Doing Good, Getting Involved, and Getting Coffee

Two new cafés are joining the burgeoning Camberwell scene, and both offer a social benefit as well as liquid refreshment.

The first is Brewbird, in the former Sun Pizza premises on Havil St. It’s a lovely venue, bright and airy and plenty of seating. I dropped in this week, and can confirm that the coffee is good. Brewbird is the social enterprise arm of the amazing St Giles Trust, and helps ex-offenders and at-risk young people with skills and a vocation, so is worth your support even if you’re not a coffee-lover.

This Saturday (16th January) we’ll be joined by Lumberjack, opening in the former House premises (70 Church St.). Lumberjack are the trading arm of the London Reclaimed employment charity, and train young people in crafting furniture from reclaimed wood and materials. They also sell cakes, and coffee from the Old Spike roastery in Peckham—itself a social enterprise helping local homeless people.

All in all, coffee’s never done so much good for everyone. We should feel proud to have them.

Further changes coming soon: there’s some work underway in the former Safa (22 Church St.), no idea what’s going in there (update: two commenters say that Oregano Leaf pizza are moving there); across the road, the former library is now two vacant units which I’m sure will be snapped up; and The Bear (on New Road) is under new management, which if I’m not mistaken is the team from The Fox in Haggerston. Look forward to seeing that lovely freehouse back on its feet.

If you’d like to be more involved in broader changes to the area, Southwark have a page on their site dedicated to public consultations (here are the currently open consultations for SE5). One that they’re keen to get opinion on at the moment is updates to the play area in Brunswick Park. If you have children and live in the area, they’d like you and your family to fill out a very brief survey to help them plan the changes.

Come to Camberwell for Coffee

Following on from the previous post on Camberwell coffee it seems that development of the Camberwell cofee ‘scene’ is continuing — two new arrivals are worth highlighting — Daily Goods and the Pigeon Hole.

Daily Goods is due to open very very soon (maybe this week or next?) at 36 Camberwell Church Street. According to this article on sprudge.com the new shop will combine American influences with the proprieter having moved from a concession in Kinko Cycles in Soho to this new venture in Camberwell.

A coffee shop that has fairly recently opened is the Pigeon Hole Cafe at 2 Datchelor Place (just down from the Flying Fish) — it is a cafe and antique shop, its website states “Everything you see inside – from the tables and chairs, to the artwork on the walls – is for sale, whilst the cafe will provide customers with the best of local food and drink, sticking to simple recipes with an aim to excite the taste buds.” The cafe’s website features lots of enticing food and cakes

Cant wait to wake up and smell the new Camberwell coffee!

 

Edited to add: According to their Twitter account Daily Goods Camberwell opened on Thursday 24 July