Having recently celebrated its fourth birthday, the Hanushka Coffee House in Hastings is as good as any to grab a hot drink. With walls lined with high book shelves, Hanushka is a friendly spot serving tea, coffee, paninis, sandwiches, cakes and books! It’s a great place for avid readers and coffee lovers alike, so pop down.
A café in the pretty town of Tunbridge Wells serving up delicious cakes, smoothies, hearty stews, sandwiches and superfood salads, the folks at Juliets always welcome you with a smile. Lovers of quirky cafés will feel right at home, and from 29th November you can enjoy Christmas Afternoon Tea, featuring finger sandwiches, turkey crème fraiche with stuffing and mouth-watering poached salmon with dill and horseradish cream.
Taking place annually in November and December and located in the scenic gardens of Quex Park, home to the Powell-Cotton Museum, the Spirit of Christmas is one of the biggest festive event in Kent! With a Christmas market, real ice rink, bar/café and even a grotto, it’s a great spot for all ages. You can even enjoy breakfast or dinner with Santa Claus!
The Corner House Restaurant has seen great success since opening in 2013, with another branch having opened in 2016, in Canterbury. Winner of the Taste of Kent Restaurant of the Year 2015, where better to grab a festive bite? The restaurant serves up locally-sourced British produce with a frequently-changing menu, and winter sees a delicious 3-course Christmas menu on offer.
This one’s for the crime fanatics out there. With the largest collection of crime memorabilia in the UK, the True Crime Museum in Hastings is just a stone’s throw from Hastings Castle. Eerily set underground in 3000 sq/ft of caves, you can find all you ever wanted to know about serial killers, forensics, police memorabilia and more. It’s an interesting place for a winter day trip!
Voted National Finalist for Pub of the Year 2016, the Yard of Ale is a fantastic micro pub. Housed in old flint-walled stables, the building has been converted to create a large atmospheric space. Head to the lovely coastal town of Broadstairs and taste CAMRA award-winning ales and ciders, as well as pub classics, such as cheese boards, pork pies and chutneys.
Found on the eclectic Nunhead Lane in South London, The Habit is dedicated to bringing a small-town neighbourhood feel to its customers. It’s a cosy bistro serving up the best local produce, with an impressive wine list to match. Pop by for a spot of brunch and enjoy simple yet delicious dishes such as crushed avocado, courgette and poached egg, or swing by for an atmospheric dinner and enjoy their changing seasonal evening menu.
Situated near the seafront and close to the station, the recently opened micropub has attracted numerous fans, with one fan describing it as, “..the best micro pub on the island with fantastic beer, fantastic atmosphere and even brain puzzles and cheese and biscuits on a Sunday.” A must stop for real ale and gin fans, you can top your visit off with a bracing walk by the sea.