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The Seaplane Works

132 High Street, Rochester ME1 1JT, England
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • Average14%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“wraps” (2 reviews)
“soup” (4 reviews)
“bread” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
132 High Street, Rochester ME1 1JT, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This cafe is really missing a trick. They do fantastic coffee the best in Rochester by far but the large tables you have to share with other people are not what people want. The staff are only interested in each other and seem to all...More

Thank dibbledog
Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

My husband and I visited here today. To be fair if it had not been for the other diners we would have missed the specials board. The seating was uncomfortable and akin to garden furniture. The service was polite and friendly but extremely slow. The...More

Thank Lee-Anne B
Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

Wanted a quick shot of coffee to keep me going. The Seaplane Works serves a good cup, just a little pricey for what it is.

Thank GrahamSample
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

We are neither vegetarians or vegans but are regulars because they create exciting dishes that are just great food. Plus the coffee is the best in Rochester!

Thank GaglianoLeonardo
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

I’m absolutely dumbfounded how this place is ranked halfway in the rankings for places to eat in Rochester on TripAdvisor. You don’t get the quality, fresh ingredients, or flavours anywhere else on the High Street (perhaps with the exception of Bruno’s cakes and The Cheese...More

Thank Sodyathen
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Had the most amazing salad ever, so beautifully presented. Price was slightly too much I thought £6, A’s although it was a beautiful and tasty salad, it wasn’t very filling. I have had the wraps in the past and they were very tasty too. Not...More

1  Thank Niina73
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

Different and refreshing. .... Sit on the old Shorts Canteen chairs and await for take off to a roots and shoots culinary heaven. .... Good ingredients and imagination produce delicious results.. You will not be Short changed !! Did I mention the great coffee.....

Thank pete b
Reviewed 28 June 2017

We were drawn to this place by its unusual name (Short Brothers who made seaplanes were based in Rochester) and its informal canteen layout, with functional metal garden chairs and tables, all branded with their logo. The blackboard menu looked good: I had cauliflower and...More

Thank fredpipes
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Popped in as passing and needed lunch Vibe is great. Chilled. Friendly. Bit quirky. The salad was simple so good. Lots a flavour. ...interesting ingredients.....delicious. If you want chips. ....This is so not for you If you want healthy organic food then it's great

Thank claudius1969
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Came in out of curiosity as it was recommended. Not many in but it was later in the afternoon. Found the menu very limited and not particularly inspiring. Service slow, although friendly. There are many other independent coffee shops/cafes on the high street to choose...More

Thank Siobhan350
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Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 132 High Street, Rochester ME1 1JT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Rochester
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