12 places to go for a great breakfast in Kent
PUBLISHED: 15:42 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:58 31 July 2017
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so what better way to spend your morning than by indulging in a leisurely brunch with friends? In Kent you'll be spoilt for choice with places to go, so here is our pick of some of the best breakfast spots in the county
1. The Hop and Huffkin, Sandwich
For a delicious breakfast crafted from some of the best ingredients in Kent’s natural pantry, look no further than the Hop and Huffkin in Sandwich. Accompanied by a glass of locally produced fruit juice, try the traditional Kentish breakfast complete with all the favourite trimmings. Perhaps the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs served on a toasted huffkin will take your fancy, or maybe you’ll have the warm brie and bacon sandwich with the brie made by local cheese company Bowyers. All of this is served in a contemporary, relaxed environment and is just a ten minute’s drive away from the beautiful Sandwich Bay.
2. Kitch, Canterbury
Serving healthier takes on the classic breakfast options, Kitch in the heart of Canterbury offers a wholesome way to start your day. They pride themselves on using only natural and seasonal ingredients with any meat or eggs used sourced from local farms. The hearty full English features poached eggs and wilted spinach, or you could choose to have the avocado on toast and select from the variety of available toppings. There are plenty of vegetarian dishes and vegan alternatives, such as the buckwheat pancakes or Kitch’s special brunch. The cake selection is also far too good to resist, so take one away for later.
3. The Lane, Deal
Self-proclaimed as providing ‘a proper naughty food experience for all’, this café serves up home cooked breakfasts until 12pm with some options available all day. Start your day off right with the Farmer’s Omelette, a feast of its own with sausage, bacon, beans and potato filling. If you’re in the mood for something a bit lighter, sample The Lane’s granola bowl with fresh fruit and coconut, or if you’ve got a sweet tooth the Nutella topped waffles with banana and butterscotch sauce might tickle your taste buds. The Lane has a buzzy atmosphere that is great for socialising, and if you fancy an early tipple there is a great cocktail menu.
4. Heart of Flavour, Maidstone
The Heart of Flavour is a café with a difference, since it forms part of the Heart of Kent hospice. On the menu is a selection of home-baked goodies such as cakes, pastries and warm breakfast muffins, or if you want something a bit more filling there are also options such as poached eggs on toast available. While enjoying great food, you’ll be supporting an even better cause since 100% of the profits go directly to the hospice. Heart of Kent itself was established in 1991, and works to provide care for patients and their families living with terminal illnesses. They care for over 1,300 people each year, so the money raised is being put to fantastic use.
5. Samworth and Mee, Broadstairs
In a beautiful coastal location just a minute’s walk from the spectacular Viking Bay, you’ll find Samworth and Mee. You will be met with a warm welcome and a smile at this cosy and intimate restaurant, and between 10am and 11.30am you can choose from the breakfast menu. Browse all the traditional favourites such as the good old full English, or you could opt for a pancake stack complete with bacon, fresh fruit and maple syrup. Its prime location in the heart of Broadstairs makes it the perfect base from which to explore this pretty town.
6. The Refectory Kitchen, Canterbury
Boasting an impressive breakfast menu with a variety of options, The Refectory Kitchen is the ideal spot for making sure your day starts well. Serving a ‘grill up’ rather than a fry up, this café puts a healthier spin on its dishes. You could sample the ham hock hash or gypsy eggs complete with chorizo, tomato, mushrooms and spinach, all of which is served seven days a week. Bacon and mackerel is also smoked and cured in house. This café also has a great location right in the centre of Canterbury, so is the perfect place for fuelling up before a day of exploring.
7. The Vine, Sevenoaks
Settle down in the beautiful interior of The Vine with its floor to ceiling windows and sample from the impressive breakfast menu. Try the smoked kippers with scrambled eggs or for smaller diners there is a full children’s menu too, complete with eggy bread, beans on toast or egg with soldiers. Time your visit right and take advantage of the bank holiday family brunch menu complete with cocktails. Food is sourced from local suppliers and producers wherever possible, meaning that you’ll be sampling a taste of the Kentish countryside.
8. The Velo House, Tunbridge Wells
Forming part of the Velo House Cycling Shop in Tunbridge Wells, this café was built to cater to the demands of hungry and health conscious cyclists. Of course not restricted solely to lycra-wearers, the dishes are designed to reduce calorie intake while helping you to refuel and recover as effectively as possible. Lighter options available include porridge with spiced apple and sultanas, or you could try the nutritious home-made granola. Alternatively try a breakfast burrito, and of course the menu isn’t without a full English option too. The café is decorated with a quirky retro theme inside, or you could choose to soak up the sun in the outside seating area.
9. Café 1809, Hildenborough
Another hot-spot for health conscious sport lovers, Café 1809 was opened by none other than Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes. On the menu is their very own 1809 breakfast stack, or sample the Dame’s eggs, a healthy take on the popular scrambled variety. Breakfast is served until 1.30pm, but one could happily stay here all day since this is far more than just a café; there are a number of communal spaces such as meeting rooms, a beauty room and a function room which hosts regular fitness classes. As a result this café has a real welcoming feel, and is the perfect place for whiling away a morning surrounded by friendly faces.
10. Wyatt and Jones, Broadstairs
Start your day off with coastal views at Wyatt and Jones. Perfectly situated under the historic York Gate and looking out over the stunning Viking Bay, this café is the ideal spot for spending a sunny morning. The menu is crafted out of seasonal produce, featuring everything from simple porridge with jam through to bubble and squeak with a fried egg on top. Breads are home-made, fish is home-smoked and meats are home-cured, giving a real rustic, authentic feel to the dishes. The interior oozes charm and style – be sure to get a window seat to watch the world go by.
11. Samphire, Whitstable
A contemporary Kentish bistro firmly established on the Whitstable restaurant scene, Samphire will provide you with a breakfast menu that is enough to get mouths watering. Brunch is served from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday, so there is no need to get up early. Be experimental and have the salt beef hash with a fried duck egg, or sample the smoked haddock kedgeree. The fermented chilli which tops the avocado on toast is also particularly popular, so is definitely something to try. Samphire is proud to showcase ingredients sourced from local farms, allotments and producers, ensuring that dishes are made to the highest standard.
12. The Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells
For a taste of complete luxury, head to the Spa Hotel set in 14 acres of glorious land on the edge of Tunbridge Wells. Indulge with a bottomless brunch at the Chandelier Restaurant and while the décor is grand, the atmosphere is welcoming. With a special breakfast cocktail in hand, try the eggs Benedict or you could be more adventurous and sample the duck leg with a hash brown. Alternatively, head to the more relaxed Zagatos Bar and Brasserie where breakfast is served weekends from 9am – the menu is popular with locals and visitors alike, featuring options such as grilled kippers with parsley butter. All the while you’ll be surrounded by stunning Kentish countryside, an idyllic way to start the day.