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Thomas Becket

3.5
3.5
56 Reviews
£25 and under
Pub
The Thomas Becket is a traditional friendly pub and restaurant, situated right in the heart of the quirky, historical city of Canterbury with a great offering of delicious food and a warming atmosphere for you to unwind.

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2 people

22:00


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Pub

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–00:00 Sun 12:00–22:30

  • Phone number

    01227 938689

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

What 56 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.5
3.5 based on recent ratings
  • 3.4Food
  • 3.5Service
  • 3.5Ambience
  • 3.3Value

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  1. M

    Moimoi

    Dorset

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Despite booking in advance we were told we were not booked in. Made to feel very unwelcome. Staff member had a negative attitude to the fact that I had booked through open table which is what the pubs website sends you to book through!! Pub was empty. Bought our drinks, looked at the menu while the two staff on duty chatted and stood with their backs to us. After twenty minutes of waiting for our order to be taken, we paid for our drinks and left. I was concerned that there was even a chef. There were still no customers eating in there when we walked past later having found somewhere else to eat. A man who appeared to be connected to the pub was complaining loudly on his phone on the table next to us, for all the time we were sat there, which ruined the ambiance. My family and I had eaten there before, last New Year’s Day, when there was one person on duty and it was very hit and miss overall. The roast was good though so I thought that was a one off and would return but won’t be going back and will definitely not recommend it to anyone. Such a shame as it’s ideally placed for a pre theatre meal as the Marlowe theatre is round the corner. I do wonder how the pub survives with that kind of service. One of the staff was the same one that was there before on his own.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Sunday lunch not available despite booking and advertised on website. Wasted journey. Also staff very un attentive happy to chat and drink behind the bar and ignore you standing there waiting for your booked table. The to see only menu is burgers on a Sunday. When asked where roast are. No we not serving them until next month!
  3. LS

    LynseyS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant was closed when arrived but still taking bookings
  4. SB

    SarahB

    Kent

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I don’t normally ever write reviews But it was so disappointing to have booked and then added more friends to join us!! Told No Chefs!!! So had a drink to phone another restaurant to accommodate us Such a shame and a disappointment I was looking forward to my meal Never mind “we all just saw the funny side of it !! And had fun somewhere else
  5. L

    Lolly19

    London

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    It wasn’t a great dining experience. We had a watery pea and spinach risotto on a plate with no peas or spinach to be told it was a microwave meal. Burgers were good but we won’t be back. The chef didn’t like us giving him the feedback which made us feel awkward. They did take the risotto off the bill which is good as we wouldn’t have paid for it!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was shambolic, rude staff, terrible food, and ridiculous price, never go to this place, it the worst place we have ever been!
  7. SB

    StevenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pub. Food was delicious and the open mic had some great local talent in attendance.
  8. SB

    SarahB

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don’t normally write reviews! But I must say that the food was lovely and really tasty! Even said to a friend we must pop back to have a meal before the menu changes! The staff were very nice friendly and welcoming! Letting us choose our table! Was a really nice atmosphere! Would definitely go back to relax eat and drink in the Thomas Becket “also nice and close to the Marlowe theatre! If you need something nice before your performance!
  9. VL

    VanessaL

    Berkshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Despite booking a table turned up to be told they had run out of food
  10. E

    Emily

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 April 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    turned up and there was no chef, I phoned a few days before and asked to add people to the table but yet we were not able to have food as there was no chef. why ask me to confirm the table and send me reminders but unable to provide food service?
  11. MC

    MatthewC

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food was really nice despite the risotto being a little oily. Very quiet and really nice decor with friendly staff. Great for a meal before a play!
  12. GD

    GemD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A lovely quirky pub, a bit different to Canterbury rather then going to a chained restaurant you can go to anywhere. The food was simple but very tasty and the cocktails were really good, especially their Whisky Sour that my boyfriend can’t always find at other places. Very friendly staff.
  13. J

    Jam827

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    I think no exagerration to say that they didn't have 75% of the menu. My (3rd choice) main was undercooked chicken with limp chips.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice food good wine and great beers in a good atmosphere with helpful staff and a surprisingly good open mic session
  15. RD

    RachaelD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible! Do not dine here! Undercooked veg was inedible, food advertised was not available. Food served cold. Very disappointing. Certainly not worth the money.
  16. MH

    MichelleH

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food. Not the biggest portions but totally worth it.
  17. LJ

    LouiseJ

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Menu very limited and didn't have some things we wanted. Portions not very big either.
  18. L

    Lisa

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a delicious sunday roast, meat was tender, just the right balance of potatoes and vegetables. We also indulged in deserts which were fantastic. Lovely clean and cosy environement. Staff friendly and attentive.
  19. RG

    RoyG

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice friendly location and a good choice of drinks and food menu
  20. NE

    NicholasE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff and a relaxing venue. Great place to stop and eat before heading to the theatre. Food came out nice and quick too
  21. F

    Fryron

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, and we had so much that we took home quite a lot too. The wine was really good, the ambiance was friendly, and the staff were very good. p.s. the food tasted very good on the second day too.
  22. RD

