Our Story

Like all great stories and new beginnings, the very idea of Rosie the bus started in our local pub.

Even though at the time we didn't actually know each other.... at all!

we found that we all shared a similar dream. To cook fresh, healthy and delicious food for the people of Margate and beyond!

By the third drink we had come up with the idea of converting a double decker bus into a mobile kitchen and cafe.

Two weeks later, Rosie, our 1980 Bristol VR trundled her way out of hibernation to start her new life as The Bus Cafe in Margate! 

Our Ethos

Our Lovely Local Suppliers

Our produce is fresh and local 

We believe that fresh, good quality food can only come from fresh, good quality ingredients.


We use local farms and organisations for as much of our produce as possible. Our fresh, locally produced and seasonal menus from the “Garden of England" mean we have the right ingredients to create the best street food this side of that London! 

Supporting local charities

We have a cemented relationship with “The Garden Gate Project”, a St Peter’s based community garden that works to help people with mental illness & learning difficulties. The project contributes hugely to the workers’ quality of life. Providing support and a strong community to people on the outreaches of society.


We like the environment a lot!
We want to be able to support the environment as much as we can. Our packaging is biodegradable and recyclable. We aim to create as little waste as possible and we do our best to re-use and upcycle at The Bus Cafe.

Garage Coffee

Garage Coffee is based at Southview Camping in the picturesque village of Hoath, just outside of Canterbury in Kent.​ ​​Our coffee is roasted in 3kg batches, which we taste every time to ensure we have acheived optimum quality. All coffee is roasted to order, meaning our beans are always fresh. Haven't got time for any stale beans in this neck of the woods!


Laughton's Poultry

Based in Faversham, Kent. We believe at Laughton's poultry for the true taste and quality of poultry they should be produced entirely the way nature intended them, slow growing and free, and of course completely drug free. We pride ourselves on the care and attention we give our bird's. 


Nash Farm

Established in Margate, Nash Farm has a long running reputation for selling good quality fresh fruit and vegetables sourced from local farms and orchards. 

J C Rook & Sons

Kent based Master Butchers for over 50 years and we pride ourselves in providing the catering and retail market with exquisite produce, exceptional service and unrivalled expertise.


Kent Collections

We source most of our main ingredients from local suppliers and growers. Our pork used in our charcuterie is reared for us by a local pig farmer, they are all outdoor reared and are fed on brewers grain from local brewery's, whey from local cheese makers and fruit.


Quex Barn

Quex Barn is situated at the entrance of Quex Park Estate in Birchington on the Isle of Thanet, Kent. We have a butchery, a deli, a wet fish stall, coffee shop and restaurant. We are passionate about local produce and are fortunate to be surrounded by some of the most productive and fertile land in the British Isles. This provides us with a fantastic range of local fruit, vegetables, livestock and being within two miles from the sea, fresh fish. 


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