Cafes and coffee

Cafe culture in the UK has boomed in the last 20 years.  We are said to drink 55 million cups of coffee per day with coffee shops becoming on of our favourite places for socialising and relaxing in. 

Whether you are a fan of the latte, or prefer the no-nonsense caffeine hit of a ristretto, fear not if you are visiting Bedgebury Camping in Kent, you won't be more than about five minutes' drive from the drink of your choice.  

Goudhurst village has Hamerton+Jones where you can sip your coffee and enjoy its relaxed, quirky atmosphere. There is a seasonal menu of healthy breakfasts, brunch options, salads, bagels and home made cakes.  WiFi is available.  There is also Weeks Bakery where you can choose from a number of cooked breakfast items, ploughman's lunch or cakes.  The Weald Smokery in Flimwell incorporates many of its own Great Taste Award-winning smoked products including into its all day breakfasts and lunches.  Cakes are all home made in small batches and gluten free options are available.

For real foodies, if you are happy to spend a few more minutes in the car, why not visit a farm shop where not only can you get your coffee fix but you can buy high quality, fresh and locally sourced vegetables, meat, fish - ideal for cooking over the campfire at Bedgebury Camping when you return to the site.  Recommendations include the Hartley Farm Shop in Cranbrook and Eggs to Apples in Hurst Green.

Afternoon tea in Kent

Said to have originated in 1840 by the Seventh Duchess of Bedford, afternoon tea is a tradition that has definitely stood the test of time.  It continues to be a popular treat in the Weald of Kent and provides a fun and memorable experience for all ages.  

Depending on where you choose to go, afternoon tea can range from a cup of tea with scones, clotted cream and jam, to something more elaborate including a glass of bubbles, dainty finger sandwiches, perfect pastries as well as shot glasses containing exotic purees and mousses.  Weather permitting, many establishments offer tables in their pretty gardens for you to relax in while you eat.

A number of local National Trust properties serve afternoon tea including Scotney Castle, Bodiam Castle, Batemans and Sissinghurst Castle Garden.  Smaller tea shops in the area around Bedgebury Camping also serve their interpretation on this indulgent afternoon treat and these include Waterloo Tea Rooms in Cranbrook, Weeks’ in Goudhurst and Sandhurst Tea Rooms in Sandhurst.

Whether you are camping with children, friends or enjoying some large group camping, you cannot fail but to be impressed by the local places to eat and food available in the area surrounding Bedgebury Camping in Kent.