Catford is not an area we’ve ever covered in the four years of South London Blog, so when Tristan Scutt, the owner of the well-known Little Nan’s Bars in Deptford, Peckham and Dalston, asked us if we’d like to check out his new venture in Catford, we jumped at the chance.
When you’re planning a night out in south London, Catford may not be one of the places that immediately springs to mind as a venue. However, it does have a not-so-hidden gem, The Broadway Theatre. This is a listed building because of its art deco style, and the interior, in particular, is spectacular. And it’s here that another grandchild of Little Nan has set up shop, in the bar of the Broadway Theatre.
Be prepared for an amazing visual feast when you walk through the door – it definitely has the wow factor. With velvet drapes, palm fronds and a collection of weird statues added to the wonderful art deco features, it looks like a set from the film Moulin Rouge.
Little Nan’s is famous for its cocktails so we tried a Queen Ciara of Tipperary (gin, lime tonic, cucumber, prosecco) and a Dame Mystic Meg (chambord, prosecco, raspberry puree, citrus foam). Both looked great, had a real kick to them and priced at £6-7 are brilliant value for money. You can get a teapot of your favourite for £18-23 too. After that we went on to wine and again the prices are excellent – just £17 for a decent bottle of Pinot Grigio.
The food offer is limited at the moment due to problems with getting the kitchen installed in this listed building, but they hope to get this resolved very soon. In the meantime there are usually a couple of dishes on offer, such as rice and peas with jerk chicken or a curry, costing around a fiver. You can also pop in for coffee from 10am and they do afternoon teas too.
We didn’t know when we’d arranged to go on a Thursday, that it’s Little Nan’s jazz night, but we were absolutely knocked out by the Chris Hyde-Harrison Trio, who are the regular house band. They are three guys not long out of music college and produced such a clean sound with really tight rhythms, breezing through some popular jazz standards. I’m not exaggerating when I say these guys would not be out of place as support at Ronnie Scotts. At 10 o’clock the session becomes an open mic and there were some decent singers/musicians who contributed.
Finally, I must give a mention to the staff, led by manager Clare Turner; they are a really friendly bunch and help to create a great ambience. We had a brilliant night at Little Nan’s, Catford and I really recommend you get down there to experience it for yourself.