My partner enjoyed the Christmas mince meat and apple crumble which he said was nice and very sweet. The tea pots we had were like Dr Who's Tardis I drank many cups of tea and the pot still wasn't empty! All in all, I highly recommend visiting I can't wait to come back again. Thank you :)

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OliMN
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food at Bills was delicious as always, however the service at this Canterbury restaurant was atrocious, waiting 30 minutes plus to order anything then a further 30 to get the food! We weren’t checked on at all and had to wait even longer for the bill! If it wasn’t for the nice food I’d never visit a bills ever again however I will still come back to Bills just not sure on the Canterbury bar again!

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LilyV
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Had a few good experiences here but this time I felt ignored and the service was rushed. My table was not checked up on or offered condiments with the food. Gave us the bill without us asking if we was ordering anything else.

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RosemaryO
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It won’t be long before we come here again, food excellent particularly the sirloin steak. We were a family of 6, all had something different and all couldn’t fault what they had. Excellent.

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SarahE
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were so lovely, the food was great, the atmosphere was relaxed. Will be returning. Thank you Bill’s xx

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Mcnamas
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Unfortunately we felt as if we were being offered every extra available which was a bit pushy. We’re told Military discount had to be done online, which have never had to do before

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Chrissie1965
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have only recently started going too Bills after visiting one in London but have to say it’s my favourite place. Customer service is always really lovely, the food always amazing.
My favourite place to take family and friends I love the relaxed atmosphere knowing the food is always of a high standard and customer service is too.
Thank you to your staff in Canterbury

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Cluckers
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great place for meeting friends. Found service rushed a bit, but we asked if they could slow it down and they happily obliged. Obviously very busy. Food great as always. Some tables were asked if they wanted water, we weren't but maybe thats just a training issue as we were asked before.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

overall ok but bit tight on amount of chips for such a big plate and waited long time for cocktail.

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DavidG
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Festive lunch and what a treat. Great start to munch through the pigs in blankets and then a burger to die for. Panacotta pudding rounded it off nicely. Thank you to all the staff.

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SLW5
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

They were very busy, but the foid was prompt and tasty.

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izzie
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice table, good service. Food was very good. Menu limited to my taste.

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RonM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Lovely evening with a good waitress. Cocktails where nice but some didn't seem to be what they cost!
The starter and mains where nice. The sweet was good "Christmas pot cheesecake" but I thought the maker needs to tone down the sweetness of the overall dish. Am a chef myself and thought the balance of the dessert was lacking. Pure sugar.

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CEld
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Service slow and dismissive. Mains brought to us and dropped onto the table and walked off without any questions, asking if we want sauces etc. was not checked on during meal. Sat below a speaker that was really loud. Received attitude when I asked them to take their auto tip off the bill.

NC
NickC
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good service good food slightly overpriced in my personal opinion. But overall very good.

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Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Canterbury is rated 4.2 stars by 659 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.