Historical version 2 of Brown And Green, SE26 4JA
- Mayow Park, Mayow Road, Sydenham, SE26 4JA
- Mon–Sat: 9am–5pm (4pm in winter, when the park closes); Sun: 10am–5pm (4pm in winter). Kitchen closes 3.30pm.
Caé in Sydenham, located in the south-eastern corner of Mayow Park. It's part of the local chain Brown & Green, which has around half a dozen branches including one in the ticket hall at Crystal Palace Station.
This one seats about 30-35, mostly inside, at a mixture of chairs and tables. Some tables are on the verandah, and there are picnic benches outside (presumably the council's, not the café's).
They do a few main meals, plus various butties and other light meals. There is also a children's menu. There are cakes in the display case on the counter, plus ice creams etc. in a chest freezer, and typical teas, coffees, fruit juices etc. There is WiFi (password on a wall).
Rowley Birkin QC visited on a Friday afternoon in April 2019, after searching for laptop-friendly cafés on Google Maps. However, I would not describe this place as laptop-friendly: very crowded, no apparent sockets, and I had to be constantly wary of wandering toddlers (though to be honest these toddlers were well behaved). There were 5-6 adults, 7-8 babies/toddlers, with more arriving. Earl Grey tea (Clipper) £2 was fine. There was no music.
Child-Friendliness: The café is very popular with mums and small children. There's a collection of children's books in a side window. Didn't notice whether there are baby-changing facilities, but the toilets are spacious.
Accessibility: A gentle ramp round the side allows access for wheelchairs etc. Otherwise, there are three small steps to get in directly. The toilets are outside, but in the same block on the same level.