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Amazing restaurants in Lewisham, London—where to find authentic Peruvian dishes & a true vegan haven

Aside from hunting out luxury London breakfast spots, I also like to find brilliant places to eat in the city I call home, so when I found myself in a different London borough for a month I decided to make like I was back on the road and see if I could find the best restaurants in Lewisham—the selection of varied eateries, from amazing Peruvian to my new fave Sri Lankan really didn’t disappoint…

Best restaurant in Lewisham for Peruvian ceviche—Chincha, Lewisham

Ceviche at Chincha, one of the best restaurants in south east London
Chincha, Lewisham

As well as learning how to make the best Pisco Sour in the world at home, another good option is to head to Chincha in Lewisham. This delightful little find has all the charm and colour of Peru without the cost of a flight to South America. The menu features many Peruvian favourites like ceviche, lomo saltado and tacos with slow-cooked pork shoulder, plus corncake and seafood causa so you can pretend you’re sitting in one of the best restaurants in Lima for a few hours at least. If you’re contemplating dessert, I’d recommend swerving one of the three options for another Pisco Sour instead, ¡Salud!

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Closest train: Lewisham train/DLR

Best restaurant in Lewisham for a Sunday roast—Hare & Billet, Blackheath

Sunday roast at Hare & Billet, one of the best restaurants in south east London
Sunday roast at Hare & Billet

Up on the open expanse of Blackheath, I found the Hare & Billet, a dog-friendly pub that serves traditional pub food as well as pretty decent Sunday roasts. There’s bar and table seating, a typical pub feel and securing a booking just a few days in advance was easy enough. The good thing about the roasts here is that all, bar the vegan option comes with a Yorkshire pudding which seals the deal. On the Sunday I visited there were four roast options including roast pork belly, chicken, beef and a vegan wellington but there’s also a regular menu featuring classic pub dishes like fish and chips and chicken and ham pie as well as a vegan burger. 

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Closest train: Blackheath

Best restaurant in Lewisham for Sri Lankan & South Indian food—Everest Curry King, Lewisham

Masala dosa at Everest Curry King, best restaurant in south east London
Masala dosa at Everest Curry King

My favourite find in southeast London is this unassuming little cafe that serves some of the best Sri Lankan and South Indian food I’ve had outside of India. I headed to Everest Curry King one Friday night and throughout the evening the place packed out with other customers who seemed to be missing their travels like myself. I ordered the masala dosa and a cup of chai—I’d recommend both and will be going back sharpish to try out the rest of the menu. The dosa was so good it immediately transported me back to some of the best food I ate in Madurai. Portions are big and relatively cheap, my meal and drink came in at just over £8 ($10). 

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Closest train: Lewisham train/DLR

Best restaurant in Lewisham for unique pizza—Mike’s, Peckham

menu at Mike's Peckham
Menu at Mike's

The team behind Frank’s Cafe and The Camberwell Arms opened Mike’s just under a year ago in April 2021. The cosy restaurant sits in the heart of Peckham just moments from Yogarise and Forza Wine and serves up some of the best pizza I’ve had in a while. Thick and Roman-style the pizzas are made with 48-hour fermented dough and are ordered by the slice. Topped with delights such as leeks, gorgonzola and crispy kale, or potato, mushrooms and truffle fonduta—it’s hard not to fall immediately in love with Mike’s. 

slices of pizza at mike's Peckham, best restaurant in south east London
Pizza by the slice at Mike's

There’s also a selection of small plates like burrata and suppli as well as really good salads and a great wine selection too. 

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Closest train: Peckham

Best restaurant in Lewisham for Pie & Mash—Goddards at Greenwich

plate of pie and mash at goddards in greenwich
Pie & mash at Goddards, Greenwich

In my opinion, the best pie and mash can be found in east London, north of the river, but Goddards isn't bad if you're in Greenwich and after a filling but reasonably priced meal. They have a whole range of options, which you order at the counter and boast they've been making and selling pies since 1890. I tried the minced beef pie with mash, peas and liquor—a delicious parsley sauce which you can only find in pie houses. My pie was pretty good with nice pastry, the mash and peas were a bit bland but the liquor did a good job of adding some extra flavour. Goddards is not the place to linger, but an in-and-out type of vibe with a buzzy atmosphere and speedy turnover but it's reasonably priced with my whole meal costing just £5.60 ($7).

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Closest train: Greenwich

Best restaurant in Lewisham for no-frills Italian—Le 5 Terre Pizzeria

lasagne in blue bowl from le 5 Terre in lewisham
Lasagne from Le 5 Terre in my own bowl
I haven't tried the pizza at Le 5 Terre as I'm a fan of Blackheath's Franco Manca and the newly opened Yard Sale Pizza in Crofton Park, but I did opt for a piece of home-made beef lasagne and it was pretty spot on. Disclaimer—the lasagne is in my own bowl in the photo above as there are only three or four eat-in spots at a window-side counter so I took a piece home. It cost just $9 (£6.90), and the portion size was generous and filling—not a bad little spot if you're after a nice lunch or want an easy supper. 
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Closest train: Lewisham train/DLR

Best restaurant in Lewisham for vegan food—LoveGift Vegan, Lewisham/Lee

Lunch at LoveGift Vegan in Lewisham
Lunch at LoveGift Vegan in Lewisham 

On par with Everest Curry King for a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, the staff at LoveGift are so genuine and warm, a reason in itself to return. I headed over one lunchtime where I was met with sunflower tableclothes, a free herbal tea and the scent of incense wafting through the place. The menu is scribbled out on a chalkboard each day and they always have a rainbow platter on offer, I opted for the smaller version for £11 ($14) which seemed pretty good value and turned out to be tasty and filling. The day I visited the platter consisted of salad, quinoa, roasted potatoes, some kind of delicious lentil dish, amazing greens (the best part) and a homemade dumpling. I enjoyed the dish, but also loved the friendly and relaxed vibe and would like to return to try a few of the other dishes on the menu—the juices in particular sound amazing.
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Closest train: Hither Green/Lee

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