Sevenoaks Mums guide to our local, independent cafes

It’s a tough job, but someone had to do it… here’s our lowdown on the Sevenoaks cafe scene…

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Bojangles 116 London Road, Dunton Green, Sevenoaks, TN13 2UT

bojangleslogo1Owner Jason and his partner Laura are passionate about coffee and the local community and it shines through. They give free coffees to mums who come in with tiny babies, remembering the exhaustion that goes hand in hand with those early days of motherhood.   You may have seen the Bojangles Tuk Tuk bbojanglesringing their delicious coffee to other parts of town, just make sure you don’t overlook the actual café in Dunton Green. They have an extensive breakfast and lunch menu on top of their top notch handmade cake selection (gluten free options also available). Kids are particularly fond of Bojangles due to the wide range of milkshakes and smoothies on offer.   Nothing is too much trouble for Jason – if what you want isn’t on the menu, not to worry, he can sort most things. Not to be missed!

Open 7 days a week / kids toys, including Fuzzy Felt! / sweet cones / breastfeeding welcome / children’s menu / wifi / loyalty card via app / large selection of handmade cakes, including gluten free

Darcey’s 68A High St, Sevenoaks TN13 1JRdarceys logo

Ricky and Craig are 7 weeks into their new venture, coffee shop and restaurant, Darcey’s, named after Ricky’s granddad. The pair are serious about serving the local community great food and coffee. Luckily for us, children and those of us with young families are at the forefront of what they do. Never too smart for us mums, they’ve thought of clever little touches that mean it’s a good pdarceyslace to stop in – children of all ages in tow. Upstairs is their (small, but perfectly formed) play area. There’s a good gate to stop children wandering. You can park buggies downstairs, changing facilities are decent and highchairs plentiful. They even bring your order up for you if you’re struggling to hold everything. Food is locally sourced, and suitable for every age. They’ve just taken delivery of a brand new coffee roaster, too… so coffee is tip top, too!

Closed Mondays / Play area / Toys / Full menu available 9 – 3 / Children’s menu / Changing facilities / Highchairs / Private hire / Locally sourced food / wifi

Malabar 81 High Street, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1LE /28 London Road, Riverhead, Kent TN13 2DE

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A true independent, run by local Weald family (including, on occasion, Will – part time Barista, part time Year 5 student) Malabar could be considered the first of many great local, independent cafes to reach us in Sevenoaks. Not coIMG_1062ntent with just running one buzzing café in the area, they recently opened their Riverhead branch, a valuable addition to the local community, offering the same unique coffee blend to us mums in a more generous setting. A delicious flat white awaits you in both settings. Both also welcome children with open arms, and Will has steered his parents to developing a great food offering for children of all ages.

Open 7 days a week / Full menu available 9 – 3 / Children’s menu – Mini Malabar lunchbox £3.50 / Changing facilities / Highchairs / Loyalty card / Toy basket / Dog friendly / wifi

Mimi Bakery mimi140 High Street, Sevenoaks, TN13 1XE

An independent artisan bakery and cafe which offers homemade bread, pastries and extensive menu to Sevenoaks. Managers, Juan and Victoria are passionate about bringing the best home blended teas and coffees to Sevenoaks, giving us mums a premium cuppa every time. The modern space – beautifully designed by Victoria, is open and bright , with a view through to the buzzing kitchen. Her interior design highlights the independent nature of the cafe. Possibly, depending on the behaviour of your kids, better for those visiting with tiny babies who can sit and feed without having the stress of toddlers running riot and upsetting some of the smarter clientele. Having said that, alongside their extensive menu, there are kids menus available and they would love the fresh fruit smoothies, cakes and biscuits on offer, if they are happy to sit at a table. A lovely, modern and relaxed setting for your morning coffee, lunch with friends or in which to host a private event.

