The Rochester Coffee Company: Very pleasant cafe
It was sunny but chilly, and I was desperate for a coffee and a warm-up after a longish drive down from the Midlands.
As it was New Years' Day (a public holiday) most places were closed...but this one wasn't.
I was pleased by the friendliness of the staff and it was obvious that many of the customers (it was pretty full) were regulars: always a good sign. The coffee was good too.
As well as the usual range of hot beverages the cafe serves snacks such as panini, sandwiches, soup, home-made cakes etc...and it's licensed to sell alcohol too.
If you really want to splash out, you could have one of their 'afternoon teas' (see photo) which look rather delicious (with or without champagne!) or even pre-order a picnic hamper (again, with or without without champagne!) :-)
There are comfy chairs inside as well as a few tables outside.
Definitely worth a stop if you are hungry or thirsty.
- Family Travel
Coco Diner: Try some real authentic southern Indian cuisine.
This restaurant is not in Rochester but is well worth the short trip for the authentic cuisine that is on offer.
Favorite Dish: We've been to the Coco Diner several times and have always enjoyed everything that we have tried. If you want a standard "Ruby Murray" then go to any one of the numerous indian restaurants in the area. If you want something a little different and wish to try some authentic southern indian food then this is the place. The staff are friendly, helpful and are more than ready to offer advice on the menu which may not be familiar. The owner even gave us a lift home one night when cabs were in short supply - how's that for customer service. The Sunday buffet is an eat as much as you like affair which represents good value and a chance to sample what is on offer. We'll be going back again soon.
- Castles and Palaces
- Historical Travel
Premier Inn: Thyme Restaurant
Family restaurant operates under the Thyme chain that belongs to the Premier Inn Stable
The restaurant is divided into several distinct areas with an adjoining lounge bar for drinkers.
We ate here on our first night and thought we would go to one of the nearby restaurants the following night. After a very short walk we discovered similar meals were selling at an extra cost of about £2 per head. We returned to the convenience of the hotel and had another excellent meal.
Sunday to Saturday: 12.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Favorite Dish: 10oz Rib Eye Steak – £14.85
Tasting Plate (Desert) - £4.95
Lager Shandy - £3.20
- Food and Dining
Deaf Cat: Laid back cafe
I am a sucker for any cafe playing Dido in the background, so I entered no 83 Rochester High Street to see whether I could get a decent decaff cappochino and a sandwhich.
The Deaf Cat interior is painted floor to ceiling with black paint. The electric sockets, water pipes, window frames and front door got the same treatment. The cracked red leather sofas and mismatched coffee tables give this place an injection of 'retro' and comfortable disorder for a cafe in this Dickensian town, where most of the cafe's are of the old-tea-shop variety.
Favorite Dish: The regular decaff cappochino at 2 GBP wasn't bad for the UK, but coming from Spain I resent paying more than 1 GBP for a coffee where you have to stir your cup with a wooden toothpick. The cafe wasnt busy when I visited at 2pm, so why they had a row of sandwiches sweating in a plastic box was baffling, when a fresh sandwich would have made this place so much more stylish.
- Museum Visits
Singapora: Good value Lunch
We chose this as it was close to the car park and we were hungry!
The service was slow but it was really busy. The food was excellent. Good portions and washed down with a pint it made a good choice.
4.50 pounds each for two courses plus drinks.
Favorite Dish: Chicken and sweetcorn soup to start and followed by sweet and sour pork with veg and egg fried rice.
Chris had vegetable spring rolls followed by Cantonese style pork with veg and noodles.
J D Weatherspoons Pub, High Street: Good Value meals
Smoking and non-smoking areas, also if the weather is nice, sit out and enjoy the garden.
Food is cooked well & prices are very reasonable. You can get light bites, through to a main meal. Often there are offers like buy 2 meals for £6.50 (good value) from a selected menu - choice of about 6 items and you don't have to eat the same meal.
Pleasant and helpful staff...generally.
Favorite Dish: I tend to go for their Scampi (as I don't eat meat). The portion is generous, comes with chips and peas and an individual portion (wrapped) of tartar sauce.
- Budget Travel
There are quite a few restaurants and cafes along High Street to suit all tastes and pockets.
We choose Giannino's. It was fairly quiet when we went in being early evening. It was nicely furnished and the staff were really pleasant and helpful.
They are open for lunches and dinner every day.
Last Orders: Sunday-Thursday 10.30pm
" Friday and Saturday 11pm
Favorite Dish: I had a pasta dish (cannot remember which) because I love pasta, and my husband and son had pizzas. I do remember that the food was really nice and with a few glasses of wine (for me of course) we thoroughly enjoyed it.