Published: Monday, 15th October 2018

A new local community hub, The Slade Cafe, opened on 11 October, at The Slade, Plumstead Common.

The exciting new community venture will breathe new life into an unused block of early 20th century public toilets, thanks to funding from the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

The cafe was opened on Saturday 6 October by Cllr Danny Thorpe, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. He was joined by Cllr Chris Kirby, Cabinet Member for Housing; Cllr Sizwe James, Cabinet Member for Growth and Strategic Development, and local MP, Clive Efford.

Cllr Danny Thorpe and Cllr Chris Kirby outside the Slade Cafe

Cllrs Danny Thorpe and Chris Kirby with the owners of the Slade Cafe

A strong focus on sustainability

The cafe will have a strong focus on sustainability - from saving coffee grounds and composting food waste, to using biodegradable packaging. Local people are encouraged to bring their own takeaway containers and coffee cups to minimise unnecessary waste. The cafe will also follow the Healthy Catering Commitment and the Good Food in Greenwich Charter.

The new opening of the cafe is further evidence of the Council’s ongoing commitment to regeneration in Plumstead. It encourages groups to explore their creative potential in a welcoming environment. The cafe will offer a stage area, exhibition and common spaces and is available to hire for groups, meetings, events and performances.

'A wonderful addition to the community'

Cllr Danny Thorpe, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said:

"I am very pleased that the Slade Cafe has opened. This is a project that will benefit the local community immensely and I know that everyone has worked so hard to make this project happen.

"It will be a wonderful addition to the local community and I would encourage everyone to come down and visit."

Cllr Danny Thorpe addressing residents at the Slade Cafe opening

Cllr Danny Thorpe addressing residents at the Slade Cafe opening

'Creating a thriving community hub'

Kieran Barry, Head Chef and owner of The Slade Café said:

"The café will celebrate the diverse and vibrant cultures of Plumstead. Locals and visitors can expect simple, healthy dishes, made in-house wherever possible, including bread, cakes, pastries, salads, soups and sandwiches alongside high-quality barista-made coffee. All ingredients will be well sourced, and we aspire to use local, organic and Fairtrade wherever we can."

"I grew up in Plumstead and my family all still live here so I’m excited to give something back to the community that I know and love. We believe in creating a thriving community hub with good food at its heart."

The café is now open for breakfast and lunch, with evening dining from 2019.

Opening hours:

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday - Friday: 7.30am – 4.30pm
  • Saturday - Sunday: 9am – 4pm

Outside picture of the slade cafe