Open 7 days a week / high chairs / changing facilities / kids menu £3.90 / Loyalty card

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Alice’s Tea Shop 114 St. Johns Hill, Sevenoaks TN13 3PD

A welcoming child friendly tea shop in Sevenoaks serving fresh coffees, teas, sandwiches, pastries and cakes. A large range of locally sourced ingredients and gluten free options. It’s a great stop for post appointment at Sevenoaks Hospital coffee. There are board games and toys to play with and kids are genuinely encouraged to enjoy their visit. Open from 8am Monday to Saturday, it’s a place which has really been designed with children in mind: a chalk board wall for inspiring Bankys, tables games and changing facilities, Alice’s is open to all.

Closed Sundays / High chairs / changing facilities / kids menu / food intolerances / games / toys

Birch’s – Whole Good Food 23 High Street, Seal, TN15 0AN

A newcomer that’s landed with a bang, Birch’s is a health conscious cafe in the heart of Seal, serving organic and naturally gluten free products. The first in Sevenoaks to cater for paleo, fitness, vegan, vegetarian and allergy friendly diets, Birch’s proves healthy food needn’t be boring. The food and coffee offering are second to none, with everything available to take away, for those on the go. It may be a better place to visit with a girlfriend rather than a whole hoard of children, unless you can park them safely outside for two minutes to pick up goodies on your way to the playground. It is a bit tiny, with neither loo facilities or a place to park a buggy, so we’d suggest it as a café in which to savour your child free moments.

Closed Wednesdays / All dietary requirements catered for / No loo facilities /

Café on the Vine Vine Gardens, Dartford Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3UH

Just a two minute walk from Sevenoaks town centre, the Café on the Vine is set in the Vine Gardens overlooking the cricket ground. You can expect a friendly welcome, excellent cakes and decent breakfast. It’s pretty snug inside, but cosy and a good spot in which to indulge in their home made cakes. The place comes into it’s own in the summer, with outdoor seating available to sit and watch your little ones climbing on the small climbing frame or putting on a pretend concert from the bandstand. Owned and operated by Sevenoaks Town Council, all profits are invested back into the local community so you can feel extra community minded by spending your pennies here.

Wed – Sun 08:30 – 4pm / changing facilities in public loos next door / high chairs / play equipment outside / books / kids menu / wifi

Eat ‘n’ Mess 67 London Road, Sevenoaks TN13 1AU 

Starting life as a stall in Hackney’s Broadway Market, we Sevenoaks mums are very lucky to have our own permanent offering from Danielle and the team that bring you Eat ‘n’ Mess. A local Otford girl, her café caters to health conscious Sevenoaks folk. Don’t get us wrong, we’re talking about the health conscious type who still loves cake! Their selection is varied and extensive, but the majority are gluten and dairy free and baked onsite. There’s delicious artisan sourdough bread and specialist coffee from Nude Coffee Roasters. Their bestseller is the Peanut Butter Cookie Pie, piled high on platters in the shop. It’s hard to resist. It’s not just cakes – a full menu sees them offering brunch type fare – smashed avo on toast – and also toasties. A cosy setting means that it’s not especially buggy friendly. A better stop for when you’re with your older kids who bring with them less paraphernalia or just meeting another grown up! A true gem of a place!

Closed Mondays / Full menu available 08:30 – 3:30 / Loyalty card / No changing facilities / limited high chairs / wifi

Hollybush Café Hollybush Park, Sevenoakspexels-photo-48520

Any mum who has spent time at the Hollybush playground will know well what a well stocked little gem of a place the Hollybush café is. After putting in the time in the playground, everyone is usually deserving of some delicious snacks and drinks from here. There are baskets of toys to further entertain kids, and a relatively good amount of unfussy space where the kids can enjoy a bit of freedom. Slush puppies are popular here, but you can enjoy a little of what you fancy.

Public facilities / Full menu available / high chairs

Nonna Cappucinis 10 Blacks Yard, Sevenoaks TN13 1DS 

A firm favourite with a great many fans, Nonna Cappucinis has been enticing local folk through it’s doors for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea for many years. The space inside isn’t ideal for kids, but come summer, (or even winter with seats cleverly positioned under heated umbrellas), you and the kids can get to sample what all the fuss is about, whilst allowing them to roam around the pedestrianised area. Great coffee, great food all served by a great family where you get the feeling nothing is too much trouble.

