Fine wine, delicious cheese, comfort – what’s not to like about Mouton Rouge?

Mouton Rouge in St Dunstan's Street is one of Canterbury's special places

Canterbury’s wine lovers are missing a trick if they haven’t availed themselves of a visit to Mouton Rouge in St Dunstan’s Street.

What started life a few years ago as a wine shop, has morphed into a wine shop with a seating area for those who can’t wait to get home to taste their favourite tipple.

And what a place it is. Mouton Rouge is cosy, comfortable and the perfect spot for some relief from the winter weather .

Wine racks at Mouton Rouge

It specialises in wines, but also features beers, ciders and other forms of alcohol.

I popped in with a friend and we were served by a young lady called Alice who helped us choose our wines and obviously knew her way around them.

A steady stream of customers on the evening shows that it has developed quite a customer base – and a discerning one at that. One man paid more than £100 for just a few bottles.

When we became peckish, midway through our second bottle, Alice served us an array of cheeses: a pokey mature cheddar, a blue-veined yellow cheese which popped in the mouth and creamy white cheese. Perfect.

Overall, this is yet another Canterbury gem which deserves to be more widely known.

As a city we often complain we don’t do enough to support our independent businesses so here’s the great chance to back one of the finest. Enjoy!

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