Little Nan's Bar

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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.

By: Laura Richards

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Venue name: Little Nan's Bar
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Address: Arch 14
4 Market Yard
London
SE8 4NS
Opening hours: Daily 11am-11pm
Transport: Deptford Bridge DLR
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StephDye
tastemaker

Little Nan's has finally returned to it's spiritual home of Deptford as it joins some of London's brightest and best traders under the arches in recently opened Deptford Market Yard. Little Nan's is to the yard what the Queen Vic is to Albert Square. It's kitsch; it's a place to go overboard on the drama; it's a place to meet friends and have a drink; it's also got a legend of a landlord. 


 The only thing that makes it better is the range and quality of the drinks. However, this establishment is not a pub; it's most definitely a cocktail bar. The extensive drinks menu boasts a variety of concoctions both long and short, made from a a large range of different spirits. [add what I had here]. If nothing tickles your fancy, they also have beer bottles and on tap, as well as wine. 


 Both arches, the bar and the seating area are a homage to kitsch with all manner of knick knacks - everything from trophies to picture frames to retro books - in fact, it looks very much like a nanna's front room. As one of my locals, I make it my business to visit it Little Nan's as often as possible. Just like a dutiful grandchild - only it doesn't matter if I get very drunk whilst I'm there....

Kirsty E
Tastemaker

This place is the most excitingly kitsch place I think I have ever visited. I was tempted into trekking to Deptford to check it out after reading another TO review, and I have to say the experience didn’t disappoint.


The place is decked out like a living room from the 80s, complete with vintage cushions and furniture your Grandparents probably owned 30 years ago. The menus are hidden within books about the Royal family and retro photographs are scattered around the room.


As an avid ‘Enders fan for many years, the many references to Pat Butcher were also not lost on me.. from the leopard print toilet to the over-sized comedy glasses!


My personal favourite part is the tea pot cocktails (complete with cherry syrup for added nostalgia) served with a bone china tea cup and a cocktail umbrella for good measure!


The food is amazing. Make sure you try the delicious fish finger butties and camembert baked onion rings (served with a sparkly surprise!) The music is pure disco classics, perfect for getting your 80s groove on! Absolutely 100% fabulous!

@rattyboom
tastemaker

Little Nan's Bar is the most unique and inviting bar/restaurant I have stumbled across in London for a long while.


I have only recently moved to the Greenwich/Deptford area and am impressed by the big changes already seen because of the newly opened developments under the railway arches of the train station that make up the Deptford Market Yard. And situated right in the corner by the entrance is Little Nan's Bar itself.


The bar is a treasure trove of all things I would relate to a visit to my own Nanna's from Queen Mother book covered menus, to simple yet hefty meals (like butty sandwiches) to that warm and secure comforting feeling you always get when you pop in. Add to that a splash of London blood in the form of a Pat and Frank Butcher-enshrined leopard print commode, and you have got yourself a fun and incredibly inviting little pearl of a place.


Ever in the area, make sure you stop by. You won't regret it!


P.S. Make sure you order a portion of the camembert-baked onion rings; a ravishing heart attack ready to happen that you just can't put down!

Lucy C

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

Yen N

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.

Emily

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.

Shamus G

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.

Kathryn R

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!

Hollibakes
Tastemaker

This place is still somewhat of a hidden gem... echoing what everyone else has already said! But it's true, even though Little Nan's has moved from Deptford to Lewisham to New Cross and now back to Deptford, it remains just as amazing as the first time I stepped foot in it. It's got a quintessential British feel, but with heaps of quirkiness which is truly unrivaled. The cocktails in tea pots is adorable. None of the crockery matches, but that's the charm of this place. All I can say is you're in for a real treat if you're planning on visiting! 

Fiona S

Always a guaranteed 'dancing on the chairs' night out. Teapots up!! (please bring back the marshmallow fluff teacup...)

Lui K

We took 10 miniature spirits - which I don't think impressed the waiter however for us it was great.

Sareta P
Tastemaker

Little Nan's has travelled round south London & is currently residing in Shoreditch but hopefully she'll be back south soon enough (where she belongs!) This is the perfect chilled, not pretentious, fun and afforable cocktail bar. If you don't like the royal family, soaps or '90s politicians then this place isn't for you!