Open 7 days a week / can do kids options

Otto’s Coffee House & Kitchen 37 High St, Sevenoaks TN13 1JD

Nestled away at the top of town, Otto’s welcomes you with a cool vibe. Great coffee, tunes playing, and brownies to die for… It’s a little snug to go in with very young ones, prams would have to be left outside, and if you’re seated upstairs you may not rest easy for fear of them slipping down the stairs. That said, if you have time to yourself and want to meet a girlfriend, it’s a perfect spot for coffee, lunch or brunch. Their fresh juices are highly recommended.

Brunch served 08:30 – 3pm / Lunch from 12-3 / Closed on Mondays / wifi

pexels-photo-302899Rafferty’s 54 Holly Bush Lane, Sevenoaks TN13 3TL, England

In our very own little boho corner of Sevenoaks, Rafferty’s is neighbours to some of the loveliest independent shops. Worthy of an hours mooch around the shops (Lovell & Vie, La Manica, Lark etc.) and then into Rafferty’s for a Grumpy Mule coffee. You can occasionally struggle to get a table as it’s always busy and buzzy, with groups of mums enjoying smashed avo on sourdough. Downstairs they play movies for kids which is a little joy for any mum who wants to sit and have a coffee or eat lunch in peace. They welcome kids warmly here, buggys can be left outside. No particular place for them to be unless they’re sitting with you enjoying something from the varied and delicious menu. A great local establishment.

Open Daily / Children’s screenings of movies / kids menu / high chairs

Sevenoaks Stag Café Stag Cinema

A real stalwart of the high street, the Stag Café continues to cater for mums and toddlers up at their café in a totally unpretentious way. Accessible by buggy, and plenty of space to leave them when you get there – it’s not exactly hip, or up-to-date, but it is extremely welcoming and a great spot to sit and have a catch up with a friend. While you do so, the kids can play in a designated area where there are toys, dressing up and colouring in. An unfussy menu caters to children with their meal deal – £3.75 for pexels-photo-85599a box of goodies, and mums can enjoy sandwiches, cake and a few warm meals. Good facilities for babies, high chairs and changing all provided and they pride themselves on being breast feeding friendly.

Closed on Sundays / Can get busy at lunch times / High Chairs / Changing / Buggy Friendly / Toy Basket / Dressing up / Play area / wifi

Soprano’s Dorset Street, Sevenoaks, TN13 1LL 

Established coffee house which has been operating as such for many years, under various guises. Not baby friendly, per se, but a very warm and accommodating owner, Salih, he will always do all he can to ensure you have an enjoyable coffee and plate of food in front of you. Salad and panini type fare for lunches all served in unpretentious setting at a good price.

Teal Café London Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RS

Drive a bit out of town beyond Morleys roundabout to find relative newcomer, Teal Café. Open all day for anything from hearty breakfasts, to healthy salad lunches or something a bit more substantial. It’s well worth the trip. When we visited they were busy with mums making the most of having someone else cook the kids lunch. We know how good that can feel. Food was tasty and fresh, and served with a smile.

crayons-coloring-book-coloring-book-159579Open 7 days a week / Breakfast available 8-12 / Lunch available 12-4 / Children’s menu / Changing facilities / Highchairs / Loyalty card / Colouring in for kids / Plentiful parking / wifi

 

 

 

Still not enough coffee for you?  Head a bit further afield…;

we love Ide Hill Community Shop (TN14 6JG) for spectacular views

and,

Coffee Kai in Brasted (High St, Brasted, Westerham TN16 1JE) for cosy coffee and somewhere a bit different.

 

Feb, 2017

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  1. Nicola Young says:

    This is a great guide. We are lucky to have so many fantastic places to choose from.

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