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Plough Way Cafe

Restaurants, Cafés Surrey Quays
4 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(24user reviews)
Plough Way Cafe

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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.

Plough Way Cafe says
We serve the best of Italian cuisine - plus an amazing breakfast daily where we use the best ingredients we can find. Coffee and tea is organic. Saturday and Sunday we serve our brunch through to 4pm.

By: Alex Plim



Address: Seafarer Way
SE16 7UD
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)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:22
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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Love this place - for the interior and the lights outside - it looks lovely in the evenings, so romantic and cosy. The service is friendly and attentive, maybe even too much at some points but I prefer it that way. Good Italian food and a not bad wine selection. 

On top of that the cafe (or rather restaurant?) serves delicious Aperols, and not every bar can serve them as Italians do. Well done and keep it up! Lucky to have this hidden gem around the corner. 

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Food is great, staff are great, environment is great, cafe is great!

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A great new addition, bringing a taste of Italy to the area. Friendly staff, and a great location.

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As a local resident I'm pretty pumped about this new cafe opening. Brunches are great - order the vegetarian but add sausage to get the best of both worlds - and they do a tasty lunchtime and evening menu too. The first time I went the service was a little overwhelmed and it took a fair time for food to come out, but since they've found their feet I've had no problems at all and the staff are super friendly..

There is some seating outside which is perfect when the sun is out - sit on the end overlooking the grass to get the sun for longer during the day, it gets a bit shady and chilly on the side where the front door is.

They also do take-away teas, coffees and cake at any time of day, plus takeaway pizza in the evening if you don't fancy sitting in.

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This new little haunt is the sister cafe to Canada Water cafe and it's just a 5 minute walk from Surrey Quays station. It sort of sits in the middle of a smart housing development, and it's a lovely shining light in this slightly soulless area. The decor is gorgeous - think modern but eclectic, and the brunch offering is limited but great. I like the full english, and they do a mean cup of tea. Staff are friendly and there is an outdoor area to sit in. Love it here, it's a new local favourite. 

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.

Lovely menu and decor, with a hidden away location that allows you to take a bit of time out.

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.
Highly recommended.

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!

We love Plough Way Café. Their staff are so lovely and the food is lovely. Very well priced.

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