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New Cross area guide

Keep busy in SE14 with Time Out's guide to New Cross's best restaurants, bars, pubs and things to do

New Cross is a teeming blend of Goldsmiths art students, hoodies and young creative professionals living around the smoggy A2 and its great knots of infrastructure. There's an interesting mix of one-off cafés and restaurants; meanwhile New Cross’s many music pubs throb with bands and leftish debate. This edgy, bohemian atmosphere sets up the perfect growing conditions for gentrification, and a preponderance of affluent, semi-famous, creative types are settling and breeding in the impressive houses around Telegraph Hill Park.

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London Particular
Restaurants

London Particular

Food, described as ‘classic English with a modern twist’, is treated with respect at this tiny café just by New Cross station. Particular by name, particular by nature, founder and head chef Becky Davey and her team source seasonal ingredients from small-scale producers, then prepare them freshly on the premises. Lunch shows vegetarian leanings – soft, tasty sweet potato and leek cakes served with halloumi, a salad and a beetroot dip, for example – while light suppers are meatier (rabbit rillette, harissa sticky pork ribs), but if you are the kind of person who encounters a vegetarian dish and thinks ‘this is delicious but it would be even better with bacon’ then you can add that too for an extra pound. Commitment to independent operators continues through to the wines (mainly organic or biodynamic) and beers (from Kernel and Cheddar Ales breweries). Help yourself to a jug of water with mint, or order the refreshing Deptford elderflower with soda, but before you leave, go for the velvety punch of an HR Higgins coffee (iced, affogato or just flat white) to set you up for the rest of the day. Cash only.  

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Birdie Num Nums
Restaurants

Birdie Num Nums

Quaint café with a menu of veggie-centric lunch options and various sweet treats.

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
The Allotment
Shopping

The Allotment

Deli and greengrocer, selling fresh fruit and veg, meat and cheese, and olives by weight

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Albany Theatre
Theatre

Albany Theatre

The roots of The Albany date back to 1899 when it was founded to encourage wellbeing in the poverty-ridden Deptford community. The 1970s saw the institute host theatre and music before a fire put paid to its artistic efforts. The Albany you see today was rebuilt in 1982 and, as a performing arts centre, has hosted a mix of theatre, music, comedy, spoken word and dance ever since. It continues to be rooted in the community with diverse, often participatory programming.

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
The Fat Walrus
Bars and pubs

The Fat Walrus

The Fat Walrus is fairly new (it opened in early 2016) to the New Cross pub scene. Its booths and bar stool seating (built by the house staff) undoubtedly attract numerous students, especially given its proximity to Goldsmiths University. The food menu features American style barbecue dishes, such as flame grilled burgers – of the beef, chicken and veggie varieties – all of which are served with fries. An eight-ounce steak with spicy harissa and fries is also available, as well as grilled king prawns with paella for those fond of seafood. Visitors with a sweet tooth can tuck into ice cream or a variety of messes, which involve whipped cream and ice cream muddled together with chunks of jam doughnut, banana and toffee or brownies, Oreos and Maltesers.

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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