Having lived in London for the past three years, with a saturation of fabulous coffee shops, I usually find myself a bit disappointed with the countryside café scene. On my most recent visit back home, a chance visit to Tenterden resulted in the discovery of a café that felt like a home away from home.
Bluebell Coffee House, nestled down Sayers Lane just off of the high street, has brought all the elegance and standards of the best London cafés and combined it perfectly with a homely and dog-friendly countryside vibe. I had barely walked through the door when I whispered to my mother:
“This is exactly the hygge atmosphere that I fervently seek in London”
Fairy lights twinkling in the window, the warm glow of the Edison bulbs, exposed brickwork and pale-washed wood gave the whole place a cosy ambience. The tables were dressed with a small bunch of fresh blush pink flowers and everywhere I looked there was something cute to make me smile. A little glass jar contained complimentary dog bone biscuits for the four-legged visitor, the sweetie jars and ‘have a read’ newspaper mount could have been plucked from the set of Alice in Wonderland.
The little touches didn’t end with the dog biscuits and hand written menus but were even present inside the Denby style coffee cups personalised with the Bluebells logo.
But enough about the aesthetics lets talk about the food!
The counter was laden with decadent cakes, bakes and pastries, including gluten free alternatives and if something sweet didn’t take your fancy a freshly baked panini or crispy bacon sandwich was sure to tantalise your taste buds. The staff were so lovely and genuine and it was truly refreshing to be greeted with a smile rather than one masking a grimace.
To my delight, they served the drink of the moment, a matcha latte, and to my mums, they served a good cup of coffee (each to their own). But in all seriousness a good quality freshly ground coffee can be hard to come by, so support your local business’ and give Costa a miss, you won’t be disappointed.
Have you found a hidden gem lately? Let me know in the comments!