The Goods Shed

March 26, 2010 at 6:43 pm 1 comment

To conclude the series of posts about our trip to the UK, I’ll finish with the best food we had while eating out abroad. The last two days of our trip, we parted ways with the rest of the band and traveled to Canterbury. When Lauren was looking for hotels in the area, she had come across a B&B website that recommended local eateries. We decided to pass on their recommendation for a Mexican restaurant (something about Mexican food in Canterbury didn’t seem too promising), and instead planned our last dinner for The Goods Shed, a farmers market and restaurant that specializes in local produce, dairy, and game. And, after a long day of climbing around Dover Castle in the wind, rain, & fog and then rescheduling our return flight because American Airlines decided to take our plane out of commission, we were thrilled to sit down to a warm meal.

The Good’s Shed is exactly that – an old train storage shed. The main market floor is where the train used to come through the shed and the unloading platform (on the left in the above picture) is now where the restaurant is located. For a restaurant, this place has elegance in it’s simplicity. The seasonal menu – handwritten daily on their chalkboard – was full of local favorites like rabbit, duck, and fish.

After eating our fair share of fish-n-chips and meat pies, we were delighted with such an exquisite menu selection. Lauren couldn’t resist the braised venison fillet with rosemary and chocolate sauce. It was served with roasted potatoes, yams, and cabbage.  And, after asking for  further explanation of their fish options (because we don’t get those fish in the States), I chose the hake with razor clams, which was also served with roasted potatoes, yams, and chard.  For dessert we opted for the warm apple pudding (aka cake) and custard, and I treated myself to a glass of ruby port for my birthday. The food, like the atmosphere at The Goods Shed, was simple yet elegant. The menu retained a sense of traditional English fare, but prepared it with quality, local produce and served it in a charming rustic shed. We’ve never eaten anywhere quite like this restaurant and wish we would have had time to visit the daytime market as well.

Venison with Rosemary and Chocolate Sauce

Hake, Razor Clams, and Wild Garlic

Apple Pudding and Custard with a glass of Port

So, this concludes our posts on the UK! Hope you have been inspired to enjoy great times eating and drinking while in the UK and the next time a pilgrimage lands you in Canterbury, the Goods Shed will not disappoint.



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  • 1. Emily  |  April 11, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Interesting homey plates, too. I’m so curious about the chocolate sauce. That whole place looks like it’s charming deluxe.


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