café nucleus

at the nucleus arts centre

Café Nucleus, 272 High Street, Chatham

Truly a hidden gem just off chatham high street

Café nucleus

At the Multi award-winning 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 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 vegan sourdough bread from Wild breads Bakery in Faversham to Kentish milk from Hinxden farm dairy.

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INside The CAFÉ

There is nothing else like it on Chatham High Street.  Café Nucleus at the Nucleus Arts Centre offers a breath of fresh air, somewhere to rest your weary feet and enjoy a menu and setting unrivalled.

Café Nucleus is a continental style café infusing traditional café fare with a European accent.  From fine wines to champagnes, with our 252 spirits including 106 gins, there really is something for everyone.  Our wine list showcases some of the very best local Kentish wines our beautiful county has to offer. The café is perfect to sit back, relax and unwind with our boutique interior, beautiful dishes served on handmade British crockery and Wine served in the finest C&S crystal glassware.

Every single detail matters at Café Nucleus, from our White Company Noir hand soap and lotion and individual hand towels in our toilets, to our state of the art Bose & Sonas sound system broadcasting in full studio lose-less quality – there simply isn’t anywhere else like Café Nucleus on the high street.

Our menu is non-stop with our multi award-winning brunch is served from open till close. 106 dishes, all freshly made served daily, with all dietary requirements catered for. Wherever possible to source our ingredients from farms and suppliers from Kent, we believe some of the finest British produce is grown right on our doorstep.



dinning alfresco

At Café Nucleus we’re famous for our tropical Mediterranean themed gardens, it really is that holiday feeling whatever the weather.

It really is a jungle out there, with one of the largest collections of palm trees, tree ferns and tropical flowers in Kent, Café Nucleus at the Nucleus Arts Centre is often described as an oasis – there really is nothing else like it in town. Our large courtyard gardens are perfect for alfresco dining with 4 distinct areas, from the sheltered heated gazebos to the open air deck which is a sun trap.

That Holiday feeling, we’re the only place in town where you can sit outdoors amongst the palms, there really is nothing else like it.


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that holiday feeling in the heart of chatham

palm court

Introducing the newest courtyard at Café Nucleus in Chatham.

The Palm Court is perfect for those who love to dine Alfresco, why not sit back, relax and unwind while enjoying a glass of ice cold champagne or Kentish wine. The solid granite courtyard is bedecked with palm trees, orange trees and a selection of tropical flowers. It’s truly a perfect spot of those who love the warmth of the sun, with it capturing the sun from the early morning until the last rays in the late afternoon.

We promise you won’t find anything else in town like Café Nucleus.


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Join us for a truly memorable dining experience in some of Medway’s most spectacular settings. An experience that celebrates the diversity of our wonderful Kentish produce cooked with imagination and passion.

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We take reservations for lunch and dinner. To make a reservation, please call us at 01634 406971

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