Viv and I were looking for dining inspiration in Canterbury a short while ago and thought of the Tin Tin restaurant in St. Dunstan's Street just around the corner in fact. We couldn't remember the name of the restaurant just the pictures of Tin Tin they had all around the restaurant. It was Belgian themed of couse so had loads of different mussels and Belgian beers.
It was gone.
This made us scratch heads a bit for in its place was another restaurant called Chapman's which was a fish restaurant pure and simple. It was also full so we walked on, then decided we should stroll in and have a drink at the bar whilst a table freed up.
It smelled nice inside anyway.
Also a table freed up quickly so our bottle of white wine accompanied us fairly quickly to the table.
The menu was small and fish focused. My eyes of course lit up at the prospect of more Maldon oysters with a whole plaice to follow. Viv chose beetroot marinated salmon as an appetizer with the seafood platter to follow.
And boy was it all just yummy too!
So what happened to Tin Tin then, who are Chapman's and most importantly what happened to all the Tin Tin pictures?
Apparently the Tin Tin restaurant got into financial trouble and couldn't pay their bills and being a Belgian mussel shop a large part of the outstanding was to their fish providers, namely Chapman's of Sevenoaks -- a big fish distributor.
So rather than get paid in cold hard cash, Chapman's took the restaurant. How willingly they took it was not disclosed but suffice to say this is their only restaurant -- I nearly said their 'sole' restaurant before realising how bad a pun that would have been!
As for the Tin Tin pictures, sadly they have all gone. Many went to a local kindergarten where one hopes they are appreciated in the full and proper way. A couple went to the waitress we asked who says they are in her young daughter's bedroom and a much revered part too. That's nice. Captain Haddock would be pleased.
Chapman's Seafood Bar and Brasserie
89-90 St. Dunstan's Street