The Goods Shed, Canterbury, Kent
A short walk from Canterbury Station, you’ll find The Goods Shed. It’s an all-in-one farmers’ market, food hall and restaurant all housed in a beautiful brick-built shed that was previously used to store coal and railway engines. Come here for a taste of Kent, a region that is known as ‘The Garden of England’.
If you’re cycling the Crab and Winkle way, start in Canterbury by having breakfast at The Goods Shed. If you’re coming from Whitstable, stop by and have lunch. Make sure your bike has panniers as it’s impossible not to buy some of the amazing produce that’s on display. You could easily get everything you need for a picnic.The Foodie Travel Guide
- Shop for local Kent produce
- Visit for brunch or lunch
The Goods Shed
Originally opened in 2002 as a farmers’ market, The Goods Shed in Canterbury has evolved into an amazing food hall, packed to the rafters with the very best in fresh local produce. It was previously a disused building and had been used for storing coal and then for railway engines that went up and down the Crab and Winkle railway line between Whitstable and Canterbury.
Shop For Kent Produce
You’ll find everything here – cheese, wine, charcuterie, wines from Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Cornwall and British bottled beers. There’s a fantastic choice of meat including game and mutton. There’s a fish stall too with daily collections from Broadstairs for the freshest catch. The Veg Stall is in the heart of the market. Every day they go to the local farms and bring the produce to Canterbury so they’re able to tell you exactly where it’s come from. They source spray-free vegetables, fruit and herbs from an aptly-named Mr Parsley. He grows vegetables for the animals at Howletts Zoo where the Aspinall family are adamant that the animals should eat only the best produce.
Brunch or Lunch
Eat at the communal tables dotted amongst the stalls or dine in the restaurant upstairs. It’s run by Spanish chef Rafael Lopez. With such a wealth of fresh produce available, the menu is seasonal and enticing. We love the sound of Shipwreck tart with orange syrup & cream. The Wild Goose store serves small plates that are ideal for sharing over a glass of wine. They’re open daily for breakfast, serving eggs benedict and eggs royale, with their homemade hollandaise sauce, and scrambled eggs with chorizo.
- The Goods Shed is closed on Mondays
- Walk in to the centre of Canterbury to see the Butter Market opposite the cathedral. Now a pedestrianised courtyard, it has served as a focal point for more than 800 years
Kentish cobnuts are a type of hazelnut. You can buy them at The Goods Shed. Use them in salads or cakes.
They tell me that Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs are welcome in the restaurant.