Blue Tree Kitchen, SE1 9PG
- 07701 026947
- Cargo Works, 1-2 Hatfields, SE1 9PG
Cafe occupying the ground floor of the Cargo Works building, near the Oxo Tower on the South Bank. It opened in April 2015. Most of the regular lunchtime clientele are office workers getting takeaway boxes, but there are a dozen or so tables dotted around for customers wishing to dine in.
The menu changes daily, but the counter usually features 4 large salad bowls (from which you can choose a combination), a quiche of the day and two hot specials (one veggie, one carnivorous). There is a small selection of pre-made sandwiches, plus a few platters of cakes/brownies. Kat has bought takeaway boxes on several occasions; the mixed salads are usually very appealing, obviously made with fresh, flavourful ingredients. A Cajun pulled pork bun (£6.25 in July 2015) had a decent kick to it, and the accompanying garlic sweet potatoes were delicious. The quiches and frittatas tend to be on the salty side however.
Kat's verdict: a solid if above-average-price lunch option, very popular with my colleagues. The staff are very friendly and happy to point out if anything contains e.g. gluten, dairy, evil cauliflower. I'm not sure I'd want to dine in though, as the minimal concrete decor doesn't feel massively cosy.
Accessibility: the Cargo Works building has two sets of heavy doors, each with a power-assist button. There are 6 large steps from the door up to the counter/seating area, with a platform lift to one side for wheelchair users. The main area is flat throughout and spacious enough to manoeuvre a wheelchair or a pushchair. Toilets not checked.