Tunbridge Wells has a thriving cafe culture with a whole host of fantastic coffee shops, tea rooms and lunch spots. These independent venues are frequented by students and parents alike, and as such we thought we’d highlight some of our favourites here on the blog.
Located on St. Johns road, Bean is most famous for it’s world class milk shakes. Doubling up as a traditional sweet shop, you can pick and mix your favourite chocolate bars and sweets to make unique milkshakes of your choice.
It’s location makes it extremely popular with the students of nearby schools Skinners, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Girls and Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys.
A recent addition to the scene, this quirky cafe is more than a coffee shop. It offers a lovely selection of locally sourced food, opens later in the evenings than most and nearly all of the interior seating, tables, and decorations are for sale.
It benefits from a great location at the junction of London Road and Mt Ephraim with amazing panoramic views across the Tunbridge Wells common. It’s also good to see local teens working there, if you’re interested in a weekend job it might be a good place to enquire.
The Cake Shed
A popular and inviting spot bang in the middle of the historic Tunbridge Wells Pantiles, this venue does exactly what it says on the tin, amazing cakes and lovely coffee.
Ideally placed for a mid afternoon break when some refuelling is required to continue exploring the shops on the High Street and in the Pantiles.
A favourite lunchtime venue for busy mums taking some down time to catch up with friends. You can find Juliet’s in the centre of the High Street, and you’ll probably find it extremely busy! Which is always a good sign.
Poise Tip: If you’re looking for a nice place to take your mum this mothers day bear in mind Juliet’s brunch and afternoon tea specials on the 30th of March. All mums will receive a gift of scrumptious chocolate truffles to make them feel extra special.
Black Dog Cafe
Famed for some of the best coffee in Tunbridge Wells and conveniently situated in the middle of Camden Road. Black Dog is a popular breakfast spot as well as a great place to pick up an early morning coffee on your way to work.
Basil is quickly becoming a Tunbridge Wells institution, with two permanent locations and a third opening temporarily over the winter to service the Tunbridge Wells ice rink crowds.
The smaller St. Johns road location is a hotspot for students and parents to grab a quick hot drink and a snack. Their larger cafe in the centre of town is competing strongly against the chain coffee shops surrounding the Millennium Clock Square and is always packed on the weekends full of eager lunch goers.
It’s inspiring for all independent business owners to see Basil taking the fight to nationwide brands in Tunbridge Wells.
We’ve only scratched the surface of the thriving cafe culture in Tunbridge Wells, please feel free to share your favourite spots for coffee and cake in the comments below!