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Canvas & Cream

Restaurants Forest Hill
4 out of 5 stars
(23user reviews)
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Time Out says

Food and art are a natural match. It’s all a question of taste, isn’t it? At Canvas & Cream, the owners have embraced all things creative: in addition to a gallery and dining room, there’s a studio space for artists, a therapy room for alternative practitioners and a rolling programme of craftsy workshops.

The Dining Room kitchen turns out a fairly standard brunch menu at weekends with a Modern European/North African emphasis taking hold at lunch and dinner. There is also a Sunday roast at £15.

This is a particularly attractive place. Vintage lighting, farmhouse tables and a open shelves of crockery give the place a homely, been-here-forever feel. Factor in funky art, mouth-watering displays of baked goods both sweet and savoury on the counter, and all those activities going on, and you’ll find plenty of reasons to visit.

Canvas & Cream says
By day a café serving brunch and lunch with daily specials, Sunday roasts, delicious homemade cakes and locally roasted Monmouth coffee. By night an intimate licensed restaurant with full a la carte menu.

We pride ourselves on offering friendly, relaxed service, welcoming all - including pooches!



Address: 18 London Rd
SE23 3HF
Transport: Tube: Forest Hill rail
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Users say (23)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:12
  • 4 star:6
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:2
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I absolutely loved the french toast, sausages and maple syrup. My friends alternative meal looked delicious and extremely filling. They even have Guinness cake on the menu! Service from one staff member was questionable but everyone else alot friendlier. 


This is my local spot for tea and cake, delicious vanilla chai latte and massive moist cakes. The mis-matched decor and crockery just adds to its charm. I'd love to visit for brunch or one of its tapas and cocktail evenings.

Wonderful brunches. Great selection of cakes and cocktails. Relaxing after a local shop.

Gorgeous deco, love the art gallery and outside space. Just wish it was open later in the evening for cocktails!

Fantastic brunch, delicious cakes, great atmosphere, quirky and comfortable decor, and even a little art gallery.

Overpriced and very average. Nice art though. To give you an idea-an unremarkable breakfast fry up will cost you a tenner, plus £2+ for a tea or coffee. Takes the p*ss really, is a great example of why many restaurants are so average as the bar is set so low for such high prices. Still, it's a pleasant spot, just don't expect amazing food for what you spend. 

I don't write reviews usually , but this place was really AWFUL!

Staff was rude, food wasn't fresh, table was filthy, even artworks was pure rubbish.

And definitely over priced.

I wonder how they got 5 star hygiene rating .

Never go there again!


This lovely brunch spot in Forest Hill is always busy and with good reason. The decor is mismatch style - with quirky chairs, tables and cutlery. They make a mean cup of tea, and the breakfast/brunch offering is solid. I had the bubble and squeak with poached eggs and bacon and it was delicious (and very big, always a bonus). I'd certainly return here if I was in the area. 

Customer service is great. Food is amazing and definitely worth a visit!

One of my favourite places for brunch in town. All the classics are on the menu.The pancakes with berries, crème fraiche and maple syrup are always a winner, but if you are looking for something more savoury the eggs royal (that come with a generous dollop of hollandaise) are also delicious. Monmouth coffee, a huge array of different loose leaf teas (served in vintage china tea sets) and homemade cakes are also available. But, what really makes this place special is its unusual vintage and crafted décor, its frequently changing selection of art and community vibe. Run by three generations of women with a background in art and antiques this place has an unusual relaxed vibe that is genuine, rare and impossible to replicate.

This is one of my favourite places in Forest Hill. It's got lovely, boho decor and a really relaxed atmosphere. I went with my friends for a meal and the staff were attentive and the food impressive - it was all hearty Moroccan-style stews. Plus it's not too pricey. But it's the sort of place that's also great for sitting in and drinking coffee and eating cake.

