The BEST coffee

in Tunbridge Wells

If you’re looking for the BEST COFFEE in Tunbridge Wells, I have compiled a list of independent, small businesses based on the opinions of local Tunbridge Wells residents.

In no particular order, these cafes have been tried and tested and wholeheartedly recommended as the places to get the best coffee in Tunbridge Wells – so read on and tell me if you agree!


St Kilda (formerly The Black Dog)

Camden Road, TN1 2PT

A huge favourite for locals, St Kilda is a stalwart on Camden Road.  Serving “Exceptional coffee & vibrant, delicious food”, you can also join them for breakfast, brunch and lunch. 

The Bicycle Bakery

Camden Road, TN1 2Qz

Well known for its’ fantastic freshly baked on-site breads, stop by The Bicycle Bakery for a wonderful cup of specialty coffee which stems “from natural and humble origins”.


Camden Road, TN1 2QE

Also on Camden Road, Gusta is a wonderful authentic Italian deli – so not only does it serve amazing coffee, but also delicious pastries, savories AND at the right time of day, it’s also a wine bar.  What more do you want!

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Basil Wholefoods

Lime Hill Road & St. Johns Road

Blessed with two outlets in Tunbridge Wells, Basil source coffee from a local Kentish supplier.  On top of that they boast 3 coffee masters in the business who are jointly in charge of training their baristas, making sure they offer an outstanding coffee experience.  Oh, and they serve amazing food too.  What’s not to love!

Momentum Coffee

Mount Pleasant, TN1 1RB

On the hill up from Tunbridge Wells train station, Momentum Coffee excels in providing its’ customers with amazing speciality coffee which is ethically sourced and roasted in London.  Also, the cakes looks to die for!


Mount Pleasant, TN1 1RB

Also located on Mount Pleasant, Esquires is an ethical coffee chain with a community spirit.  Whilst serving fantastic coffee is their passion, food is their love and they offer an every changing menu – and CAKES!  


High Street, TN1 1XF

On the High Street in Tunbridge Wells, Juliets is (in)famous for its’ windows full of enticing and mouth watering cakes.  Inside, they serve delicious coffee with a smile and a whole load of joy!

The Lodge TW

High Street, TN1 1XX

Continuing along the High Street in Tunbridge Wells, The Lodge is one of a very small local group of outlets in Kent.  Their outstanding coffee is a medium roasted blend of washed Robusta, Brazilian and central American Arabica’s which apparently has good tangy acidity levels, combined with a medium body and soft milk chocolate sweetness. This is for real coffee lovers!


The Pantiles, TN2 5TN

Further down into The Pantiles, Hattons is a “Cafe and Eatery for Food Lovers”.  Run by husband and wife team Lisa and Daniel Hatton, their focus is on providing a casual-dining day time cafe, so alongside the seasonal and locally sourced food menu, their coffee is a coffee lovers delight.  Plus, being on The Pantiles takes sitting outside to another level!

Even Flow

St. Johns Road, TN4 9TU

& Ely Court, Camden Road, TN1 2SP

Even Flow is a coffee shop with a difference; it is also a music shop shop selling new and 2nd hand vinyl & CDs.  However, whilst the music is good, I have it on good authority that their coffee is to die for.  They are a lovely family run, independent business; go check them out!

Fine Grind

High St, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1YF

 & at the Amelia Scott, Civic Way, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1JN

Fine Grind is a hugely popular coffee drinking destination on the High Street in Tunbridge Wells.  A family business run by brothers Matt and James, Fine Grind prides itself on providing amazing coffee and a welcoming, community feel in their cafe.

The Pantiles Cafe

Located in the iconic Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells, The Pantile Cafe offers both fabulous coffee and beautiful olde worlde atmosphere (as well as truly DELICIOUS brunches and bakery items!).  Sit outside on warmer days and watch the world go by without the constant drone of traffic!

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If I’ve missed your favourite coffee joint in Tunbridge Wells, don’t be shy!  Let me know in the comments below. 😃