Escape the Village Coffee Crowds, Head South!

As well as pubs we Radicals sometimes frequent coffee shops (honestly, see the recent post on coffee shops out in Charlton and Woolwich for proof!). The options in Blackheath are great but their popularity means it can sometimes be difficult to find space to sit down. If, like us, you sometimes feel the need to escape the crowded coffee caffeine culture (and Chelsea tractor-buggy traffic jams) of the village, a short meander south provides respite and a few good local coffee shops.

With Jam and Bread on Lee High Road, a few minutes walk from Sainsbury’s, opened back in 2011 and has been a great success, serving a good range of coffees and cakes in a comfortable environment. Although don’t try on a Sunday as the staff need a rest! One reason for setting up the café was the lack of places in the local area of the owner. Since then we’ve gained more.

Ruby&NormRuby and Norm is a quirky mix of vintage shop and coffee shop, plus they do light meals too! Situated on Lee High Road, opposite Boone’s Chapel there are comfy sofas, tables and a nice garden area to relax in with the papers. And you may find something a bit different to buy in there too. Oh, and they host numerous classes and gatherings. All in, an excellent idea and worth a visit.


Great lights in Archibald’s

A little further, past Manor House Gardens on Manor Park is Archibald’s. Coffee, breakfast, brunch needs are catered for. On a weekend bread from Quaggy bakery in Lewisham can also be bought, but you have to be quick! It has a bit of a retro feel inside – this Radical recalls similar chairs at school – and the outside area is all-weather with heaters, blankets, and screens keeping out the weather as autumn arrives.

Or if you fancy coffee or ice cream, pop into Pistachio’s in the Park in Manor House Gardens. Handy if you’re visiting the farmer’s market on the first Saturday of the month or are just having a wander around the gardens.

We Radicals do like grabbing a coffee in the village but it is sometimes nice to try somewhere new, and all these are independent places that get and deserve local support.

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