Shakespeare, Canterbury - Open sandwich

Welcome to the Shakespeare Canterbury

Delicious - Tasty - British.

Our Menus

Join us and choose from our delicious house dishes & famous gourmet burgers, to our stunning British open sandwiches & sharing boards.  Or, if you just need a nibble with your drink, try our selection of tasty savoury bites 

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    Who we are

    A small, welcoming, dedicated team of people, passionate about good food, drinks & service.

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    Discerningly British

    With a name like The Shakespeare, you would expect nothing less than great British fare'd  be right.

"With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come!"

The Merchant of Venice, 1597

The Shakespeare Wine Bar

Our wine bar boasts a staggering 45 plus wines to enjoy, find something familiar, something new and enjoy the experience.

Stroll through the adjoining court yard at the back of The Shakespeare or make your way to the wine bar entrance at

40 Burgate,

The Shakespeare Wine bar

What our customers say

Hidden gem - You'll only have to venture a bit off the main road to reach this place, so it's definitely worth looking for. I was glad our boat guide on the Historic River Tour recommended it when we asked where he would eat if he had the choice. We were seated and waited upon quickly. The beer selection was slightly above average. My husband and I are, admittedly, beer snobs who are always on the lookout for more than cask ales. We ordered the seafood board to share. Amazing. Crayfish, delicious calamari (not at all rubbery as can so often be the case), prawns, smoked salmon, bread, tartar sauce, and capers. We ordered an extra side of bread since we didn't know the seafood board included it. Oh well, I stuffed myself on it nonetheless. No regrets on this restaurant choice!


A nice surprise - On a day out to Canterbury last Thursday we were looking for somewhere for lunch when we came upon The Shakespear, I wasn't sure at first if they did a sandwich. We were greeted by very friendly staff, soon put us right. Really a very tasty open sandwich with plenty of topping. The food of the other customers looked good too. My husband had a good pint and my red wine was very enjoyable


superb lunch stop off - Could not fault this place - great selection of wines and beers, menu offered plenty of choice - we had a platter - it was gorgeous - the ambience and layout just works and the staff were great - not too extreme on the pocket either


Where the locals go for a delicious and reasonably priced meal? - A local merchant recommended the Shakespeare. We were all exhausted from a long day of touring. We were greeted by our waitress, Chloe. She was friendly and helpful. We all ordered different things. We were all very happy with our food. The service was quick. The food was flavorful. We would definitely go back.



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