Jess -

I bloody love Little Nan's! Incredible cocktails and friendly, welcoming staff. The cheese straws are pretty damn good too. Another jewel in Deptford's crown(/anchor)!

Robert M

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.

Angela B

just had a fantastic mother's day afternoon tea at Little Nan's thanks to my two lovely sons and husband. Thanks Nan and team - fantastic home -made food and great value for money. We loved the bar and will have to come back for cocktails. Thanks for looking after us so well and making us all feel special. x


Sheila Cashell

An unexpected treasure taking you into a different world, away from the hustle and bustle, and the cocktails are great as well!

Lindsay

This is my most favourite place to go ever! It has the best venue a huge amount of time and effort has gone into the amazing decor the owner is great very friendly and helpful the cocktails are just amazing all in all this place is just simply the best!

Steph Donks

I stumbled across this bar a few Fridays ago. They serve actual pints of Tiger beer! Brilliant. Love the decor, can't believe there is a lamp just like one my nan had, the only other place I have seen one of these is in Britt Eckland's bedroom in The Wicker Man.

Burro

Almost reluctant to say anything about Little Nan's as it may spoil its unique quality - genuinely cool (as its Shoreditch/Dalston counterparts ache to be) and in no way pretentious (as its Shoreditch/Dalston counterparts invariably are). It is obviously a labour of love for the proprietor - fun, friendly, it feels like a secret pleasure...alas, probably not secret for much longer. Grab a cocktail there while you can claim it's your own special discovery...

Rick Colls

I'll keep it as a amazing surprise for the first time you find the scruffy exterior, wander hesitantly down an alley past the bins, and open the door to the wonderful...

Rebecca Smith

This is my favourite bar in London- super cool but without pretence. There's comfy seats, framed pictures of the royals, delicious cocktails served in teapots and a poster of wigfield in the loo- what's not to like?

Katy

LOVE this place! I stumbled upon this bar on a drunken night in Deptford. Me and my mates walked past the entrance and saw a cocktail menu propped up on an old chair. WFT, we thought what is this? Eventually we plucked up our dutch courage and walked through the door down the dodgiest looking corridoor - through the door...into my nanna's living room! Such a nice vibe. Really random (without being anoying) touches like a wig box, and cocktails in teapots. And the prices are really reasonable. £4 cocktails! Love the tunes, love the staff love the decour! Little nan love me but I love lil nan's more!

Emma Thatcher

I cannot say enough amazing things about Little Nan's. I went here for my 25th birthday, with a lot of different frienship groups to try and please. I reserved a small area and even had my own cocktail made for me! The bar itself is small, but I think this adds to the feeling of being in your Nan's living room! The decor is fantastic with many pieces bringing back memories of things my actual Nan had. After about 7 the place was packed, so if it's for an occassion I would book! The drinks I cannot fault. I was worried that the cocktails would be weak considering the bargin prices, but they all tasted amazing. I could happily sit there and work my way through the whole menu. I also loved that I could bring my own snacks with me, however, the only bad thing I will say is that I wasn't in time to try any of Nan's home made cheese straws. Overall, this had become my favourite bar in London and cannot wait to go back to Nan's

12s

Unlike a lot of these newly opened on-trend/cool 'speakeasys', the staff are always so friendly. It's such a kooky little place - I recently had my birthday here and we had such a fun night! It was free to book an area so, although it's small, me and my mates had a place to sit. Great value drinks (about £4 a cup), and Tristan will mix up a special birthday cocktail in your honour if you ask :D

Rosssssss

Little nans is special. Little nans is great. Little nans will charm your pants off, a good place to take a date :)

Lorraine smith

A lovely friendly astomsphere,great drinks at good prices.good combination for a great night out. I take all my friends there, and recomend this bar to everyone.

Miss Jones

Fantastic cocktails in kitch teacups, beer served in whacky mugs, delicious homemade snacks and all in the comfort of your Nan's cosy front room. What more could you want? A little treat on your way out? They've got that covered with a bowl of Club biscuits for you to grab as you leave. If you want something a little more you can even order your own take-away in. Great atmosphere, friendly staff and a real hidden gem!

Jenny Gallagher

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.

sebbysebseb

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!

Coppafeel

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.

Gemma Layton

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.

Kari

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!

Lou

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!

Chris Sminky

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.

Marrizles

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!