Steep Street is our favourite coffee style shop but you’ll also find a Costa and Starbucks on the high street if that’s your preference.
If you’re after something a little stronger we’re blessed with many great pubs and micro pubs and your good fortune is that I’ve sampled many of them on your behalf! These are my personal recommendations, I’m a big fan of Belgian Beers and fancy wines so I’m listing places with good selections. There’s loads of other bars with a more standard selection and each has it’s own appeal if you’re after anything in particular just ask!
There’s a champagne bar in the light house at the end of the Harbour Arm which is really almost compulsory to visit for at least one tipple if the sun is shining! They provide blankets in the winter, so if it’s dry and the weekend start your afternoon there!
Inside on the harbour arm is the Waiting Room and the tiny Bathtub and Gun which does great cocktails, say hello to Pete, the knowledgeable and friendly owner if you visit!
The Pullman as mentioned above is a wonderful place with roaring fires in winter and a big garden in summer.
The Radnor Arms, Christchurch Road is a beautiful gem with a secret garden, they also do good food. The Bouverie Tap on W Bouverie Place is small but perfectly formed, cosy and good food.
Kips Ale House on the corner of the Old High Street will have a great selection of local ales and ciders as well as a few Belgian beers on tap.
The Old Buoy on Tontine Street is a new affair which is promising to sell a decent selection of Belgian beers and food options.
Home Taproom Tontine Street is a new addition with a decent selection of Craft Beers if that’s your thing.
The Potting Shed is a secret speakeasy opposite Whetherspoons you need to book in advance by calling or texting 07967 006696.
The East Kent, Harp Unstrung, Kips and The Chambers all regularly have live music. The Chambers even has dancing at weekends.
Late night options
The Space Bar just at the top of the Old High Street is a quirky crazy bar and dance club, with silent discos, regular discos.
The Rum Clinic tiny funky rum shack open till 1 am Friday and Saturday.
The Samuel Peto our Wetherspoons has been described as the Cisteen Chapel of Wetherspoons! It’s a lovely old courthouse with the ceiling painted like the sky. It’s also open later than most other pubs 12 on week nights and 1 am on weekends.
One Foot in the Grape is a new wine bar on Church Street is a new addition with good wine and gin selections.
There’s also a place called the Party Bar at the end of Tontine Street. I’ve never been but it is the place of local legend! I’m advised there’s sofa’s like my nan’s and sticky floors. If you do visit I’d love to hear what you discover!