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A kitsch living room bar now back in Deptford for good.
Remember when Pat Butcher came back from the dead? The homecoming of Little Nan’s Bar to Deptford – it originally opened in 2013 and was forced to close in 2014 – feels just as euphoric. The ‘EastEnders’ analogy will make sense to those who experienced the pure joy of visiting the bar in pop-up form, as it roamed around London waiting to find a way back to Deptford. It’s a retro living room parody in a railway arch at Deptford Market Yard, with leopard print, china and Pat references aplenty.
The little nan in question belongs to Tristan Scutt, who refers to himself as the grandson of this operation. He set up the bar in honour of his late grandmother (who made it to 104), and has been very clear that while it’s all vintage, there’s nothing ‘shabby chic’. Instead, it’s full-throttle ’80s front room fetishism, with cocktail menus hidden inside Charles and Diana memorabilia books, mocktails served in leopard-print mugs, soap stars in photo frames and cat-covered cushions galore.
You can order cocktails by the teapot, or go solo and get a cocktail umbrella in the bargain. The drinks are on the sweeter, sillier end of the scale, my Chief Girl of Deptford being a bubbly mix of gin, prosecco, lemon and Morello cherry syrup, which tasted a bit like a boozy cherry Vimto. Snacks are true Brits – from a cracking fish-finger sarnie to hoops on toast if you’re into nostalgia. They even stuck sparklers in our portion of hipster fries (dusted with paprika).
If you’re trying to make sense of it all, you’re missing the point. Little Nan’s is about fun, from the novelty toilet (I’ll save that surprise) to the storming disco soundtrack. In that joyous, totes emosh ’Enders scene, Pat’s spectre says to Peggy, ‘I think I look smashing.’ Little Nan, you look smashing, too.
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Cannot recommend Little Nan's in Deptford enough. Recently celebrated my birthday here and it was a huge hit with me and all my friends. The whole place is designed for FUN. Tristan is top host and the granddaughters were attentive and a right hoot. Buffet menu sounded daft but plenty of it, so good value, and again the feedback was that people loved it; especially the fish finger sandwiches, chicken goujons and disco chips! Cocktails in giant glasses or teapots make this place unique and an experience not to be missed. Thanks Tristan I'll be back, x
Really disappointed because my mum was really looking forward to showing my sister and her kids this place and new shiny Deptford.... Unfortunately despite having liaised with them for a week, I was contacted on Friday night that they couldn't provide the gluten free afternoon tea we wanted :( to add to this disappointment, it was too late to book anywhere else.. so for her special 75th birthday we had our own gf tea party for a fraction of the price courtesy of Sainsburys!
We celebrated a friends birthday at Little Nans with a lovely afternoon tea, cocktails & fish finger sandwiches! We all LOVED it and will definitely visit again. It's such a quirky and cosy place that really stands out from the crowd. Big Thanks to all the Little Nans Crew x
Wonderfully quirky, with brilliant cocktails that can be served in a vintage teapot and teacup set. Retro tunes and grandma's furniture really completes the look nicely.
Such fun and so friendly. If you want to step back into the nineties and drink rum from a teapot whilst riding a rocking horse in comedy glasses (and who doesn't) this is your place.
Conveniently located next to Deptford Rail Station, it's an escape from the business of central London. Cute, kitsch decor with quirky cocktails and a strong theme emanating throughout. Excellent staff who really care about what they're doing and there's always a great and diverse crowd of patrons throughout.
I've visited all the little nan's pop up's so it's great they finally have a permanent home. This place is great, so welcoming and fun. I highly recommend it!
Always a guaranteed 'dancing on the chairs' night out. Teapots up!! (please bring back the marshmallow fluff teacup...)
We took 10 miniature spirits - which I don't think impressed the waiter however for us it was great.
Searching for a cool venue to shoot Poplin Pyjamas - Little Nan's Bar became our first choice. We were so pleased that Tristan managed to fit us in and we couldn't have been happier with the finished pictures. This is an absolute gem of a venue. So unique.
Very cool, friendly staff. Excellent and reasonbable prices for cocktails with regular specials. Superior munchies . Excellent personal touches such as inventing a cocktail for a friends birthday. And bonus free earrings.
What's not to love?! This place has it all. From the minute you slope off the main drag, it's an awe inspiring trip off bizarrely juxtaposed 90s pop references and bad polyester. You'll probably need a stiff drink just to get over the excitement, which is great because nan's got the lot. Curious cocktails served in kitsch crockery and pleasing wealth of ale, cider and beer. Top notch. Drag your friends along and earn serious brownie points for having found somewhere so genuinely fun and original. And if you really want to make a night of it there's a great little club just next door!
My grandma's home away from home. I love coming to this place with my mate's. The staff are friendly the interiors have a real vintage look of your grandma's living room. The Queen Victoria has got to be my favourite cocktail with a slice of millionaire shortbread, although the shortbread has been sold out due to high demand. Wouldn't think it would be as busy during the summer but when the weather changes in a few weeks I have a feeling it will become the #1 hangout.
Calling this bar a 'hidden gem' sounds like a cliché but there is nothing clchéd or unoriginal about this bar. Quirkily themed to look like your Nan's living room and staffed by super-friendly people, this is one of my favourite bars in South London. You can have cocktails in teapots and your G&T in a Royal mug - you can even get a cocktail invented and named for you for your special occasion. Try the Werther's Original Vodka...just like your grandad used to give you...;-) It's as if your Nan's living room as you remember it when you were 5 years old, suddenly contains all the things you wished it had when you were 18 years old. If you're in Deptford, you should go. If you're not in Deptford, you should go.
This place is an absolute gem! Instantly inviting and full to the brim with character - the ceiling is a checkerboard of lush fabrics and the fantastic cocktails are served through gilt picture frames! This is a bar where everyone is genuinely welcome, and is fast becoming the worst kept secret in London! The drinks are an absolute bargain and the homemade snacks are brilliant to soak them all up with. The owner's 'little nan' would be proud!
This is my 'happy' place... never leave disappointed! From teacup cocktails, to half pints in Jedward mugs this place has everything! Wigs in chests of drawers, cheese straws which quite frankly are amazing and it always has incredibly happy clientele! The Paddy Ashdown is my favourite cocktail, and definitely try Nan's famous Werthers Original Vodka! It packs a punch! I will be spending my 30th birthday celebrating here and cannot wait! Get yourselves down for an amazing night... yet to meet Nan but I hear she is a gem!
A fantastic little bar, brimming with atmosphere and clever little ideas. Perhaps a little out of the way, but it's really nice once you're there.
Love Little Nan's Bar! Like nothing I've ever seen before, it's like stepping into another world! So happy that it's no longer a pop up and has been made a permanent fixture in good old Deptford. LOVE the Paddy Ashdown and Sir Francis Drake cocktails. The Lady Pat Butcher always goes down a treat too, each one is served with a little surprise. Always a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and the drinks come at purse friendly prices. Free shots of candy flavoured vodka for tagging in is a winner and the cheese straws are a must. Vintage lovers should deffo check out the monthly market, with most goods costing under a tenner, bargains galore!
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