The Catford Canteen


Lewisham Council writes:

This autumn an exciting new indoor dining experience will be opening its doors in the heart of Catford.

The weekly Catford Canteen will launch over two nights on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October and will be hosted by underground dining specialists Basement Galley, who will bring a touch of their culinary mastery from their most successful east London project, The Underground Supper Club, to a revamped short term vacant unit in the Catford Centre. On its debut evening, diners will be able to enjoy a 5-course menu with dishes from soy-braised salmon to rich aubergine tagine.

The Catford Canteen builds on the success of the Catford Broadway Supper Club and is an ideal way to explore a range of gastro specialities prepared by different chefs every weekend and for new food businesses to showcase their talents. Diners can look forward to tucking in to an eclectic range of food including: Vietnamese (Sydenham’s Two Hungry Bees), Italian (Ladywell’s Pastificio Mansi), Barbadian (Catford’s Inapikkle) as well as Hither Green’s The Hungry Larder, the Hither Green Wine Club and the Brockley Brewery Company. Chefs from further afield will include Colonel Toms Louisiana Gumbo and Christabel’s Mad Hatters Brunch Party.

Director of Basement Galley, Alex Cooper, said: “We’re honoured to be launching this new and exciting venue. Most of what we do is in east London so it’s great to see things happening in this part of London. I also think it’s great that the Catford Canteen is a Council run initiative. Opening a restaurant is expensive so a pop-up restaurant with a fully fitted kitchen, furniture and business support is perfect for budding food entrepreneurs who want to test out their offer before committing to something more permanent.”

Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Regeneration Councillor Alan Smith, said: “Catford residents have told us they want a better range and quality of shops and to be able to socialise in the town centre. Now that we own the Catford Centre, we are able to try out new ventures and give businesses and the local community a sense of what their town centre could become. The Catford Canteen will allow us to embrace this opportunity by turning a short term vacant unit into something new, exciting and vibrant.”

The Catford Canteen is at 28 Winslade Way, Catford Centre, Catford SE6 4JU and advance booking can be made via www.lewisham.gov.uk/CatfordCanteen.

9 comments:

Phil Erupp said...

This is all fine and dandy but tell me this, if Lewisham council are all so suddenly proud and righteous about their local community, how come they're spending a dollop council tax payers money renaming the place "Rushey Green"?

jellybean said...

at £35 quid a head i reckon this is a bit steep for most of the people who live in catford

dave said...

It says here that they're testing new ventures out, so I guess if it's too expensive then they'll find out pretty quickly. Nice idea. And £35 for 5 courses seems quite reasonable to me.

jellybean said...

agree that £35 for five courses is reasonable...but it just doesn't seem to be a venture that caters for local people if you see what I mean. i think they would prefer reasonably priced, chain restaurants in catford rather than something really expensive and a bit "cool" and niche. as above: "Catford residents have told us they want a better range and quality of shops and to be able to socialise in the town centre". i don't think this goes towards catering for those wants.


it sounds nice and all, and i would personally like to go, but just not sure about the benefit to local population.


just my thoughts...

abdou said...

I live in Catford and, yes, it needs a whole bunch of stuff. But this sounds great.

hooglie said...

I think this sounds great. i think you'd be surprised how many people in Catford may like this kind of thing !

I hope it's really successful.

hooglie said...

Also, Catford is only the other side of Honor Oak, it's not so far for the 'local people' to go for some 'cool' and 'niche' !! Perhaps some of the local population are 'cool' too !!

guest said...

I don't really "see what you mean", it's comparable to a meal at the Catford Bridge Tavern and that's been very popular. I'm a "local" and this thing caters more for me than a chain. We already have a few reasonably priced restaurants for a quick supper, it will be lovely to be able to go out for the evening without having to travel.

Laura Harvey said...

Its impossible to generalise an area's likes and dislikes. Just because there is nothing like this existing does not mean the area does not want it. If that was the case nothing would change and we'd all be very bored with the same old same old. I live in Ladywell and will be hot stepping it down there. Its such a welcome addition.

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