Café Nucleus Rochester

Halpern Conservancy Board Building, 15a High Street, Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, ME1 1PY
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Opening Information

Sunday 10am - 5pm
Monday to Tuesday 9:30-5pm
Wednesday to Saturday 9:30-10pm

Facilities
  • Bar
  • Private Dining
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Dietary Needs Catered For
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Baby Chairs

About Café Nucleus Rochester

Award-winning Cafe in the heart of Rochester.

At Café Nucleus we are an oasis on the High Street, you’ll be welcomed with a warm smile, a great atmosphere, fantastic food and good service. Not only do we serve delicious coffee but we help promote and support the works of the Halpern Charitable foundation (HCF) which founded Nucleus Arts. We believe it’s important to support not only local Kentish economy and the vulnerable people in the Medway towns through the dedicated work of the HCF and Nucleus Arts. We help raise the profile of the arts in Medway by offering a friendly, approachable face in three of the five Nucleus Arts locations in Medway.

A coffee isn’t just a coffee… At Café Nucleus it’s an Experience! From field, boat, herd or flock we at Café Nucleus work with our suppliers and our supply chain to ensure we deliver the very best produce from traceable origins. Working with local suppliers we source some fantastic products from our cakes from Gina’s Fondant Fancies in Chatham to Kentish milk from Hinxden farm dairy in Benenden .Wherever possible we source our ingredients from here in Kent.

Each of our continental cafés has is unique personality and is tailored to its local community of artists. Our flagship cafe is in the heart of the Award-winning Nucleus Arts Centre, a vital pillar to the regeneration of Chatham and the Medway Towns.

We are part of the Award Winning Nucleus Arts founded by the Halpern Charitable Foundation.

Cuisine: British, Brunch, Cafe, European, Fine Dining
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Visited On Monday, 10 May 2021

Great service, very friendly and helpful staff!

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Visited On Monday, 10 May 2021

Amazing food! And well done on making the outdoors feel cosy and special!

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Visited On Monday, 10 May 2021

We had a lovely meal yesterday. We felt comfortable returning to socialising due to the measures that the restaurant had put in place (temperature screening and track and track). The food and atmosphere were lovely and we will definitely return - thank you to all the staff for their hard work.

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Visited On Monday, 10 May 2021

Brilliant time, really beautiful food, will be back very soon!

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Visited On Sunday, 09 May 2021

I’ve only marked the atmosphere down purely because of it having to be outside but the cafe have done the best they could with that. Upon arrival the waiter that greeted us couldn’t have been more disinterested and abrupt if he tried however the other members of staff made up for it. There was a lovely young man that definitely made the experience more pleasant after that. The cakes are overpriced and rather stale - but I did order at the end of the day sooo I have taken that into account. I’d visit again when inside is open and maybe a bit earlier in the day.

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Visited On Sunday, 09 May 2021

Fantastic food, service and atmosphere

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Visited On Sunday, 09 May 2021

Loved that you were so dog friendly, the staff always asked if they could stroke my sausage dog.

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Visited On Sunday, 09 May 2021

Not the cheapest place to go in Rochester but by far the best. Service was excellent , quality of food and selection of drinks fantastic. Well worth a visit and even better when we are allowed in doors. From a personal point of view really appreciated the warm welcome and token for our wedding anniversary.

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Visited On Friday, 07 May 2021

Staff were very attentive, and brunch was delicious. The outside space is decorated beautifully, if it had been a little warmer it would have felt like being on holiday so we were thrilled to find blankets were provided for the chilly morning - can’t wait to return!

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Visited On Sunday, 09 May 2021

Lovely place! Very clean, staff were very attentive and friendly. Food was excellent. Can’t wait to go back!

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Visited On Sunday, 09 May 2021

Great food, staff really friendly and lovely area outside would definitely go back!

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Visited On Saturday, 08 May 2021

I had a wonderful experience at cafe nucleus. The outdoor seating was amazing, I felt like I was sat inside but it was actually a wet windy day. The food was delicious and service was great. My only disappointment was that we were asked to leave our table after an hour and a half of dining, I could have stayed for a bit longer.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 May 2021

I would be nice to add some pastries to the menu. Croissants, chocolate twist etc

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Visited On Friday, 07 May 2021

Nice experience under the outdoor covered, heated area.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 May 2021

Really lovely staff - always checking up on you to see if you are happy with everything! Amazing food aswell

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Visited On Friday, 07 May 2021

Amazing staff and great food, adapted to the COVID situation really well, would love to come again!

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Visited On Saturday, 08 May 2021

Beautiful environment. Outdoor area comfortable and adapted to the bad weather with marquee cover, heating and blankets. Delicious food at great prices. Staff are a delight.

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Visited On Friday, 07 May 2021

I booked this venue as I had seen photos of the cosy marquee area with heaters and fur seat covers etc only to find on arrival that we seated at one of the 4 outside tables and there were no working heaters in this area. However the staff were very polite and offered hot water bottles which we accepted. I was told the menu would be a bar menu which was not viewable online but really it was quite bizarre and pretentious with a big price tag! We had a cheese board which was only soft cheeses and a side of bread and oils which consisted of only sour dough. However the roasted new potatoes with garlic and onions were delicious. The area is on a slope and as such the tables were very wobbly and twice we lost our rather expensive £30 a bottle glasses of Prosecco. When a table became available in the covered area we were moved in which was very appreciated. So all in all I would say the food and drink was expensive and pretentious but mainly of good quality except for the millionaires shortcake which was sub standard dressed up with a piece of edible gold leaf. There wasn't a lot of atmosphere but in the current situation I don't expect they want any high spirits. The service was very good, polite and attentive colleagues, did what they could to please us. Sadly I didn't feel it was good value for money. We spent £120 in total which we felt was a lot to spend for a few hours out on a Friday night. This review is only based on my recent visit. I have had afternoon tea before here and been very pleased and felt it was excellent value for money.

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Visited On Friday, 07 May 2021

Lovely service above and beyond

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Visited On Friday, 07 May 2021

Great service and good food. We will be back!

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Visited On Friday, 07 May 2021

Cafe nucleus is one of my favourite places to go. It has amazing food and such lovely surroundings. Their service is brilliant and the staff could not do more for you. Would highly recommend

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Visited On Friday, 07 May 2021

Had the most delicious breakfast on Friday. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Will definitely be back.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 May 2021

Could not fault the experience. The food is the best I’ve had in ages and the service was impeccable. I can’t wait to visit again.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 May 2021

Our server was lovely, sorry can't remember his name. Nice touch with the hot water bottles. Food amazing x

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Visited On Thursday, 06 May 2021

Excellent all round, especially the sheepskins on the seats, the patio heater, blanket and even a hot water bottle. We had a lovely time and will definitely be back for more. Thank you.

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