    RitaD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Lovely and friendly,our only issue was the menu writing is pretty small and hard to read as lighting very dimmed…even though I had reading glasses on,I still struggled
  23. DM

    DanM

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kevin was excellent throughout, really attentive and fantastic service. Food was excellent and good value too. We will return.
  24. C

    Catkin

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First visit and received a warm welcome with our dog (and he got biscuits!). Interesting menu and good range of beers. Tucked away in the back of the room we had a good view of all the action and had a nice evening
  25. KW

    KerryW

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Welcoming staff, quick bar service and delicious food. Will definitely visit again.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very friendly local with welcoming staff and a nice ambience. Food was high quality and would have earned 5 stars if it had not been a bit cold.
  27. LC

    LisaC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Paid £300 for a half arsed Christmas Dinner. Apparently they couldn't "source" sprouts, shallots and cauliflower cheese, despite paying a deposit weeks in advance to allow them to get the ingredients. Meat was tough, veg was rock hard. Eton mess involved a bowl of whipped cream sprinkled with meringue and some chocolate sauce. Cheese board was a joke. Each piece of cheese was the size of a trivial pursuit piece. Utterly laughable. We were totally ripped off.
  28. LB

    LillyB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The menu was different to as advertised online ! I was looking forward to a plant based Wellington and the vegan roast option was just not very good, and very poor value for money considering it was £14.50 and I had 2 potatoes. My friends ordered fish and chips and the food never came out because they forgot to let the kitchen know, so half of us didn’t eat. The vibe was lovely and the drinks were fine so it was a shame!
  29. YM

    YvonneM

    Kent

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good pub food, service very friendly. Good to see a traditional pub.
  30. AC

    AmyC

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this pub, we’ve been the last couple of years pre panto. The service is impeccable, so welcoming and friendly! Food is lovely, The roast beef is very good.
  31. TB

    TimothyB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Booked table for 7.30 arrived to be told that reservations made by computer were not being honoured as they were busy. What is the point of having online booking if it is to be ignored?!
  32. AK

    AndreaK

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 November 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely food, good service, nice atmosphere, clean.
  33. ED

    ElaineD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Found this place by accident with my daughter enjoyed it so much booked for the following Sunday and was not disappointed Dodd and service was spot on Thank you for an enjoyable afternoon
  34. B

    Bman

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    food was really good.....wish there was a few more roast potatoes. The wait between starters and mains was a fraction too long. overall though a lovely dining experience.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Brighton

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really warm environment in a lovely old pub. Good food, friendly staff and decent beer. Well priced and welcoming. Will definitely return again
  36. NA

    NatalieA

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our impromptu meal here on a day out in Canterbury, brilliant friendly welcoming staff, great food, great atmosphere, lovely locals. Ended up staying longer than anticipated as we got hooked playing cards. Great selection of board games, brilliant fun.
  37. c

    chrisj

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked this place last minute for my sons graduation It was such a nice surprise The hosts were so welcoming and very much on the ball to our requirements Would definitely go there again
  38. CG

    CaitlinG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    We are a group of uni students and we went out for a Sunday roast. Firstly when we went in and they said the app shouldn’t of let us book as we booked on the day as that isn’t meant to happen, but they said it was okay and seated us anyways. After this no one came up to us and told us how to order or how it works in there. I went up to the ‘bar’ to order for all of the 5 people there, the server firstly ignored me which was fine as he was speaking to someone, he then looked over saw me standing there and just plainly ignored me and spoke to the people that had came in about 2 mins after us and said ‘oh you don’t have a drinks menu’ “what can I get started for you” so I stood there waiting he also said to them ‘I’m so sorry we will sort you out a proper seat soon’ ‘ I feel as if this was implying we took their seat’ when he got to me he took our order and for one of the meals I asked for the veggie option which they didn’t have this day as there was no delivery might I add this was not mentioned anywhere, but offered the normal meat meal but to take away the meat ‘and I didn’t realise till after but I was still charged the same price as if the meat was included which I think Is unfair as it’s not my fault they didn’t have a veggie option” when I then went to pay I got my purse out and he proceeded to move the tip plate thing away from *almost like I was going to steal it* which I just thought was a little bit rude. Not great service in my option ‘ also might I add when we first came in to sit down we heard all the staff whispering about us, don’t know what they were saying but it’s rude anyhow.’ I wouldn’t return to this place. It was a nice meal though just a shame about the service.
  39. j

    johnp

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The useless pub wasn’t even prepared for us even though we had booked. Never again.
  40. GS

    GillianS

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I have given the food rating as good only because the menu was very limited so all of our first choices bar one main meal were unavailable. We were 4 guests. However, the food we did have was very good indeed. The staff were very apologetic for the lack of choice and we did understand the problem. We would be very happy to pay a return visit.

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Thomas Becket is rated 3.5 stars by 56 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

22:00


Google Map for Thomas Becket

21 Best Lane, Canterbury, ENG CT1 2JB

Additional information

  • Area

    Canterbury

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–00:00 Sun 12:00–22:30

  • Cuisines

    Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Late Night

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