Three of us visited this Friday evening for dinner, each having starter, main and dessert. We all liked the ambience and most of the food but the service was poor - we concluded that the staff were stoned! - Yes, whether or not true, that's how it felt. We felt neglected and, when something wrong with the food was pointed out, the waiter just shrugged. At least, however, he corrected in his own handwriting the machine's over-charge on one of the two bottles of wine we consumed, once this had been pointed out by us. With more alert, friendly staff, this could be a great restaurant. As it is, something is lacking. Will anyone bother to put it right?

What is not to LOVE :) I am so grateful that Canvas and Cream exists :) It is beautiful, funky , friendly with YUMMY food and drinks . A hub of creative activity, a place to meet friends old and new , a place to feel part of the buzzing South London Community !!! A place to see wonderful art and also to come and have a tratment too in it's gorgeous therapy rooms :), I just feel so LUCKY to live 15 mins walk away from such a wonderful place :) I would get on a train and travel to get here as a special treat but it our community place .. WOW !!!! The first time my partner and I walked in , we stumbled across it by accident on it's opening week end and we leapt in the air with Joy. The co owners Joanna and Emily, mother and daughter team are so committed and passionate , forever moving forward, developing.. Inspiration is the key here and it is contagious :) !! Anyway, I just happened to see that I could write a review and I wanted to say a few words, Hope to see you there soon , Cheers, Ereni :)

We ordered two fulll English Breakfasts and cups of tea. The tea came straight away and then we waited and waited for our meal. When it came it looked like it had been sitting waiting for a while. The mushrooms and eggs were over cooked and the whole meal was cold. Very disappointing. I would not reccommend this cafe.

It was fine. Nice enough atmosphere, but we were moved off a big table onto a small one (the large table remained empty for the duration of our visit), egg shell in the bubble and squeak and an unidentified hard thing in the granola. Good bacon sandwich though.

i have now visited Canvas & Cream on a few occasions... every time i enter the building i find something different and interesting that takes my interest, whether that be the art in the gallery out back or just the intriguing furniture and wall décor in the restaurant itself. I have sampled the food, cake and drinks and would highly recommend them, High quality produce for a reasonable price tag, defiantly one of my favorite places to go

I love Canvas and Cream - I've never had a duff meal there yet, and I've eaten there a LOT. I've also never been anywhere that I feel so relaxed in.

I visited Canvas & Cream for brunch and was not disappointed! I went for the American pancakes with fruit and creme fraiche, which were truly delicious. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The venue itself is worth a visit with a lovely art gallery out back and beautiful antique furniture. I thoroughly recommend it!

I love the atmosphere, staff and culinary offerings at Canvas ans Cream - both both in the sweet ans savory sides if the fence. They also serve up a pretty mean cocktail. Am very lucky to have this gem of a place around the corner from my home and hope they do well as they deserve it.

I was pleasantly suprised to find this gem on my doorste. Upon walking into the establishment. I was struck by the enchanting decor and the furniture, a lot of thought has obviously gone into this place! I was evenmore suprised to find that the exibition they had on in the gallery had been bought by none other than charles saatchi. Myself and my wife stayed for coffee and cake which was exceptionally good and have since been back for the evening and found the food to be of a high standard and good price, I had the. Pidgeon served on a bed of quinoa. And my wife had the flat iron steak chips and greens we ere both very happy with our meal and the warm friendly staff, altogether I think we shall become regulars!

I totally agree with the Time Out review that the quirky, find-something-new-to-look-at-every-time decor and staff give the place a homely, been-there-forever feel. With regards to the mains though, I have to disagree. Granted, I have not tried the wood pigeon, but when my mother-in-law did she absolutely loved it. The pork belly I had was rich in flavour and cooked to perfection, and the steak I tried on another occasion caused me to emit slightly inappropriate noises of satisfaction (think 'When Harry Met Sally'). As for the desserts, I have yet to try them all, but the cakes are to-die-for gorgeous. I have only tried one of the starters (it's too good, I can't help it!) - the mushroom feuillette with a deep fried egg. I'd never had a deep fried egg before the first time I ordered it, but I would describe it as a freshly cooked, lightly bread-crumbed, scotch and still a little bit runny in the centre. Delicious! I would highly recommend a visit to this new gem in SE23.

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