Pistachios, Hilly Fields



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.

55 comments:

Adele said...

And the coffee is lovely.

Anonymous said...

"For an area spoiled by the likes of Browns, Oscar's and the Brockley Mess"

So no mention of Top Chef again, then?

Anonymous said...

The coffee is lovely...but please finish the cafe. There are two mounds of dug up earth outside and a big pile of timber inside which really looks untidy. Its an hours work to shift it and tidy up.

But Im very happy we have a cafe.

DB said...

So so average. Not a huge surprise - I would imagine the overheads account for the high food/snack prices - and the choice at the moment is very limited. I can't see it improving into much else than a place for coffee when Brockley Rd feels too far a walk.

All very so-so, but serves more of a purpose than the constantly locked toilet used to.

Anonymous said...

Pleasantly surprised by it last week.
Lovely coffee vg carrot cake and all good value.
Cosmetics need work to be safe for little ones though.

CAKE! said...

Prices look very reasonable actually, not sure what you were expecting. You want quality like browns at top chef prices? Looks spot on to me. A urban park without a cafe is missing a trick. Sunday papers, cup of tea and a slice of cake. Can't wait, and so much better than the frankly bizarre idea of a "fine dining" restaurant that someone was laying for.

Anonymous said...

Looks nice apart form the mounds of earth.



Does it have a living roof?



I hope this place survives being in such an unusual position. Will it be open all year round or just in the summer?

Brockley Nick said...

Yes, the living roof looks pretty cool. I believe it will be open all year round, which makes sense. Hilly Fields is well used all year round and who wouldn't want to stop off there for a cup of tea on a cold day?

Anonymous said...

also aesthetically not bad at all.

Brockley Gal said...

Absolutely delighted to have this cafe in the park. Hilly fields was not the same without somewhere to get refreshments. Larger latte's please.

Best of luck with Pistachios as a business venture - hope it is successful and thrives for years and years.

Anonymous said...

I visited on their opening day when they had the chaos of the (poorly organised) Brockley Max Animal Carnival on their doorstep. I thought they were coping brilliantly. I agree they need to get it finished asap (some of the jobs shouldnt take too long out of opening hours to sort out). Did they manage to get the high chairs? They didnt have any in yet when I visited which was a massive oversight given the local tea and cake market!

Anonymous said...

Great news!
I look forward to sitting there after the morning jugging with a cuppa and a slice of cake OR even a mighty breakfast time permitting!

Anonymous said...

I had a delicious- but very very small icecream there this week. Looking forward tO trying out a sandwich. What a wonderful addition to my favourite park.

Pete said...

I was there when you were taking the photos Nick and I can honestly say my visit to the cafe really made my day.

The food is fairly ordinary but also pretty cheap. But being able to sit in the park having something to eat away from the hustle and bustle of Ladywell Road (or Brockley if that's where you're coming from) was to my mind a real treat.

I expect to visit it far more frequently than any other cafe in the area.

Anonymous said...

Shame the ice cream is from the West Country. I'm sure they could've found a supplier in Kent.

Anonymous said...

I was hoping for beer too... but figured it might be more hassle than it is worth.

Anyone no either way?

bumbags said...

Does anyone know if dogs are allowed inside? Or if there's a serving hatch to outside if not?

Anonymous said...

Dogs on leads can go in.

Anonymous said...

In the original plans there was supposed to be an outside serving hatch - particularly useful for dog walkers - anyone got any idea if this is still going ahead?

bumbags said...

EXCELLENT! I'm really pleased- there are so many dog walkers up there it's a very good business decision for them too!

Anonymous said...

I was only just up at the cafe buying two ice creams for the kids and it all looks great.
I do agree with earlier comments about the stack of wood inside as my son started to pull some of it over.

Anonymous said...

Tell your son to stop doing it then?! Do you by any chance frequent the Brockley Mess with little Fabian?

Tim said...

Idiotic comment

Anonymous said...

Another vote for the reasonably priced coffee. Almost as good as Brown's.

Anonymous said...

yeah i thought the coffee was great, the sandwich was crap. one of the neighbours said it looks ready for a bonfire.

Sally said...

I had a post-run coffee there on Saturday morning - perfect start to the day.

It looks as though the hatch is work in progress, and there was a dog inside when I went in, though it was with someone in the queue rather than sitting at a table.

Anonymous said...

this is not the highest point in the park, that spot is marked by a concrete obelisk some yards in the direction of ladywell

Anonymous said...

