Coffee in Canterbury – the Beaney (library) Cafe

The Beaney cafe is on the ground floor of  the library building in the High Street.

Not an obvious place to have a coffee if your not in the building anyway but they advertise cream teas on a board outside.




There are vintage bikes on all the walls. They do look quite good but they badly need dusting. We ordered cream teas and a sandwich. The Earl Grey was good and the coffee ok but the sandwich was underwhelming to say the least. There is free wi-fi if you get a code from the library reception.

  • Good location right on the high street.
  • The service was friendly.
  • The tea and coffee were ok but not great.
  • The scones were a bit dry but the cream was good.
  • Good price.
  • The toilets belong to the library and are obviously used a lot. They smell.


Perfectly ok if you don’t need the loo but not worth bothering unless you are going to the museum or library.