A totally unique shopping & leisure experience, rich in history!
Standard Quay is one of Faversham’s hidden gems! Sitting alongside the Creek at the end of Abbey Street and in easy walking distance of the town centre, Standard Quay gives the visitor a truly unique experience. Offering Creekside walking, shopping, eating and a chance to see Faversham’s living history.
It is home to several classic ships and boats including barges such as the Cambria and Greta as well as traditional fishing boats, classic tugs and overnight moorings of all sorts! One of Standard Quay’s classic ‘barn’ buildings, that dates back to the seventeen hundreds, is the temporary home of the Cambria Thames Barge Exhibition.
The Historic Monks Granary
Monks Granary was originally constructed to serve as a large warehouse and used timbers salvaged from the refectory of Faversham Abbey which was built by King Stephen and his wife Queen Mathilda in 1148, it was also their burial place.
The Abbey was torn down as part of King Henry VIII’s plans to sweep the monastries from England and today Monks Granary is one of the oldest surviving warehouses in Britain.
The Garden Centre & Secret Garden Cafe
Situated at the heart of Faversham’s historic Standard Quay, The Secret Garden Cafe has been expanded to offer even more inside and outside space, it has also been fully redecorated – including a refitted kitchen. The Secret Garden Cafe offers an exciting menu, created from locally sourced produce and cooked to order.
If you’re stopping in for a tea or coffee when Standard Quay or having a full meal with friends or family, the Secret Garden Cafe serves a wide range of hot and cold food together with a range of delicious home baked cakes.
The Corn Exchange Restaurant
We are pleased to announce an exciting new addition to Standard Quay
Standard Quay hosts many independent outlets selling antiques and reconditioned furniture some with nautical or ‘retro’ theme. Old English Tools attracts visitors who come to admire and buy classic and rare wood and metalwork tools from yesteryear! Whilst Creekside Vinyl is the best stocked second hand record and reconditioned Hi Fi store in the area.
Meadowlarks, Riggers, The Furniture Barn, Kentish Rascal Medway Antiques, Tonjo and Archemilia’s Nest sell a great selection of collectables and furniture and stunning items home and garden. Old English Tools and County Clobber You could event drop in to the bin Ella wine bar for a quick glass or two. One of Standard Quay’s surprises is the incredible Aladdin’s Loft, an indoor antiques and collectables market with over 20 traders. As if this wasn’t enough, there is also The Inner Goddess & Eat to Live offering hair, beauty and Holistic treatments. You can also purchase a new coal or log burner (or stock up on coal & logs from at the showroom of Quayside Fireplaces. A welcome addition to the stores within Monks Granary is Salt & Spice who sell a huge selection of ground, whole and mixed herbs and spices. This, all without leaving the Quay!
To make your visit more convenient, there is plenty of free on-site customer parking and you can even have your car hand-washed and your tyres checked whilst you browse the stores or visit Standard Quay’s Secret Garden Cafe!
Just above the Tea Room is Aladdin’s Loft indoor Market – the name speaks for itself!
Aladdin’s Loft is definitely worth a browse as it has 22 different retailers selling antiques and collectables and is perfect if you are looking for something unusual or ‘not on the high street’.
Standard Quay offers a unique experience; eat, drink and shop, while taking in Faversham’s living history. The independent shops and stores are full of charm – and bargains – whilst our Secret Garden Cafe offers the perfect respite during your visit.
The Secret Garden Cafe’s New Autumn Menu
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