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Top Independent Cafes in Tunbridge Wells Open Now!

Wondering which of the top independent cafes in Tunbridge Wells are open now? We have put together a blog post with over 15 independent cafes in Tunbridge Wells and surrounding villages….

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Combine one of our favourite family walks with a visit to some of the best independent cafes in Tunbridge Wells or pop into one of them when the local shops re-open over the coming weeks. Another option could be to ditch the kids and meet a friend for a good old socially distanced coffee at a nearby park or open space?

Fine Grind at The Forum

Fine Grind which is normally located on the High Street in Tunbridge Wells has moved to The Forum until further notice. Open from 8am to 3pm Tuesday to Friday, 8am to 5pm on Saturdays and 9am to 4pm on Sundays, why not have a wander around town and wind up there while having a socially distanced coffee on Tunbridge Wells Common? Expect coffee, hot drinks, fresh baked pastries and cakes!

Even Flow

The lovely Even Flow which was brand new to St John’s just before lockdown is open for takeaway. This family run coffee and music shop has such a lovely atmosphere and is a really welcome addition to Tunbridge Wells! Opening hours are Tuesdays to Fridays, 9.30am to 3pm | Saturdays 10am to 4pm and Sunday to Monday, 10am to 2pm. Enjoy coffees, cakes, savoury, snacks, smoothies, milkshakes, juices and soda as well as their awesome music and books (free hot drink with every purchase). The price list is on their website and on Insta / Facebook. Look out for weekend offers such as Pimms and lunch bags. Even Flow hopes to open soon for browsing, as a non-essential retail site. Watch this space…

The Bicycle Bakery

From freshly baked bead to to cinnamon buns and lemon meringue pies, The Bicycle Bakery on Camden Road continues to serve the deserving people of Tunbridge Wells with their  tantalising selection of baked goods. Open from 8am to 2pm Tuesday to Saturday, their Instagram feed is bound to make your mouth water! Well done to The Bicycle Bakery for keeping a providing a semblance of normality and routine over the last few months!

♥ The Earl Grey  

The Earl Grey in Southborough has been really popular with locals since it re-opened recently. The opening hours are Friday and Saturday, 9am to 2pm and there are lots of scrummy options to choose from, both sweet and savoury. They are also offering an Afternoon Tea and Cream Tea delivery service to your door in Southborough! Call on 01892 258800 or message via Instagram or Facebook to place your order.

Some more super options…

The Superfood Company

For something lovely and healthy, drop into The Superfood Company (next to Tunbridge Wells train station, opposite Sainsbury’s Metro) which is open from 8am to 3pm, Monday to Saturday. Enjoy juices, smoothies and incredible coffee from two of London’s top roasters. Food available from 10am, big portions and big flavours, salad boxes and their famous jumbo sized wraps. Healthy food for hungry people!

Daily Bread Rusthall

The delightful Daily Bread in Rusthall is back on Fridays and Saturdays in June from 9am to 2pm or until they sell out! They are open for bread, cakes and coffee with more items to come! Just a few things to note – One ‘household’ is welcome in at a time, customers are asked to follow the one way system and card payments only please.

Casa de Claudia 

Casa de Claudia on Castle Street just off Tunbridge Wells High Street is a quaint cafe with incredible sandwiches and so much more. They are open for takeaway from Monday to Saturday, 8am to 3pm – a handy place to visit when you are in this lovely part of Tunbridge Wells.

Souper Juice

Located on Monson Road, next to Lakeland, Souper Juice is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday for soups, sandwiches, burritos, quesadillas, sausage rolls, smoothies, juices, cake and coffee. My personal favourite is the chowder! They have a perspex screen up and a social distance one way system. Souper Juice is also on Deliveroo and they can deliver family meals for special occasions!

The Goupie Chocolate House

Located on the edge of Central Market in the heart of Tunbridge Wells, Gorgeous Goupie Chocolate House is open for takeaways on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9.30am to 5pm. They have a selection of fresh baked cakes and pastries as well as coffee, make your own hot chocolates and of course Goupie! They are also on Deliveroo within those hours and have set up their own Goupie Room Service on their website which allows you to pre-order breakfast trays for delivery to your door or collection in store!


Delaney’s is back from Monday 15th June from 11am to 4pm. Drop in for takeaway savoury and sweet crepes, salad boxes, cake, coffee, milkshakes, beer and more! You can phone ahead or oder when there. Card payments only. Keep an eye out on their social media for opening hours after Monday.

