Restaurants, British Westcombe Park
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Britta Jaschinski

Please note, this venue is now closed. Food & Drink editors, February 2016.

Behind the counter, a Napoli FC pennant hangs alongside a Charlton Athletic one, which just about sums up this unpretentious caff’s standing in the neighbourhood. The original 1930s decor sends traditionalists into raptures: the front space is bright with polished, peachy Vitrolite panelling edged with chrome, while the tables and moulded plywood revolving chairs date from the 1960s.

The menu – fry-ups and Italian specials – is a joy for the impecunious, with toast at 60p and a cappuccino for £1.60. Or you can push the boat out with a soft, toasty panini of chargrilled courgettes, tomatoes and mozzarella. Carb-loading options are plentiful: as well as a full complement of pasta dishes, there are pancakes and baked potatoes with a range of toppings, and comforting fuel such as steak and kidney pudding. Jam roly-poly with custard is £1.60 well spent. Note that it’s cash only.



Venue name: Gambardella
Address: 47-48 Vanbrugh Park
Opening hours: Meals served 8am-4.30pm Mon-Fri; 8am-2pm Sat
Transport: Rail: Blackheath or Westcombe Park rail or bus 53
Price: Main courses £3-£4.50
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