We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Ancient Raj

25-26 North Lane | 25-26 North Lane, CT2 7EE, Canterbury CT2 7EE, England
+44 1227 455882
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“poppadoms” (42 reviews)
“curry” (49 reviews)
“chicken” (36 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
25-26 North Lane | 25-26 North Lane, CT2 7EE, Canterbury CT2 7EE, England
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (527)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 512 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

Fantastic ambience matched by the best food and service. Kitch and his team do nothing but their best to make your night memorable, and for you to leave satisfied and feeling special.

Thank Rus T
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Just been to this great restaurant. I wasn’t sure what I wanted and the manager came over found out what I liked and gave me a great recommendation on a very tasty freshly made authentic Indian dish. I would highly recommend this place!

1  Thank Andy H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Checked out all the reviews on TA and decided this was the best. Our last night in Canterbury and so looked forward to a first class curry. Arrived at 10pm to find it in total darkness and not a sign of life. Such a disappointment...More

3  Thank Suesteve101
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to this restaurant on a weekend trip to Canterbury for my Birthday. So had carried out some research using Trip Advisor for restaurants in Canterbury and this came out highly recommended! Booked about 2 weeks in advance. Was greeted and swiftly seated in a...More

2  Thank supertrooper137
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant is lovely inside with lots of very old and original features - the staff a welcoming and looked after us well. there were 6 of us and everyone liked their meal - I am not sure if my choices were just not great...More

Thank kentcritique
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked our table for 8pm Arrived 15 minutes early was Seated straight away Taken back by the interior decor the old beams very pleasent Welcoming Mannered Staff;. Popadoms arrived with assorted dips excellent flavors. Was not pressured into choosing our mains. I ordered Lamb tikka...More

2  Thank tsimmons4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here for New Years Eve. Had a wonderful evening with fantastic food. Would definitely recommend the chicken madras, jalfrezi and dupiaza. Everything is made fresh and is always so flavoursome. The nan bread is second to none and always so fresh, as are the...More

2  Thank Mandybusby30
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited this restaurant with my other half a little while back and have been bugging him to come back since! Great quality Indian food with some unusual menu items (nice change to the usual English style Indian spiel). I would highly recommend and would say...More

2  Thank thesecreteater x
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is so bad it merits an award. It’s run by Eastern Europeans with a few decorative ‘indian’ staff. The naan breads have never met the inside of a tandoor and I’m guessing come straight out of Asda or Lidl packets. The cheese variety...More

4  Thank WaterwaysExplorer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed a fabulous dinner, as usual we ordered far too much. Attentive service and excellent food. My only problem (I am sure due to my age) is the lighting was very low/dim and I struggled to read the menu!

1  Thank Patricia T
Nearby HotelsSee all 16 hotels in Canterbury
The Falstaff in Canterbury
1,165 reviews
.19 km away
Pilgrims Hotel
294 reviews
.27 km away
ABode Canterbury
2,075 reviews
.41 km away
Cathedral Gate Hotel
469 reviews
.51 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Cafe du Soleil
1,052 reviews
.09 km away
Cafe des Amis
1,266 reviews
.19 km away
Chapman's Seafood Bar & Brasserie
790 reviews
.20 km away
A La Turka
411 reviews
.20 km away
Nearby Attractions
Westgate Gardens
716 reviews
.26 km away
The Marlowe Theatre
1,010 reviews
.24 km away
Crab & Winkle Way
56 reviews
.18 km away
Westgate Towers
140 reviews
.20 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
9 October 2016|
Response from Mandybusby30 | Reviewed this property |
I believe they close xmas and new year day
Vivien H
12 July 2016|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from John P | Reviewed this property |
If you go on Friday or Saturday then it would be advisable. If in doubt, book anyway. You can do so online. Enjoy.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing