London Particular

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London Particular
New Cross

Food, described as ‘classic English with a modern twist’, is treated with respect at this tiny café just by New Cross station. Particular by name, particular by nature, founder and head chef Becky Davey and her team source seasonal ingredients from small-scale producers, then prepare them freshly on the premises.

Lunch shows vegetarian leanings – soft, tasty sweet potato and leek cakes served with halloumi, a salad and a beetroot dip, for example – while light suppers are meatier (rabbit rillette, harissa sticky pork ribs), but if you are the kind of person who encounters a vegetarian dish and thinks ‘this is delicious but it would be even better with bacon’ then you can add that too for an extra pound. Commitment to independent operators continues through to the wines (mainly organic or biodynamic) and beers (from Kernel and Cheddar Ales breweries).

Help yourself to a jug of water with mint, or order the refreshing Deptford elderflower with soda, but before you leave, go for the velvety punch of an HR Higgins coffee (iced, affogato or just flat white) to set you up for the rest of the day. Cash only.

 

Venue name: London Particular
Contact:
Address: 399 New Cross Road
London
SE14 6LA
Opening hours: Open 8am-5pm Mon-Thur; 8am-10pm Fri; 10am-10pm Sat; 10am-5pm Sun
Transport: Tube: New Cross or New Cross Gate rail or bus 136, 171
Price: Main courses £5-£9.50. Meal for two with service: around £15

Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:4
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:1
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Rebecca

A short walk from Greenwich South and a MUST try for all locals in the South East London area - I loved the coffee and found the food to be really delicious. Service was a little slow but added to the charm of the place I thought - server could have been slightly more friendly but she was quite busy! A mixed crowd of locals students, yummy mummys older gents and everything in between, makes for a good atmosphere which is essential for this sharing table / casual vibe / trendy place. Introducing a student special would be a great idea to attract new foot traffic - I know this place is pretty busy already but with Goldsmiths on the door step could stretch your trade further! Attention to detail with new customers (not just the ole faithfuls) will see this place continue to grow on to bigger premises!

kiyo

Great food made by great peeps! Big up this cafe for doing what we all want! I live in Shoreditch but seems to be drawn down south of the river to TLP way too oftern! Well worth a trip across town to eat at this banging joint!

Niki

Look, I really really wanted to like this place. As I coffee lover I find going to University in New Cross a bit of a challenge and I was overjoyed when I discovered London Particular. On my first few visits I found the coffee okay, not great but it would do when compared to the watery 80p coffee found at other New Cross establishments. I liked the food, but found it expensive. I work in a small cafe in Hackney that does similar food and is much more reasonably priced. Similarly, I find paying £2.40 for a coffee made with beans from H.R Higgins ridiculous when you can get a great coffee in East London for £2.20 made with much better beans such as Square Mile and Climpson and Sons. £2.40 is how much Prufrock on Leather Lane charges for a flat white! Where the coffee, the service and the beans are impeccable, not to mention the rent higher. What really gets me about this place though, is that every single time I've walked in there, without fail I've been ignored by the staff. I get that they're busy cooking away and making coffees, I get it because I do it too. However, I am blatantly stared in the face and ignored. A small acknowledgement from the staff would be comforting - an 'I know you're there and I'll be with you soon'. But nothing. I've gotten sick of waiting 20 minutes for a sub standard, over-priced coffee from rude staff. I'll take the 80p watery coffee instead, and get a good coffee when I'm back East.

Christy

Wonderful breakfast in a slightly alternative style. Marinated Mixed mushrooms were so sweet and sour at the same time, which went well with the streaky bacon. Really light and fluffy Brioche too, washed down with the perfect cup coffee. Really like the vibe and inside of the cafe. Half expected Withnail to walk in and entertain the diners. i'm changing my score to 5. The perfect distraction from the daily routine

Alison Craig

Frittata and brioche pizza very tastry and fresh. Salads untried but also looked good. Very friendly.

Lily

Have been 3 times as I live really close by and I'm afraid to say I won't be back again. The food is good but a bit overpriced - my main issue with the place is the long wait I have had everytime I've gone. Waiting 20 mins for 2 coffees is a bit much - one came out before the other and the waitress didn't apologise or say the other coffee was on it's way. Coffees were luke warm and we'd long finished them by the time our food arrived. The bill came to £19 for 2 coffees and two breakfasts. Even after asking when the food might arrive they looked blankly at me as if this was a strange request! The excuse was that they were really busy but it really wansn't and they should really be prepared for customers on a Sat morning. I was on the verge of just walking out. I really wanted the place to be good as there is not a whole lot of cafes like this on offer in New Cross, but I just can't justify the poor service and over priced food to give it a forth go. if they had offered the coffees on the hse or some gesture to acknowledge how long we had to wait then maybe I would consider going back. Makes me sad as I really did want to like it there!

nxg

Best food ever, seriously! It's a really tiny place so might be hard to find a seat...

G-Man

Love the coffee, beautifully blended, excellently prepared, perfect temp! Top quality food, eaten there lots, my favourite being the bad veggie sandwich!! Oh so yummy!! Hard sometimes to get a seat, but worth waiting for, indulge in a chilli chocolate cake with gnash while you wait! Keep up the good work!

Jimbot

You should serve take away coffee as soon as staff are on the premises. Serving coffee makes you money in-between putting out tables and chairs.... Stop being so particular.

Black Cube

Always drop by on my way to the Goldsmiths library. Nice coffee. But food a bit pricey for students