Places to Eat
There’s a thriving restaurant scene in Deptford that offers a taste of old and new that you just don’t find in other parts of London. Take a walk through the neighbourhood and you get the impression that eateries aren’t afraid to try something a little bit different to entice customers through their doors – and it seems to go down well with the locals.
There’s quirky street food at the bustling Deptford Market and inviting eateries serving local produce in the Market Yard. If coffee is your thing, then you’ll be spoilt for choice by the line-up of independent coffee houses serving superior cups, many of which offer spaces to plug in your laptop and crack on with some work.
In Deptford, there’s plenty of places to choose from when it comes to dining out, and everything is right on your doorstep – so you won’t have to walk far to find the place for you.
The Brookmill Pub & Kitchen, Deptford
This 19th century Victorian corner pub is located next to the Brookmill Park, and has just celebrated its second birthday. It’s the perfect place to stop by for some great food and drink after a dose of fresh air, and hosts a comedy night as well as a quiz night every Tuesday. You’ll find a beer garden for the warmer months, craft ales from nearby boroughs, cocktails, and a menu offering some tempting pub classics. Keep your eyes peeled for chef residencies from local businesses and, if you’re in the Norwood area, check out their sister pub.
65 Cranbrook Rd, St John’s SE8 4EJ
Dirty Apron, Deptford
Friends and founders of the Dirty Apron, Suzie, from Peckham, and Holly, from Deptford, know the area – and they know what the people of Deptford want to eat. It started out as a supper club and then toured the country serving delicious street food. Market Yard is now its home, where you’ll find a seasonal menu that changes weekly, serving breakfast through to dinner. For a weekend treat, try the traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings – it’s what Sundays are all about.
4 Deptford Market Yard, Arch 9 SE8 4BX
If you love Italian food, then you’ll soon be making this stylish restaurant your new favourite eatery. It’s the little sister of Peckham’s critically acclaimed Artusi, which has helped to put Peckham on the food map. Now Marcella is working its culinary magic in Deptford. With a menu making the best of seasonal products that changes throughout the week, accompanied by an all Italian wine list, it’s brought a little slice of Italy to Deptford High Street. Expect plates of paccheri pasta with lamb ragu, followed by olive oil cake with crème fraiche. Simple, yet effective, it ticks lots of boxes.
165A Deptford High Street SE8 3NU
Buster Mantis, Deptford
Serving up Jamaican food and drink, this buzzing restaurant and bar is spread over two railway arches underneath the platforms of Deptford rail station. One arch serves as the bar and restaurant while the second is a gallery and creative space. Fun, friendly and full of flavour, the menu changes to suit the locally sourced ingredients, but you’ll also find crowd-pleasers jerk and curry. The cocktail list isn’t for the faint-hearted, with rum the star ingredient.
3-4 Resolution Way SE8 4NT
For a genuine taste of cockney London, look no further than this traditional pie and mash shop. Loved by locals and admired by visitors, the family business has been serving hand-made pie with mashed potato and parsley sauce for more than a century. The recipes are secret, but it’s common knowledge that you’ll receive a warm welcome and a generous serving of hearty comfort food.
204 Deptford High Street SE8 3PR
Hanks Burgers & Beers, Deptford
When only a burger and beer will do, Hanks is the place to be. The menu offers burgers to please everyone, from meat-eaters to vegans, and there’s American-style craft beer on tap from nearby Bianca Road brewery alongside a can menu from neighbours Hop, Burns & Black. Hanks is a familiar face on London’s street food scene, having started out on a monthly pitch in Deptford’s Giffin Square in 2014. Deptford’s Market Yard is the first permanent home for Hanks and is definitely worth a visit.
12 Market Yard SE8 4BX
The Pear Tree
Bringing together fine food, decent coffee and an array of award-winning condiments in its delicatessen, this place is a true neighbourhood hangout. Serving lunch and dinner, The Pear Tree’s style is Australian, with freshly-made fare using many locally-sourced ingredients. It also serves fantastic cakes that you can take away.
Yeoman Street SE8 5ET
Plough Way Cafe and Deli
If you love Italian food, you need venture no further than this fabulous, bustling restaurant. The chefs make their own pasta and use the best ingredients to create traditional Italian dishes, while the cocktails are a real treat. There’s also a mini olive grove tor alfresco dining in the summer months.
Seafarer Way SE16 7UD
Cafe Mama Pho
This small, family-run business serves authentic Vietnamese food, and is a real hit with locals. The pho (noodle soup) base is cooked for eight hours with traditional herbs and spices – and you can choose from beef, chicken or prawns. The word on the street is that it’s the top spot for Vietnamese food – give it a go!