Thanks to Peckham Refreshment Rooms, I have a new found love for Peckham, an area of south London I hadn’t previously given much thought to. If you’re in the same boat, I highly recommend hopping on a bus or Overground train down south for a meal at beautiful PRR – I’m confident you’ll fall for it too.
Occupying a 1930s Art Deco block that backs onto Peckham Rye station, the interior of PRR is a beaut. Coffee drinkers sit out front on industrial folding metal chairs, and inside you’ll find screed concrete, old school-style chairs and floor to ceiling wine racks – a minimalistic aesthetic that’s fresh and photogenic.
The breakfast menu keeps things super simple too, comprising just a handful of options that are listed on a blackboard and start from £3.50. Alsace bacon, Merguez sausages and butter-fried Burford Brown eggs are served with hunks of fresh bread; a giant bowl of muesli was topped with yoghurt and honey, and packed with dried fruits.
Dinner is an exemplary example of regional and seasonal cooking done properly – lamb with samphire, duck confit with orange salad, whole grilled sea trout with rhubarb and dandelion salad… The wine selection is extensive too.
Granted, a small amount of effort is required to get to Peckham, but if affordable, beautiful and delicious Peckham Refreshment Rooms isn’t enough to justify it, then there really is no pleasing you!
Photos by PRR and me.
Peckham Refreshment Rooms
Unit 3 & 4, 12-16 Blenheim Grove, Peckham, SE15 4QL