If you’ve read my About page, you will know that I am originally from Kent, to be more specific I grew up in the Medway towns. I have been home visiting for the weekend as it was my sister’s birthday. I took the opportunity to go and meet one of my best friends in Rochester. I have been to Rochester countless times, I went to secondary school close by and I have good friends that still live in the area. I have to say that however that until this day I never really appreciated it, the frequency of my visits during my teenage years had made me oblivious to its beauty and character.
Rochester is a picturesque little place, famous for its cathedral, castle and for being the home of Charles Dickens (one of his old houses still stands, tucked away behind the high street). The high street is full of quirky boutique shops, charity shops and charming cafés. Kelly chose one of these cafés for us to have some lunch, she’s a glutenite and the lure of gluten free sandwiches and cake had caught her eye.
It is called Mrs Tickit’s and its a fairly new addition to Rochester. It was homely and cosy and the ladies who run it are incredibly friendly and welcoming.
They have clearly paid a lot of attention to detail in the decorating and we were soon sharing compliments about the place.
We just had a simple sandwich lunch, I opted for a brie and bacon panini. I would not go so far as to say it was the best panini I’ve ever had but it was tasty and very nicely presented and certainly filled a hole.
We couldn’t leave without sampling their freshly made cakes. I chose a slice of the white chocolate and orange cake which was very scrummy, maybe that’s a recipe I can put my own spin on soon…
After lunch we decided to top of the car park ticket to take some time to wander in and out of the many trinket stores, charity shops and art galleries Rochester has to offer.
I’m a fan of the cheeky laundry sign.
We couldn’t resist having a hat trying on marathon in Rocket and I even brought one home with me.
After a lovely afternoon of eating and browsing, I’ve found a silver lining to the distance I live away from friends and family in Kent. It always makes me appreciate the time I do get to spend with them so much more. Apparently this is now also try of the towns I grew up in, I’m seeing them in a whole new light. I would recommend giving Rochester a visit if you’ve never been but I would recommend not venturing too far, it’s neighbour Chatham is not nearly as inviting!
Would you recommend your home town to visitors?