Coffee while you work: Part 1 – Sevenoaks

While many of us are still working from home, the lure of the Outside World (more specifically, the smell of coffee and freshly-baked croissants) can be impossible to resist. So if you’re craving a change of scene, a bit of company and a decent flat white, grab your MacBook and get out to support your local café*.

In this series of blogs, we’re going to share some of our favourite independent coffee shops where we work – in Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Brighton and Crawley – starting with Sevenoaks. We’d also love to know who’s in your top 5 too? Let us know on Facebook and we’ll be sure to pay them a visit.

*If you’re working from a café and using their WiFi, it’s worth checking with the owner/manager what ‘restrictions’ they might have in place, such as maximum time limit or minimum food/drink order.

81 High Street, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1LE Tel: 01732 743 055

Location: Just a few doors down from MacMan, this café boasts a central location right on the High Street, with plenty of space inside and out.

Food & Drink: Start the day with coffee and a breakfast muffin, toastie, panini or savoury croissants – all made fresh on the premises every day – or treat yourself to a freshly-baked cake with a pot of Fairtrade loose-leaf tea, hot chocolate or a healthy smoothie.

What We Love: The secluded courtyard at the back is dog friendly (don’t forget to grab a loyalty card too – you’ll want to keep coming back!)

140 High Street, Sevenoaks, TN13 1XE

Location: Relatively new to the Sevenoaks scene, Life on High is centrally located on the High Street.

Food & Drink: Come for breakfast, brunch or lunch – the well-travelled owners are passionate about the environment and the café prides itself on serving nutritious, sustainable food, plant-based dishes (both vegan and vegetarian), carefully selected local meats, dairy and responsibly sourced fish.

What We Love: Watch the world go by from the breakfast bar-style seats at the front of the shop and enjoy coffee, sourced from individual farms and co-operatives.

37 High Street, Sevenoaks, TN13 1JD

Location: Otto’s serves delicious food and drinks from its picture postcard building at the top end of the High Street.

Food & Drink: Grab a coffee while you work in the dedicated co-working space upstairs (we love the freshly roasted Americano) or enjoy it at home by signing up to an Otto’s coffee subscription.

What We Love: Otto’s is dedicated to being environmentally and socially responsible. Calling itself a ‘co-operative coffee roasting enterprise’, the initiative was founded by a group of friends, intent on revolutionising the industry with a dream to drive environmental change by putting ‘planet before profit’. 

54 Holly Bush Lane, Sevenoaks Kent TN13 3TL Tel: 01732 454 233

Location: Set slightly out of the town centre, family-owned Rafferty’s has a super comfy feel, easy for parking and ideal for somewhere quieter to work.

Food & Drink: The café prides itself on its homemade food, created with local and seasonal produce. Cakes are freshly baked in-house while the breakfast menu has everything from smashed avo on toasted sourdough to pancakes – and of course, a Full English.

What We Love: Fully licensed to serve alcohol, it’s also an ideal spot for a light business lunch…with a cheeky tipple.

3-5 Bank Street, Sevenoaks, TN13 1UW Tel: 01732 496430

Location: Down a pretty, pedestrianised street with plenty of seating outside, inside and upstairs, Basil has built a solid reputation in the area and now has four wholefood cafés in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & Sevenoaks, with food produced from scratch in its state-of-the-art 3,000 sq ft kitchen.

Food & Drink: Known for its delicious freshly baked cakes (the gluten-free brownies are a must), Basil’s house blended coffee beans are used in its espresso, cappuccino and latte with a rich and lasting crema.

What We Love: Basil is a great spot for informal meetings. Expect a spread of lunch foods including filo tarts and frittatas, buttery quiches and colourful, inventive salads.