Deptford Project cafe derailed

The Deptford Project train carriage cafe is to be relocated - possibly out of Deptford altogether, if an appropriate location can't be found.

Crosswhatfields reports:

When building work finally commences in a couple of months' time on the delayed Cathedral/United House development next to Deptford station, one of Deptford's most recent and best loved landmarks, the café known to locals as "the train", will have to move. The café has been given notice to be off the site by 31st August.

The cafe has been an amazing success and forms a pair with the Big Red pizza bus on the other side of Deptford. It would be a travesty if it left town. The original plan, to stick it near the station, has been vetoed. The most promising spot, Crosswhatfields suggests, is next to The Albany theatre. One possibility is it gets shunted to Brighton, so that that quiet seaside town can benefit from a little sprinkle of Deptford stardust. Everyone wants to 'do a Bilbao'.

Like Boxpark, the train cafe only exists because the developers wanted the land to be used for something interesting in the period before redevelopment took place, so it's a little churlish to criticise Cathedral for displacing it now. But likewise, the wider Deptford Project development will owe at least part of its success to the "placemaking" role that the carriage has played in marketing Deptford to new audiences.

Cathedral and Lewisham Council should do everything they can to find it a happy home in SE8.

9 comments:

Joel said...

Hows about next to the church in Deptford. Some lush Green space around there..

Anonymous said...

There's a lot of pavement at Brockley Cross...

Brockley Jon said...

Deptford is part of Great Brockley anyway ;)

by the station? said...

I know Brockley has a lot of cafes but how about the land (waiting to be developed presumably) by the footbridge on the west side of Brockley station. (Train, station, etc). It was used for a couple of years as a housing office (i think) while some of the properties were being improved, but now the big brick wall has been re-build and it remains unloved. Don't even think there are any long terms plans for it. There is easily enough space for the train and it would re-affirm/cement this part of Brockley as a destination, complimenting, challenging it's existing offering.

Hillyfields said...

Wow, that would be a great addition to Brockley..

The Thinker said...

How's about Brockley Lane Station near Brockley Cross. It could break out of the old foot tunnel and could become more of a permanent fixture? or by Crofton park, or New Cross Gate... there's a fair amount of land near all the current and former stations that has so much potential.

Darian Thomson said...

I hope it does find a home in Deptford, if not I want it to somewhere other than Brockley. (As looking by these comments, it's like take it away from Deptford and give to Brockley)

Andrea said...

This is no great loss to the area.

terrencetrentderby said...

Although borderline honest it is nonetheless a great place for tea and cake, a respite from buying imitation Cilit Bang and 100 watt bulbs from the honest local pound shops.

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