Restaurant review #51 – On our route from Dover to Brighton, we stopped in Maidstone for lunch. When looking at a map of the south east of England, Maidstone isn’t exactly in between Dover and Brighton, but it is very close to the M20, which turns out to be a faster and easier route to Brighton than driving through the small coastal towns (which can also be nice, we did this a couple of years ago). It’s a small town, and the city center is easily accesible from one of the parkings at the edge (oh, and there’s even a Lush! shop with vegan toilteries and care products).
Fortify Café was recommended to us in one of the vegan FB groups, when we asked for suggestions to eat on route to Brighton. Perfect stop: about half way in our journey, and we arrived just after noon.
As the name suggest, it’s not really a restaurant, but more a bistro/café style place, with also take away option, and some seats outside.
We had some orange juices (£3) to drink. Which came with some olives (£2, loved the skewers!).
We ordered the falafel burger (£9,5) and the grilled sandwich with cashew feta, bacon, cranberries and toasted walnuts (£5).
There was a little mix up with the order, because at first I was served a salad instead of the grilled sandwich. And then it appeared there was no more ‘bacon’ for the grilled sandwich. But it was yummie nonetheless. The combination of nuts, cranberries and cream cheese is something I definitely want to try myself.
The cakes looked so yummie we just couldn’t resist. A piece of chocolate Guinness cake (£4) and a piece of almond lemon cake (£3,5). I think Guinness is something that falls into the category – you either love it or hate it! It reminded me of the few sips I have ever tasted of the beer that were enough to never try it again 😉 I loved the lemon almond cake though!
It was a lovely lunch, and service was friendly. If it was closer I would definitely go back to try other things from the menu. Loved their activism wall in the back!
Fortify Cafe, location
32 High Street,
Maidstone, ME14 1JF