Parco Cafe is a charming Italian style cafe serving truly delicious sandwiches, savouries and not forgetting their tempting cakes. They also serve a great range of drinks including excellent coffee and you can sit outside surrounded by their pretty olive trees and rosemary bushes.
The Bonnington Café is a co-operatively run vegetarian and vegan restaurant in the Bonnington Square Community Centre in the heart of Vauxhall.One of South London's best-kept secrets tucked amidst the beautiful community gardens of the square,the Café has been open since the early 80's when it was started as a squat Café to provide a good cheap meal for the community.
Much has changed in the years since we opened,but not the sense of community.No single person runs the restaurant,rather it's maintained by an active collective of member cooks who also contribute to the overall running of the venue and who are still committed to providing excellent vegetarian home-cooking at great prices in a laid back and friendly bohemian atmosphere.
Initially the café wasn't open to the public. It was an eating place run by squatters for squatters, because the local houses were in such a bad state and didn't have gas or electricity or sometimes even water. It was a communal space where food could be made for people from the community, and if they had nothing they paid nothing, or whatever they could afford. At the very beginning people would go to the market at New Covent Garden and pick up the throw-away vegetables. It didn't really cost anything, but was still perfectly good food that was just thrown away in our wasteful society.
From squat to community centre
By the mid-80s, many of the squatters had moved and so there was less need for a squatters' kitchen. One of the squatters who had lived upstairs turned the building into a community centre. It was decided to turn the kitchen into a café, but still to keep it as a communal space for both cooking and eating. Because it is a very popular café there is always a lot of pressure to go upmarket, but we don't want to and we aim to keep prices low – we always keep the room slightly bohemian. That might be off-putting to some people who think 'Oh God there are holes in the floor' or something like that. But it is deliberate; we want to keep the café as an affordable place within a thriving community.
A different chef every night
The café is run on a co-operative basis. That means that people are members and every day of the week somebody different cooks. There are blessings in that, but there are problems as well. If someone forgets that it is their night to cook, then the café is shut. That has happened many times (in the past). The nice thing is that there is a huge variety. Each person that cooks has the responsibility to pay rent to the community centre and also to put something in the café kitty to replace things like plates and pots. After that, whatever they make is theirs to keep. The cook is responsible for buying the food, preparing and serving it, and cleaning up at the end of the day.A community-friendly place We have monthly meetings where we talk about the maintenance of the café, how we might want to develop in the future and any other issues, like complaints or requests to put on exhibitions, fundraisers, events and now as a “food hub” with more focus social enterprise.
Cuisine from around the world
The philosophy behind the café is to have a community-friendly place where people can come in, sit down and meet people. It is also a place for people who like to cook vegetarian food to be able to do it without the risk and investment involved in opening a café of their own. We want to have as many different cuisines as possible, so we have people from Japan cooking here, people from Malaysia, China, Greece, Italy, and France. There is a huge variety of food. Many make an effort to use local produce, such as from allotments, farmers markets and UK farms. Everyone though has a different angle so while some focus on seasonal food and organic, others focus on raw foods and for some its all about exotic ingredients from around the globe.
As a different person cooks each night the atmosphere changes from day to day. Sometimes there is live music. Traditionally musicians have gathered here, brought along their instruments, and just jammed and we’ve had cabaret performance, spoken work nights… were always keen on new ideas!
Just to add that although and inevitably there have been ups and downs, the café is more popular now than it ever was. And that’s testament to its history, the community it sits in, the cooks and all our friends who eat there!
A cocktail bar, cafe & restaurant, set in the crumbling grandeur of a Georgian town house, built for a Duke in 1758, which somehow seemed to get forgotten by time.
By day, we serve the finest Coleman Roast coffee, Breakfast until 11:30 am and (Lunch from 12:00). In the evenings, we serve an inventive and original dinner menu (from 18:00), to accompany expertly-crafted cocktails, and carefully selected wines. Please check our website for further informations and menu.
The School House Café is a 23 seat cafe set in a lovely Victorian building adjacent to Spa School providing high quality food and coffee to the community as well as work experience for young people with autism.
The cafe serves a simple, affordable range of food mostly consisting of delicious sandwiches, hot main meals, salads, pastries, cakes and hot and cold drinks.
The café is currently open on weekdays but will be opening on weekends from June 2014 as part of a pilot project with CareTrade. Students from Spa School and young people from around Southwark aged 16-25 with autism will be working in the café at any particular time to get experience in a range of café tasks including food preparation and customer service.
Cafe at Jamyang is one of London's hidden gems, a truly special space in the heart of urban Kennington. A perfect place to slow down in South London. Seasonal, organic and fair vegetarian recipes created with passion by the international staff. Monday is Vegan and our amazing cakes are a local legend.
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Tia Maria first opened its door in December 2009 in a 25 covers café on the same South Lambeth Road where we are based. By summer 2010 Tia Maria was already so popular that more often than not we struggled to accommodate guests who many times would stand all night to be able to enjoy the great food and music on offer.
Due the popularity and with the opportunity to take over an English pub just yards from the original location our owner/chef Eduardo or Dudu as he is also well known, didn’t hesitate. Straight away started negotiations and less than a month later we re-launched Tia Maria in a much more comfortable setting.
What from outside might look like a traditional English pub changes all your perspectives once you walk through the door. A great atmosphere, friendly service, a quite Brazilian decoration and great home prepared food is the least you will experience.
Privately owned Tia Maria manages to keep a home feel. Passionate about food Eduardo ensures all ingredients used in our food are responsibly sourced. Since the very start he spends one night a week touring the three most popular wholesale markets in London, Smithfields, New Spitalfieds and Billingsgate ensuring only the best and when possible local produce is brought in to be served at Tia Maria. Being also a musician means you might easily spot Eduardo on our stage on live performances every week.
Now that you got to know more about us why not book a space, pop in for a drink, taste our great food? Our diverse menu caters for all kinds of tastes under the sun, and our entertainment is world famous! At Tia Maria you can sample the most delicious Brazilian dishes as well as the hottest music from the “país do futebol” (that’s land of football to you and me). We look forward to seeing you here soon
Come and join us to experience a wide range of Italian treats, from our fully loaded Ciabatta's with Artichokes and Parma ham, Salt Beef Bagels to our freshly made pasta specials, cooked in-store.
Browse our deli counter bursting full of favourite cheeses from Parmigiano Reggiano, Gorgonzola to delicious biscuits and chocolates from leading providers including Caffarel & Mulino Bianco.
Wines from all regions of Italy, Prosecco, Vin Santo & Liqueur Hampers also available on request. Panettone sold all year round, Pasta De Cecco, Barilla, Pasta sauces, condiments, jams and many more delights available,including Organic and Gluten free options!
If you can't find it in-store we'll order it in for you for the next day!