The future of Toads Mouth Too

The new owners of Toads Mouth Too, the Brockley Road / Coulgate Street cafe, have been in touch to explain their plans for the venue. Based on what they say below, it sounds perfect - giving the area another drinking and dining option, to complement The Orchard and The Barge. Top of BC readers' wish list for Brockley have been a restaurant and a bar: These guys are planning both. They say:

We are a young group of people with different backgrounds, some of whom have lived in the area for many years. We are all foodies and over the years have spent many an hour debating what we would do if we were ever to take the plunge and open a restaurant of our own. We came very close a few years ago but it was not to be so when the TMT came up for sale we all felt it was the perfect place and it was now or never!

It’s been a long process to get where we are but now we have the keys in hand it is full steam ahead. As you may have noticed, we have already started the refurb, which we hope will be finished in seven weeks. The biggest work involves moving the kitchen downstairs and creating a bar area upstairs. It’s a special place (and very dear to many Brockley-ites) and we want to retain its charm and quirky layout so the small intimate rooms will be staying! We are having a general makeover to give the place a new lease of life and hope to restore at least one fireplace in one of the downstairs rooms. We have been having lots of fun in the process, knocking down plasterboards and ceilings – dirty work but very satisfying! We really hope to create a friendly, inviting and relaxed space.

We plan to offer a full lunch and dinner menu. Our food will be simple, tasty and seasonal. We have a Frenchman amongst us so there will definitely be some French dishes and broadly speaking it will be European-inspired. We will also be offering bar snacks, sharing plates and an awesome Sunday roast! The bar upstairs will allow us to have beer on tap (although limited by space. Sorry!), a full wine list and a few cocktails for good measure!

We hope to be a local venue where people from Brockley and further afield can enjoy a great meal, a relaxing drink after work or a lazy weekend brunch in our lovely garden. We are incredibly excited and can’t wait to open our doors! We will be in touch soon with more updates and to give you a more concrete opening date.

Finally, we just wanted to say that the support we have received so far from the local community has been incredible and a real energy boost. It is very much appreciated!

Thank you,

The New Team.

PS. Now for the elephant in the room…we can confirm that we will have a new name. Sorry in advance to those that this will disappoint! And for the eagled-eyed out there, it’s not ‘Le Toad’ either! Watch this space…


We're due to talk to the team in more depth in the next couple of days, so if you have any specific questions you want us to put to them, please post them here.