One of the best things about moving house is exploring the new ‘hood, isn’t it, and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. Or, at least, that’s the excuse I’ve been using for spending more money than I should’ve been in the pubs and bars in Deptford. It’s research. All that wine is totally, legitimately research, okay? And the verdict I’ve come to is that Deptford is ACE. Like, still pretty divey in parts but some total GEMS that the whole of the world has’t descended on yet (which for London, feels pretty special). So, without further ado, I give you my 3 fave places in Deptford that are totally worth your time…
Okay Buster Mantis is my new favourite bar in London. I love it. It’s a hidden gem, tucked into two railway arches on a sketchy looking side street off of Deptford High Street, but lit up with fairy lights that make it feel that little bit magical. All the local Goldsmiths students LOVE it so it is packed on a Friday or Saturday night but regardless, you should definitely go and squeeze in ‘cos it’s got a great vibe, great music, great Caribbean food appaz (haven’t tried that yet but I’ll report back when I do) and GREAT Negronis. See you THERE.
Okay, this is probably more classed as New Cross than Deptford but it’s too good to miss out. My friend Shang introduced me to this place, dubbing it the cheapest, best Korean he’s been to, and I’d have to agree. Paranhodu is delicious. It’s authentic. And it’s cheap. Don’t go expect anything fancy, in fact, go expecting to wait in a queue of students, but then, once you’re in, you’re in for a treat. The japchae (sweet potato noodle stir-fry is my fave).
Then for somewhere you can go, kick back and spend the whole of your Sunday afternoon, there’s The Brookmill, a well-dressed pub that has a big selection of local beers, a beer garden, and a great gourmet food offering. The menu is ace, far from your standard burger and chips. I recommend the tuna tartare with macadamia nuts (so fresh!), the burrata with hazelnuts and orange raisins (mmm!), the bavette steak, and truffle polenta. Whatever the weather, it’s the perfect hideaway.