Monday, 30 June 2014

Faversham: Macknade Cafe

A recommendation on Twitter bought us to Macknade's Cafe on the outskirts of Faversham on Saturday afternoon. A family run business which can trace its roots back to the Doomsday Book, it is well know by locals as their go to place for groceries and a bite to eat. Trundling along Selling Road, we pulled up in the huge car park and wandered over to the entrance.

Breezing into the building I was amazed that I had never come across this Aladdins Cave of foodstuff before. The farm shop alone is worth a visit, the huge space filled with rows of fresh local produce amongst bottles of local juices, jars and tins of goodies as well as a mouth watering deli counter selling cheese, pies, meats and such like. Walking past this tantalising array we headed for the cafe at the back, housed in the old oast. Exposed red brick walls along with wooden railings and the sky high ceiling creates a welcoming ambiance in this cafe.

Joining the queue at the counter I deliberated over the choice of lovely looking cakes and bakes whilst Tester 1 went off to find a table. Making my mind up on a Snickers Cake, our order was placed with the friendly lass on the till in exchange for a wooden spoon with our order number. The range of food on offer is brilliant and it's obvious this business is passionate about fresh Kentish produce, something we are passionate about too. The food menu is ever changing using fresh salads along with some of the delicious looking meats and cheeses from the deli counter so we will be coming back to try these out another time.

This little sign describing the Tea of the Week made me chuckle, 'Like sucking on a hedgerow only smoother in the mouth!'. All tea served here is loose leaf with a range of blends to suit many tastes. The coffee is espresso based using beans imported from a historic roast house near Florence and they do a flat white, a good sign they know their coffee!

The drinks menu is chalked up on this huge blackboard making it easy to read and come to a decision quickly. I ordered my favourite Flat White whilst Tester 1 went for a Macknade No.1 loose leaf tea. Newspapers and magazines are available to read, a good touch if you're on a solo trip or if you've left the other half here whilst you do a shop!

The main cafe seating area was chockablock so descending the sitars we found this comfy looking sofa under the vintage bike and claimed it for the next hour. The concrete floor fooled us for a moment as it appears to be flooded but is in actual fact a layer of varnish making it appear wet. A nice big rug would make this area a bit more cosy but the sofa was super comfy and offered a quiet little corner for us to relax in.

Further on from our comfy sofa is this large seating area with smart sturdy farmhouse tables of various sizes encircled by black chairs, so if you visit on a busy day make sure you check for available seating down here. The whole atmosphere of this cafe is friendly and laid back with an unhurried buzz of chatter filling the space.

Our order arrived pretty quickly by a friendly young chap who happily made conversation with us whilst unloading our scrumptious hoard of afternoon snacks from his tray. My Snickers Cake tasted as good as it looked, moist chocolate sponge with a doorstep of chocolate ganache filling topped with sliced Snickers and more icing. It wasn't sickly, had a slight whiff of Snickers to it and the portion size was spot on.  Tester 1's cake choice was even better though, Courgette, Lemon & Lime. WOW! This was amazing, the sponge flecked with courgette and lime with a thick lemon icing filling along with lemon curd it was absolutely beautiful and sets our cake tasting standard to a new high. Way better than the cakes at Juliets in Tunbridge Wells and on par with daily changing choice of cakes at The Dolls House in Hythe. My flat white was super - rich and velvety smooth with a good hit of full bodied flavour on par with Brown's Coffee House in Canterbury and Loaf in Sandgate. The tea was also a good brew with some Assam, Sri Lankan and Kenyan Black amongst the mix. We shared a refreshing sparkling elderflower as well as a passion fruit macaroon which was delicately flavoured and delicious.

The Verdict? Thumbs Up!
A great place to come for a relaxing bite to eat with really great coffee. All the cafe staff are really friendly and happy, there is plenty of seating both in open areas and cosy spots. This place feels young and fresh yet established, a good mix appealing to many types of customers. A particular highlight is the sourcing and use of seasonal local Kent produce which makes it a spot we will definitely be coming back to.

Selling Road
ME13 8XF

1 comment:

  1. Glad you liked it. Great review :)