Kent has long been a tourist hot spot – after all, it’s home to the White Cliffs of Dover, Canterbury Cathedral and other notable gems. Its beauty and history aren’t the only things that attract visitors, though. In recent years, the county has become famous for its array of quirky pubs. Whether you seek a colourful cocktail, vintage wine or simply a good old pint, it’s bound to have a bar to suit you.

But which are the best? Where can you get the ham & cheese croissant of your dreams? Where does the finest selection of cakes & biscuits you'll ever feast your eyes on? Commercial waffle mix or handmade with a twist? We explore the top five….

The 5 Quirkiest Bars and Cafés in Kent

1. Sundae, Sundae, Whitstable
Heading to the Kent coast? If so, why not stop off at what is perhaps the best ice cream parlour in the county? With a classic beach-themed aesthetic, it gives off a truly comforting vibe. Its wide selection of flavours goes beyond the original staples to deliver truly exciting creations. Head onto its website to see for yourself!

2. Scallywag Café, Tunbridge Wells
Let’s be honest, do we really need a reason to visit Tunbridge Wells? Landmarks like Dunorlan Park and The Pantiles have never failed to entice visitors. Of course, let’s not forget its wealth of bars, a number of which are distinctive in both their vibe and appearance. Fruggles Beer café is arguably the best – living up to its name, it offers the trendiest beer and ale on the market. Oh, and its interior is cosy and rustic, too.

3. The Carpenters Arms, Tonbridge
Looking for a rustic pub? Like, actually rustic? The Carpenters Arms in Tonbridge (not to be mistaken with the similar-sounding Tunbridge Wells) offers just that. In fact, many believe it to be one of a kind – people come from all over the UK to enjoy its homely charm. And that’s why it’s made it onto our list. You might also like to know that easy transport links make it simple to get here. Journey by train from London Bridge to Tonbridge, and you’ll be able to arrive in full comfort and style.

4. Eleto Chocolate Café, Folkstone

Could there be anything better than a café dedicated to chocolate? Aside from one that offers premium coffee, that is. For the finest sweet and caffeinated treats in Kent, head to Folkstone. In addition to traditional drinks and confectionary, it boasts a host of special delights, from savoury spreads to goji berry ice cream. Not to mention, its vegan menu looks divine! Vegan or not, it’s the perfect spot for hungry visitors.

5. 10:50 from Victoria, Strood

A railway-themed micro pub. Is there anything more singular than that? Well, perhaps a few things – but if you’re looking for a thoroughly alternative joint, head to the 10:50 from Victoria. Run by three self-professed “grumpy old men”, it puts a unique spin on the classic railway pub and is ideal for both hipsters and avid pub-goers alike.

Kent has plenty to offer visitors – and this extends to its pubs, bars and cafés. Which quirky venue will you choose to dine at first?
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