The Dish and the Spoon, Nunhead

The Dish and the Spoon is a brand new neighbourhood cafe / deli at 61 Cheltenham Road, Nunhead, founded by former Brockley resident Shona Chambers.

It's four weeks in to its new life having endured a lengthy gestation period as Shona applied for permission to change the use of the unit.

The Dish and The Spoon is explicitly child friendly, with a large play area for under-fives and plenty of room for the baggage that comes with toddlers.

Open 6 days a week (Tuesday-Sunday) the Dish and the Spoon has a daily menu, usually featuring soups, sandwiches, savoury tarts, salads, deli platters & freshly made cakes, biscuits and tray bakes. Coffee is by Brockley Market's Dark Fluid Coffee and they have a well stocked deli counter.
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Thanks to The Faerietale Foodie for the use of her excellent photos.

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Transpontine had a nice article about this a week or two ago

Anonymous said...

Why didn't you open in Brockley?

Matt Soper said...

I live just around the corner from The Dish and the Spoon so I've been in quite a few times already and it's great.

I don't know Shona's reasons for choosing to set up in Nunhead as opposed to Brockley but I'm glad she did as this area's been without a good greasy-spoon alternative for the five years I've lived here.

Definitely worth a visit if you're passing through.

Margot said...

A child-friendly cafe AND deli?! Well that'll make a nice change!

simon said...

Good to see Dark Fluid coffee being brewed; it's great stuff (and local :) )

Mary Ellen said...

What's wrong with opening in Nunhead?

Brockley Nick said...

Nothing, it was a weird question. Move on.

Anonymous said...

Might seem like a weird question but the answer could be illuminating.

Brockley Nick said...

OK, well I have spoken to Shona in the past (she came to the last BC drinks) and I'm pretty sure the reason she started a business in Nunhead is because that's where she lives. And it seemed like a good idea.

I mean, why not ask that question of every single other business that's ever opened anywhere else?

TheOracle said...

La Lanterna is opening next week, or this Friday.

Anonymous said...

Brockley is just down the road.

I'm sure, as a former resident, she would have considered both.

I'm interested why someone would choose Nunhead over Brockley, where competition is less and the potential seems greater in my eyes.

For example, is it the lack of suitable units?

Anonymous said...

TheOracle has been correct before...


TheOracle said...
The 'junk' shop ceased to trade this day. Apparently it's due to become a childrens' clothes store.

30 January 2012 19:29

Brockley Nick said...

@Anon - no, I really don't think that's it. She wanted to open in Nunhead. I don't think she ever thought about Brockley. New Cross is only down the road - why did The Particular open in New Cross? Because they thought New Cross would be a good place to open.

FintonStack said...

I tried it last week. Coffee is lovely, though not quite up to Brown's standard. The sandwich (fennel salami) was again very tasty, but by no means huge and thus a bit expensive at £4.50 without a side salad. 7/10.

Anonymous said...

@TheOracle - I'll believe it when I see it!

Anonymous said...

Nunhead is more interesting than Brockley.

Nuns Head pub, butcher, fishmonger, grocer, deli etc.

Brockley Cross although improving is lacking.

Anonymous said...

Is the fayre honest?

Brockley Nick said...

@Anon - while Nunhead has many fine qualities and some great places (Old Nun's Head, Sopers, etc) it is definitely not more interesting than Brockley.

It doesn't have the variety that Brockley has (Brockley is more than Brockley Cross) and relatively poor transport links mean that it feels a lot sleepier, in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Brockley has a spoons and Children's clothes shop.. in your face Nunhead!

Osh said...

And an amazing market! And Mr Lawrence. And Mo Pho. And Jam Circus. And The Orchard. And The Gantry. And Hilly Fields. And the East London Line. And Browns. And the Open Studios!

THNick said...

Brockley might be more interesting, but Nunhead is now a foodie metropolis. Fishmongers, butchers, greengrocers and now 3 delis. Wooh!

(although I think Shona opened where she did for the overflow from Peckham Rye.

Ben said...

Brockley needs a tram to link up the main road

Maybe a hover tram, have they been invented yet?

Kim said...

it is an amazing cafe. i went today for the first time for 'toddler play' and the staff were brilliant, the toys great and the food and drink super. well done everyone involved. k

Anonymous said...

I visited the Dish and the Spoon the other day after going to the park--it was all very nicely done, but I think it's on the expensive side. Central London prices in Nunhead and tiny portions. But it was delicious! I'm glad they opened on that stretch of Cheltenham Road in Nunhead--too many grim establishments on that road.

Transpontine said...

@anonymous 11.11 yes this was mentioned on Transpontine, but I am sure Shona won't mind the extra publicity of a Brockley Central plug!

Not sure the Nunhead vs. Brockley debate is very fruitful. Anyway this particular place is neither in Nunhead Central or in Brockley, but in that underserved area at the end of Ivydale Road - it's as near to Peckham Rye and Brenchley Gardens as it is to Nunhead Green. There's already a cafe in the latter area (Bambuni), and three by Brockley station so presumably the idea was the do something where nobody else was trying this.

Anonymous said...

How is that other cafe doing in Nunhead Green - what's it called again?

Michael said...

Do you mean Bambuni's? I've only just discovered it. Did i simply miss an article/review from BC on this place or had it slipped under the radar a bit?

D1 said...

Brockley is only more interesting than Nunhead because of Nick's tendency to include anything good under the Brockley umbrella.

The Dish and Spoon is almost exactly the same distance from Brockley Station as any of the Crofton Park places mentioned above.

So I guess it already is in Brockley.

Brockley Nick said...

Well, there is that, of course.

Mungo said...

For the avoidance of doubt: London boundaries as determined by comparing GPS coordinates of photos on Flickr with where users say they are at the time: http://boundaries.tomtaylor.co.uk/#20089486

Heathbar said...

 What did you think was expensive?  I think the tart and salad plates are good value?  You can also get a cup or bowl of soup with bread - the cup is good value in my opinion, certainly compared to East Dulwich prices.

Colmacormac said...

belated Thanks Mungo, nice piece of human geography there.
All Hail the city of Saint Johns.

Heathbar said...

 You replied to me, not to Mungo.

Colmacormac said...

Sorry Heatbar, my dish ran away with my spoon there.
Havn't got the hang of this Disqus thing.
Look forward to trying it.

Heathbar said...

That's ok Caramac.

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