Phone: 01227 767660
Centre: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm
Cafe: Mon-Fri 8am-3pm

Social Health Cafe

Enjoy homemade hot and cold snacks, lunches, puddings and drinks from our cafe

Our Social Health Café provides high quality inexpensive meals and snacks that are cooked by Robert, our chef in a 5* hygiene rated kitchen. It is at the heart of the building and EVERYBODY is most welcome to enjoy our high quality and Covid secure facilities. We are also fortunate to have an outside seating area. 

Our cafe is open from 10am-4pm every weekday with hot meal service 11am-2pm.

We also offer a Takeaway Service just phone 01227 767660 to order.

Our weekly Food Packet is available every Wednesday lunchtime. The contents can not only be used to make the meal presented every Tuesday on our Facebook Live Cookery demonstration, there is enough for you to prepare several other dishes. We only ask you for a small donation.

Well behaved dogs are welcome

Hot lunches cost just £5 to non members and £4 to members

Accessible Free WiFi Parking

Robert has been a chef for 45 years and has held high-level positions in London, both as Head Chef of a Clinic and within Harley Street. He has cooked meals for Princes, Lords, Marquesses as well as many celebrities. As he says:

“For the last 11 years, I have had both the pleasure and honour of working as Chef at Canterbury Umbrella. It has been a true inspiration to work with such a happy, dedicated, friendly and hardworking staff whom I now consider as friends, whilst endeavouring to support our members whenever possible. My role at Canterbury Umbrella involves much more than cooking although this is my major passion. I feel humbled and proud to support our members during periods of crisis or difficulty and believe that by providing high standard meals using top quality ingredients we are helping them towards recovery.

I am always grateful to our generous and philanthropic suppliers who provide highest quality ingredients and who like me, are keen to gently offer more healthy options to members and friends in order for them to be able to live a healthier and happier life.

I am sure that our new look Cafe and menu will not only nourish and inspire but will also be welcoming to members and visitors alike following the recent hard and challenging times that we have all experienced.”

Cafe Information:

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Social Health Cafe

Our 5* hygiene-rated cafe is open to everybody. It serves very reasonably priced hot meals and snacks cooked by Robert our chef. You can relax in our garden and we’re right next to Westgate Gardens It’s a great place to meet friends and even make some new ones Dogs are welcome Come and give us […]

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Cooking demos

Every week you can watch a cooking demonstration that can help you use the ingredients that are available each  Wednesday in our Social Pantry food bags. The videos are all on Facebook Live and are very easy to follow. They will help you create a fantastic meal for the cost of just a small donation. […]

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High Tea at Canterbury Umbrella

If you fancy a delicious High Tea of sandwiches and cakes prepared by Robert our top-level chef, just phone us on 01227767660 to book a table. Every Thursday afternoon during the Summer. You won’t be disappointed…especially when it will only cost you £6 a head! Click on this link to find out what’s on offer […]

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Umbrella welcomes new members

If you follow us on Facebook you will see that there’s a lot happening at Canterbury Umbrella during July. We are actively working to increase our membership and to show just how much Canterbury Umbrella can help people manage their mental health with support from other members and our staff. If you know of someone […]

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Food Packs

Food packs are available for anyone who needs one to collect every Wednesday lunchtime. The contents link into our Facebook Live cookery presentations. All we ask is for a small donation of whatever you can afford. If you would like to request one please phone us on 01227 767660 or email

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Cooking with Rob and Friends

Our cookery presentations on Facebook live have been taking place throughout lockdown They are very popular programmes and offer cheap and healthy recipes to try. Recently we have been linking the recipes to the content of our food packs so that viewers can make a healthy meal under Robert’s guidance, using the ingredients that are […]

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