About Java & Jazz

This independently-owned café and pizzeria is a place for through trade, local people or those making a bee-line because they’ve heard about its repertoire of pizzas, ice creams and coffees! They come for a breakfast of eggs and Portobello mushrooms, a lasagne lunch or an evening calzone and a bottle of wine or even a milkshake.

Community, consistency and inclusion are strong hallmarks of Java & Jazz. It’s also known for its friendly, courteous and energetic young staff - a feature of life here since this well-regarded local venue began life as a small café with a pizza oven in the late 1990s. Back then, it was an informal gathering point for many local youngsters.

In 2015, John and Anne Gallagher took over Java and Jazz for those exact reasons, continuing the same ethos and traditions.

Java community

Java & Jazz pride ourselves on being in the heart of community. Forest Row is a place of free-thinking and alternative lifestyles, it’s full of artists, craftsmen, musicians, writers and performers.

Forest Row hosts its own ever-popular Forest Row Festival every September – Java & Jazz sponsors the festival and the village’s own FrowShow comedy troupe.

We are also the official sponsor for one of Forest Row’s youth football teams, we host charity evenings such as the annual meal to raise funds for a Ugandan village, which is a Worth Abbey friendship parish.

Our unique atmosphere

Java & Jazz has a dynamic and upbeat energy, has many repeat customers and a loyal fan base. This includes local resident and actor/comedian Ben Elton who has flagged it as one of his favourite restaurants in the whole world.

The Observer complimented it for its “mouth-wateringly good” food. The ultimate sweetener comes in the form of Java’s own raw chocolate brownies, created by John’s wife Ann.

Java & Jazz Reviews

"Best vegan breakfast/brunch ever?! I'm not vegan but was tempted by the amazing selection of food the 'Vegan Jazz' included - It did not disappoint. It was delicious! We lived in Tunbridge Wells 10 years ago and used to love coming to Java & Jazz. We now live in North Wales but we were back in the area for a funeral and treated ourselves to brunch. All enjoyed our food, thank you."
Menna, North Wales
Perfect lunch stop on the way to London. Excellent fish finger sarnie, care taken to toast the ciabatta, superb coleslaw - so good I had to ask for an extra helping - and great coffee. Topped off by really warm and generous service. Top draw!
Roger, London
"We visited Java and Jazz for breakfast. My friend chose the vegan breakfast which he said was excellent. All meals were delicious and we cleared our plates. The staff were really attentive and friendly. We were even allowed to bring pour little dog and and he was given a bowl of water from the staff. We will definitely be back"
Nicola, London
"The best vegan pizzas! Hassle-free online ordering service with a handy countdown to delivery time. Java and Jazz make amazing food. Their delivery service was second to none, with hot pizzas delivered on time and by a very friendly delivery person. Caters well for vegans with great toppings and vegan cheese"
Minky, East Grinstead
"Have been going to Java for many years and the quality has always been good. Great Pizza, sandwiches etc. Fun staff. Right on the main road to East Grinstead. Parking can be a bit of a problem, but worth it just for a milkshake."
Garry, London

Great food and great atmosphere

Monday - Wednesday | 8am - 20:30pm
Thursday - Saturday | 8am – 9:00pm
Sunday | 9am – 5pm