The neighbourhood around Aragon Tower is undergoing significant development, with new residential and commercial spaces opening on a regular basis. Below are some great spots to try, grouped by location.
IMMEDIATELY LOCAL TO ARAGON TOWER
THE SHIP & WHALE
Traditional dockers' pub with cosy sofas, friendly owners and a lovely beer garden, The Ship & Whale serves fantastic Sunday lunches as well as good pub food every day. Popular with families and local residents and usually pretty packed most weekday evenings and weekends.
2 Gulliver Street, SE16 7LT / 7 mins walk from Aragon Tower
PLOUGH WAY CAFE
A new addition to the expansive Marine Wharf development, Plough Way Cafe offers amazing Italian food, wines and cocktails in a funky environment, including brunch at weekends.
It's advisable to book as this place fills up quickly. Sister restaurant to the Canada Water Cafe at the Maple Quays development.
Seafarer Way, SE16 7UD / 5 mins walk from Aragon Tower
PLOUGH WAY DELI
A worthy sister cafe-cum-deli to the Plough Way Cafe opened in March 2018 on Plough Way. Great selection of continental meats, cheeses, breads and Mediterranean groceries with space to sit inside and out. Great for a take-out coffee and fresh ciabatta.
Cadmus House, Plough Way, SE16 7DW / 5 mins walk from Aragon Tower
THE PEAR TREE @ GREENLAND PLACE
The newest arrival in the neighbourhood is only seconds from the Plough Way Cafe and sits within the newly completed Greenland Place development. An Australian initative incoporating a Delicatessen store as well as a very spacious dining room behind it. The creativity of the menu ups the game for the local area and the wine and cocktail menu is exhaustive.
Yeoman Street, SE8 5ET / 5 mins walk from Aragon Tower
Until 2016 it was unlikely anyone but staunch locals would venture to the Blackhorse. However, a thorough overhaul has made this a trendy new addition to the Deptford pub scene with craft beers, good list of spirits and a Sourdough Pizza Saloon. The pub also screens sports fixtures on large TVs.
195 Evelyn Street, SE8 5RE/ 7 mins walk from Aragon Tower
CANADA WATER SE16
STREET FEAST @ HAWKER HOUSE - VISIT WHILE YOU CAN!
Under the familiar Street Feast brand one of the former industrial units on Canada Street has been reborn as Hawker House - for now at least. With the redevelopment of the area around the Surrey Quays Centre and the Leisure Park it won't be long before this great venue disappears. A fantastic mix of street food retailers, umpteen bars and lounge areas make this a great place to spend a Friday or Saturday night with a really good vibe.
Canada Street, SE16 7PJ / 15 mins walk from Aragon Tower
LEADBELLY'S BAR & KITCHEN
One of the newest additions to the Rotherhithe bar scene, Leadbelly's is run by the same team behind the iconic Mayflower pub. At Leadbelly's they've developed a 21st century bar and restaurant environment with all the expected cues of exposed concrete, bare filament light bulbs and industrial furniture in the heart of Canada Water. The food menu builds on the quality of the Mayflower but with a slightly trendier vibe, coupled with craft beers, cocktails and a broad mix of wines.
Montreal House, Deal Porters' Square, SE!6 7AQ / 15-20 mins walk from Aragon Tower or 199 bus to Canada Water Station
CANADA WATER CAFE
Opened in 2015, Canada Water Cafe offers amazing Italian food, wines and cocktails in a funky environment, including breakfast and brunch at weekends. Sister restaurant to the Plough Way Cafe at the Marine Wharf development but with a different menu and a bigger breakfast offer.
40 Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7DX / 15-20 mins walk from Aragon Tower or 199 bus to Canada Water Station
LOWER ROAD SE16
THE YELLOW HOUSE
Situated on the corner of Southwark Park, opposite Surrey Quays Station, The Yellow House offers a great selection of gastropub food, woodfired pizzas from their own oven and a good drinks menu. The venue is split into two areas - a more relaxed lounge area for drinks and food and a more formal restaurant.
126 Lower Road, SE16 2UE / 12 mins walk from Aragon Tower or 199 bus to Surrey Quays Station
THE PIZZA ROOM
Located near the corner of Plough Way and Lower Road, The Pizza Room opened in 2018 and serves authentic Naples-style pizzas fired in clay ovens. They even do Vegan options!
237 Lower Road, SE16 2LW / 10 mins walk from Aragon Tower or 199 bus to Yeoman Street
Tironi is the sister establishment to the adjoining Pizza Room and serves an extensive coffee menu and artisan breads and viennoiserie.
235 Lower Road, SE16 2LW / 10 mins walk from Aragon Tower or 199 bus to Yeoman Street
DEPTFORD HIGH STREET SE8
A fairly new space under the railway arches opposite Deptford Railway Station, Buster Mantis is a relaxed Jamaican bar which serves authentic food, cocktails and drinks. The bar also has a creative space which serves as a gallery or enterntainment venue.
3-4 Resolution Way (off Deptford High Street), SE8 4NT / 15 mins walk from Aragon Tower or 199 bus to Deptford High Street
DEPTFORD MARKET YARD
inc. LITTLE NAN'S BAR / TAP ROOM SE8 / WIN&RUBY / DIRTY APRON - AND MANY MORE!
The long awaited redevelopment of the goods yard at Deptford Railway Station is finally complete and houses a pleasant public square with seating and pop up street food stalls at the weekend. This is surrounded on 2 sides by the brick railway arches which have been converted into a large selection of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants.. A great addition to the already eclectic mix of places to eat, drink and shop on the adjacent High Street.
Off Deptford HIgh Street, SE8 4BX / 15 mins walk from Aragon Toweror 199 bus to Deptford High Street
One of only a few traditional Pie & Mash shops still operating in London. The Goddard name is synonymous with this traditional East End dish and we are lucky enough to have it right on our doorstep!
203 Deptford High Street, SE8 3NT / 15 mins walk from Aragon Tower or 199 bus to Deptford High Street
THE WAITING ROOM
Small and quirky Vegetarian cafe with great food and artisan coffee.
142 Deptford High Street, SE8 3PQ / 15 mins walk from Aragon Tower or 199 bus to Deptford High Street
THE JOB CENTRE
Fun, quirky and industrial all rolled into one! The Job Centre is on the site of what was once the actual Job Centre, but has now transformed into a destination for great beers, cocktails, sharing plates and Sunday roasts. Live music and DJs most nights cement this as a place to be.
120-122 Deptford High Street, SE8 4NS / 15 mins walk from Aragon Tower or 199 bus to Deptford High Street