M25, Junction 10; 4 minutes
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Large Dickensian bay windows stand either side of this café's front door, one piled with an enticing range of ceramics, tableware, books and gifts, the other a window onto the happy hubbub within.
Breakfast on rich Italian coffee with a still-warm croissant, lunch on fresh-filled wraps or homemade cheese straws, or indulge in a Green and Blacks hot chocolate with a slice of home-baked pistachio and lemon cake. Take a table inside among the homewares and fresh flowers or beat the cyclists to a sunny spot on the terrace out front (Nest is, rightly, a popular mid-ride stop). Blankets are proffered for world-watching on cooler days and you’ll sometimes find live music. If you prefer, borrow a picnic basket and rug and take your sweet and savoury spoils over to Ripley Green, close by.
Dogs are welcome and there are great walks around this pretty town for wearing them out before browsing Nest’s exquisite shop and enjoying a lovely bite to eat.
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