Peckham Cafe Guide
Who would have thought just a few years ago, that you might have your pick of speciality coffee spots in Peckham, serving a diverse selection of London’s top roasters? Chloe Callow explores southeast London’s popular neighbourhood to find the best coffee shops.
Here’s an extraction of Peckham’s best places to hit up for a brew in no particular order.
Located on Bellenden Road, General Store is the ultimate spot for a luxury impulsive grocery shop. Fancy jams vie for shelf space with local chutneys, artisan cheese, bread and pastries, beers and wine. The baskets of fruit, currently including those illusive Bergamot oranges, and fancy-coloured heritage veg in the centre of the shop, some boasting unrecognisable names, are irresistible. A Workshop Coffee espresso from the machine lodged behind the counter will help you through that tough job of browsing.
Serving Square Mile espresso-based beverages alongside an interesting food menu, the astonishingly good, and local, Brickhouse Bakery sourdough and a fantastic looking selection of cakes by day, Anderson & Co is not to be missed. Wednesday to Saturday evenings, the space transforms into Peckham Burger, a no-reservations restaurant serving burgers and craft beer.
Lerryn’s, at the very bottom of Rye Lane is quickly become a favourite with locals and is well on its way to becoming one of those rare first-rate neighbourhood cafes. With a faintly shambolic appearance that includes retro diner features, events flyers and turntables at the end of the bar, it really comes into its own during weekend brunch. The menu, penned on wall tiles, has all your classics alongside Jamaican hard dough french toast - a pleasing nod to the locale. Coffee is well made from Climpson & Son beans. And the spicy Bloody Mary on the counter at brunch leads into an interesting cocktail list as the cafe becomes a bar in the evenings.
Cafe Viva offers a very welcoming reprise from the hustle and bustle of Rye Lane, down eclectic Choumert Road. Charming staff, Volcano coffee, sweet decor and a simple food menu combine to create a very lovely cafe with a warm feel.
No 67, the cafe within South London Gallery on Peckham road, is not only a beautiful, calming space serving a very fine food menu, they also have a well-prepared Allpress coffee offering that’s not to be sniffed at. Get your caffeine buzz on to fully appreciate all of that art.
Southerden is a beautiful little patisserie on Choumert Road, right next to Cafe Viva. A well-designed and modern aesthetic sets off Mel Southerden’s range of incredible patisserie and cakes to stunning effect. Monmouth beans, prepared on a Gaggia are a great accompaniment to the sugary delights.
I have it on good authority that freshly re-opened P-Baz (Peckham Bazaar to out of towners), a brilliant restaurant that specialises in food from the Balkans, are looking to upgrade their coffee to include filter and turkish style options. You heard it here first.
Photo courtesy General Store.