The Deaf Cat Coffee Bar
A well established coffee and snack bar in the heart of Rochester's historic high street.
There's a story behind the unusual name. It was inspired by the highly favoured pet of a famous Victorian writer, who spent his formative years in Medway and his last years at Gads Hill Place, over the river a few miles north of Rochester. The original deaf cat used to sit on Charles Dickens' desk, in his studio, while he wrote. The cat wasn't an annoyance or a hindrance, it was like the other ornaments around his desk. It was there to calm, cheer and inspire him.
The coffee bar's popularity must also pay testament to the refreshments on offer. Coffee options include everything from cappuccino, latte, flat white and mocha to macchiato and piccolo. There are hot paninis, toasties, waffles, teacakes and toast, or there’s fresh sandwiches delivered every day, not to mention many muffins and cakes to graze on.
There’s 20 different teas, and frappes, iced drinks and fruit juices to sip. Young ones don’t get left out, with plenty of drinks and snacks on offer. All are there to enjoy in a cosy space, with a choice of seating, from leather sofas, to stools and chapel chairs. The view of the Cathedral is great.