Sandgate is a quaint seaside town a little along the coast from Hythe. Home of the best fish and chip shop by the far in our opinion (The Little Fish Shop, their crinkly cut chips are lip smackingly good). It also has a cafe called Loaf, Ollie's favourite coffee stop off, which we visited this weekend. Easy to miss as you wander along the high street, this cafe is unpretentious and welcoming with outside seating and a retro look.
As it was slightly chilly and after a quick peek inside to see if our favourite leather sofa was vacant, we ensconced ourselves in the comfy corner and awaited our order. All tables are solid oak farmhouse style with various designs and colours of wooden chairs tucked around. The menus are etched on chalkboards hung along the wall, advertising a delicious selection of breakfasts and lunch options which I have yet to try but Ollie assures me are incredible. His previous indulgences have included pulled pork in a crusty roll with homemade slaw as well as a pastrami, emmental and gherkin ciabatta.
We didn't have to wait long for our coffees and chocolate brownies to arrive. I went for my favourite flat white to wash down the brownie while he went for a latte. The flat white was very good, smooth, silky with a great flavour most definitely on par with Brown's Coffee House in Canterbury.
The brownie, although a bit pricey, was also delicious with a prefect consistency and a very generous portion size. We did however get food envy with a couple on a table next to us who had some amazing looking rolls stuffed with juicy meat which smelled divine.
Sitting in the comfy sofa, the whole place has a very relaxed, friendly and laid back atmosphere. There were quite a few other customers enjoying a drink and something to nibble, and a pleasant chattering filled the room. The cafe is adjoined to a bicycle shop through which you can enter from the cafe or from outside, making it a bit different from your average cafe.
The overall lighting was very soft and not at all harsh, and various types of seating are available from a full on dinning table, to our comfy sofa to seats in the window to watch the world go by. The block tiles behind the counter and interspersed pillars around the cafe give a slight industrial look which is balanced out with a smooth wooden floor and a simple paint scheme.
A great feature were the vintage mirrors hanging on the walls along with the old fashioned standard lamp, but I do have a weak spot for all things vintage!
The Verdict? Thumbs Up!
A really super little cafe serving some darn good food with equally great coffee. We will definitely be coming back to try out the flower teas and for me to try out the lunch options. One little niggle was that the waitress was way to quick to clear away our drinks and plates, even though we had ten minutes until closing time but we did feel rushed which was a shame. However, the staff were friendly, its an easy place to get to (you can just park on the street) and we are already planning our next visit as it's that good.
No 61 High Street