With Jam and Bread

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Even though the name refers to ‘The Sound of Music’, there is nothing saccharine, Austrian or mountainous about this café in Lee Green. Its location is fairly far from the plush outskirts of Salzburg too, situated as it is on a busy road in south-east London. The large glass front however does a good job of muffling the traffic noise, and inside it’s a mixture of sleek wood and bright white walls.

The tea (or should that be ti?) selection and the drinks were the strong point. Loose-leaf offerings included a gunpowder tea that was strong but not over-mighty. The excellent espresso was made with beans from Dark Fluid, a local coffee roasting and brewing collective that appears at Brockley Market each week.

The savoury selection was well-executed but a touch unadventurous. Sandwiches on offer included: a tuna melt; a cheese and ham toastie constructed with delicious sourdough; and a hummus and roasted vegetable focaccia roll, which was satisfying, although the bread was not quite as robust as I would have liked.

Tomato and basil soup was fresh and perky, and the accompanying walnut and raisin bread rich and deep, but I wasn’t sure about the combination of the two. Rather than plunging such a fine creation into my bowl, I ate the bread by itself. A couple of slices of a crusty white would have worked better.

The cake range was similar in tone to the sandwiches. A few pastries joined the reliable café triumvirate of lemon and poppy seed cake, carrot cake and brownies. The almond croissant was a bit doughy but I quite like them like that.

The excellent drinks outshone this cautious menu of simple dishes but I would imagine that some diversification might occur soon. For SE12 residents though, With Jam and Bread must already be one of their favourite things, and rightfully so.

Venue name: With Jam and Bread
Address: 386 Lee High Rd
SE12 8RW
Opening hours: Open 8am-4pm Mon-Fri; 9.30am-4pm Sat; 9.30am-3.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Hither Green rail
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: £20
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Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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It's hard to find a decent coffee shop in this neck of the woods and 'with jam and bread' is one of the better ones. The quality of a flat white depends on the barista you get - they use Volcano brand here and on most occasions the flat white is blistering hot. Nevertheless, it is the closest I'll get to a flat white in the area. Sandwiches and cakes are made in house; the sandwiches aren't going to knock your socks off but they're not bad. I did like the lemon drizzle cake and walnut brownie. The ambience is calm and relaxing and the decor is clean and unfussy. At the back there is a small art gallery. This is a great place to come to relax.


Lovely cafe! But the opening hours are wrong - it's now closed on Sundays :)


Really love the coffee and art mix, deserves more stars. Recommended above other cafes locally (Blackheath, Brockley etc).


Fantastic place, consistently great coffee, delicious fresh cakes and bakes, and lovely staff. By far the best place to get coffee in the area - beats anything else on offer in Blackheath and Hither Green by a mile.


A fantastic little cafe. The coffee is amazing and the food options are getting better and beter.


You're quite right. With Jam and Bread is the best thing to happen in South East London since sliced bread. The coffee is so good I can smell it 400 miles away in Scotland. You must have been unlucky that day with the sandwich selection, because I have heard they are normally really tasty. Cannot wait to visit during my Olympic trip to London. Gold medals all round for With Jam and Bread.