The Handbook
The Handbook

If you’re an advocate for food-well-travelled, or if you find choosing whether to have an Indian or Chinese takeaway more challenging than rocket science, then new Deptford restaurant Isla Ray is the nomad-enticing, food conglomeration you need to try.

Owner Rachael Dalton-Loveland has taken inspo from a range of places she’s visited across the globe, including Melbourne, to create a diverse menu created, as she describes, “through inspiration of places I have visited around the world and this is a medley of all my favourite.”

Rachael’s menu of choice consists of salad bowls, meze plates filled with falafel, hummus, feta, bread and olives, and plates of cured meats, cheeses, pickles and bread. Open sandwiches are also on offer with crusty sourdough concoctions that include brie and crushed walnuts with rosemary and maple syrup​ and ​Salmon, creme mascarpone and capers.

As well as the menu being a foodie thrift shop, the interior too is eclectic, mixing Rachael’s love for 60s and 70s vibes with an array of bits ‘n’ bobs she’s amassed from car boot sales over the years.

Drinks will consist of artesian coffee, cocktails with a twist, wine and local London beer, all of which can be enjoyed in the cosy living-room style setting, perfect for a guitar strum or a natter with friends.

Like Rachael graced a car-boot or two over the years, why not have a rummage at Isla Ray, and see what takes your fancy.

​Isla Ray opens on 3rd July, at 37 Deptford High Street, SE8 4AD