Page Updated:- Thursday, 05 May, 2022.


June 2013

Corner House

Open 2020+

42 Station Road


01843 823000

Corner House 2019

Above photograph, March 2019, kindly taken and sent by Rory Kehoe.


Classed as a restaurant, so to enjoy a drink you will have to order a meal as well. This venue opened in 2013 and has recently been joined by another "Corner House" opening in Canterbury.

John Bates tells me the following history:- "Before 1954, the Corner House was the Corner Shop/Corner House Tea Rooms/the Corner Cafe - a sweet shop at the front, a tea room in the centre and a cafe (with pinball machine) at the back - this continued as such until the late 1970s/early 1980s if memory serves me right and owned by the adjoining Lucas family.

Then a Barry Norman bought it and started to convert all of it into more of a restaurant, bar, and takeaway (for pizza, burgers, etc).

David Sworder (Morton’s Fork, The Chequers and Bayside Brasserie in Kent) then bought it in 1984 and ran it to 2000 or so. He ran it as a restaurant and added a couple of guest bedrooms.

I can't remember if it was Barry Norman or him who changed the name to Morton's Fork (after a Chaucer character).

After being leased out to a couple of different people the current 'owner', Matthew Sworder, took it over in 2013 as other property options for him starting out on his own had fallen through.


From the By Kathy Bailes, 18 July 2020.

The Corner House gets ready to reopen and launches a meals at home service.

Chef owner Matt Sworder and his team will be reopening The Corner House restaurants in Minster and Canterbury on Friday, July 24.

Measures to make the sites ‘Covid secure’ include safe distancing between each party and less frequent visits to the tables. Both restaurants have an outdoor seating area for al fresco dining. All guests will be required to book in advance. Other changes will include shorter, seasonal and more frequently changing menus and room service available in the bedrooms.

Reservations are now being taken on the website.

The newly launched Corner House at Home offers guests, who aren’t ready to eat out, some of the restaurants most popular dishes to finish and enjoy in the comfort of their own home.

The Corner House at Home includes the popular lamb shoulder for two and there is also a three course menu with options such as potted shrimps and smoked mussels, Stour Valley venison pudding, hispi cabbage with red wine jus and dessert such as Kentish Gypsy tart, rhubarb, crème fraîche and chocolate delice, miso caramel, popcorn and pouring cream. Nibbles and à la carte dishes are also available.

Diners can ‘Click and Collect’ from either restaurant at any time during opening hours. Orders can be made from a dedicated page on the website.

Meals can also be delivered from Saturday, July 25 from Minster from 2pm – 4pm. Delivery slots are subject to availability with a minimum order value of £30.

Online tutorials will be available on The Corner House restaurant website to show how to create restaurant quality meals at home.


From the By Kathy Bailes, 21 April, 2022.

The Corner House in Minster to shut down due to impact of pandemic closures.

Matt Sworder 2022

Matt Sworder will close the restaurant in Minster.

The award-winning Corner House Restaurant in Minster will be closing its doors permanently at the end of May, following almost nine years in business.

Chef owner Matt Sworder opened the Minster venue in 2013, following several years working in top London restaurants. The Corner House soon gained a great reputation and went on to win the Taste of Kent Restaurant of the Year Award in 2015 and 2017.

Like many hospitality businesses the restaurant was hit hard by the length and severity of the Covid-19 lockdowns. In recent months Matt tried to sustain the site through the launch of The Corner House at Home and shorter opening hours but the lasting impact of the pandemic and staff shortages have forced him to take the difficult decision.

However with the Canterbury restaurant opening a new dining area in June, that venue will be open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner with a new menu also available throughout the afternoon. All the Minster team can work in Canterbury, says Matt, adding that this will allow him to offer some exciting new food offers and take the service to a new level.

Matt said: “Minster was my first restaurant and without it there would not have been a Corner House Canterbury. However, the last two years have severely tested the restaurant’s viability, with the staff shortages and the expansion of Canterbury, I felt it was the most responsible thing to do.

“As I’ve always said, my fantastic team are the most important part of my business and whilst I’ll be saddened to close the doors of Minster for a final time, I will work with each member of them to ensure we can offer them a position in Canterbury. For guests who have purchased gift vouchers with us, rest assured these are redeemable at the Canterbury restaurant also.”

The news follows on the heels of the Ambrette restaurant also closing its Thanet site this month to focus on Canterbury.

The lease for The Corner House Minster is on the market with leisure property specialist Fleurets.

Simon Bland, Senior Associate of Fleurets said: “I’m really pleased to be entrusted with the letting of this exceptional property on behalf of longstanding family clients. It is a really fine opportunity that will ideally suit equally passionate hands-on operators and given the present lack of really good opportunities in the market I expect there will be strong interest.”

For further information or to arrange a viewing contact Fleurets on 020 7280 4700 or visit

The "Corner House," Canterbury

1 Dover Street, Canterbury CT1 3HD

Tel: 01227 780793



NORMAN Ron & Barry (father & son)1980s+

SWORDER David 1984-2000

SWORDER Matthew June 2013-20+


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