from tiny acorns mighty oak trees grow

award winning café restaurants in kent


From tiny acorns mighty oaks trees grow


The story of Café Nucleus starts with an acorn of an idea going against the grain. We set out with a clear vision, to do something different – from our unique surrounds, to bring fully traceable food and drink to Chatham & Rochester.

From boat, herd, flock or field we know where our food comes from.



Café restaurants


Dining with creativity.


With three locations to choose from, there is a Café Nucleus for you.  Nested amongst the palm trees in the heart of Chatham High Street, you’ll find the Café Nucleus at the Nucleus Arts Centre . In Military Road Chatham, you’ll find the Café Nucleus Lounge, perfect to sit back, relax and unwind with a coffee and a cake.  Café Nucleus Rochester is set in one of the towns grandest buildings, from the high ceilings to the oak paneling – it’s reminiscent of a lost time.

Find your Café Nucleus 


our story

Our Story

every single detail matters

The Experience

A place of enjoyment and relaxation, we are at one of the grandest locations in Rochester.  Our Chatham café is nested amongst a Mediterranean themed garden, nothing else compares.  Our Rainham café offers style unparalleled and is opening late 2022/early 2023 in a surprising location.
Enjoy a mix of British fusion and café fare cuisine at the highest level and flair. The quality lies in the composition of best products.

About Cafe Nucleus


on kent

Produced in Kent

the garden of england.

we love kent

We love to keep it local, 41 of our suppliers are in Kent. It might be one of the reasons our cafés have won the Cafe of the year in the taste of Kent Awards two years running. We know where everything single ingredient comes from. At Café Nucleus, every single detail matters.


Proud members of Produced in Kent

Café nucleus rochester

Afternoon Tea

A quintessentially British experience

 Why take the train? When afternoon tea in the boardroom at Café Nucleus is an experience like stepping back into a grand dining room in London.

Café Nucleus Rochester is the perfect choice for Afternoon tea in Kent. You’ll be wined and dined like a king and queen, with a large selection of teas from Tea and the gang and Fortnum & Masons. The boardroom is reminiscent of a lost era with our beautiful oak panelling, high ceilings, our British made chandelier ‘The urchin’. Our Sterliza’s plants add a real touch of the far east into the room, transporting you from Rochester to where-ever your mind wanders.

The crisp white linen sets the scene, a large selection of perfectly chilled Kentish Sparkling wines and Laurent-Perrier champagnes are available to make your afternoon tea spectacular.

Everything is freshly prepared to your order by our expert team of chefs, we’ll happily try to cater for most dietary requirements too with advance notice.

Every time you dine at Café Nucleus you support the works of the Halpern Charitable Foundation & Nucleus Arts throughout Medway & Kent.

our standard AFternoon tea 

A selection of finger sandwiches
served on white and malted bread
Dorset Coastal Cheddar and Homemade Caramelised Onions
Cucumber and Local Cream Cheese
Kentish Honey Roast Ham and Tracklements English Mustard
John Ross Jr Aberdeen Scottish Smoked Salmon and Local Cream Cheese

A Fruited Scone fresh from the oven
with Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream
and Tiptree Strawberry Preserve

A selection of Afternoon Fancies,
Handmade Petit Fours, Truffles and
Macarons from Bénodet, Brittany

£30.00 per person served in the boardroom daily at 15:30 

A fully exchangeable £15 deposit will be taken per person when booking. We operate a 24hour cancellation policy.

Celebrating? our celebratory afternoon tea is like no other

Upgrade your afternoon experience to our Celebratory Afternoon Tea, it’s perfect for making up for lost time.

£45 per head
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Phone : 01634 406971
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