Sort file:- Maidstone, March, 2021.

Page Updated Maidstone:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 2017

Cafe Bruges

Closed Sept 2018

13 Market Buildings


Cafe Bruges 2017

Above photo 2017.

Cafe Bruges 2018

Above photo, September 2018.


This was a Bistro restaurant that sold alcoholic Belgium beers rather than a traditional public house.

It closed in September 2018 and changed name and function to a Caribbean restaurant called "Jerk Shack."


From the By Guy Bell, 8 September 2018.

Café Bruges Bistro has closed.

A town centre restaurant has closed its doors for the final time to make way for something new.

Café Bruges Bistro at 13 Market Buildings, rated 4.4 stars on Google Reviews, recently served its last customer.

The eatery, which offered traditional Belgian food and beer as well as more unique twists on flemish dishes, had been in the County Town for only a year.

Previously the site was home to café and art gallery called Art Lounge for five years.

But following the closure of Café Bruges, the unusual looking building is set to be occupied with another restaurant offering a different international experience.

Opening at midday on Friday, October 5, Jerk Shack boasts a range of dishes showcasing Caribbean cuisine.

The owner has not yet released the menu but posts on Instagram suggest it could include jerk chicken, jerk pork, curry goat, and famous Jamaican Red Stripe beer.

Around 1,000 people have liked its social media posts so far.

To mark the grand opening, the first 10 customers are being offered a free meal.

Once open, diners will be able to eat in, take away, and order food for delivery via Deliveroo.

It will also be the County Town’s first Caribbean restaurant.

An American restaurant is also set to open just a stone’s throw from Jerk Shack as family owned Hancock’s announced they will start serving food from Saturday, September 15.

The chain, which already has a restaurant in Chatham and Camberley, will offer diners the chance to pick the music they want to listen to as they eat at the Earl Street venue through a mobile phone app.




If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-