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Spike + Earl (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Cafés Camberwell
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)

Time Out says

The first café from do-gooding Peckham roastery Old Spike.

Please note, Spike + Earl has now closed. Time Out Food editors, February 2019.

You’d probably expect ordering a coffee at the home of south London’s most revered roastery to be an absolute nightmare. There’ll be beans to choose, surely, then 40-odd types of milk to pick from and – oh god – brewing methods to consider. Can someone remind me what the hell a Chemex looks like?

Luckily, though, the coffee geekery is kept to a bare minimum at Spike + Earl, a new café brought to you by bean-slinging social enterprise Old Spike Roastery. While you’re welcome to be more specific, the options for a cup of joe are simply ‘with milk’, ‘without’, ‘cold brew’ or ‘filter’. It makes Costa look like a pretentious hipster café – and that’s meant as a compliment.

Aesthetically, though, it’s every bit the modern brunch spot. Set within a gallery-like space on the ground floor of the former Southwark Town Hall, it’s decorated with sturdy cinderblock, granite furniture and a strict monochrome colour scheme, with a smattering of potted succulents the only concession to colour.

Though more substantial dishes are served after 5pm (along with cocktails and local beers), daytime is primetime, when food choices amount to a small selection of classic brunch dishes and sandwiches. The latter came in the form of a ‘Dutch crunch’ – a bun with a dry, crunchy exterior and a regularly changing line-up of fillings that are substantial for the price. That USP bread, though, can be a bit hit and miss – on one visit it was pleasingly tough and chewy, on another it was dry enough to inflict some considerable roof-of-mouth trauma.

Gob wounds aside, there’s very little at fault at Spike + Earl, and Old Spike’s commitment to community work is just the foam on the latte. Sorry, ‘coffee with milk’.

Details

Address: Southwark Town Hall
31 Peckham Road
London
SE5 8UB
Transport: Peckham Rye Overground
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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tastemaker

Glad I am the first one to review as it is going to be a five-star one. Thats my new favorite place in camberwell/peckham area. Family friendly; great for Friday drinks, morning coffee or afternoon snacks. The staff is just lovely and I adore the white wine on tap! 

I am aware it is a matter of a taste but I also like the selection of music. Keep it up guys!


tastemaker

Spike + Earl is an all-day café, bar and coffee roastery, and such a neat little place; although their plants may need a little TLC. The menu here is fairly simple and focuses on their signature Dutch Crunch sandwiches - a San Francisco sourdough bun, and I gotta say, these Dutch Crunch buns are pretty darn good. The buns are nicely toasted but not so much so that they will shred the roof of your mouth too much (pet peeve) and the sourdough is nice and light so it doesn’t leave you feeling bloated and heavy. The bacon and egg sandwiches are perfect for a lazy Sunday and really help you shake off the dustiness from the night before. The eggs were deliciously runny and the coffee was on point and they offer cocktails, beer and soft drinks from small London producers and breweries. Service here is attentive and friendly and the food comes out hot and fast. They also had a DJ coming in to spin some tunes for a late Sunday arvo session so you can reminisce about your weekend. I’ll definitely be back to try out their lunch sandwiches - had me at buttermilk chicken and sticky Korean beef…yum.


Tip: make a booking on the weekend, especially for the colder months so you can guarantee a seat inside.


Good For: large groups, cheap and cheerful, casual breakfast/ brunch/ lunch/ drinks, outdoor area

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