Cafe Nucleus Rochester, 15a High Street Rochester

From tiny acorns mighty oak trees grow.

Cafe Nucleus Rochester opened in 2019 in it’s new home, the Halpern Conservancy board, made possible through the generous legacy from the Late Hilary & Marie Halpern to the Halpern Charitable Foundation. Our new building is one of the grandest in Medway and is home to artists studios, the boardroom, the Halpern POP gallery and Cafe Nucleus Rochester.

More than just a cafe.

Cafe Nucleus Rochester is a continental style cafe specialising in locally sourced Kentish food with wines, English wines, champagnes, spirits and English sparkling wines. Renowned for our brunch menu, we have a menu offering nearly 100 fresh prepared dishes, using the very best and award-winning ingredients. Provenance is everything, from boat, herd, field or flock we work with our suppliers and supply chain to ensure we have full traceability. Every singe ingredient we use in our cafes, we know where is from. Wherever possible we work directly with farms and suppliers in Kent, 67 of 96 suppliers are Kent based that’s over 70% of all our products.

Every little detail matters.

It really does. We take care of all the small details to make your visit memorable and enjoyable. We have perfumed individual hand towels in our toilets, noble isle hand soap and cream and fresh orchids. The small details matter and our team works incredibly hard to deliver an experience, like no other. A coffee is more than a coffee, it’s an experience at Cafe Nucleus Rochester.

Home from home.

A truly international approach, our multinational team speak over 18 languages collectively, each of our teams name badges display the languages they speak. Feel at home, order in your own mother tongue, we’ll happily converse with you.

Sit back, relax and unwind.It’s your place to breathe.



Our cafe is haven to escape the fast pace of life, even if it is just for five minutes. Whether you sit in our Mediterranean cobbled courtyard garden, inside our continental cafe or in the tranquility of the boardroom - we have a space for you. Our beautiful surrounds of our Rochester cafe offers a space to sit back, relax, unwind, a space for reflection. We have a huge selection of magazines and cookery books to browse, to escape.

Our charitable heart.



Cafe Nucleus’ revenue and profits supports the charitable works and aims of the Halpern Charitable Foundation. The HCF helps vulnerable people through its housing for people with mental health problems, community outreach programmes, supporting the arts and artists in Medway & Kent and being the financial backstop of the Chatham memorial synagogue.

Taste of Kent Awards 2020 Winner.

As proud as a peacock! We’re ecstatic to be announced as the winner of the Taste of Kent awards 2020 in the Tea room or coffee shop of the year. Our sister cafe in Chatham won the prestigious title in 2019. It means so much to our team for the recognition of both their hardworking and dedication to making Cafe Nucleus Rochester a success.