Sister Seitan: Independent Small Business in Foodie Folkestone!

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With a new restaurant opening up seemingly every week, Folkestone is becoming more and more of a foodie’s paradise.

Whether you fancy Italian, are looking for Turkish cuisine to tickle your taste buds or are a vegan who doesn’t want to compromise on taste or choice, you won’t be limited in options.

The amount of competition is good news for foodies, with constant innovation causing everyone to step their game up.

No matter what they are serving, the unifying trait among top restaurant owners is a passion for delicious meals and high-quality service.

We spoke to the people behind some of Folkestone’s newest restaurants, and one of its more-established favourites, to find out why they chose to set up shop in the town and how it rates in terms of gastronomic delights.


Sitting on Rendezvous Street underneath the 13CC bike shop, Sister Seitan is a café that offers vegans in Folkestone and beyond food made with love from some of the town’s most passionate cooks.

Co-owner Renata Brightman, who runs the shop with Samantha Fairclough, has an enthusiasm for Folkestone cuisine that might well be unmatched.

“The foodie scene in Folkestone is spectacular,” she said.

“I love how there are different areas. You can go down to the Harbour Arm or come here or go up to Sandgate Road and have something different.

“I get a few people who come in and say there’s nothing in Folkestone. If you just dig, there’s so much.”

Sister Seitan started out as a series of pop-up restaurants run by Renata and Samantha, with Renata’s home kitchen being the place where the magic happened.

After getting a great reception, they were approached by the owners of 13CC with the offer of occupying the café downstairs.

Vegan food in Folkestone

“What we had been dreaming about came to life,” said Renata.

“We have been here for nine weeks now. It has been amazing meeting all the different members of the community.

“We have mothers in, and we are very child friendly and breastfeeding friendly.

“We have people who come in to work while using our WiFi or you even get some curious people just coming in for a snoop.

Renata, who runs the Folkestone Vegan blog and Facebook page, said the town is becoming ever-more vegan-friendly, citing Dr Legumes on the Harbour Arm and Roka Pizza in Sandgate as among her top choices.

She said: “Pretty much every place here does at least a vegan option even if it’s just hummus, but most are much more creative than that.

“The foodie and the vegan community here is very supportive which is great for a small business starting out.”

Renata feels the positivity local businesses show towards each other is also helping to create a thriving food scene.

She said: “Everyone supports everybody else so I feel it’s more of a community than competition, which it needs to be if we are all to succeed.”


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