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THE ALBANY

Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
New Cross Deptford

The Albany has been in Deptford for over a century, becoming a radical community arts hub in the seventies before being rebuilt as an arts centre and theatre. Now the space hosts a diverse programme of events, including live music, literary festivals, cabaret, comedy, poetry, plays and more.

THE WAITING ROOM

134 Deptford High St, Deptford, London SE8 3PQ
Deptford

This is the place to come for veggie and vegan food with attitude. The Waiting Room serves up meat-free burgers, subs, hot dogs and the like as well as pour a damn fine cup of coffee too. The cafe hangout also offers a book exchange, yes very arty and speak of, they exhibit local art on their walls too. Snazy.

THE JOB CENTRE

120 Deptford High St, Deptford, London SE8 4NP
Deptford

Don’t come here looking for a job as the days of this place being an employment office are long gone. Do come for a bevvy or two and a bite to eat because this version of the Job Centre is in fact a pub. There’s a rotating selection of local beers and ales plus cocktails and wine at the bar, and a European-inspired small plates menu coming out of the kitchen. The langosh – that’s Hungarian fried potato bread – with garlic yoghurt goes very nicely with a pint.

WINEMAKERS DEPTFORD

209 Deptford High St, Deptford, London SE8 3NT, UK
Deptford

The Winemakers Club, which started out as a shop and bar in the very dramatic arches of Holborn Viaduct, has an outpost in Deptford. The cosy wine bar and restaurant is the kinda place where you pop in for a quick glass of wine and end up having several and pretty much the whole food menu. The menu changes often but there’s some seriously great cooking going on here, with everything from crab croquettes to Lincolnshire poacher souffle to a whole baked sea bass making appearances.

MARCELLA

165A Deptford High St, Deptford, London SE8 3NU
Deptford

Coming from the people behind the much-loved Artusi in Peckham, Marcella is serving up bangin’ Italian food in SE8. The look and feel is very similar to Artusi, all stripped back wooden furniture, white walls, bare wood, and an open kitchen at the back of the room. The short menu is chalked up on the wall and it’s one of those ones where you just want EVERYTHING. The fried artichokes and saffron arancini are mega, the fresh pasta is up there with the best of them and you’ll wanna leave room for the puds too.

THE FULL NELSON

47 Deptford Broadway, Deptford, London SE8 4PH
Deptford Bridge

Just like The Waiting Room, The Full Nelson serves up veggie and vegan junk food – we’re talking meat-free burgers, corn dogs, ‘wings’ and fries. Too many of their cocktails will probs lead to a hangover but then you can just head back for brunch. The namesake Full Nelson features battered sausages – that alone should see you right.

ISLA RAY

37 Deptford High St, Deptford, London SE8 4AD
New Cross

Whether you pop into Isla Ray for a latte and The Isla Special (hash brown, egg, roasted cherry vine tomatoes, avocado, sriracha mayo and coriander) or a couple of cocktails and some live music, it’s a bloody cool place to hang out thanks to the retro tropical decor.

STOCKTON

2 Deptford High St, New Cross, London SE8 4AF
New Cross

From the same team behind Buster Mantis, cafe/kitchen/cocktail bar Stockton has you covered from brekkie through to late night, with eggs and coffee, a dinner menu, cocktails and beer from neighbours Villages Brewery.

HEAPS DELI-DINER

1 Deptford Broadway, Deptford, London SE8 4PA, UK
New Cross

Martin Heap has made incredible sausages in neighbouring Greenwich for years, and this site Deptford is his biggest and best yet. There’s a deli selling his freshly made sausages, plus British charcuterie and bacon sliced to order, as well as a diner area serving all day breakfast, brunch, gourmet hot dogs and more from morning ’til night.

DEPTFORD MARKET YARD

Deptford Market Yard, London, UK
Deptford

Housed in the railway arches near the station, Deptford Market Yard brings together some of the best local start-ups and independents including Mama’s Jerk (Caribbean street food), Little Nan’s (cocktails), The Box (hairdressers), Hank’s (burgers), I You All (creative studio and shop) and Taproom SE8 (beers). It’s a real one-stop shop.

