London Blend: The Deptford Project

By Hazel Last edited 86 months ago
London Blend: The Deptford Project

Our continuing, caffeine-fuelled quest to show you some of our favourite coffee shops in London.

You can't miss it: it's the Deptford Project cafe, a brightly repainted train carriage parked on a bit of raised decking just off Deptford High Street. There's an arty market with live music and sometimes performance interventions on Saturdays beckoning you in. And there's a treat inside, which we are happy to recommend as part of our coffee shop compendium.

Much nicer than the average buffet car on a train
Much nicer than the average buffet car on a train
The Deptford Project Cafe
The Deptford Project Cafe
Repainted but it's still a train carriage
Repainted but it's still a train carriage
Dining car, exterior to interior
Dining car, exterior to interior
Coffees on the Deptford Project Cafe terrace
Coffees on the Deptford Project Cafe terrace

Once inside the Deptford Project train carriage, you'll find a light and airy space where all the original train fixtures have been ripped out. A tiny kitchen behind a serving counter issues an impressive range of cooked breakfasts, salads, jacket potatoes, sandwiches, bruschettas, quiches and scones. Home-made cakes all sporting that authentic lopsided look jostle for space on the counter and the coffee is a decent brew made from sustainable farming projects, roasted and packed in the UK.

All the good intentions taste good and there are heart-warming details everywhere you look: cheeky slogans adorn every cafe stool. There are pots of herbs on sale on the terrace. The toilet is in a cheerfully painted garden shed complete with changing table for all the young families who come here. Pieces of art lie casually around the space and the music, as chosen by the hip, young, slightly hippy-ish staff is infectiously upbeat and tuneful.

If you're looking for somewhere to relax around Deptford, especially if the sun is shining and you've had quite enough of the clamour of the market, head to the Deptford Project Cafe. Servings are generous, prices are reasonable or surprisingly cheap, the food is wholesome and home-made and the coffee is probably the finest you'll find in the immediate area.

For more information on the Deptford Project's plans for 2010 and opening times for the cafe, go to the Deptford Project website.

Last Updated 10 May 2010