Archie's Bar

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A Deptford cheese toastie spot from the crew behind street food faves The Cheese Truck.

Having spent a rather a lot of time lingering in front of The Cheese Truck’s stall in Maltby Street Market, watching them hand out obscenely oozy toasties while trying to hold back a waterfall of drool, I’ll admit to feeling pretty excited when Archie’s Bar, their new spot in a Deptford railway arch, opened. And I was right to be: these guys have pretty much perfected the grilled cheese sandwich.

Take the one with Rosary goats cheese, honey, walnut and rosemary butter, for example – it’s deliciously creamy with just a hint of sweetness, and spiked with a satisfying nutty crunch. They could serve nothing but this and the place, I am sure, would be a runaway success. There’s also one with Cropwell Bishop stilton, bacon and pear chutney, which is powerful to the point of being a little bit overwhelming – but blue cheese enthusiasts will struggle to find a better hit anywhere.

These delights, along with a couple of other options featuring carefully sourced British cheeses, are served in a straightforward space with exposed brick walls and a picture in the corner of the converted ice cream van that started the whole thing off (a note: there’s no loo, but you can make use of the public one a few doors down).

There’s other stuff on the menu too, including stringy mozzarella sticks, a range of skillets filled with macaroni cheese, shakshuka and queso fundido, and some fondue fries that were the only real disappointment on our visit – they were a little overdone and the excessive gooeyness didn’t add much in terms of flavour.

Inevitably, the end of our meal was marked by sweats, cramped stomachs and a feeling a deep guilt about the number of calories we’d just ingested. But it was totally worth it.

By: Alex Plim

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Venue name: Archie's Bar
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Address: Deptford Market Yard
133 Deptford High St
London
SE8 4NS
Transport: Deptford rail
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £35.
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If cheesy, gooey, tasty toasties is something for you then Archie’s in Deptford will be right up your alley!


Archie’s started out as an old ice cream van, “The Cheese Truck”, covering cheese lovers’ needs at markets and festivals across the UK, but decided to open a permanent site in Deptford Market Yard after it took grilled cheese sandwich lovers by storm. The place is tiny, with only a few spaces inside, but given that a toastie is eaten pretty quickly and can also be ordered to-go, the place never gets overcrowded (at least not on days I have visited). The selection is small, but offers something for every taste. When I visited last time the selection was a classic cheese and onion toastie, a queso cheese, spicy chorizo and rocket toastie, a goats cheese, honey, walnut and rosemary butter toastie and a stilton, bacon and pear chutney toastie. Additionally, you could order stringy mozzarella sticks, a small range of skillets with mac & cheese and a few other extras. My boyfriend and I ordered the classic cheese and onion toastie and the cheese and spicy chorizo toastie. Even though they were both delicious, I could not take more than a couple of bites of the cheese and onion toastie, as I found it very heavy and a tad overwhelming. My boyfriend agrees and would not have been able to eat a whole one by himself either. We both really loved the cheese and chorizo toastie, which was also quite heavy but you could eat a whole toastie pleasantly. The flavours in this were beautiful and very well-balanced, as the chorizo flavour came through without being overpowering. We will definitely be going back for this and are also curious to try the goat's cheese, honey, walnut and rosemary butter toastie.


The selection of drinks is small but good with a focus on local breweries for craft beer and local producers for sparkling lemonades, sodas and other alcohol free drinks. The staff is very friendly and their passion for what they do definitely shines through!


Final little tip: Archie’s has a special offer on Wednesdays, where you can enjoy a toasted cheese sandwich and a beer or glass of wine for just £8.


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