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The Ancient Raj

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25-26 North Lane | 25-26 North Lane, CT2 7EE, Canterbury CT2 7EE, England
+44 1227 455882
17:30 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Mon - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
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Margate, Thanet
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Always excellent food, staff and choice. Love the entertainment on some evenings too. Beautiful old coaching inn. Must have your coffee upstairs in the lounge, which adds to the experience.

Thank Isobel2213
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow wow wow!! The Ancient Raj is the very best of Indian cuisine in Canterbury. Shame I didn't discover it earlier. Everything is excellent in here from the warm welcome and the ambience. The food is tasty and delicious and authentic. Service is genuinely caring and aiming to create a special experience for diners. Absolutely loved this and is now... More 

Thank Anna W
Greater London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As per the title.We popped in on a Monday evening to find it very busy but still got a table.The waiters were very efficient and very friendly.Food was excellent and we didn't have to wait long.Tried to book again tonight (Valentine's Day) but surprise surprise it's fully booked.One of the best currys I've had for a long time.

Thank Anselmo4217
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked through the door at 5.40, made welcome and seated straight away. Top service all the way through. The food was excellent and the gaps between courses were spot on. Well worth a visit for a pre-show meal.

Thank davederby2016
ashford kent uk
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I went here by mistake whilst looking for another Indian, the food was not very good the service was poor and the bill was expensive so will not be returning

2 Thank matt b
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited after reading all the good reviews and it did not disappoint. We visited for a birthday and upon booking they asked if we'd like balloons. We said yes and they were lovely birthday balloons (like shop ones) - also allowed to take home with us. Food was the best Indian we've had. Good portions and brilliant quality at a... More 

Thank traveller723723
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the one you need to keep to yourself. It's that good that unless you book your table you're be lucky to get in. Food is consistently good with smiling helpful staff. The layout could do with some improvement but well worth a visit.

Thank johncathywood
Great Wakering, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Checked out the reviews before our visit and we were not disappointed on the night. I must have mentioned it was my wife's birthday when I booked and without any prompting there was a bunch of balloons on the table upon arrival - lovely touch!!! Food was top notch and service discreet but timely. Background live music was just right... More 

Thank Simon B
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

By far one of the best Indians ive had, can never fault this place even for a takeaway. Is a litle pricey but you definitely get what you pay for.

Thank trevortrevs
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101 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Very nice food, and good service. Parking is an issue in Canterbury, but you can park at the side of the restaurant. This is a private car park, for which you will need to obtain a ticket from the restaurant, or face a £100 fine. This is obviously a popular restaurant, so be advised to book in advance. The interior... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Cheap Eats, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25-26 North Lane | 25-26 North Lane, CT2 7EE, Canterbury CT2 7EE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Canterbury
  • Phone Number: +44 1227 455882

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?