St David Coffee House

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Tricia de Courcy Ling
Forest Hill

This cafe is now under new management, the review below relates to the previous management - Food and Drink editors (March 2014)

This relaxed coffeehouse is a homeworker’s heaven, and many look like they won’t be shifting before lunchtime. A few small tables sit out on the raised pavement among the pot plants and community orchard trees, but our favourite spot is at the big communal table by the open window. The interior is another junk shop fit-out, with kitsch touches such as the birdcage lampshade (with artificial birds) and Top of the Pops LPs. Where it gets serious, though, is the coffee – a Square Mile roast packed a powerful punch – with some good alternatives from Suki tea, such as Earl Grey Blue Flower or Apple Loves Mint. Food is simple: cakes such as carrot cake and custard tarts, quiches and chunky sandwiches. There’s no skimping on the quality of the fillings – Neal’s Yard comté with pear and ale chutney; Brindisa cured pork and manchego; chorizo with piquillo peppers and rocket; or the ultimate comfort food, the cheese and baked beans toastie.


Venue name: St David Coffee House
Address: 5 David's Rd
SE23 3EP
Opening hours: Open 8am-6pm Tue-Fri; 9am-6pm Sat; 10am-4pm Sun
Transport: Forest Hill rail
Price: Main courses £2.50-£4.50. Coffee and snack for two with service: around £10
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Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:2
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Your quintessential local cafe, this place always hits the spot.

Karen A
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Not only does this place do THE BEST coffee in London they also have a menu of reasonably priced, healthy brunch type meals/snacks. GREAT cake-y treats too. Fast becoming THe place to be in the evenings with Van Dough Wednesday pizza nights and Nyonya SE Asian street food on a Thursday. Open on
Weekend nights too! It's teensy so get there early to nab a table from happy FoHo locals.

Rébecca B
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It's my little place of Forest HIll heaven. Great coffee, lovely Shan (the owner) and team, good grub and fab pop up nights.

Luke M

Great coffee, quality sarnies, yummy inventive desserts, good vibes - marked down 1 for not keeping the turntable and recordd!

Zoe B

Gorgeous coffee, wonderful seasonal food menu and great evening pop ups.

moderatorStaff Writer

Expert coffee, healthy lunches and reasonably priced. Cute décor too.

Luis C

Brilliant coffee and vibe make this the place to have coffee in Forest Hill.


Great coffee and sandwiches. The cappuchino is definitely the best in Forest Hill! Having now moved away from the area, missing their toasted Ogleshield cheese sandwiches most...


Really lovely coffee shop. Friendly staff, amazing sandwiches (their bacon sarnie is the only thing that can sort out my Sunday hangover) and the best coffee, certainly in Forest hill, if not SE London. 

Daisy Bowie-Sell

The one thing to say about this place is EAT A BACON SANDWICH. They are huge and tasty, made with lots of bacon and lovely fresh bread. The place is tiny and higgledy piggledy but has a lovely charm. It's very chilled out, so don't expect everything to run beautifully smoothly, but the coffee is very good as is the atmosphere. We love having Sunday breakfast here with the newspaper.

jane w

Lovely little coffee shop bringing high quality coffee to Forest Hill! The flat white was sweet and delicious & the egg and avocado dish was delicious!

Charlie H

Bringing the best of the London coffee scene to Forest Hill. Great little space full of character with really fun and friendly staff who clearly know a lot of the regulars. This has the feel of a real community hub with laid back vibes in the week, perfect  for getting some work done on the free wifi and more upbeat vibe at the weekends where the place buzzes with a great selection of music. The coffee is some of the best in London and the bacon butty will eradicate any hangover! Be warned though the cake and pastry selection won't let you leave without breaking a new years resolution! I'm hooked!


Most awful obnoxious service i have ever come across, the staff are rude, ignore you and give you products that you have clearly said you are allergic you with no apology. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY!

Emma Alexis

Since it was taken over by the new owners this coffee house has upped its game, food is delicious, you won't find a better coffee in London and its one of the most chilled out spots in forest hill. Can't recommend it enough.


I adore this place! The coffee is superb and its my most favorite place to go in south east London to just read and chill out. The owners are lovely and trying out lots of new things. I like how they are rotating the art work too.


Forgot to put my star rating last time!! Was there again at the weekend and they'd really made the effort for Easter it was lovely watching adults intently painting their eggs!!


I have been in that coffee house few times however most recently the service provided by the owner was dreadful. He always seems grumpy and unhappy that he needs to bring the coffees to his customers. While being there last time (never going back) I had to wait good 10 minutes at the counter as the owner was not able to do the coffee and answer very simple and quick question (is lunch items being served yet?) at the same time. Left in the end as nobody from the staff seemed interested in two, miserably standing clients. Would never ever recommend this place to anybody and since started having coffee at Canvas and Cream where both service and food is much better!!


I think I've died and gone to heaven after just finishing a sublime passion fruit tart with an amazing flat white. The perfect coffee shop!!


Shortly after we moved to Forest Hill, St David opened. We try to go every weekend and feel very lucky to have this so nearby. Keep up the great work!!