Time Out says
A Docklands diner serving solid Italian classics.
Plough Way Cafe is in an area of new development in the hinterlands between Rotherhithe and Deptford, yet it feels like it’s been there for years. Set back from the titular road, and recognisable by a distinctive angular roof and large windows that make for an airy dining area, it’s an incredibly inviting place to be.
The space is filled with an eclectic jumble of stuff – dangling pendant lights in a multitude of colours and shapes, Formica tables and mismatched chairs, a back wall covered with golden mosaic tiles – all laid out across a striking marble floor. It sounds dangerously mish-mashed, like someone with a taste for the ’70s got drunk and went on a thrift store binge, but it totally works.
Thankfully, the menu doesn’t take the same tack. We started with a bowl of simple but satisfying fried mozzarella balls and a bruschetta of goats’ cheese and figs, before moving on to a generously sized pizza topped with knobbles of sausage and plenty of gooey cheese. The only disappointment came from a dish of ravioli stuffed with artichokes; enthusiastically recommended by our waiter, it turned out to be flat in flavour and altogether unappetising.
But no matter – a dessert of gnocchi filled with Nutella arrived soon after and instantly eclipsed everything else. Each bite set off an explosion of smooth, nutty chocolate, the crispy skin of the dumplings giving way to an intense squelch, followed by a cooling lick of custard ice cream. In a word: heaven.
Plough Way Cafe isn’t doing anything particularly dazzling or groundbreaking, but it doesn’t need to. For the new wave of residents arriving in this previously desolate part of town, it’s the perfect local hangout.
|Transport:||Surrey Quays Overground|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £80.|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 8.30am-10pm; Sat-Sun 9am-10pm|
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Users say (24)
Average User Rating
4.8 / 5
- 5 star:22
- 4 star:1
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- 1 star:1
One of my best dinner...Amazing food, lovely relaxed atmosphere, very attentive staff and really friendly. I absolutely enjoyed the food. I will be visiting again.:)
Great local Italian place with the best terrace in the area. Perfect place to sit in the spring sunshine. The food is excellent and the service is always on the ball.
I received appalling service from their counter staff. The manager actually swore at me under his breath after they mixed my order up. I politely asked them if they could re-do it and they basically just removed some unwanted additions from my take away and then handed it back to me a minute later.
It's a shame as the chef is good.
Just what you need from a neighbourhood café; good italian food with a fixed price lunch menu, friendly staff and an unhurried ambience.
A hidden gem, with gorgeous fresh ingredient food, especially the pizza. Recline on one of the colourful chairs in the summer with one of the gorgeous cocktails, watching people strol on Surrey Docks brick-laid promenades and pavements.
This bright shiny cafe has most friendly barista and wait staff in the world!! I get the best lattes that make my mornings every single day :)
Super friendly staff, amazing coffee and delicious French pastries - all that you need to start the day well or when you just need a break!
Italian food that is 100% authentic. This place is off the beaten track - but worth making the effort to find!!
Decor, food, drinks, coffee, staff are all good or very good and make this the little gem in Surrey Quays area.
Pizzas as they should be, homemade pasta , burgers , many other dishes and a good value special lunch...!!
Out of sight from the street but worth looking for.
It should be in the restaurant section even though you can have tea and cakes etc.
Plough Way Café is my 'local' - I live right by it! The staff are all exceptionally friendly and have really contributed to the sense of 'community' and 'neighbourhood' in our new development. Of course, they also make excellent coffee, and the quality and range of their pastries are very impressive; coffee and a pastry morning breakfast deal for £3.50 is also very good value! Although I haven't eaten there, one of my neighbours has and said it was excellent!
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