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Chilled, charming and delightfully domestic in scale, this café-gallery is made up of a series of small rooms papered with old maps and pages from cookbooks, and filled with junk shop furniture and finds (some of it for sale) – well-worn chairs tucked under the staircase, a cast-iron fireplace with a clock on the mantelpiece, an old door nailed on to some legs as a table. At the back, down a rickety staircase, is a makeshift conservatory and a small, secluded garden.

The Montage doubles as an art gallery, so the walls are also crammed with work by local artists and the first floor, by contrast, is a cool white exhibition space. In this curious environment, an arty crowd sup mochas and mull over how to fill their weekend, while the friendly owners serve freshly baked cakes (victoria sponge with real strawberries, scones, brownies, and a cheese and onion cake) and talk art. You’re likely to leave relaxed, recharged and humming the soundtrack of ragtime tunes.



Venue name: Montage
Address: 33 Dartmouth Road
SE23 3HN
Opening hours: Open 10am-6pm Mon, Wed-Sat; 10am-5pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Forest Hill rail
Price: Main courses £4-£5
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Fantastic atmosphere in this quirky venue, a cut above any chain coffee shop that might think of entering the neighbourhood, great coffee and food and friendly staff - and can practice my French.

A charming cafe filled with antiques and artwork. They serve a range of drinks and delicious cakes. Not so good for savoury food but definitely recommended for an afternoon treat.

Enchanted cafe. Amazing place with really nice coffee and friendly staff.

Delicious cakes and coffee is not all I love about The Montage -it also gives opportunity to see in the gallery upstairs interesting exhibitions or to participate in various events from poetry reading to music evenings. I like quirky style of the place and people I could accidentally meet there

Lovely little place to grab a coffee. It's got enough nooks and crannies that you can always find somewhere to sit and do some work or to chat with a friend and there's loads of weird old bric-a-brac to ponder buying even though you've got no idea what you'd do with it!

Probably south east london's best coffee/art gallery.
with an interior made with love and care by a bunch of talented artists and recyclers, this is a gem of forest hill!

Wonderful. By now simply home from home. Not so much slice of Berlin as slice of Poland. Great art, wonderful hosts and great cake. My table at Mala Ziemianska.

Magical place. Wonderful exhibitions, friendly atmosphere, you will come out feeling recharged and inspired. The style of the interior is unique and everywhere you turn there is something fascinating. I heard the current exhibition consists of furnished flat, everything is for sale. The owner is a very talented artist. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

Fantastic place, bought a lovely paiting, had a delicious carrot cake and hot chocolate., lovely people, chatty and welcoming.

The Montage IS just how you describe it, but better. The owners are artists in their own right so the quirky interior downstairs is a work of art in itself! There's alway something new and interesting to look at over coffee and cake. The exhibition space upstairs is very different - bright, white exhibition rooms with a good variety of artists showing their work -a different exhibition every few weeks.

A real gem, friendly, brimming with interesting art and beautiful objects. There is a nice veranda and the garden and an unobtrusive playroom for young children. Upstairs a gallery with frequently changing art shows carefully selected, by the owner who is a very talented artist himself. Highly recommened.