The Deptford Project café is one of the most exciting things to come out of my home county of Essex since These New Puritans. The project has taken a disused railway carriage, originating from the nightmare that is the South East Essex line and innovatively restored and converted it into a colourful, breezy café/bistro/art space, with a weekend creative industries market that will host a collection of art, design, music and film.
The creative eyes behind the restoration project are Studio Myerscough, who, along with Luke Morgan, are responsible for the gleeful use of retro song lyrics and the fantastic display of fonts which adorn the main body of the renovated carriages hand painted façade. Cute touches such as hand stencilled chairs, an Elvis dedicated bathroom and bright garden umbrellas make the space a truly unique way to spend a summer afternoon. The project also has its roots firmly placed in providing locally sourced produce and sustainably farmed coffees to ethically minded punters. Better still, it promises to hold occasional BBQs; the first of which is this bank holiday Monday, surely the best way to unwind from carnival madness.
The Deptford Project café is the first step in an exciting regeneration project which aims to bring the area around the [soon to be rebuilt] Deptford Train Station back to its former glory. Just one more reason to venture south of the river...
The café is situated at: 121 - 123 Deptford High Street