The Dish & the Spoon

Restaurants, Cafés Nunhead
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The nursery rhyme name, the fairytale wooden cutouts on the walls, the well-stocked play area, the Thursday puppet shows… it’s clear who this café is aimed at and its loyal customer base of under-5s love it. Food is healthy and nutritious –no chicken nuggets here – but they’ll bend over backwards to accommodate children’s requirements with treats such as Nutella on toast and Ella’s Kitchen smoothie pouches. Grown-ups have a fine time too.

There are traditional cakes (carrot, lemon drizzle, jam sponge, earl grey tea loaf), a board of soups and specials, and when it says something comes ‘with salad’ (in our case a nice pea and shallot frittata) they mean five salads: potato, minty carrot, chilli courgette, couscous, houmous, plus a little dish of own-made cucumber pickle. Make it a pitstop if you are following the Green Chain Walk past One Tree Hill (an oasis in this otherwise residential area), or pick up a picnic and head for nearby Peckham Rye.



Venue name: The Dish & the Spoon
Address: 61 Cheltenham Road
SE15 3AF
Opening hours: Open 9am-4pm Tue-Fri; 9am-5pm Sat; 9am-3pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Honor Oak Park rail
Price: Main courses £4.50-£6.50
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 Not a fan. Disappointing food and range of coffee but worst of all unfriendly staff. Never open at a good time. 

This is a great place to come for a coffee or lunch with, or without kids. Im a big fan of the salad plate with homemade hummus.  There is something for everyone on the menu including various gluten free and vegan options which makes it great for people with food allergies. The staff are friendly and helpful and overall good value for money.

Why people bring their children here is beyond me. The food is average at best (a sandwich is not two enormous slices of bread and a measly, sparce filling and it's probably best to properly clean the cartilage off of the chicken before you put it into a sandwich), the service is disgraceful (unless idle, stone-faced people who offer no help or show no interest in their customers at all is what you're into), and the floor and toy area are both filthy. 

It definitely caters to its target market though - the rich mummies in our newly gentrified area who are happy to leave their children to their own devices as long as they don't have to interact with them.

Anyway - best to avoid. Try Petitou or Anderson's in Peckham if you want food that tastes as delicious as it is overpriced - and for staff that actually talk to you

I know Mat and Shona have put a lot of work into sourcing all the ingredients for their meals and snacks, well done to them both for making the Dish and Spoon such a success. May all who have a meal enjoy, and make further visits to this unique place.

The Earl Grey tea loaf is addictive.....and the splendid soups are great to warm up after an afternoon kicking leaves around in the park