BUSTER MANTIS

3 Resolution Way, London SE8 4NT, United Kingdom
Deptford

It’s Jamaican vibes all round at Buster Mantis in Deptford. And we’re not just talking jerk chicken, oh no they’ve got the rum down to a tee too. The bar puts a spin on classic rum cocktails, think lychee martini and an orange dark ‘n’ stormy and for those who want to go all in give Mama’s Punch a go – but don’t blame us if you can’t walk home…

DEPTFORD CINEMA

39 Deptford Broadway, Deptford, London SE8 4PQ
Deptford Bridge

The not-for-profit, community-led Deptford Cinema is the oldest operating cinema in Lewisham (which didn’t even have a dedicated cinema before this one) and the whole ethos of the place is about making cinema more accessible. The programme is really varied, with seasons including Nordic Film Nights, Directed By Women, Latin American Cinema and Sci-Fi Sundays, with programming open to anyone who wants to get involved. It’s a must for film buffs.

DEPTFORD DOES ART

28 Deptford High St, Deptford, London SE8 4AF
Deptford Bridge

Deptford Does Art does exactly what it says on the tin, and then some. Run by Zuzana and her husband Dan, it’s a gallery that exhibits local art, with the artists that show in the space providing workshops and talks. There’s also a shop selling prints, cards and gifts in there, and a vegan cafe.

ROYAL ALBERT

460 New Cross Rd, New Cross, London SE14 6TJ
New Cross

With original Victorian etched windows, a patio, eight real ale and cider taps (with more locals brews behind the bar), pub grub, a billiards table, DJs, live music and a regular quiz, the Royal Albert has everything you could want for in a local.

MATCHSTICK PIEHOUSE

Railway Arches, 213-214 Edward St, Deptford, London SE8
Deptford

The Matchstick half of this venue is a theatre and arts space that hosts everything from new plays to live music to cabaret nights – The Crass Menagarie and Phantasmaglorious are just two of the regulars. The Piehouse half, well that’s pretty self-explanatory…it’s the bar/restaurant where you can get pie, mash and gravy.

LONDON VELO

18 Deptford High St, New Cross, London SE8 4AF
Deptford Bridge

Part-cafe, part-bike workshop, London Velo is the place to come if you want a coffee, a tune-up or both. The cafe works with Union Coffee on its blends, so you can be sure you’re getting a very decent brew, and serves Brick Lane bagels. On the workshop side, there are two full time mechanics on-site, so you can be sure your bike is in good hands. There’s even a London Velo Cafe Cycle Club with regular social rides.

BIG JOHN'S BILTONG BAR

29 Deptford High St, New Cross, London SE8 4AD
Deptford Bridge

Ever been to a biltong bar before? No? Well, get down to Big John’s, the first of its kind in London. Obvs biltong is on the menu but it’s not the only food to be found here – you can get wings, mac & cheese, pints and cocktails too.

GIN & BEER

4NT, 2 Resolution Way, Deptford, London SE8 4NT
Deptford

We’ll give you one guess as to what they serve at Gin & Beer. Yep this is the place to come if you like craft gin or Belgian beer (or both). The bar stocks over 100 gins and a load of different tonics, so they can do you a very nice G&T, or you can choose from one of their cocktails. The beer comes both bottled and on draught, and they serve cheese boards in case you get peckish.

HULLABALOO

111b Deptford High St, Deptford, London SE8 4NS
Deptford

This Indian restaurant is tiny – like just a handful of tables tiny – and it’s really popular with locals so you may have to join the crowd (although they do offer takeaway). Any wait will be worth it though because the food is consistently great. It’s a vegetarian menu, with plenty of vegan options, and at very wallet-friendly prices too.

DELI X

156 Deptford High St, Deptford, London SE8 3PQ
Deptford

Deli X is the place to stock up on all your wholefoods and sustainable goodies. There are lots of organic and artisanal groceries on offer, refill stations for cleaning products so you can cut down on your plastic use, and a cafe so you can take a break from your shopping with a coffee and some veggie grub.

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