Since its arrival in 2008, a disused train carriage has become part of the fabric of Deptford High Street. Thanks to a collaborative art project, both the disused railway yard and the carriage itself were transformed, the latter housing a surprisingly cosy café and the yard hosting open-air film screenings and other events. The colourful, partly covered decking area has a surprise waiting in the shed at one end – a WC masquerading as a shrine to Elvis. The café is popular with families for early brunches and lunches, so you may find that the menu becomes more limited after about 1pm on weekends.
On our visit, the soup and specials had run out, but helpful staff were ready to suggest additions that could be made to the available dishes. Baked potatoes and sandwiches with an array of toppings and fillings form the backbone of the menu, along with a choice of salads. No need to stop for a full meal, however – excellent coffee, fresh juices and generous wedges of own-made cakes make it a good pit-stop.