Finally, in what has been a long over due refresh, what once was home to Zus & Zo now houses newly minted café and bistro, The Governor. Their notable approach to café fare is one to be admired: take well-known classics, execute them with a modern twist and ensure they’re made with fresh, seasonal and locally produced ingredients—a flawless plan, really.
Step off the leafy green street that is Jervois to smiling and attentive staff welcoming you. And while the café isn’t huge, the rejig since it’s predecessor makes the space incredibly bright and airy. Bold stripes paired with fresh licks of white paint, quirky wall hangings and dainty pot plants complete the look.
The menu is the perfect mix of simple and extraordinary, broken up into sections of small and light, eggs, little ones, lunch and sides. My companion decided that the breakfast plate was an appropriate choice for one that harbours such indecisiveness—a perfectly poached egg sits atop toasted artisan bread, smashed avocado sitting pretty alongside it. The clincher; an almost too-pretty-to-eat bircher fruit jar topped with scarlet berry compote and edible blooms. After something a little heartier myself, I opted for the Imperial Eggs—baked lentils, curry leaf, yoghurt and kasundi (a fiery Indian relish). Don’t think this sounds breakfast-worthy? Well, they complete the dish with a couple of perfectly sunny side up eggs, making it breakfast-worthy indeed.
Washed down with a couple of lush smoothies and expertly brewed espressos, I began to wonder what my schedule was like the rest of the week as a repeat visit is most definitely necessary. Welcome to the neighborhood Governor! You are certainly a welcome addition to Herne Bay.
Find out more details about The Governor, including opening hours here.