And the Oscar for best supporting customers goes to...

Tony writes:

Cafe Oscars, which has been run as Ladywell's neighbourhood cafe since 2008 by local resident Petra Reekers, has been sold. The new owner Saner Gursel, who lives in Brockley and is a baker, will take over after Saturday July 25.

Petra said: "Running the cafe has been great fun. But after seven years - and most of that seven days a week - it is time to try something else. I shall miss many of the regular customers ... but to be really honest I'm looking forward to a Sunday lie-in!"

Oscars was set up when Ladywell's high street was at a low point. Geddes, the hairdressers, had just opened but many of the other shop units were boarded up or empty. "I think Oscars helped bring a bit of life back to the high street. I wanted a neighbourhood cafe where people could come and chat. I think it worked," says Petra

Since 2008, El's Kitchen, now the Larder, has opened, Slater & King moved in next door to Oscars, Delice took over Masons, and the Tavern has had a new lease of life. The new shops and cafes combined with the streetscape improvements have helped give Ladywell a much needed lift. Long may it continue.

8 comments:

Corin Ashwell said...

Oscars is my favourite cafe on Ladywell Road, thanks for your hard work Petra. Hope it stays at the same level of quality. And don't go changing the garden - I love it out there on a sunny day.

Maggie said...

Petra you will be missed.

N said...

Nice little cafe she has done a good job. That's Oscars and Slater and King which are changing owners at the same time best of luck to those leaving and the new owners! There appears to be a bit of work going on in the old launderette to turn that into a butchers which is great. All we need is something to happen with that snack bar and the old computer repair place and I'll be happy.

Sara said...

Oh! I really hope it stays as good. The cakes are outstanding, the coffee is reliable, the welcome is stern but warm, the garden is a wee gem, and the quirky nooks and crannies inside have become home from home. Plus it is reasonable and not too try-hard, arch or twee. It was tea & cake in there that decided us on buying in Ladywell 5 years ago. Thanks Petra, welcome Saner.

JosephJohnODonnell said...

Planning permission has just been granted to convert the snack bar into a restaurant

Saner said...

My thanks go out to Petra for creating a beautiful little spot right in the heart of Ladywell, it was her style that interested me in the first place - so rest assured there'll be no grand alterations to what is known and loved. And Corin, the garden will only be receiving a trim...

Saner said...

My thanks go out to Petra for creating a beautiful little spot right in the heart of Ladywell, it was her style that interested me in the first place - so rest assured there'll be no grand alterations to what is known and loved. There will be plenty of cake. And Corin, the garden will only be receiving a trim...

Maggie said...

Saner looking forward to trying your cakes, will you also be making your own bread. Yipee as well to the Snack Bar, I am still curious about the arches as well.

Brockley Central Label Cloud