Cobb's Corner, SE26 4RS

Café in Sydenham.

The café has a slight Jamaican theme. It used to be the Blue Mountain Cafe, according to a small painting inside and Google Street View from April 2018, but perhaps the owners felt it should echo the name of the immediate area, which is known locally as Cobb's Corner after the now-closed Cobbs department store. Possibly it's associated with the Blue Mountain Cafe, SE22 9EU.

It seats maybe 30, mostly at wooden tables and chairs inside. They have a very small, covered back garden with decking and a few tables. Not clear whether it is intended as a smoking area. There is also seating, at several tables, out the front. Shelves along one side have a variety of groceries for sale: olive oil, fruit, coffee, wine, bread etc.

Rowley Birkin QC visited late morning/lunchtime on a Friday in April 2019: three staff members were present. There were three or four other customers at first, growing to 10-12. I had an Americano, eggs royale (£8), and Earl Grey tea, all good.

The music was mostly reggae, not too loud. The staff were pleasant, attentive, and efficient.

There is WiFi, but it's quite weak (and a staff member did volunteer this upfront). In fact, it's so weak that if you want an Internet connection for your laptop it would be better to tether.

Child-friendliness: Some high chairs (stored in the back garden).

Accessibility: Step up to get in, and a step down into the small back garden. Bit of a squeeze to get into the toilet.

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Last visited by Rowley Birkin QC, April 2019. Opening hours taken from the Cobb's Corner website, April 2019.
OS X co-ord: 535259 OS Y co-ord: 171548 (Latitude: 51.426804 Longitude: -0.055859)
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