Amber Tree Cafe, SE8 4AD
The Amber Tree Cafe was a cafe on the High Street in Deptford. It closed down in February 2018 and was replaced by a different business called the Amber Tea House, though according to Google Street View this has now closed in its turn.
The information below is retained for historical purposes.
It's located in an old pub building, and signage for the Red Lion & Wheatsheaf can still be seen on the exterior. However, few signs of this remain inside. The space is small, seating 16 people at upright chairs and tables plus a couple more on low sofas. The floor is rather nice black stone flagging, but the general impression is of cleanliness, lightness, and brightness.
The menu offers cooked breakfasts, sweet and savoury crepes, omelettes, jacket potatoes, sandwiches, and panini. Soya milk is available for hot drinks, and they also offer gluten-free and eggless cakes.
Kake and friends first visited on a Tuesday lunchtime in December 2014. There were about half a dozen other people in, and although smaller tables were still available we had to wait a few minutes for one of the four-person tables we needed to fit all our party. A cream cheese sandwich for our toddler came with the crusts cut off as requested, but on white bread rather than the brown we'd asked for. A cheese and roast vegetable omelette (£3.30) photo was a good size, and competently prepared, if perhaps a little underseasoned to Kake's taste. (However, another member of our party found her mushroom omlette to be seasoned just right, and undersalting is always better than oversalting.)
On another visit on a Monday afternoon in January 2016, there were only a couple of other customers. A cup of tea requested as "very weak" was delivered as asked for, and a slice of banana cake had a great banana flavour and wasn't overly sweet.
Service was friendly on both our visits. No service charge was imposed — it's pay-at-the-counter as you order.
Child-friendliness: They have at least one high chair. There is only limited space for prams/pushchairs, but on our visits the staff were happy to manouevre around ours and we never felt in the way. Our small children have been welcomed on both our visits, including two very mobile and vocal preschoolers.
Accessibility: No steps to get in. There are double entrance doors, one of which is usually fastened shut but can be opened if required; with both doors open, we got a double pushchair in no problem. No steps to the toilet, but access is a bit narrow.