"Cafe by day, super-hip bar by night..."Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
Rye Lane in Peckham is one of those little slices of London that encapsulates the diversity of the city. There’s not a single chain store on it but you’ll find hardware shops, bars, takeaways and more hairdressers than you’ve ever seen in one place. And now there’s Lerryn’s too. A café by day and a bar by night (from Thursday onwards) this is owner Lerryn Whitfield’s thing. Inspired by a bar in a neighbourhood near the place she used to live in New York, her own place is a DIY affair. A faintly tropical theme runs through the two rooms of the café and the décor is firmly from the hotchpotch school of design. And it works. Lerryn’s is the kind of place that belongs in Peckham with its art-school undertones, odd tiled walls and general easy-breezy community vibe.
Set up in a shop that formerly offered legal services to Peckham Rye Lane, Lerryn’s has swapped the law for, in her own words, ‘great coffee, bloody great Mary’s and stuff on toast’. And although we’ve yet to try the stuff on toast (think chilli jam) we can vouch for the coffee.
DJ’s play relaxed sets from the end of the bar on weekends, cocktails make an appearance from Thursday onward (we drank the rum an’ ting) and beers are served from stubby cans, which for some reason feels like a weirdly chic way to get loaded on lager. The DIY factor holds a lot of the appeal at Lerryn’s and despite the fact that this was only recently transformed from an office shell you can see from the likes of the hand painted sign and the personalised menus, that the place has already got soul.
T.A.O reviewed Lerryn's on Thu 25 Sep 2014