Finding ourselves in Faversham on a very hot Sunday, we wandered along Preston Street on the hunt for a coffee shop. The bright blue canopy of Jittermugs caught our eye and liking what we saw we went in. Welcomed by a friendly lass behind the counter, we took some menus and plonked ourselves in the squishy sofas by the window.
A good ponder over the great selection of light lunches such as toasted sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes as well as cakes and pastries later, our order was taken. We decided to share a toasted cheddar and chutney sandwich along with a large flat white for moi and pear juice for him.
Drinks turned up in a speedy fashion whilst we admired the tasteful retro decor. A narrow wooden dresser displayed various wares for sale - cute teapots, retro mugs, books and the like all themed around the Penguin books. The tables were all chunky wooden farmhouse style with mismatched wooden chairs. Although this cafe occupies a smallish space the tidy uncluttered layout made it feel quite spacious but cosy. A large wood stove sits in the front room and must be a welcome addition in the cold winter months.
Its rustic wooden counter and industrial style tiling make this cafe feel very modern and fashionable. The drinks selection is vast - local juices, milkshakes, frappes, iced frappes, homemade lemonade, espresso based coffees to babychinos. My flat white was very very strong, like a flat white you'd get on the Continent. Not bitter or acidic, it was creamy with caramel tones and definitely woke me up! I didn't enjoy it as much as the flat whites I get from Loaf and Brown's however.
The granary toasted sandwich we shared was served with a few salad bits and a lovely dressing. Coupled with the local chutney and great hunks of cheddar we greedily scoffed it down. Other bread options were Spelt or Walnut along with a good range of other fillings. Daily vegan and coeliac friendly treats are also available.
Run by husband and wife team Nick and Julia we particularly loved the attention to detail in this coffee shop such as these old syrup and treacle tins used as sugar bowls. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly, we didn't feel rushed at all. A few solo and couple customers came by when we were there and a gentle hubbub of conversation filled the space.
The Verdict? Thumbs Up!
A really great independent coffee shop offering locally sourced produce as well as a fantastic authentic coffee experience. They also do tapas evenings, we will try and come along to one soon. Friendly staff, easy atmosphere and comfy sofas in the window. Great tasting food at reasonable prices this is a must when in Faversham.
18a Preston Street