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“Fresh food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Living Cafe

The Living Cafe
28 Earl Street, Maidstone ME14 1PP, England
01622 756 445
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Ranked #23 of 222 Restaurants in Maidstone
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Fresh food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

We came by on Sunday for breakfast after reading the reviews on TA. You could tell the ingredients are of good quality, though I was a bit disappointed with the tea - standard PG.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Norwich, United Kingdom
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97 reviews 97 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
“Ideal for lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Excellent varied menu for lunch, reasonable price and pleasant service. At first I thought how ridiculous to put such a small pot of chips on the plate with the Welsh rarebit, but after tasting them I was converted. More is all I can say.

Small criticism, the Rarebit could have done with a bit more topping, but I'm picking.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Doorn, The Netherlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Lovely place in lovely town, GREAT food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

All we took was great, The chips, The spaghetti carbonara, also The grilled vegetables and The gnocchi gorgonzola. All for reasonable prices.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great little place....and THOSE chips!!!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Been here a few times and it always triumphs! Simple, well cooked homely grub!! Specials are good, breakfasts are high quality but not builders size!! Staff are lovely too!! And those chips....you just gotta order those chips no matter what time of day!!!!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Great food, shame about the service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Ate in here for the first time last Sunday as we were making a quick visit to the town centre and didn't fancy lunch in one of the many chain eateries on the same street.

The food was fantastic, simple but fresh and well thought out. My girlfriend had the roasted red pepper soup (which we suspect was done to the Jamie Oliver recipe as it tastes exactly like the one we do at home), and I had the pulled pork salad, and we shared some flatbread with kentish blue cheese and candied figs... a great combination and so nice to see local produce being shown off.

However the quality of the food was let down by the service. We ordered a brownie to arrive after we'd finished our other food but twenty minutes after finishing no-one had come downstairs to clear away our plates and bring us our brownie. The couple next to us had finished and likewise no-one came down to clear their table... they ended up going upstairs to pay and the dirty plates were left sitting on their table. We were in a bit of a hurry so in the end went upstairs to pay and the mystery of why there were no staff was solved... the waiting staff were sat at a table eating their lunch! There were three of them so why couldn't they take it in turns to have lunch while the others served? We were charged for the brownie we didn't get and when I pointed this out it was taken off the bill with a quick "sorry" as an afterthought.

Also their toilet is basically an outside loo in the back garden which is open to the side street nextdoor so if you were eating downstairs you could quite easily walk off without paying.

I'd love to give this a higher score as the food really is wonderful but on this occasion the service let it down.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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