The Zero Waste Company

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Alright people, it's ON! 🔛 . With some schools going back last week and more people returning to work, we have noticed a rise in footfall at around 4pm, when we had been shutting up shop. . Now we are not ones to disappoint, especially when there are sad little faces who were promised ice cream ☹🍦(and sad bigger faces who promised themselves a hot coffee made by ANOTHER PERSON!) ☹☕ . So as of right now (ok, tomorrow, which is Wednesday) we will be extending our opening hours to close at 5pm, as they were before this whole COVID shindiggle happened! Sundays will be back to normal at 10-4. . NOTE: We still have 2 metre distancing in store, and maximum 3 people at a time. Let's not get ahead of ourselves. But with the warmer weather coming we can move the ice cream cart outside, and are getting a store tablet to take payment outside too! 💳 . We look forward to seeing lots of smiling faces from now on 🤩

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The Zero Waste Company not only has a super selection of coffees, it is fully stocked with fantastic flavours of ice-cream from from Taywells. Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. They are offering milkshakes too as well as iced coffee – all from compostable cups with paper straws. Yay! There’s two metre distancing in store, and a maximum of three people at a time.

Manuels Cafe & Bakery

Manuels is a favourite family cafe and bakery selling delicious food, coffee, bread & cakes. Located in St John’s next to the brilliant Bloom Foundry and also on Rusthall High Street, their peanut butter and salted caramel brownies (see pic) are a must try! Both branches are open 7am to 2pm Monday to Saturday for takeaway. I’m just double checking opening hours for the St John’s branch which is open at the moment for takeaway too!

♥ Deer Park Cafe

The Deer Park Cafe in Eridge is offering takeout coffee/cake & sandwiches. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm, they all offer a veg box delivery service. If you haven’t been to this charming countryside cafe, you must! Combine it with a trip to Eridge Rocks?

The Little Bull Cafe

The Little Bull Cafe in the beautiful village of Brenchly is open with delicious homemade brunches and lunches is open from Wedesdnay to Sunday, 10am to 3pm for takeaway food and drinks.
OPEN Wed-Sun 10am-3pm for Takeaway food & drinks.


Langtons Shop

Relatively new to Tunbridge Wells, Langtons Shop is a traditional village shop selling freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, bakery products and provisions. They also offer takeout teas, coffees and hot chocolate. Current opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 8am to 1pm.


Gusta, an authentic Italian delicatessen and Wine Bar on Camden Road is open for takeaway too. They also recently celebrated their 6th anniversary since opening. Happy Birthday Gusta!

The Old Firestation, Tonbridge

@Mochafellatonbridge will be serving his popular takeaway coffees this weekend from the courtyard at The Old Fire-station in Tonbridge. Keep an eye out on TOFS Instagram page for more info on upcoming pop-ups.

Table 8 at Grosvenor & Hilbert Park

I have been advised that the cafe at Grosvenor & Hilbert Park is now open for takeaways. I’ll update this post as soon as I get more details…

♥ The Porcupine Pantry 

Providing hot and cold drinks, hot lunches, sandwiches and cakes on a takeaway only basis, The Porcupine Pantry in Penshurst is open from 9.30am – 4.30pm daily. Last food orders are at 4pm for this lovely cafe which is located just outside of the visitor entrance of Penshurst Place. The Pantry is well-stocked with allergy-friendly foods, including gluten free and dairy-free alternatives. If you’re unsure whether they will have something to cater to you particular requirement, please give them a call on 01892 871277.

Arte Bianca

Arte Bianca, a much loved Italian Delicatessen at the entrance to Chapel Place (the Pizza Express end) is open for take away from 9am-4pm, Tuesday to Saturday. As well as amazing coffee, Gianni and his team are offering cheeses, cured meats, olives and delightful deli items as well as dried and cupboard items and  fresh produce.  A product list is available on their website and you can order on 01892 510554 before collecting in store.

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Independent Tunbridge Wells cafes opening soon….

Basil Wholefoods

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Happy Easter! Stay safe. Love from all at Basil ❤️

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The beautiful Basil Cafe will be opening soon with the St. John’s branch welcoming customers from Tuesday 16th June for takeaway – another one of the top independent cafes in Tunbridge Wells with branches in Tonbridge and Sevenoaks now too. The other branches will be opening soon too (dates TBC). I’m looking forward to having a ‘Basil Bowl’ and Basil are very much looking forward to a phased re-opening!

Taste Tunbridge Wells

Taste Tunbridge Wells reopens for takeaway on Monday 15th June at 9am. Located in Royal Victoria Place, I always enjoy their wholesome fresh sandwiches and good coffee! I haven’t been into the shopping centre for months now so it will be good to visit again!

Grays Cafe

The gorgeous Gray’s Cafe in Brenchly (which we dissevered just before lockdown) is opening on Monday 15th June for delivery and collection only. There’ll be a few tweaks to their terrific menu with many of the old favourites available no doubt!

♥ Langton Pavilion Cafe
The lovely Langton Pavilion Cafe is set to open from the beginning of July, once all of the safety measures are in place. Watch this space for updates!

Eat Around Tonbridge

Caroline from Eat Around Tonbridge has a comprehensive list of places open for food and drink deliveries and takeaways in Tonbridge – including several cafes!

For more ideas for days out and activities during this strange stage, check out on the lockdown section on My Tunbridge Wells:


    • Hi Anne. Do you know where I can find out more info about it please or could she email me please? Need opening hours and a grid description about what she serves. Thanks!

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