Rodmersham Green, off the beaten track near Sittingbourne in Kent is a village we have not come across before. Nestled on the edge of the green sits the modest looking village coffee and shop, which on the day of our visit to this sleepy village was a popular spot with cyclists and locals. Hot and sunny, the canopy was fully out with metal tube chairs dotted around a few tables. Owned and run by Paula Stears, a local herself, it offers a fantastic gathering spot and we were keen to try it out.
Not knowing what to expect we entered the shop and found ourselves in a very modern space with a twist of vintage. It felt clean, neat and fresh as we pondered the menus and browsed the great gift section. Food choices ranged from breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea, a really good selection to suit most tastes where they also do some gluten free options. The staff were a friendly bunch of gals who took our drinks order at the counter - cloudy lemonade from him and a large latte for moi.
A mini chilled cabinet kept the salad and fillings cool whilst rustic baskets perched on vintage wooden crates displaying a range of crisp options. No horrible plastic counters or stands used here which gave it an air of exclusivity. The free WiFi is a great unexpected added extra making it a useful place to come for an informal meeting or for browsing the net on a solo coffee trip.
Cakes and bakes were on show in their glass domes all at reasonable prices alongside local eggs, newspapers and cold drinks. A tiny dresser housed essentials such as ketchup, toothpaste and washing up liquid for locals caught short. Popular with cyclists, the shop has a Joe Blow tyre air pump and offer free air with any drink ordered!
Chunky wooden chairs flank matching tables in this spacious seating area. Comfy leather tub chairs sit in the window offering a more relaxed experience. I loved the single Gerberas on every table giving a vibrant pop of colour. A handful of local artists paintings adorn the walls adding interest to the space and the whole atmosphere feels friendly and easygoing.
During our visit many locals came and went along with quite a few cyclists and walkers. This obviously has a good reputation which has people coming back and we can see why. Friendly, cosy and quiet with really good locally sourced and seasonal food it is what we were hoping the Bay Laurel Brasserie in Wye would be like.
My large latte, served in this huge polka dot cup, surpassed my expectations. Full bodied with a strong but not bitter flavour and velvety smooth, it was super. Far better than my latte at Brunch and I will be coming back for more.
The Verdict? Thumbs Up!
Its quiet location, friendly and happy staff, super coffee and great selection of food using local and seasonal produce gives this it a thumbs up status from us. Not pretentious, this is a genuine village coffee shop run by locals for locals and visitors alike. The coffee is really very good, and we will be back to try out the food sometime soon.