Edenbridge is a town rich in heritage, with a selection of medieval buildings, coaching inns, courtyards and old churches.
The Minstrel is housed in such a medieval building (built circa 1450 and refaced in the 17th century) which used to be known as Southdown House. The south end of the building is believed to have been a butchers and, up to the beginning of the 19th century, the building probably included the Bull Inn.
More recently, 86 High Street has been a pizza parlour, and a coffee shop under the previous names of The Mocha Bean and FADE.
The owner, Simon Harrison, acquired the business in October 2015, on retiring from the Army after 27 years’ service. Simon was a musician in the Army, appearing in popular tourist attractions such as Trooping the Colour and Changing of the Guard at both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
On investigating the history of Edenbridge, Simon discovered that a minstrel known as John Robyns lived in the house on Hever Road he had very recently bought with his wife. It seemed as though history had gone a full turn, with another musician now living in the house! The Minstrel as a name for the coffee shop felt like it was meant to be.
So…. welcome, take a seat, relax and try one of Simon’s delicious homemade dishes!