There is a notorious vacuum of good coffee in south-east London but some good friends of mine have just moved to Camberwell and recommended a cafe called Fowlds, near Burgess Park. As I had to walk through the park to get to my friends' housewarming party on Saturday, I decided to stop off for a caffeine break on the way.
Fowlds is based in a 144-year-old upholsterers on a quiet square near the west side of Burgess Park. It's the first cafe/upholsterers that I've visited, although I did recently check out a cafe/leather maintenance store in Kyoto! There are a few tables outside, all of which were full on such a sunny day, as well as a few seats inside. The furniture and décor inside are as stylish as you would expect, and everyone was very friendly.
I took a seat inside and ordered a macchiato (£2) and a sea salt chocolate ristretto ice cream (£2.50) — because why not? The coffee was very good. They use Square Mile beans and the macchiato was strong and smooth.
So delicious in fact, that the friendly resident cat, Toby, seemed to have designs on it. Luckily, he settled for a window seat and some people-watching.
The ice cream was a little too frozen to serve, sadly. I settled for a brownie instead. It was such a sacrifice. Oh, OK, it was delicious: gooey, nutty and with white-chocolate chunks. They also serve breakfast and sandwiches, and sell fresh bread.
Essentially, then, Fowlds is a really lovely neighbourhood spot and it makes me sad that Camberwell isn't quite in my neighbourhood; Bermondsey could definitely pick up a few tips on that front.
Fowlds Cafe. 3 Addington Square, London, SE5 7JZ (Tube: Er, no. Well, OK: Kennington is about a mile, but you should just get a bus). Website. Twitter.