LONDON | Peckham Refreshment Rooms is a small bar, cafe and restaurant located in an unassuming spot to the side of Peckham Rye station and when you walk inside, the unassuming nature of the place continues. It’s a simple space with light painted walls, a large wooden bar, tables and stools, and polished concrete floors. It’s simple, utilitarian even, but does what it needs to do. The philosophy here is simple – create good food, a welcoming spot for visitors, and be a part of the community.
Speaking of great food, Peckham Refreshment Rooms has that in spades. The reasonably priced menu consists of what can best be described as modern British, with flourishes from around the continent thrown in for good measure. The venue describes their food as “seasonal regional cooking”. Produce is of the highest quality and contains items like granola with yoghurt and honey, and Alsace bacon sandwiches during the day, and more substantial dishes during the evening – think duck confit, honey roast fig, and endive salad, or bavette steak with marrowbone and buttery breadcrumbs. It’s all very tasty.
For the thirsty folks out there, the wine list is short and sharp, mostly European and available by the glass, carafe and bottle. A few imported and local beers along with some cocktails, aperefits and digestifs are also offered. The coffee here, it should be said, is also excellent.
During the day Peckham Refreshment Rooms is relaxed, and perfect for brunch or just a coffee and cake while during evenings and on weekends, things tend to get busy. Given the rapid gentrification of the area, the philosophy is on that works – Peckham Refreshment Rooms belongs here, and has been embraced by locals new and old, along with those who visit from further afield to seek out its charms.
Peckham Refreshment Rooms
12-16 Blenheim Grove
London SE15 4QL
Mon – Fri: 8:00am to 12:00am
Sat: 10:00am to 12:00am
Sun: 10:00am to 5:00pm