Gallery Kitchen Café
|Open: 10am - 4pm, Tuesday - Sunday (same as the Gallery, closed Mondays).|
|To book a table please call during Office Hours (9am - 5.30pm) Monday to Friday.|
|Please note last orders for hot food* is 2.30pm or for cakes & drinks 3.30pm daily.|
|Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free options are always available (see 'Background' below).||* Sorry to disappoint but we can only offer a limited hot food menu on Saturdays.|
GKC Special effects film.
This short film shot here in the Gallery Kitchen Cafe showcases the work of our chef Lorraine King.
Many thanks for permissions to video creators Burger Films and Ross Bugden (music).
News & Updates.
Customers please note we will be closed on Sunday 12th August 2018 (due to multiple Staff Holidays), but the studios will be open for our residents as normal (9am – 4pm). We will be open for business from Tuesday 14th August as usual.
We have part-time job opportunities right now!
We are seeking a new permanent team member here in our award-winning Cafe, with possible extras to go on a standby list to cover illness & holidays etc. Catering experience is preferable, but we are mainly interested in an individual who is friendly, confident, reliable & motivated. Hours to be negotiated and will vary. If you are an enthusiastic foodie, enjoy being surrounded by local artists, and would love to have a career working with great food and drinks, please contact us.
‘Mint Rocks Cordial‘ – it’s refreshingly delicious! Try chef Lorraine’s new antidote for the heatwave today… #MintRocksCordial #Delicious #FreshMint #ProperMinty #ThirstQuencher
In April 2018 we launched a new Charity Fundraiser with Jon & Nhene in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. We have hosted a very successful Gallery Kitchen Cafe ‘Prosecco High Tea’ event on Sunday 1st July, and towards the end of 2018 we will have an Artist/maker Raffle event. For more details and back-story click here for our JustGiving Page. Please use the same link (or click on the image/s below) if you simply wish to make a donation to this worthy cause, independent of these events. These donations and all proceeds from ticket sales and event purchases will go directly to the charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
Enter the Jon & Nhene Macmillan Fundraiser MONTHLY DRAW for a chance to win LUNCH FOR TWO!
A) On your next visit locate the collection box to the left of the Café counter, write your name and contact number on one of the envelopes provided, and post it (with your cash/cheque donation) in the box.
B) If you are unable to visit email us your name, contact number and donation amount and we can put it in the box for you, but we must receive the donation funds ASAP and before the draw (at the end of each month).
The winners in our June 2018 Monthly Draw are:
1) Louise Lees (Lunch for two)
2) Janet Wood (Afternoon Tea for two)
3) Helen Hatswell (Chocolates).
For the very latest Café news, Special Events and Menu updates please see our Gallery Kitchen Café Facebook Page where Lorraine and her team post photos of her wonderful creations, or you can follow the Gallery Kitchen Café on Twitter).
Awards & Reviews.
We hope you enjoyed visiting our Gallery Kitchen Cafe in the Upper Gallery. If you nominated us in any of the following awards we would like to take this opportunity to thank you enthusiastically. Many thanks also to all our customers and visitors for helping to support our Art Centre and the local creative community.
On Tuesday 21st November 2017 we received the exciting news that Lorraine and her team have won a Gold Medal in the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards for 2017! Congratulations to the Cafe team once again for all their hard work this year!
Free From Eating Out Awards MAP highlights the very best UK locations to eat out for Free From diners.
Back in 2015 our GKC received a ‘Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Food & Drink Awards 2015‘ ‘Highly Commended’ for ‘Cafe of the Year’. In October 2016 at the ‘Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Food & Drink Awards 2016‘ (
A Small Recent Sample of our GKC Menu Highlights…
After a number of impressive guest chefs, special event experiments, and a period of basic, irregular provision, we were very fortunate in September 2011 to discover Lorraine King*, a very talented local Chef. Since joining us our “Gallery Kitchen Café” has become a prime destination by regularly and reliably offering delicious light lunches, fabulous cakes, and quality barista coffee, or Fair Trade and locally-made herbal teas. Lorraine is passionate about using the finest, seasonal, and locally-sourced ingredients where possible, while constantly developing an eclectic, international menu, to mix spicey global influences with reassuringly familiar British conventions and favourites, such as her ever-popular ketchup recipe.
All our food is freshly prepared / cooked to order on the premises, and we always offer Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free options** alongside more traditional or exotic savoury dishes and desserts. The menu usually has something for everyone, although it is limited on Saturdays (booking is advised for parties of five or more all week). Whether visiting the Gallery Café for tea & cake, brunch, or a light lunch, all our customers can enjoy the stimulating yet calm atmosphere, with aromas of freshly-baked cakes, soups or sauces accompanying the frequently changing exhibitions of work by local artists.
* Our Chef Lorraine is Coeliac/Dairy/Lactose allergic and is fully committed to ‘Safe Eating Out & At Home’ principles at all times, and therefore has been highly motivated to initiate and deliver regular ‘Free From’ cookery classes here at the GKC, while additionally hosting a ‘Free From’ Support Group and Mentoring Programme, which is available to all (email Lorraine for more information). The Gallery Kitchen Café has also just been shortlisted in the 2017 FreeFrom Eating Out Awards.
** All our Gallery Kitchen Café team have attained their ‘Coeliac UK Private Sector Module’.