Igloo dining is quite fashionable at the moment, so if you’re looking for a sweet spot to enjoy brunch or afternoon tea then Oad Street Food and Crafts is a great place to experience igloo dining in Kent. In fact, it was so nice I went there twice!
Winter Igloo Afternoon Tea
Back in December we took my nan out for afternoon tea as an early Christmas present. I wanted something a bit different to the norm so had a look around for festive afternoon teas and stumbled upon Oad Street Food and Crafts’ instagram-worthy igloos.
The igloos were decorated with comfy plush pink chairs with faux fur throws and cushions on, and were heated and had their own music systems, making our afternoon tea experience a wonderful cosy bubble.
We were given mulled wine to start and then enjoyed a selection of sandwiches and other savouries such as cheese straws and mini quiche, plus scones with cream and jam and some festive sweet treats including mince pies and chocolate orange brownie. The waitresses were very attentive and popped in to check if we wanted any more tea or coffee. I can be a bit fussy with some coffee but the cafetiere stuff they served us was really good!
They also serve food in the main restaurant but it is a bit noisier in there, so if you’re happy to pay a little extra then it is worth reserving an igloo. There’s also a nice gift shop on site which we enjoyed browsing, so ideal for any Christmas gifts (or gifts at any other time of year!).
We didn’t manage to finish all of our food so we were given some takeaway boxes, which is always appreciated!
Summer Pod Brunch
Part way through the year, the igloos are refurnished and rebranded as summer pods. We visited during April at the start of the summer pod season and opted to try Oad Street’s brunch this time. There were also 6 of us dining on this occasion (there had only been 4 of us last time) and while the pods can accommodate up to 8 adults, we felt that 6 was enough for space and comfort. The pink sofas and throws were replaced with flower shaped wooden/wicker type garden furniture for a more summer-like feel. And while there were 4 igloos during winter, there were only 2 pods in summer, so making a reservation in good time is a must!
For brunch we were given Bucks Fizz on arrival and then a large sharing platter consisting of croissants, bagels, waffles, potato tots, tomatoes, avocado, halloumi, sausages and bacon. As I am now vegetarian, I requested a vegetarian board so my potato tots were veggie friendly and I had brie, mushrooms, granola and greek yogurt instead of the sausages and bacon. The potato tots were SO GOOD! But the amount of food I had just for me was insane, let alone what the rest of our party had. So naturally, the takeaway boxes were offered again so I enjoyed my croissant plus some other goodies for my breakfast the following day too.
All in all we had a great time and I can say that both of these were top notch dining experiences that I would 100% repeat. In fact, I’m hungry now just thinking about it!