The best child friendly cafes in Tunbridge Wells, Kent and East Sussex!
We are lucky to have such a super selection of child friendly cafes in Tunbridge Wells, which makes it so much easier when meeting up with friends (with a baby or toddler in tow!). Quite a few new ones have popped up over the last while so we have updated this blog post with our favourites which you can read about below. Of course during the Covid crisis, we have sadly seen a few close down too. We have tried to update this blog post as much as possible to reflect what’s accessible at the moment, and where possible booking ahead is ideal if you can do it.
Disclosure: Not all of these places are ‘in’ Tunbridge Wells but are somewhere I think a Tunbridge Wells parent might take their child to.
♥ Langton Pavilion Cafe, Tunbridge Wells
Located next to Langton Village Hall, Langton Pavilion Cafe has been a consistent favourite for us, since it opened a few years ago.
There’s free parking, lots of space in the cafe, great toys, lovely service and of course the cakes, coffee and food is lovely too! In the warmer weather, there’s outdoor seating and toys on the grass too, and a little playground nearby at the village hall.
♥ The Inside – child friendly cafe in Tunbridge Wells
The Inside is a fantastic community-focused cafe in the heart of Tunbridge Wells set up by the amazing Laura Parker at Calverley Adventure Grounds. This lovely venue is open daily from 10am to 4pm – though keep an eye on Instagram as this may change in the future.
Pop in to see it for yourselves – adults and children of all ages are welcome. At the moment things are a little different there due to Covid, with far fewer tables but the fact that it opens up onto an amazing playground is a massive draw to this place, as well as the charming service and gorgeous menu for both adults and kids.
♥ Gray’s Cafe in Brenchley
We visited the gorgeous @grayscafe in Brenchley just before lockdown and loved their little play area. Since lockdown, they have made this into a snug with sofas and a few toys. It needs to be pre-booked and is perfect for parents to meet with friends in a group of 6 or smaller with their little ones. This is such a lovely place with the most divine homemade cakes and treats and tasteful decor throughout. The breakfasts are apparently immense and the prices are really reasonable! The service is really friendly oh…. and there’s free parking too! Well done to Lauren and team for creating such a fantastic place. There’s a little playground just down the road too which could be handy to go to too when the weather’s nice.
♥ Gulliver’s Play Cafe in Cranbrook
A brand new play cafe in Cranbook, Gulliver’s Play Cafe is for children and babies to enjoy whilst the grown ups can relax and savour a hot coffee, yummy food and a chat whilst the little ones play! Open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 4.30pm, I love the sound of this cafe and will definitely be paying a visit…
♥ The Zero Waste Company in Tunbridge Wells
Have you been to The Zero Waste Company on The Pantiles yet? Did you know it has a fantastic cafe too, along with a big toy box for out little ones to discover – though I’m not sure if the toys are there or not at the moment! I’lll update this when I find out.
This is the first completely plastic free store in Tunbridge Wells. Set up by two lovely Mums – Holly and Lottie, their aim is to provide a zero waste environment for their customers, offering refill stations on bulk goods, household and personal toiletries, as well as ethical vegan make up, perfume and accessories. Pop in and have a look at both the shop and cafe – you won’t be disappointed!
♥ Cafe Claudia at Oakley Fitness in Tunbridge Wells
‘Claudia’ is a cafe and soft play centre at Oakley Fitness Tunbridge Wells in the newly renovated Methodist Church building (on Vale Road – near The Range). The current opening hours are Monday to a Saturday, 9am to 4pm. There is a creche option for this place too. Spaces are limited and booking ahead is recommended.
♥ Creams Cafe – child friendly cafe in Tunbridge Wells
Creams Tunbridge Wells, is an all-singing, all-dancing dessert cafe with a smallish soft play for the kids to enjoy too. I don’t think the softplay is currently open but we will update this post when it is. There is every flavour of ice-cream you can think of too along with pancakes, waffles and more. It’s a large cafe but it can be fairly quiet on weekday mornings. You’ll need to double check opening hours but I think it opens at 10am or 11am depending on the day…Here’s our review from when it initially opened.
♥ Fenwick Cafe in Tunbridge Wells
Fenwick Cafe in Royal Victoria Place was one of the places I used to go to quite often when on maternity leave for the first time. There’s plenty of room for buggies, and lots of Mums have commented how friendly and accommodating the staff are too.
The changing facilities in Fenwick are fantastic – they have a special room with changing stations and two comfy chairs and the toilets there are always sparkling clean! If I’m in Royal Victoria Place I normally use these loos (in case you are wondering!)…
♥ Trinity Cafe at Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells
I probably went to this one most frequently with my NCT group the first time round – long before some of the other options existed. There is so much space in Trinity Theatre Cafe for buggies and a very relaxed feel to it.
They did run a Rhyme Time at Trinity Theatre Cafe on a Friday morning too but it isn’t currently on. I’ll update this blog post when/if it re-starts.
♥ Riverhill Himalayan Gardens in Sevenoaks
The cafe at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens is lovely and it’s open to all visitors whether you are visiting the gardens or not. It’s run by Otto’s Cafe and has some delicious food! Last time we visited, there was a Toy Shed (pictured) with big marble run on the side and a selection of toys so the kiddies can occupy themselves for at least a few minutes. We are double checking whether the toys are still there but either way, its a gorgeous cafe and Riverhill is a great place to take the kids.
♥ The Hub, Bodiam
This is a cafe on my ‘must visit’ list! Based on Quarry Farm in Bodiam, The Hub opened as a café in 2016, with the aim of creating an inclusive, welcoming space for locals and visitors to make themselves at home. It has since grown to include a spa, venue hire with lots of events (for all ages), accommodation and great produce. There’s a small play area too with swings, sand pit and climbing frame. Looking at their social media, the food looks delish!
♥ Pooh Corner Cafe in Hartfield
Pooh Corner in Hartfield has recently seen some significant changes with the unveiling of the world’s first museum dedicated to A.A. Milne’s Winnie The Pooh. Pop in for a look around and a visit to the popular tearoom and shop. In the summer, there’s a lovely outdoor area too. Perhaps follow your visit with a walk in the home of Christopher Robin and his friends to Pooh Sticks Bridge in the Ashdown Forest, to blow away the cobwebs!
♥ Deer Park Cafe Eridge
The Deer Park Cafe is a rustic, independent cafe in Eridge focusing on using locally sourced produce wherever possible. Serving a cooked breakfast from 9 – 11am throughout the week & 10am – 2pm on the weekend as well as light lunches from 12 – 2pm Monday to Friday with fresh coffee, tea and homemade cakes all day long, this place is a must visit!
It is especially good for children during sunnier weather as they have a lovely garden which they can run around while the grown-ups relax (in an ideal world). There are lots of walks around there too so you could combine the two.
♥ Notcutts Garden Centre Cafe in Tunbridge Wells
Does anyone else remember when Notcutts in Pembury had a complete makeover? The cafe there is pretty good and there’s a big patio area which is lovely to sit out at while the kids play on the big pirate ship and slide. I actually wrote a blog post HERE about it back in the day – over five years ago! As far as I can see, not much has changed!
♥ Minor Mania in Bells Yew Green, Tunbridge Well
Ok so Minor Mania isn’t specifically a cafe but it’s a super soft play centre near Tunbridge Wells and word on the street is that they have done an amazing job since re-opening recently. Sessions are pre-bookable and we are looking forward to visiting over half term. More info coming soon…
I hope this gives you some inspiration child friendly cafes around Tunbridge Wells. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please feel free to email on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page here.
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