Ahh - I beg to differ. The concrete post is just a trig point not necessarily the highest point - its not to mark the highest point but to act as a map reference

Foxberry Flo said...

It is really reasonable compared to other park cafes. Coffee good and they made my little girl a foamy babyccino type thing for free. Agree re the landscaping outside. Desperately needs levelling out. Also agree that sitting having a coffee outside up there away from any traffic/roads was utter bliss.

Anonymous said...

Popped up the other morning, all very nice with a great atmosphere and I'd say the coffee is better than Browns!

Anonymous said...

the ice cream is delicious

Anonymous said...

Opening times?

Anonymous said...

The guy buying the coffee has a great ass!!!

Anonymous said...

this is so so charming, I'm absolutely loving it, so in keeping with the area, delicious - it reflects my own sense of style right down to the little crinkly paper they keep their cupcakes in - oh god, I am so in love with this place

it's for moi, moi, moi

Anonymous said...

Blimey anon, do you know the owners??! I must say that the coffee is very good (not as good as Browns/Dark Fluids but very good). It's a great place for a coffee and cake. The sandwiches are a little ordinary but fairly priced and I wasn't expecting anything more, given that they don't really have a proper kitchen. Great. My nearest coffee place, so I don't know why people are wondering whether it will only open in summer - I will go there specifically for a coffee because it's close to me, and this must be the case for lots of other people.

Anonymous said...

I live within 2 minutes of the cafe, I will not go there because my kitchen offers cheaper coffee and I can drink it whilst sitting at my table, in a state of slight undress, and continue designing tasteful shopfronts for the conservation area

Anonymous said...

The first photo of the cafe in the park looks fantastic, a great spot in Brockley.

Are there toilet facilities in the park now then?

Anonymous said...

The toilet has been open for months - never really shut

Anonymous said...

Lady Honest rides into Hilly Fields, well done guys!

Ian on the Hill said...

Do they do Special Brew on offer? If they don't then I'm not going.

Trudi said...

Lovely owners, nice nice touches, great coffee. Such a different clientele to Browns and they pull it off well. Having worked so hard to open they still have things to do but based on what they have done it will be lovely. Well thought through especially the green roof. So very happy it is different to Manor Park, and Brockley, nice to have a choice it is Ladywell through and through FAB.

kolp said...

The Hilly Fields Fayre is on today!

Critic said...

I really want to like this place, and I do like:

- the coffee;
- the cakes.

I don't like:

- the inconsistent pricing / charging / ability to use the till (?);
- the fact that some staff think it's more important to finish their conversation than to serve customers straight away;
- the fact that staff preferences come before customers' re ventilation / doors open / shut, etc;
- the child-unfriendly piles of debris.

At the moment, much as I welcmoe and want to like the place, it's in danger of becoming one of those cafes that I end up resenting and ceasing to use...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Pistachios - I love your new cafe on beautiful hilly fields! I've so far enjoyed your delicious scrambled eggs on brown toast at least 3 times along with copious pots of tea and scrumptious carrot cake -whilst enjoying the exciting skyline views across to canary wharf and the shard. I plan to be a regular!

Anonymous said...

Is the fountain still at the top of Hilly Fields? I used to get water from it to use on our vegetable allotment during WWII which was down at the bottom of the hill, of course. I lived on Braxfield Rd for 25 years so am enjoying to read about all the change. Nice that they have a cafe there now on the hill.

Anonymous said...

Is it true there were anti-aircraft guns with searchlights pounding away at the bombers all night?

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Amy Alex said...

Hilly areas always attracts me last time i have visit satpara lake in Pakistan when i got cheap flights to islamabad because its low cost tour and area is famous for it beauty.

Anonymous said...

I was so excited by the prospect of a cafe in the park and an alternative to the ice cream van. However when I finally managed to get there I was stunned by the prices of the cakes for example £1.50 for a tiny piece of brownie that was too small to share. Who is the cafe catering for? Certainly not the average family. How disappointing...

Anonymous said...

If you can't afford one of these tasty morsels then perhaps you should accept the fact that your average is lower that many other families. But that can be certainly uplifted if you bake your own.

Anonymous said...

Ah Marie Antoinette is alive and well in Brockley. Charming!

faye suzannah said...

hello anybody know of a phone number for the cafe?i went in their recently and loved it. i have some questions to ask them :)

Anonymous said...

Struggling to find the opening hours out - anyone?

Anonymous said...

Opening hours 8am til 6pm weekdays
9am tIl 6pm weekends

Rishab Raj said...

is there is any job in cafe pleas call me on 07728101707

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