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.
Disclosure: Not all of these places are ‘in’ Tunbridge Wells but are somewhere I think a Tunbridge Wells parent might take their child to. Also we have tried to be as accurate and up-to-date as possible but it is always best to check directly with the venue for opening hours, specific info etc. Enjoy!
♥ Langton Pavilion Cafe
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
The Inside is a brand new community-focused cafe in the heart of Tunbridge Wells set up by the amazing Laura Parker at Calverley Adventure Grounds. This lovely venue is currently open Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm (closed Wednesdays) and weekends from 10am to 3pm – though keep an eye on the Facebook page as this may change in the future.
Pop in to see it for yourselves – adults and children of all ages are welcome. There are toys for the little ones to play with as well as crafting kits and lots of lovely touches to the place. The coffee and food is top class too, with a really healthy and nourishing menu. Plus it opens right onto an enclosed playground! Big congrats to Laura for bringing this to our lovely town – she has lots of plans for the future with The Inside so watch this space…
♥ Gray’s Cafe
We visited the gorgeous @grayscafe in Brenchley recently. Have you been before? This is such a lovely place with a play area for the kids, 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.
♥ The Zero Waste Company
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!
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
‘Claudia’ is a brand new 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 Friday from 8.30am to 5pm and Saturdays from 8am to 5pm. Entry is £3 per hour for parents / carers staying with their children. There is a creche option for this place too. More info coming soon!
♥ Babycino Cafe
A brand new addition to this post, Babycino Cafe opened in December 2018 and is a fantastic place to meet up with friends when in Tunbridge Wells. It is located in Chapel Place, opposite Le Petit Jardin (near Pizza Express – towards The Pantiles). You might initially think it is a regular cafe but the whole basement is dedicated to kids with a lovely play area. There are classes taking place there too. I can highly recommend the salted caramel brownie. Out of this world!!
♥ Mummy Mondays at The White Bear
Pop along to the gorgeous White Bear pub in Tunbridge Wells on Mummy Mondays for brunch or lunch with your little one, a chit chat and enjoy a complimentary hot drink with a babycino for the toddler in your life. There are plenty of highchairs, baby change, a BIG basket of toys and lots of space for pushchairs. Dad’s and carers are of course more than welcome too.
♥ Creams Cafe
Creams Tunbridge Wells, is an all-singing, all-dancing dessert cafe with a smallish soft play for the kids to enjoy too. 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
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. They have some great couches in the corner (near the entrance) with 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 – Trinity Theatre
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.
Check out Rhyme Time at Trinity Theatre Cafe on a Friday morning too. Suitable for ages 3 and under, join in with exciting action rhymes and explore some fantastic new toys courtesy of Whirligig Toys from 10.30am – 10.55am (not the final Friday of each month). Just turn up – no need to book in advance and it’s free to attend. Free squash and biscuits for children. The Kitchen & Bar are from 9am.
♥ Riverhill Himalayan Gardens
The cafe at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens is lovely and it’s open to all visitors whether you are visiting the gardens or not. There’s 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 when this opens for 2020.
♥ The Hub, Bodiam
This is a cafe on my ‘must visit’ list for 2020! 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) 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
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 in the Ashdown Forest to blow away the cobwebs!
♥ Deer Park Cafe Eridge
The Deer Park Cafe is a small, independant 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.
♥ Daily Bread – Rusthall
I have been to Daily Bread several times over the years and this place gets the thumbs up from me. Based in the heart of Rusthall, there is plenty of free parking around the village and a good amount of space to bring a buggy in.
The staff are friendly and there are some really nice touches including books and games to keep the kids occupied and a sweet little kids menu that goes beyond sausages and mash! The food in Daily Bread is really special and really my type of ‘grub’ – lots of yummy sandwiches and the cakes just have to be tried! There’a a definite rustic feel to Daily Bread with a modern twist too.
♥ Notcutts Cafe
Does anyone else remember Notcutts in Pembury had a complete makeover? The cafe there is pretty good and in the summer, 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 – almost five years ago! As far as I can see, not much has changed!
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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