A new dining experience in the city of Canterbury, Kent
For a unique setting and imaginative menus then look no further than this new gastropub dining experience in Canterbury, Kent - The Parade Room at The Pound
Nestled next to the river Stour in the heart of Kent’s unique city of Canterbury lays an unusual enclave of the weird and wonderful, mixing gastronomic excitement with unique surroundings and historical memorabilia.
The Pound Bar & Kitchen is set within Canterbury's atmospheric former c1830 City Gaol (jail), Gaoler's House and c1907 Police Station. When their new restaurant area opened this month we were lucky enough to be invited to dine in the cells and experience their new exciting gastropub menu.
From the moment you walk into The Pound you are instantly charmed at the creative decor and original historical features. Tastefully decorated with stylish lighting, leather furniture, exposed bricks and copper tiles the carefully selected decor instantly sets the scene and creates a unique atmosphere.
Making our way through to the stunning glass backed bar we were shown to the original police cells and seated in cell 4. The table was framed with an original prison window, stonewalls, luxurious leather seating and a bold centered table. The cells are spacey and private, with a relaxed feel. We dined on a Saturday evening and the atmosphere was perfect as you got both the private dining experience together with chilled vibes from the music echoing beyond the cells from the top rated cocktail bar.
Curiosity got the better of us and we headed upstairs to take a peek at the parade room, the new dining space, enhanced by the engulfing and eclectic mix of historical memorabilia it had an exciting yet almost romantic atmosphere. Surrounded by so many topics for conversation it is the perfect setting for everyone, from small groups to dinner for two.
Once settled into our cell, comfortably seating 6 of us, our journey began with an introduction and menu talk-through from the engaging waitress. The table layout had noticeable little touches that complimented the theme, which we loved. Along with this we sampled cocktails from the drinks menu – they had a huge selection of cocktails as well as a range of wines and liquors to suit everyone’s taste.
“The dishes really do speak for themselves, and they look stunning”
The service was attentive throughout and the explanations of each dish really engaged you with the overall experience and, after following the recommendations down to how the meat would be cooked, we were certainly not disappointed: I had the slow cooked octopus with a tomato and chill jam for my starter followed by salt marsh lamb with potato dumplings and almond milk junket for dessert. The carefully crafted combinations of ingredients enhanced the flavours and textures of the meats, which were cooked perfectly. Head chef, Doug Sanham, is definitely not relying on gimmicks and marketing to deliver the goods here – the dishes really do speak for themselves, and they look stunning. There is something to suit everyone on the menus and they do everything from an evening dining experience to a Sunday roast and bar menu.
Being regulars of The Pound for years and watching every new venture exceed expectations we cannot recommend this place highly enough. There is something for everyone including the new 'escape the towers' live escape room attraction, the Westgate towers museum and viewpoint, a riverside terrace to enjoy your cocktail in the open air as well as the new restaurant and main bar. If you want unique with a luxury twist of adventure then this is the place for you, trust us you won't be disappointed....
For more information pop over to the website at www.onepoundlane.co.uk - discounted rates are available for the museum and escape rooms with your dining receipt so what are you waiting for, combine the whole experience.....