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Gluten Free Dining at Deeson’s, Canterbury


When I eat out I often return to similar places. Places that not only cater for gluten free, but serve good food, and provide options.

One of the reasons we eat out, is to browse a menu and choose something our taste buds are urging us to try. When you’re gluten free this choice is often taken away, when restaurants struggle to find even a handful of dishes that are either naturally gluten free, or that their chefs can cope with altering in the kitchen.

I rarely post restaurant reviews on this blog. Why? Because very few blow me away. But Deeson’s however, nestled behind Canterbury Cathedral, managed to do just that.

Following in my footsteps, my brother also decided to study at the University of Kent, graduating earlier in July. Seeing as it was a special occasion, we wanted to book somewhere nice to enjoy a meal after the ceremony. With a little bit of research, we came across Deeson’s, a privately run restaurant proudly using local produce from Kent with their own smallholding – The Bunker – promising fresh locally sourced ingredients. Big tick.

 When phoning up to ask about gluten free options, we were reassured this wouldn’t be an issue, as even the chef was a Coeliac, so we weren’t to worry. Big tick once more.

Arriving from the ceremony on the day, we were all handed a special Graduation Menu, which included an already carefully highlighted gluten free menu for me to choose from. I was absolutely bowled over that they’d taken the time to do this, giving me heaps of lovely options to choose from on the menu. Mains options included a duck dish, as well as fish, chicken, beef and pork options, something very rarely seen.


Whilst waiting for our main courses to arrive, beautiful bread boards with fresh garlic butter appeared, as I smiled in envy as my stomach began to rumble. I thought it was worth asking, so caught the waiter’s eye to see if there were any gluten free options. He apologised for not having gluten free bread, but assured instead he’d bring out some gluten free crackers, which he did, accompanied with fresh garlic butter. Again, an impressive touch.


Soon enough our mains arrived and I had the ‘roast breast of free range chicken, chicken liver pate, cripsy potato cake and baby carrots with a cured bacon and onion sauce.’ As I mentioned, it’s not often I get blown away by a meal when eating out, but this was honestly one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Even in the gluten indulging hay-day, I’m not sure many meals would come close to this one.

The chicken was soft, falling gently off the bone as it rested on a crispy potato cake, perfectly fried with a hint of onion and bacon from the light sauce. Even the carrots were just right; soft and light with a slight earthy taste. I’ve never been someone that opted for organic food out of choice, but this was a meal where it was so very clear the ingredients had been perfectly chosen from local farms, with the carrots no doubt from Deeson’s own small holding.

Everything about our meal was enjoyable. From the polite service, to the pretty Pinterest-worthy decor, to of course the complete understanding of food allergies and doing everything they could to provide the best dining experience.

I cannot recommend Deeson’s highly enough. If you’re ever in Canterbury and you fancy an extra special lunch, give them a call and book yourself a table. You won’t regret it.


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  • Reply
    Chloe Borderick
    2nd August 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Definitely keeping this in mind – I graduate next summer from Kent so starting to think of places to visit! x

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      3rd August 2015 at 8:36 am

      Ah, no way! Yes definitely consider it. So lovely, particularly for a special occasion x

  • Reply
    2nd August 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Oscar and Bentleys in Canterbury also do GF.

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