Canvas & Cream

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Venue says: "Beautiful Burger Night every Friday. Loads of lovely burgers - £11! Story Jam night of stories and music comes to Canvas & Cream 2nd April."
Forest Hill

Food and art are a natural match. It’s all a question of taste, isn’t it? At Canvas & Cream, the owners have embraced all things creative: in addition to a gallery and dining room, there’s a studio space for artists, a therapy room for alternative practitioners and a rolling programme of craftsy workshops.

The Dining Room kitchen turns out a fairly standard brunch menu at weekends with a Modern European/North African emphasis taking hold at lunch and dinner. There is also a Sunday roast at £15.

This is a particularly attractive place. Vintage lighting, farmhouse tables and a open shelves of crockery give the place a homely, been-here-forever feel. Factor in funky art, mouth-watering displays of baked goods both sweet and savoury on the counter, and all those activities going on, and you’ll find plenty of reasons to visit.

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Canvas & Cream says
In the heart of Forest Hill lies the deceptively spacious, eclectic Canvas & Cream, a treasure trove of treats to taste and art to see, welcoming you into a unique creative atmosphere. By day a café serving brunch, lunch with daily specials, Sunday roasts, delicious homemade cakes and locally roasted Monmouth coffee. By night an intimate licensed restaurant with full al a carte menu.

They pride themselves on offering friendly, relaxed service, welcoming all - including dogs! There are cosy couch nooks ideal for families, with an outdoor seating area to enjoy in summer months with free wi-fi.

Whilst you dine you can feast your eyes on up-cycled handmade décor, vintage tea sets and C&C Gallery's own art collection. Beyond the restaurant is C&C Gallery showing contemporary artwork and an art bookshop. Behind the scenes eight studios offer artists the opportunity to create.

They cater for pretty much any private function whether this is a wedding reception, birthday party, afternoon tea or just to let people know you love them. They pride themselves in creating bespoke parties from a sit down meal to cocktail canapés or buffet and disco with live music and delicious cakes. They can even arrange art workshops such as a 'crafternoon tea' with scones, cake, prosecco and your own artist to run your session.

Their philosophy is to be inclusive and encourage creativity and expression through art, food and living well. A local hub ready to welcome you in the heart of Forest Hill.
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Venue name: Canvas & Cream
Address: 18 London Rd
SE23 3HF
Opening hours: Open Mon-Wed 9am-5pm; Thurs-Sat 9am-11pm Sun 10-9
Transport: Tube: Forest Hill rail
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £35

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:7
  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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Daisy B

This is one of my favourite places in Forest Hill. It's got lovely, boho decor and a really relaxed atmosphere. I went with my friends for a meal and the staff were attentive and the food impressive - it was all hearty Moroccan-style stews. Plus it's not too pricey. But it's the sort of place that's also great for sitting in and drinking coffee and eating cake.

Peter Jubb

Three of us visited this Friday evening for dinner, each having starter, main and dessert. We all liked the ambience and most of the food but the service was poor - we concluded that the staff were stoned! - Yes, whether or not true, that's how it felt. We felt neglected and, when something wrong with the food was pointed out, the waiter just shrugged. At least, however, he corrected in his own handwriting the machine's over-charge on one of the two bottles of wine we consumed, once this had been pointed out by us. With more alert, friendly staff, this could be a great restaurant. As it is, something is lacking. Will anyone bother to put it right?

Ereni Mendrinos

What is not to LOVE :) I am so grateful that Canvas and Cream exists :) It is beautiful, funky , friendly with YUMMY food and drinks . A hub of creative activity, a place to meet friends old and new , a place to feel part of the buzzing South London Community !!! A place to see wonderful art and also to come and have a tratment too in it's gorgeous therapy rooms :), I just feel so LUCKY to live 15 mins walk away from such a wonderful place :) I would get on a train and travel to get here as a special treat but it our community place .. WOW !!!! The first time my partner and I walked in , we stumbled across it by accident on it's opening week end and we leapt in the air with Joy. The co owners Joanna and Emily, mother and daughter team are so committed and passionate , forever moving forward, developing.. Inspiration is the key here and it is contagious :) !! Anyway, I just happened to see that I could write a review and I wanted to say a few words, Hope to see you there soon , Cheers, Ereni :)


We ordered two fulll English Breakfasts and cups of tea. The tea came straight away and then we waited and waited for our meal. When it came it looked like it had been sitting waiting for a while. The mushrooms and eggs were over cooked and the whole meal was cold. Very disappointing. I would not reccommend this cafe.


It was fine. Nice enough atmosphere, but we were moved off a big table onto a small one (the large table remained empty for the duration of our visit), egg shell in the bubble and squeak and an unidentified hard thing in the granola. Good bacon sandwich though.

Nicola P

i have now visited Canvas & Cream on a few occasions... every time i enter the building i find something different and interesting that takes my interest, whether that be the art in the gallery out back or just the intriguing furniture and wall décor in the restaurant itself. I have sampled the food, cake and drinks and would highly recommend them, High quality produce for a reasonable price tag, defiantly one of my favorite places to go

Penelope Else

I love Canvas and Cream - I've never had a duff meal there yet, and I've eaten there a LOT. I've also never been anywhere that I feel so relaxed in.


I visited Canvas & Cream for brunch and was not disappointed! I went for the American pancakes with fruit and creme fraiche, which were truly delicious. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The venue itself is worth a visit with a lovely art gallery out back and beautiful antique furniture. I thoroughly recommend it!


I love the atmosphere, staff and culinary offerings at Canvas ans Cream - both both in the sweet ans savory sides if the fence. They also serve up a pretty mean cocktail. Am very lucky to have this gem of a place around the corner from my home and hope they do well as they deserve it.

james grantham

I was pleasantly suprised to find this gem on my doorste. Upon walking into the establishment. I was struck by the enchanting decor and the furniture, a lot of thought has obviously gone into this place! I was evenmore suprised to find that the exibition they had on in the gallery had been bought by none other than charles saatchi. Myself and my wife stayed for coffee and cake which was exceptionally good and have since been back for the evening and found the food to be of a high standard and good price, I had the. Pidgeon served on a bed of quinoa. And my wife had the flat iron steak chips and greens we ere both very happy with our meal and the warm friendly staff, altogether I think we shall become regulars!

Miss N

I totally agree with the Time Out review that the quirky, find-something-new-to-look-at-every-time decor and staff give the place a homely, been-there-forever feel. With regards to the mains though, I have to disagree. Granted, I have not tried the wood pigeon, but when my mother-in-law did she absolutely loved it. The pork belly I had was rich in flavour and cooked to perfection, and the steak I tried on another occasion caused me to emit slightly inappropriate noises of satisfaction (think 'When Harry Met Sally'). As for the desserts, I have yet to try them all, but the cakes are to-die-for gorgeous. I have only tried one of the starters (it's too good, I can't help it!) - the mushroom feuillette with a deep fried egg. I'd never had a deep fried egg before the first time I ordered it, but I would describe it as a freshly cooked, lightly bread-crumbed, scotch and still a little bit runny in the centre. Delicious! I would highly recommend a visit to this new gem in SE23.