Pistachios is the new cafe in Hilly Fields, which opened earlier this month. Although there are still a few finishing touches to complete, it's fully operational.
Despite being perched at the highest point in the park, it's position nestled inside a grove means that it does not get huge amounts of natural light, despite the front section being covered in glass. Built on the site of the old toilet block, it made use of the old structure, which we thought would make it feel cramped, but it's actually pretty spacious. Although it will do its most brisk trade during the summer, it should actually come in to its own in cooler weather, when it will feel like a cosy retreat.
For an area spoiled by the likes of Browns, Oscar's and the Brockley Mess, the food might be a little pedestrian for some, but it offers exactly what it needs to - decent, reasonably-priced food, with a menu to suit all tastes and a comfortable place to sit during a day at the park. The ice cream was delicious and the sandwiches were well stacked.
This is a great addition to the park, which already looks busy every time we pass.