Little Coffee Shop, CR2 0PJ
- 107 Sanderstead Road, CR2 0PJ
- Mon-Fri: 7:30am-5pm; Sat: 9am-4pm; Sun: 10am-4pm
It certainly is quite "little", seating just ten or so people inside and another six out the front in a little patio area. Much of the furniture appears to be recycled, including school desks and chairs as well as outside furniture which looks to be built from reclaimed planks. Colourful bits of paintwork liven the place up. There's a display of handknitted baby clothes for sale in one corner, and advertisements for local art exhibitions and children's centres are on the walls.
Kake visited on a Monday morning in October 2017. I was the only customer when I arrived around 8:30am. Retro music was playing, not too loud.
As well as coffee, they have several teas, both caffeinated and non-caffeinated but all loose-leaf. Oat and almond milk are available at no extra charge. A pot of English breakfast tea (£1.70) was served with a separate tea strainer rather than one internal to the pot, meaning I had to drink it relatively quickly to avoid overbrewing. It was good tea, though, and I appreciated the thin china teacup I was given to drink from.
To go with this I had one of their sandwiches: goat cheese, chilli jam, and rocket (£3.50) photo. The bread was very good — the crust was chewy and not too thick, and the interior was soft but still structurally sound. The goat cheese was creamy rather than strongly-flavoured, but this worked fine in context. The chilli jam had a good flavour and wasn't too sweet.
I also bought a savoury muffin (£2.20) to take away for later; this was also good, a generous size, not too salty, and studded with chunks of decent bacon.
Child-friendliness: Children are welcome, and they have a basket full of children's books.
Accessibility: A large step to get in.