Restaurants, British Peckham Rye
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Rumours that Peckham was becoming as up-itself as East Dulwich have been, thankfully, greatly exaggerated. All the same, Petitou occupies a leafy corner plot in an area rather grandly known as the Bellenden Conservation Area, which comes as something of a surprise, being just one block down from the roustabout Rye Lane with its Asda, myriad phone unlockers and halal meat markets. There are tables on the pavement, among the planters, and inside the L-shaped café a good deal of reclaimed, scrubbed wood, and flyers about yoga and meditation. Food is bracing: hefty quiches and salads, well-filled sandwiches on hunky granary breads, with own-made chilli jam among the extras. Meat and fish is responsibly sourced, with oft-praised hams from Flock & Herd. A colourful three-salad combo (Greek, green and creamy new potato) came with delicious warm flatbread, so made a satisfying lunch. Repleteness did not, however, prevent us from ordering a moist lemon polenta cake with our coffee, along with a Tweet Tweet biscuit. The latter we assumed would be worthily punishing, being gluten- and sugar-free, but turned out to be a melt-in-the-mouth, protein-packed composite of tahini, dates, seeds and nuts – a sweet tweet indeed. It doesn’t do to judge by appearances round here.



Venue name: Petitou
Address: 63 Choumert Road
SE15 4AR
Opening hours: Open 9am-5.30pm Mon-Sat; 10am-5.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Peckham Rye rail
Price: Main courses £6.60-£7.95
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Local gem with local owners, produse and regular customers. Nice feel and always great coffee and food.

Incredibly cheap and really tasty. Lovely location and decor. Me and my girlfriend cannot stop visiting here. Amazing!

Lovely local spot. Good coffee. Excellent cheesecake! 

A thin base of coarsely chopped biscuits giving way to a lightly sweet and fluffy top. Pretty much like eating lime flavoured clouds.

The best word to describe the strange browny we had is gooey. It is so dense that a tiny piece fills you up.

I have been before and was in the area and thought I would see if it had gone down hill the answer was no way the food is to die for and the staff are busy but wonderful, nice place, nice people and food you can't help to enjoy.

Always finding an excuse to come here as the food is so delicious, I love it! Amazing brunch / lunch options and incredible cakes too.

Excuse me. This is a 5 star venue and if you are after serious coffee, this IS the place to go. The only place I know that prides itself on never serving burnt coffee. I could live at Petitou if I could!

Almost don't want to tell you all how wonderful this place is because I dont want it to get too busy :)