Cycling (Cyclist) Friendly

Cycling seems to be one of those inexplicably divisive issues that everyone has a strong opinion on one way or another.

Here’s our twopenneth.

Should cyclists jump red lights? No. Do they have to use cycle lanes? No. Should they pay road tax? Nope – but then again neither do you. Should they ride two abreast? Well they’re allowed to, but common sense should prevail as to whether or not it’s sensible…

Whether you believe in climate change or not, less cars on the road can only be a good thing – especially if you have no choice but to use one. A healthier population can only be a good thing. And let’s be honest, as far as hobbies go it’s not exactly terribly rebellious is it?

But the much maligned MAMIL is still a bit of a target. So we’d like them to know that there’s a new ‘safe space’ in the Medway Towns.

We’ve just installed a bike rack (right in front of the windows so you can keep an eye on your pride and joy) and we’ll happily fill your bidon. You can wear your clipless shoes inside (although please be careful not to slip over with all the grace of Bambi on ice) and we promise not to poke fun at accidental chainring tattoos or improper sock height.

We even do a good cup of coffee and hearty slices of cake.

There’s good access for both road and off-road cyclists (whether they be of the MTB or Gravel Bike varieties) via either Dock Road or the paths through Fort Amherst that lead to the Great Lines Heritage Park or Brompton.

Yep, we cycle. This is the first time we rode to Amsterdam in 2017

We hope to see some of you soon.

Proud to be in Medway

We’re proud to be in Medway. We’re located within the historic grounds of Fort Amherst, Britain’s largest and best preserved Napoleonic Fort. You can visit its tunnels, its buildings and its extensive grounds, finding out how it was still being used during the Second World War!

Then (if you’ve still got the energy) you can move on to the other historic sites that are just a short walk from us.

Sites like the Great Lines Heritage Park and Chatham Naval Memorial, one of three in the country (the others are in Portsmouth and Plymouth if you think you’ve seen one before, each representing those lost in the divisions of the Royal Navy). There’s The Historic Dockyard Chatham, birthplace of Nelson’s HMS Victory and home to three former warships, a working Ropery and more. If you like to keep your feet on dry land while learning about Britain’s military history you can visit the Royal Engineers Museum, home to an extensive collection of fighting vehicles, medals, objects and artifacts.

And we haven’t even got onto Rochester or the surrounding area!

There’s castles, forts, cathedrals, shops, theatres and more.

So yes, we’re incredibly proud to be in Medway. We hope you are too.

October Half Term Family Activities 19th – 27th Oct

It’s nearly Halloween and there’s a range of activities for children at The Pantry and Fort Amherst this half term.

Pop in, grab a bite to eat and enter our halloween colouring competition from the 19th to the 27th October. Prize winners will be announced on our Facebook page on Monday 4th November, so make sure you’re following us or you might miss out!

We’ve also introduced a children’s menu including mini breakfast before 12pm and lunch boxes throughout the day.

Aaaaaaand we’re the venue for the Fort’s own pumpkin carving activity (please check their website for more information, dates and any applicable charges by visiting

Please note that access to the rest of the Fort Amherst site is restricted at the moment due to the set up for the Halloween Horrors evenings, but tickets can still be purchased via the Fort Amherst website.