Peckham Refreshment Rooms

Bars and pubs , Tapas bars Peckham Rye
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A little slice of Barcelona has landed in Peckham – a slick, pared-down, friendly little tapas bar where you might swig a quick beer or down a carafe of wine and grab some tasty snacks before (or after) a big night out. With raw plaster walls, scruffy poured concrete floor and a big slab of glossy burgundy MDF for a bar, its cheap and cheerful vibe belies the speed at which you can rattle through 50 quid on the little platters of pan-European nibbles.

The basic menu consists of Spanish cheeses, meats and snacks, with a few interesting southern European dishes. More enticing is the list of daily-changing seasonal specials, such as an exquisite dandelion, broad bean and goat’s cheese salad; spears of lemon and butter-drenched asparagus with a heavenly curd dip; some tasty (though marginally overcooked) king prawns with garlic and tangy chorizo; and a skewer of monkfish served with divine saffron potatoes and a sprinkling of shrimps and clams.

Puddings – a densely delicious pot au chocolat, and a dreamy lemon posset served with a crumbling disc of shortbread – were a resounding success, as was the friendly and attentive service. The restaurant opens for coffees and croissants at 7am on weekdays and closes at 1am at the weekend. The hipness quota really cranks up in the evening, attracting Peckham’s edgy art scene/boho crowd.

Venue name: Peckham Refreshment Rooms
Address: 12-16 Blenheim Grove
SE15 4QL
Opening hours: Lunch served 11am-3pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat. Brunch served 10am-3pm Sat
Transport: Rail: Peckham Rye rail
Price: Dishes £5-£10
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Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

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A perfect Sunday hangout - Peckham Refreshment Rooms are situated on a central side street so prime people watching territory. Grab yourself a bench facing on to the street, take the papers, and order the Kedgeree and a pink grapefruit juice.

Marta K

Cool little place for your morning coffee and people watching. By night, it transforms into a really nice and chilled cocktail bar. The food menu changes regularly is really good value for what you get and the home made cider is definitely worth trying. 

Zoe W

Great cocktails and wine and absolutely delicious and original food! Yum!

Simon F

We discovered this treat of a place after a visit to the PeckhamPlex cinema. The main bar area has a New York feel to it, with a high bar you can watch the world go by from, but also, feels bustling seeing as it's only a short step onto the lively surrounding streets. Go through to the dining area and there's a lovely atmosphere of relaxed natter. We certainly found it an excellent place to chew over the movie we'd just enjoyed. We had a range of platters including one of parmesan with truffle honey which was delicious, and another of fine cold meats. Argentinian Malbec was bang on the money, and the service was noticeably good, very swift and very cheerful. Will definitely come back here again, it had that great blend of dedication and individuality. Really nice experience.

Emma J

The food quality is one of the best I have ever experienced at this price point. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable and make you feel welcome. 

But back to the food! Quality ingredients prepared with skill and thoughtfulness. For a cool date, flying solo or to be super sociable with friends - all will work here.


This Time Out review of Peckham Refreshment Rooms was inaccurate when it was first written - its not a tapas bar, and doesn't major on Spanish flavours - please can you re-write?  Jay Rayner review is brilliant, and accurate;

Really fantastic food and drink, served by knowledgable, thoughtful staff. 

We shared 3 starters/small plates to begin - they appear very pared back, but the produce is all - beautifully fresh - freshly sliced charcuterie, crisp flavoursome salad, freshly hewn parmesan. 
Our mains were amazing - whole plaice - cooked to perfection and simply garnished with buttery lemony drizzle & capers, THAT polenta (eye rollingly good!), and pumpkin ravioli - simply dressed, but allowing you to taste the flavours. Daupinoise and chicory made it a filling meal for the 3 of us.
We asked for a wine recommendation - and having been allowed to taste a couple of the recommendations (that's good) we opted for the expensive white, which our waitress declared needing aerating - she duly did that, returned with 3 chilled glasses - and hey presto, amazing. There's nothing to regret when spending a bit more on a great wine when it is served graciously, with knowledge and care. The important thing here, is the skill of how the menu is put together - if you serve a such a pared-back selection of small plates and drinks, they MUST complement each other. There are several other local establishments that totally miss this point (ahem!)
If I were to be critical, I would say that service was a bit hard to attract sometimes, but was spot on, once it arrived. 

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No soya! A hipster joint with no soya. Must be some reactionary post modern statement or summit. Barista was very smiley and pleasant though.

Barney Berry

It's quite exciting to see these new places popping up in Peckham. Went there recently. Two of us. About 6.30pm. Quiet, but by the time we left it was packed. One waitress was great and explained the drinks and menu to us. All very smiley and helpful. Had 5 tapas, a couple of drinks and pudding. Food was good but quite pricey, though. A few issues though. One member of bar staff spent the whole time we were there texting away on her phone. Helping customers in-between but then going back to her phone. Secondly, they automatically add 12.5% service to the menu that I didn't have the wit to subtract. And finally, the waitress took my drink before I could drink the last swig (which I had been saving). I didn't complain at the time about any of these so, I know, shouldn't really complain now, but I thought it would act as a heads up for the place.