We are an independent coffee shop between Deptford and New Cross and we care a great deal about food, coffee and community. We try to run our business in a sustainable way and support other local, independent and eco friendly businesses. We use a range of locally and ethically sourced produce, including our meat, milk, eggs, bread and coffee. Also, we run our business on green renewable energy and from day one have only used compostable packaging to help the planet a little. And we're always thinking up new ways to make things even better!
We're located at 481 New Cross Rd. London SE14 6TA, right on the corner!
We're open: Mon-Thr 8-4, Fri 8-5, Sat 9-5, Sun 9-4
We get our coffee from Alchemy. We chose Alchemy because they're based in London, their coffee is delicious and the vast majority of their beans are sourced directly from the farmers, ensuring the best possible price for the growers, much higher than the so-called fair trade prices. Our espresso is a medium roast blend, changing seasonally and always carries the warmth and sweet notes of chocolate. We also serve a rotating selection of single origin filter coffees which we brew using the V60 method. Nice and simple.
We make what we call simple, fresh, real food. We believe that good, clean food is key to good life and we designed our menu to provide all day options for a wide range of dietary needs and preferences. We have a great choice for everyone, from meat eaters, through vegetarians, vegans, gluten sensitive people*, low carb, high protein, to the ones who like everything on the side :)
We care a lot about where our food comes from and how the produce is made. Which is why our meat is heritage breed and free range from Keith of Stockings Farm in Chiltern Hills; our milk is organic, non-homogenised and from grass fed cows of Goodwood Farm in Chichester; our salmon is smoked in Sussex by Springs Smokery - a traditional smokehouse, using no preservatives, just salt, smoke and time in their production; Springs Smokery source the salmon from a farm in Denmark who raise their fish without antibiotics or added growth hormones; our eggs are organic and from British free range hens; and our bread is an amazing, long-fermented sourdough from the Flour Station. We also only use butter from grass fed cows, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt.
A lot of thought goes into our non caffeinated drinks, too! We use locally made, pesticides free juices from Bardsley Farms, natural fizzy drinks from Dalstons, organic ceremonial grade matcha, organic moringa, excellent quality chai without any additives, and still and sparkling water from Belu, who donate their profits to WaterAid.
*please note that because we use many common allergens in our kitchen, as do our suppliers, we can't guarantee our food will be safe for people with ceoliac disease or other allergies
art and community
We've dedicated our walls and shutters to art, to give local artist a platform to show their work in their community. Joshua Drewe's mural, imagining the history of Deptford, permanently occupies one of the walls, while the work on the other wall changes regularly to coincide with the annual Deptford X Festival. The current mural is by artist Iva Decheva and is inspired by the significance and history of the river Themes in Deptford. The previous wall was created by Katie Whitford and was the artist's response to the interior of the Greenhouse. The previous artist in residence was Marketa Senkyrik whose work represented a visual journey inspired by her travels in India and Nepal. The mural before that was 'The Magical Fox' by artist Devora O'Neill and was painted with waste coffee from our cafe. Our shutters are a painting by Margaux Carpentier, inspired by the diversity of the local community and the history of Deptford.
We have worked with several not for profit organisations, supporting independent local galleries, fundraising to help the Syrian refugees, and helping people with learning difficulties find real work experience. We're also a pick up point for a local veg bag scheme, Lee Greens, bringing organic, seasonal vegetables directly from local farmers to Deptford!
Let us know if you're interested in collaborating with us! :)
We're always on the look out for great people to join our team. If you share our values and have experience with coffee, food and people come chat to us or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org !