Monday, 3 October 2016

New Deptford eateries; Festa sul Prato, Folkestone Gardens

Much to my surprise the refurbishment of the former toilet block in Folkestone Gardens has spawned a rather lovely little cafe. It's a good job that I am not an architect as I could never have imagined the potential of that grotty little building - although to be fair I'm not sure quite how much of the original structure remains.

Festa sul Prato opened a couple of months ago and I've been a couple of times already. The decor is plain and classy, the menu fairly short but with a good range of options, and there are plenty of seats outside to catch the last few sunny days of the summer if you are quick. At the weekend it's good to sit and watch the park life passing by with a cup of strong coffee or a large plate of pasta.

There's a hearty breakfast menu, a range of sandwiches, pastas, risottos, meat and fish courses for lunch, and they are also just about to start opening on weekend evenings for dinner. 

I also like the fact that they do takeaways of pasta and salads as well as sandwiches - could be a great stop-off point on the way home as an alternative to a ready-meal or pub dinner. 

When we visited a month or so ago they had an introductory offer of £1 per scoop of ice-cream - perhaps intended to bring in some extra custom from the skate park. We felt obliged to try the full range; it's a tough job etc. You can still get a takeout ice-cream for £1.50 which is pretty good value all things considered.

Definitely on the list for future visits - tasty food, unpretentious and friendly. 

Autumn opening hours:
Sunday – Tuesday – Wednesday 10am to 6pm
Thursday – Friday – Saturday 10am – 9pm
Closed on Monday.


Maedhros O'Cadhla said...

You're right - who would have thought that derelict old loos could be turned into something as inspired as this! Created with real flair and attention to detail, this little cafe is a gem which truly deserves success. Glad to hear it's opening a little later at the end of the week as it is on my cycle route home... Thank you for reviewing it! :-)

T0UCH said...

Best cup of coffee in Deptford. And, yes: there are a lot of places that do decent coffee in Deptford!

Anonymous said...

FESTA is wonderful. Food, environment and service cannot disappoint any decreeing guest. Brilliant and affordable.