How has it taken me this long to try out The Archie Parker?
What a name! It’s so cool. Surely it has to be homage to a character from a swinging Sixties Michael Caine classic? But no, it is even better than that, the truth is that the cafe is named in honour of a little guy even cooler than a Caine character…the owners’ Miniature Schnauzer!
A cafe named in honour of a Mini Schnauzer? What have I been playing at?
The Archie Parker is a lovely quaint cafe with a 60/70s vibe that can be found just a few minutes walk from Forest Hill train station, along Dartmouth Road. Once there it is difficult to miss the influence of Archie, from the shop logo and the blackboard outside…
…to the pictures adorning the walls.
But my personal favourite is the little silhouette on the windows.
That is pretty awesome.
Then as if this wasn’t enough the man himself arrived on a rare fleeting visit to the shop. Unfortunately the excitement was all too much and I failed to get a picture of the momentous meeting of Archie and Grenson. Some things are best left to the imagination…(I know, I’m a fool. Sorry. Maybe next time?).
Anyway, the reason to visit the Archie Parker isn’t limited to Schnauzer appreciation.
It’s a flipping great cafe!
I had a delicious steak ciabatta that Grenson almost sneaked off with whilst I was trying to take a piccie. (Serves me right I suppose, ‘food is for eating not taking pictures of’, so says Grenson).
Luckily for me it wasn’t long before Grenson was brought out a little snack of his own.
Wonderful. So there you have it. Full on Schnauzer appreciation, tasty ciabattas, doggy treats and smooth coffee (sourced from Dark Fluid coffee a local roastery, and also supplier of my essential Brockley Market coffee hit on a Saturday morning). If you need more convincing then bear in mind that this place is also stylish enough to get the Lewisham Card and South East London Journal seal of approval.
Don’t be a fool like me. Get over there ASAP and check it out…and keep your camera nice and handy just in case Archie makes an appearance.
The Man and the Dog.