A 90-year-old toilet on Plumstead Common has opened as a new cafe named The Slade Cafe, under the stewardship of former Brick House and Frank’s Cafe chef Kieran Barry.
The cafe’s operators say they want to inject “new life into the unused 1930s toilet block”, with support and funding from the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council. Eventually the cafe wants to offer “a delicious, seasonal and affordable menu with food that is handmade and freshly prepared”.
Barry said: “The café will celebrate the diverse and vibrant cultures of Plumstead. Locals and visitors can expect simple, healthy dishes, made in-house wherever possible, including bread, cakes, pastries, salads, soups and sandwiches alongside high-quality barista-made coffee. All ingredients will be well sourced, and we aspire to use local, organic and Fairtrade wherever we can.
“I grew up in Plumstead and my family all still live here so I’m excited to give something back to the community that I know and love. We believe in creating a thriving community hub with good food at its heart.”
Councillor Danny Thorpe, leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich Council, said: “I am very pleased that the Slade Café has opened. This is a project that will benefit the local community immensely and I know that everyone has worked so hard to make this project happen. It will be a wonderful addition to the local community and I would encourage everyone to come down and visit.”