About Us

This charming and picturesque public house is set in the heart of the Kentish countryside in an area of fruit farms with views of apple orchards and typical Kent oast houses. Despite being only 3 miles from the centre of the historic City of Canterbury, the lovely rural setting and the carefully tended gardens make it a perfect venue for lunch or dinner with the family, an informal business meeting, a quiet drink or just as a stopping off point on the famous North Downs Way.

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The building was formerly four farm cottages, auctioned on the 23rd of March 1898, and was later turned into a small village pub. In 1984 a large 40 seater restaurant was added, with views overlooking the orchards and one acre garden.

Now, The Chapter Arms, a family run business, is recognised for its excellent food and warm, friendly atmosphere. Offering a varied menu with dishes made from freshly prepared local produce. Our menus are regularly updated and daily specials are also available. The outdoor barbecue will be open opening weekends and bank holidays from mid-May throughout the Summer months.

Family and business functions are always welcome. Live 60s music or jazz evenings with candlelit dinners are held regularly and details of these evenings appear on our "Whats On" page of this site. Special Events are organised regularly. Watch this site for further announcements.

Our Background

David Durell with his wife Sue bought the Chapter Arms in April 2007 after running the catering at Boughton Golf Club for 15 years.

He was there from its conception as a partner then the owner of Premier Cru, running all the events, golf and non golf related including many hundreds of weddings and other special celebrations both at the golf club and other venues. This year was Premier Cru's 30th year catering for test matches at Lords, the home of English cricket and indeed where he met Sue and was married a year later at the venue.

Sporting Events

Other sporting events at which he has catered for private parties and corporate organisations include Henley Regatta, Royal Ascot, Smiths lawn polo, Wimbledon, other cricket venues, rugby internationals at Twickenham, Cowes and catering for Champagne Mumm at the Admirals Cup for 20 years.

In The Wine Trade

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David has 35 years experience in the wine trade and this knowledge and background is reflected in the selection of his wine list.

He spent 3 years in Europe, working in Bordeaux, Germany, Champagne, Burgundy, Cognac an Oporto from 1969-1972. He has the prestigious honour of being made a chevalier of Calvados.

He then became wine buyer for a family business with hotels, restaurants, pubs and off licences after which he owned Broad Oak Vintners near Bishop Stortford, wine merchants and special events specialists.

"Lettuce Serve You"

He was a co-owner of "Lettuce Serve You", specialists in music industry parties and pop concert catering including having the sole catering rights for concerts including The Stones, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Blondie, Pink Floyd, The Pogues, Genesis and 6 years of Monsters of Rock at Donnington Park as well as catering for their ad agencies and record companies.

His passion is making a special occasion very special and tailoring it to suit the budget and tastes for both large numbers and intimate parties.

The Perfect Venue

The Chapter Arms with its extensive gardens is the perfect venue for a large outside party or more intimate get together. The top lawn can be the site for a hired marquee or the restaurant or pub used for a celebration at no extra cost. With David's experience of outside catering, packages can be arranged at private houses or other venues in the area.

Our History

The Chapter Arms Gallery Image

This charming and picturesque public house is set in the heart of the Kentish countryside in an area of fruit farms with views of apple orchards and typical Kent oast houses.

The building was formerly four farm cottages, auctioned on the 23rd of March 1898, and was later turned into a small village pub.

3 miles from Canterbury

Despite being only 3 miles from the centre of the historic City of Canterbury, the lovely rural setting and the carefully tended gardens make it a perfect venue for lunch or dinner with the family, an informal business meeting, a quiet drink or just as a stopping off point on the famous North Downs Way.

40 seater restaurant

In 1984 a large 40 seater restaurant was added, with views overlooking the orchards and one acre garden.

Now, The Chapter Arms, a family run business, is recognised for its excellent food and warm, friendly atmosphere. Offering a varied menu with dishes made from freshly prepared local produce.

To make a booking, find out more about us or the events and the services we provide, please get in touch on 01227 738340.

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